By Peter Wallace
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Coach: Derek Schibi, 2nd year (after 7 years at Northwestern)
Last Year: 7-22
Key Returners: Mike Phillips, Sr., 145; Logan Smith, Sr., 170 Berkshire-Valley runner-up, Class S 3rd; Liam Smith, Soph., 152; Riley Arthur, Soph.; C.J. Stone, Jr., 285.
Outlook: The Yellowjackets have quality wrestlers, but numerical growth is a main factor in their expected rise. The program has grown from five wrestlers to 15 last year and 22 this year, with 30 more in the youth wrestling program. Coach Schibi expects to be in the middle of the Berkshire-Valley pack.
Coach: Joshua Morey
Outlook: The Mountaineers have suffered dwindling numbers for several years. Now, it’s down to three wrestlers, only one of whom is currently eligible. He’ll travel with Northwestern’s team until the program can add more wrestlers.
Coach: Dave Green, 10th year
Last Year: 6-10, BL 2nd, Class S 6th
Key Losses: Ethan Yates, 160, Berkshire-Valley Champion, Class S 3rd; Elijah Gonillo, 182 Berkshire-Valley Champion, 170 Class S 4th; Cain Hardisty, injured.
Key Returners: Kyle Crouse, Sr.; Matt Dabkowski, Sr.; Ed Boisits, Sr., 132 Berkshire-Valley and Class S runner-up; Kieran Duggan, Sr., 138 Class S Champion and Outstanding Wrestler, State Open runner-up; Brian Campbell, Sr.; Rodney Banks, Sr.; Anthony DeLia, Sr.; Henry Heilshorn, Sr.; John Hughes, Sr.; Dave Dabkowski, Soph., 113 Berekshire-Valley Champion, Class S 4th; Karisa Shakaitus, Soph.; Steve Grudzien, Soph.; Steve Keenan, Soph.
Newcomers: Spenser Weston, Fresh.; Justin Noel, Fresh.; Masen Williamson, Fresh.; Nick Sordi, Fresh.; Flori Cenkolli, Conner Vincent, Fresh.; Billy Ryan, Jr.
Outlook: Trying to fill weight classes; improved enough to challenge for league title, though Terryville is the favorite.
Coach: Andrew Schwartz, 6th year
Key Returners: Joey Pedrolini, Sr., 120 Berkshire-Valley Champion, Class S 5th; Gabe Schwartz, Jr., 170 Class S 5th; Garrett Healey, Sr.; Gavin Duncan, Soph.; Caleb Boucher, Soph.
Key Newcomers: Angelo Folino, Fresh.; Josh Schwartz, Fresh.; Spencer Green, Fresh.
Outlook: The Highlanders start with 15 wrestlers on their roster, including six sophomores and three freshmen. Though still building toward a full team, the numbers are up substantially and the three freshmen offer added hope: each has wrestled since he was four or five years old. Folino and Schwartz won multiple youth state championships and were youth New England Champion and runner-up. Coach Schwartz expects to be in the top three in the Berkshire-Valley.
Coach: Pete Veleas, 17th season
Last Year: 13-11, Berkshire-Valley Champions, Class S 4th
Key Losses: George Andrews, 152 Berkshire-Valley and Class S Champion; Tyler Bergeron, 170 Berkshire-Valley Champion, Class S runner-up; Erik Combs; Nick Daigle; Devin Morring; Casey Norton, Class S 126 5th; Theo Ridgeway, 220 Berkshire-Valley Champion; Elliott Wilion, Class S 132 Champion, State Open 5th.
Possible Lineup: 106: Anthony Jobbagy, Fresh.; 113: Ian Poitras, Sr., Class S 5th, Cpt.; 120: Jon Speakman, Soph; Jake Broda, Jr.; Matt Jobbagy, Jr.; 126: Jared Ashe, Jr.; 132: Fred Ellegard, Sr., Class S medalist as a Soph.; 138: Connor Levins, Sr., Berkshire-Valley Champion, Class S 5th, Cpt.; 145: Canaan Cossu-Fredericks, Jr.; Andrew Berman, Sr.; 152: Josh Tellier, Sr., Cpt., or Cody Bouteiller, Sr. 160: Bouteiller or Tellier; 170: Donovan Rivera, Sr. or Logan Covello, Soph.; 182: Covello or Rivera; 195: Josh Wright, Jr., Berkshire-Valley runner-up, Class S 5th; 220: Hunter D’Antonio, Sr.; 285: Jason Hume, Jr.
Outlook: Filling all the weight classes is huge testimony to the Kangaroo program in a sport which requires not only large numbers, but numbers of the right sort. When that doesn’t happen, forfeits put them in an automatic hole against a team like Terryville. The Kangaroos would like to improve their Class S finish, despite key graduations.
Constitution State Conference
Coach: Chris Marks, 4th year
Key Losses: Eric Lacava, 132 Class M 5th; Jake Thulin, 195.
Key Returners: Gage Coon, Sr., 138; Anton Dzeidzic, Sr., 152 Class M runner-up; Adam Green, Sr., 160 Class M 6th; Hunter Noel, Jr., 145; Jacob Bushey, Jr.
Newcomers: Terrance Graves, Sr.; Kevin Rosa, Sr.;
Evan Jackson, Fresh.; Richard Scott, Fresh.; Cedar Sobek, Fresh.; Matt Sokol, Soph.
Outlook: The Wildcats, finishing with just nine wrestlers last year, have added a few this year, but still need more people. Four of last year’s nine were Class M medalists.