The Storm Is Coming: Wrestling Season

Joey Fitzgerald, Crown Writer & Photographer

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As 2018 winds down, Marian Central begins to transition to the middle portion of the school year. With that said, we are out with the old and in with the new as our fall sports are over we move into the winter. This winter is exciting as we have the Hurricane Wrestling Team looking for another shot at a team title downstate.

The Hurricanes finished off last season 27-3 finishing top six in the state down in Bloomington. The team won its first regional in school history and then punched their ticket to state with a sectional win over Notre Dame. A new addition to the line up is Josh Glover (9), and he said with excitement, “This team is awesome. I can feel the intensity in the room, and know we will be tough to beat this year.” The ‘Canes had great success last year at all weights with a combination of alumni Anthony Randazzo (’18) and Luke Silva (’18). Losing them was tough, but the underclassmen are ready to step up and fill their spots. Daniel Valeria (11) said with confidence, ”Our team is tough because of our room. We are all here to push each other, and our coaches work very hard to keep us in shape and ready to go.”

Practice officially started last week for the canes to start off the season. Another young leader on this team is Dylan Connell(10). Connell (10) was a Class 2A State Champion in the 152 lb weight class last season and is looking to help lead the team. Connell (10) wants to be a mentor, ”I want to lead some of the younger kids, and show them what to do. I feel that I can also help lead on the mat how I wrestle, and how I behave.” The team is strong and is ready to start the competition.

The Canes look to start their season Thanksgiving weekend at the Antioch Tournament. Senior Cade Bokowy is also very excited about this season. Bokowy said excitingly, ”I’m pumped for the season. I am excited to see how far I have come as a wrestler, and am also excited to see what the team can do.”  This season is important to the team, and Coach David Silva is determined to win, and get a state title. Coach Silva is coming up on his third year as a coach, and he has already made major changes with this program. He said, “I took this job with the intentions to turn this program into a top program in the state, and you know since I’ve been here I’ve been working towards this goal, and this year we have a great opportunity with returning starters, and the goal is to win a state title anything short of that would be me not accomplishing my goal.” With the strong words of Coach Silva, and the many leaders this canes team has this team is starting there run at the top, and not looking back.

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