MILFORD >> It’s not often that 6 feet 2, 246 pounds is considered undersized.
But that’s the case for Foran’s Luke Edmondson when he steps on the wrestling mat.
Edmondson competes in the heavyweight division, and regularly yields 40 to 50 pounds to his opponent.
“He’s wrestling in the only weight class where that really can happen,” first-year Foran coach Dave Esposito said. “I think that is where he could struggle, but technically he’s far superior to most kids that wrestle.”
Edmondson, a junior, has had to rely on other facets of his craft.
“What I always try to focus on is the speed portion of it,” Edmondson said. “The bigger guys get up to 270 and above, but they don’t have as much speed as me. I try to use my speed and my strength. That’s pretty much what I’m focused on.”
There’s little room for error for a heavyweight.
“Even if you’re better than your opponent, if he outweighs you and you get stuck underneath him, sometimes you can’t get out,” Esposito said. “I think you have to be a little more cautious. I think heavyweights, in general, tend to be less aggressive, so you have a tendency when you’re good to try to want to force things. You have to have a little bit of patience and not do that, and have confidence that, when the time comes and there’s an opportunity, you can take advantage.”
Edmondson is the Lions’ top returning wrestler after capturing the Class M title as a sophomore.
“One of the things with him being undersized, I think he kind of lacked a little confidence,” Esposito said. “I think last year winning the title kind of unexpectedly really boosted his confidence. He gets on the mat with a different attitude this year than he’s had in the past.”
Said Edmondson: “I think it boosted my confidence because I knew what I could do. I knew how to do it, and I knew I could do it no matter what.”
Edmondson also plays football and earned All-Southern Connecticut Conference and Class M coaches all-state honors this past fall.
Edmondson and fellow captains Pat Fitzgerald (145 pounds) and Ricky Kratzer (170), both seniors, lead a Foran squad that is 13-1 in dual meets this season.
The Lions won the Law Duals, placed third at the Trumbull Duals and finished fourth at both the C.J. McCormack Tournament in Berlin and at the Greater Hartford Open.
Foran finished third in the SCC and in Class M last season, and Esposito expects the Lions to again be in the mix for the league and state titles.
Sophomore Gino Esposito, the coach’s son, is 19-1 at 106 pounds while freshman Ryan Luth is 18-2 at 120. Senior Nick McQuade, who returned to the team after taking the last two seasons off, is 14-3 at 195.
“I knew we would have a good team,” Esposito said. “But I think we’re ahead of where I thought we would be. Some of our younger kids are wrestling a lot better than I thought they would at this point of the season.”