Wrestling: After win in finale, Wilton looks for strong showing at FCIACs
The Wilton High wrestling team has quietly put together one of the better seasons in John Foldeak’s tenure as head coach.
Now, the Warriors are looking to make a little noise as the post-season arrives — starting with the FCIAC championships this weekend at New Canaan High School.
“We have a chance to maybe place more kids than we have in the last 10 years,” said Foldeak, after Wilton ended the regular season on Tuesday night with a 51-30 win over Darien at home. “We have the potential to score more points (at FCIACs) than we have in my 10 years. We could place six to eight kids, out of 12.”
In Tuesday’s win, Wilton got pins from Zach Zeyher (160 pounds), Jared Gladstein (195), Finn McGovern (113), Quinn Reedy (132), Grayson Kennedy (138) and Jacob Robb (145), and an 8-1 decision at 152 from Matt Beck. Winning forfeits were Travis Longo (106) and Nick Rende (120).
It was a night that saw Wilton honor its six seniors — Gladstein, Reedy, Beck, James Arbisi, Jack Walsh and Tanner Cho.
It was also the final regular-season match for Darien coach Joe Vano, after 21 years.
“We've had a very good relationship. I really owe him a big thank you,” Foldeak said of Vano. “He really tried his best to beat us. He's a very smart coach. He moved his kids so he had a chance to win, and our kid persevered.
The match was tied 30-30 when Wilton closed it out with wins by Reedy, Kennedy, Robb and Beck.
The Warriors finished the regular-season with a dual meet record of 7-15.
“It was a good end to the dual-meet season,” said Foldeak, whose squad had only 12 wrestlers and struggled to fill every weight class, but still managed to stay in many matches.
“We're like the best 7-14 team I've ever seen. We lost four or five matches by a single match. The wind blows one way and we win,” he said. “We could have easily had four or five, even six, more victories. We really could have been close to a .500 team.”
Foldeak feels the Warriors have the potential to do very well at FCIACs. He said in particular that Rende (30-2) at 113 pounds, Zeyher (28-7) at 160, Gladstein (20-3) at 182, Reedy (15-4) at 132 and Longo (16-8) at 99 have the chance to reach the finals.
“Nick Rende's a top-three seed. Zach Zeyher's somewhere up there, say a top three- or top-four seed. Jared Gladstein, I think, is a top-three or four seed. Quinn Reedy’s a top-three or four seed,” he said. “Travis Longo at 99 I expect to be another finalist. We could legitimately place four or five kids in the top three or four, with the possibility of a couple of finalists.”
Notes: Wilton suffered a 43-32 loss at New Canaan last week, and then lost three of four matches at the New Fairfield Duals on Saturday.
Against New Canaan, the Warriors got pins from Longo, Beck and Zeyher, while Rende and Alec Favarolo (138 pounds) both wons major decisions. Reedy won by forfeit.
In a 57-24 loss to New Fairfield on Saturday, Wilton got pins from Longo, Rende and Reedy, while Cho won forfeit.
Wilton then scored a 48-22 win over Fitch in the second match at New Fairfield.
Winning by pins were Rende, Walsh, Zeyher, Arbisi, Gladstein and McGovern, while Reedy and Tyler Warren won by forfeit.
In their 63-16 loss to Bristol Eastern, the Warriors got pins from Longo and Reedy, while Rende won an 11-2 major decision.
Wilton also suffered a 45-29 loss to Londonderry, N.H., in New Fairfield.
Zeyher scored an 18-2 technical fall, while Gladstein, Warren, Longo and McGovern all won by forfeit.