Okay wrestling fans, the field hockey season is over and now I can turn my full attention to wrestling. My friend Fox Lane parent keeps calling me out. Here are my pre-season thoughts:
Fox Lane — The defending Section 1 Division I team champs will miss Harrison “The Cookie Monster” Cook (now wrestling at Blair Academy), but the Foxes have three returning sectional champs in Joey Grippi (sixth in the state), Luke Speno and Steven Rodrigues. Add in sectional placefinisher Peter Grippi and the Foxes are still a team to reckon with.
John Jay — A huge graduating class received their diplomas, but coach Bill Swertfager and assistant Pat Spirelli has a deep group back, led by Andrew Schede, Henry Stauber, Mark Swertfager and Billy Waterson.
Suffern — The Mounties boast two of the finest lightweights in Section 1 in Nick Oliveto (‘08 sectional finalist) and Justin Artrip (5th in the section in ‘08). Suffern also has David Bailen, Dan Ventarola and senior Julian Negri returning. Negri was a Rockland County finalist and sixth in the section last season. Suffern has Clarkstown South transfer Asher Kramer on the team this season.
More to come on this later.