Wrestling preview: Small roster keeps Wilton's goals modest
With only nine people on the roster, first-year Wilton High wrestling coach Tom Ferrell has realistic expectations entering the 2018-19 season.
“It’s not going to be about wins and losses,” said Ferrell, a former standout at New Milford High School who replaces John Foldeak. “It’s going to be about our effort, and how much we can improve.”
Despite having a single-digit roster, the Warriors will be able to fill nine of the 14 weight classes at dual meets.
“We’re fortunate in that there is no overlap,” said Ferrell. “Our nine wrestlers are in nine separate weight classes.”
Wilton’s roster includes one lone senior, Christopher Ferguson, who will wrestle at 285 pounds.
Two of the Warriors’ top competitors should be sophomore Max Mannino (113 pounds) and junior Griffin Morris (220). “I’m excited to see what they can do this season,” said Ferrell. “They are probably our top dogs in terms of talent and technique.”
Junior Domenico Caratozzolo will wrestle at 145 pounds, with classmate Nicholas Lin at 120 pounds.
Promising sophomore Tommy Harris will compete at either 132 or 138 pounds. “He’s got some skill,” said Ferrell about Harris.
Ferrell is also bullish on freshman Quinton Kiss, who starts at 152 pounds. “Quinn is very talented,” said Ferrell. “He’s going into a tough weight class as a freshman, but I think he’s going to have be a real good wrestler in high school.
Also starting for the Warriors are freshman Michael Arbisi at either 126 or 132 pounds and sophomore Kyle Jordan at 195 pounds. Jordan, a starter on the Wilton High football team, has rejoined the wrestling program after a season away. “Kyle was a youth wrestler, so we are glad he decided to return,” said Ferrell. “He’s a good athlete who should help once he gets a little more practice time.”
Notes: Wilton finished fifth at the FCIAC championship, ninth in Class LL, and 22nd at the State Open last season.
The Warriors’ biggest graduation losses were Nick Rende (126 pounds) and Zach Zeyher (170), who each finished second at the FCIAC championship and third at the Class LL meet.
Also gone is Travis Longo, who moved to Trumbull. Longo won conference, Class LL, and State Open titles last winter as a freshman at 106 pounds.