Yes, I’m sorry I took so long to get these done. I am a little interested to see how next season works, when I may have my own place to live (and therefore probably not very easy access to a computer at night), trying to work out and at the same time cover events at night, and have just one boy here, who’ll need my attention as well.
But I digress. I’ll start with Pedro Menendez, which was a very interesting team this past winter. The Falcons started off strongly, I thought, but then seemed to lose several wrestlers about a third of the way through the season. Check the records if you’re not sure. A lot of good kids just didn’t see a lot of time after December (I’m thinking of Bordley, DiGregorio & Worthington, most especially).
Menendez in January was a very different team. And yet, the Falcons got four wrestlers to state, with one — 285-pound graduate Austin Gwin — earning a fifth-place medal in 1A. Not a lot of teams got four out. A lot would have wanted to. Only one of the four state qualifiers (Padgett) returns for this season. We’ll see how it goes.
I will say this — former coach DuFresne’s use of Trackwrestling meant that Menendez’s records were as close to what I had as any other team so far. There were only three discrepancies, and they were all small ones.