Berlin's legendary wrestling coach and Berlin Athletic Hall of Famer is back on the mat this year as the head coach of the wrestling program.
The Redcoats graduated Shaun Sullivan, Will Matuzak, Anthony Squiteri, Mike Fiorillo, Anthony Vinci, Mason Powers and John Asal.
The returning varsity wrestlers are:
Rich Schlichting 10th grade 132/138 lbs. 4th CCC Tournament 19 wins
Kevin Pirruccio 11th grade 126 Lbs. 3rd CCC Tournament 25 wins
Ryan Ogden 10th grade 132/138 lbs. 12 wins last season
Rich Mullins 11th grade 145/152 lbs. 2nd CCC Tournament 25 wins
Jordan Zima 10th grade 160 lbs. 17 wins
Jake Eliades 10th grade 145/152 lbs. 3rd Class M and CCC Tournament Champion 30 wins last season
Stephanie Cohen 12th grade 113 lbs Stephanie is a four year wrestler who will contend for a starting spot on the varsity team.
Andrew Alessi 12th grade 170 lbs Andrew wrestled in the varsity line-up in the past, did not wrestle last year.
Mike Gurrieri 10th grade 120 lbs. Returning from an injury last season
Jen Owens 10th grade 138 lbs. Jen wrestled at McGee and last year as a freshman
Chris Armenta 10th grade 138 lbs. Chris is a student-athlete from Berlin who attends Northwest Catholic, he practices with us and follows our schedule but he competes as a team of one for Northwest Catholic. He trains in the off season with Master's World Champion, John Bennett.
Peter Niro 11th grade 285 lbs. Peter has transfered back to the High School after two years with the Xavier wrestling program which won the Class LL state title last year
Nick Strain 11th grade 285 lbs. first year wrestler, football player
Billy Contcello 10th grade 195 lbs. First year wrestler, football player
Chris D"Angelone 9th grade 152 lbs. First year wrestler
Jeremy Eliades 9th grade 112 lbs. Freshman with a great deal of experience.
Riley Greider 9th grade 106 lbs Freshman with a great deal of experience.
Joe Inturi 9th grade 152 lbs. Freshman with experience.
Andrew Mals 9th grade 126 lbs. Freshman with experience
Devon Reilly 9th grade 170 lbs. Freshman with experience
Sean Sullivan 9th grade 132 lbs. Freshman with experience
Emily Thibeault 9th grade 106 lbs. Freshman with experience
Zach Veleas 9th grade 106/112 lbs. Freshman with a great deal of experience.
Bao Le 10th grade 195 lbs. First year wrestler, football player
Steve Petrario 10th grade 145 lbs. First year wrestler, soccer player
Bill Sasso 10th grade 145 lbs. First year wrestler
Jamie Irizarry 10th grade 138 lbs. First year wrestler
"I love our enthusiasm and energy, practice flies by because the team is so positive and supportive of each other," Day said before the season began. "My concerns are a very tough schedule with teams like: New Milford, Ledyard, Daniel Hand, Mount Anthony Union, VT, Springfield Central, MA, Harborfields, NY, Mattituck, NY, Middletown, Avon and that's just our first home tournament on Dec.17.
"The name of that tournament has been changed from the Berlin Invitational to the PIN DOWN MDS INVITATIONAL. MDS is a disease that attacks red blood cells and in many cases leads to leukemia. We sold T-shirts and other apparel to generate funds and increase awareness of this disease. My wife Lynne has this syndrome, luckily for her the symptoms have been relatively mild so far."
Berlin began the year by being thumped by Farmington in a dual match and then a ninth place finish in the 10-team tournament.