by Adam Rabinowitz
With a new, young lineup, wrestling, 3-2, has started off the season strong and has great potential, according to senior Joe Arcuri, a captain with senior Max Long.
The Tigers’ season started with a quad meet in which they beat Josiah Quincy and Cambridge, but lost to Catholic Memorial.
Arcuri said that the quad meet went as expected.
“Cambridge and Josiah Quincy all went as I thought, ending in victory. Catholic Memorial beat us again but they are a very strong team ,” he said.
Coach John Staulo said that he was happy with the results of the meet.
“It was a very good day. 36 wrestlers were able to wrestle that day. Although our match against Cambridge was closer than we wanted it to be, that is mainly due to our lack of experience in the upper weights,” he said.
According to Arcuri, the team next faced Dedham and won. The team’s next match, however, was against a team they had never faced before.
“Hopkinton was a first for us this year and we all went out on the mat with confidence, and we managed to keep the score very close until the end,” he said.
Arcuri also added that it is very important that everyone maintains a good name for the sport.
“My goal is to keep all the wrestlers on their best behavior and knowing right from wrong,” he said.
Staulo said that the team’s lack of experience in the upper weights will be the team’s main struggle this year.
“It will be challenging to fill up spots for the heavy weights, and to do that, we also have to make sure that everyone is healthy and injury-free,” he said.
Staulo also said that the newer wrestlers this year have been great.
“Freshmen Nathaniel Beatrice, Michael Mariano, and Kyle Randall all have experience and have wrestled great so far. They will be a great help this year,” he said.
Arcuri echoed his sentiments, saying that the new wrestlers have amazed him so far.
“They are not afraid to go out on the mat and fight for the pin, and even if they are, they certainly do a good job of not letting the opponent know that. They all look very promising, and I am sure that next year’s lineup will be unstoppable if they continue to impress me with what they have demonstrated so far,” he said.
The Tigers face South tomorrow at 3:45.