BY ROB CRISTINO?? DECEMBER 23, 2010
|Freshman Stephen Weiss has immediate impact.|
From The Journal News
Without any senior leadership, the Edgemont?wrestling?team will be relying heavily on its underclassmen to lead the way this season.
After graduating 10 seniors, the?Panthers?are left with just three juniors. The majority of the team consists of freshmen and sophomores.
While some coaches may be intimidated by having such a young team, Edgemont wrestling coach George DiChiara doesn’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.
“One thing that has worked in our favor with no senior leadership is that they own a responsibility of setting the tone and being leaders at an age traditionally held for older?guys,” coach DiChiara said. “They’ve adopted that and have started to grow and show much more maturity than average sophomores or freshmen.”
Among the many young wrestlers on Edgemont is sophomore John Aslanian, who won the Section 1 title at 103 pounds and placed fifth at states last year.
Juniors Dan Kornberg and Max Abramsky, along with sophomore Oliver Oks, will also be looking to grab a significant amount of points for the Panthers.
“The main goal is to mature as a whole and build up the team,” Kornberg said. “We also want to show the wrestling critics around the section that we have tremendous talent and, even though we are younger, we still have a hard work ethic and are still progressing.
“Being in my fourth season at Edgemont just gives me a sense of how far we’ve come and how much further we can keep going.”
Despite their youth, the Panthers expect to not only be competitive, but successfully defend their league title.
The experience gained during the season, along with the learning process from one match to the next, should help Edgemont meet its goals and build a solid program.
“After each match, there’s always a lesson to be learned,” DiChiara said. “Part of their progression is their education of the?sport. If they have that ability to learn from every situation, they will continue to grow from it.”