Wrestling With Success

Team Ends Regular Season


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The wrestling team began practice in November and has been working hard ever since. They finished the regular season with a dual meet record of 5 – 14. This might not appear to be the most successful record on paper. Wrestling, however, is not just about team success. Yes, one relies on his teammates to improve, but wrestling is, at its core, an individual sport.

Lone senior and tri-captain Joe Fornaro has, so far this season, shown promising individual results.  Joe has placed “top six” in four tournaments and is currently ranked number #8 in Ohio’s Division II in most polls at 195 pounds. Junior Evan Vetturini was also ranked 16th in the pre-season at 152 pounds. Evan says his goal for the season is to place at districts and make it to the state tournament in Columbus in March.

Vetturini, Fornaro and junior, Kyle Gallagher, all have over 20 wins this season. This is impressive, especially for Kyle, considering he won only 12 last year as a junior. When asked what it takes to be good at this sport, veteran coach Mr. Joe Marino said, “The sport has to consume you. It has to be the reason you get up in the morning and the last thing you are obsessing about before your head hits the pillow…and then have to dream about it all night. That’s a start. Successful wrestlers just have an intangible quality that separates them from other athletes. All sports are tough…wrestling is tougher. Everyone works hard…wrestlers just have to work harder.”

Also placing in two and three tournaments this season were Jorge Mirabelli, Jordan Brown and returning district qualifiers Adam Williams and Anthony McFarland.

The future of the West Geauga wrestling team could be looking bright as Marino said we have four or five promising freshman and 8th graders. Apparently, all have talent, but their level of training will ultimately determine their future successes.

When asked about a slogan or team motto, Coach Marino said that mottos are great for the, “… back of t-shirts,” but they do not help with training so they do not really have one.

As the regular season ended on Feburary 6th at the CVC tournament, the team placed third overall and had ten individual medalists. These placers included Joe Fornaro and Evan Vetturini as CVC Champions at their weight classes. Second place finishers included Adam Williams, Gino Fornaro and Kyle Gallagher. Jordan Brown finished in fourth place and Jorge Mirabelli placed fifth. Finally, Solomon Troychansky Giovanni Luciano, and Tylere Stennett placed sixth.

As the end of the season approaches, the ultimate goal of the state tournament is on everyone’s brain and the team needs to remember to keep that in mind and to work as a team to make each other better over these last, crucial days.