SW, Rockville wrestling will be tough

The winter sports season is in full gear. Most wrestling teams hit the mats for the first time on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and they will all be in action this week. South Windsor is always tough and is coming off an excellent season from last year and Rockville looks to improve.

Rockville

The Rams have fallen on tough times in the past few years, but head coach Paul Courtois is seeing steady improvement in his wrestling program. The third year head coach likes his team, although they are inexperienced and limited in depth.

“The team is very supportive of each other and never quits,” said Courtois. “We are really inexperienced. We lost two starters and had three kids move out of town.”

Rockville’s top wrestler will be Austin Novak who returns in the 285 lb. weight class. They will also rely on senior Jon Pelletier, junior Muhamed Aly, and sophomore Keith Callahan.

 South Windsor

The Bobcats will look for another strong season, as they finished last year 3rd in Class LL, and 2nd in the State Open. Despite graduating 9 letterman, Coach Jude Knapp still expects his team to have some strong individual wrestlers.

“We return two highly successful wrestlers, Conor Caffrey, and Max Odell, who bring leadership and experience to our team,” Knapp said. “Additionally, we have a core of returning wrestlers who are dedicated to continuing the success that South Windsor has experience in the past few seasons.”

Caffrey, a senior, was 3rd in Class LL’s and placed 2nd in the State Open. Odell, as sophomore, was 2nd in Class LL’s, and 3rd at the State Open as a freshman.

“We are a young team with inexperience, and we will need some of our younger wrestlers to play a larger role for the team to have success,” Knapp said.

 

 

 

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