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B-A grapplers look for big things with fuller lineup

Trentin Whaley is one of the experienced seniors the B-A wrestling team wil be relying on to key a turnaround this season.

Trentin Whaley is one of the experienced seniors the B-A wrestling team wil be relying on to key a turnaround this season.

Maria Cuevas

Trentin Whaley is one of the experienced seniors the B-A wrestling team wil be relying on to key a turnaround this season.

Maria Cuevas

Maria Cuevas

Trentin Whaley is one of the experienced seniors the B-A wrestling team wil be relying on to key a turnaround this season.

Dallas Hollen, Sports Writer

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With Winter Sports right around the corner the Bellwood-Antis Wrestling team looks to have a great roster this year with a strong group of returning letterman.

Seniors Trentin Whaley (195), Colton Gority (170), Paulino Cuevas (126 or 132), and Derrick Noonan (152 or 160) are back, along with junior Evan Pellegrine (285) and sophomore Ty Noonan (132 or 138).

“We have a nice group of returning letterman and a large group of sophomores who have a lot of experience. We should be much more competitive, once we get the guys spend-out, in our dual meet schedule and have several guys who should do very well at our tournaments. We should have multiple place winners at each of our tournaments this year,” said Coach Tim Andrekovich.

We stress doing the little thing correctly: stay in good position always, hand control, scoring at the edge of the mat, scoring at the end of the period, being technically sound, and being in better shape that the other guy.”

— Mr. A

Bellwood is hoping to be a dominant force in the ICC, with almost every weight category filled. The Devils’ biggest problem in recent years has been putting wrestlers on that mat, often forfeiting more than half of the weight classes.

However, this year’s team is filled with tons of experienced players who are going to be stand-out performers and make a huge impact this year.

“Our returning letterman, Paulino, Colton, Derrick, Trentin, Evan and Ty, all should do very well this year,” Mr. Andrekovich said.  “Trentin made our 60-point banner last year, and I expect him to do the same this year along with a few more guys. I think a few of them should be able to make it to the regional tournament this year. Alex and Aiden Taylor along with Landon Bungo and some of our other sophomores and some freshman can definitely help out this year.”

Bellwood-Antis had a rough season in 2018, winning only 2 matches and taking 11 losses. The Devils look to make a great comeback this season and compete for the ICC.

“We hope to improve each time the guys wrestle,” said Mr. Andrekovich. “We stress doing the little thing correctly: stay in good position always, hand control, scoring at the edge of the mat, scoring at the end of the period, being technically sound, and being in better shape that the other guy. We have more guys in the room to practice against which really helps and we should have fewer forfeits which will improve our chances of winning more dual meets. It’s hard to overcome 4-5 forfeits.”

The Blue Devils open their season Saturday, December 8, and the Conemaugh Township Tournament.

LINEUP AND POSSIBLE STARTERS

113/120: Kenny Robison

120/126: Tyler McCaulskey

120/126: Jordan Irvin

126/132: Paulino Cuevas

132/138: Ty Noonan

138: Ryan Malone

138/145: Aiden Taylor

145/152: Alex Taylor

152/160: Derrick Noonan

160: Landon Bungo

170: Colton Gority

170-182: Zach Cunningham

195: Trentin Whaley

220: Dominic Caracciolo

285: Evan Pelligrine

 

 

 

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