There’s a new head man in charge at Lourdes, and he’s hoping to get the program heading back in the right direction. Marc Caserto says that he feels some pressure, but is excited for the opportunity. The Warriors have been in the middle of the pack in Division 2 in recent years and should have trouble filling out a complete dual meet lineup, but they do bring back three wrestlers who placed last season.
Here are the answers that I received from Caserto:
How did your team do last season? Dual meet record: 2-5; Sectional Results: Place ninth overall in Division 2 — Tyler Estremera (fourth place at 170 lbs.); Nick Jolly (fifth place at 145 lbs.); Brian Luciano (sixth place at 138 lbs.).
Who are your top returning wrestlers? Tyler Estremera, Nick Jolly and Brian Luciano.
Who are the top wrestlers that you lost to graduation? Jacob Wiegard and Jim Maher.
What is the biggest strength of your lineup? Strong senior leadership both on the mats and off. Seven seniors out of 17 total wrestlers, and each senior brings unique characteristics that make our younger wrestlers better.
What is your main area of concern entering the season? Staying healthy. Wrestling is a long, demanding season. It’s important to be your best physically, mentally and academically.
Which team(s) is your biggest rival? My team is very hungry to play Highland. They are geographically close and many students here at OLL live in or close to Highland.
Will you host any tournaments this season? On 12/21 the OLL Round Robin Rumble. P.S. — We are looking for three more teams, so spread the word!
Do you have any team goals? Be competitive! Be the best you can be, and give it your all for your teammates everyday, in practice, at a meet or tournament, and in the classroom. Your teammates are expecting that and they notice when you are not giving it your all.
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