Windsor’s wrestling Raiders take it to the mats

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
Members of the Windsor High School wrestling team at a recent practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Members of the Windsor High School wrestling team at a recent practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

WINDSOR - Overcoming injuries and challenges in academic eligibility, WindsorHigh School’s wrestling team is constructing a new program from the ground up. Managed by head coach Tim Crudden and consisting of both male and female athletes, the Raiders are looking to the 2011 season with hopes of building a solid foundation.

New to the program, Crudden credits the team’s positive outlook to both the caliber of athletes, and the support of the WHS athletic department. “There has been a lot of restructuring this season in comparison to seasons past,” Crudden said. “Everyone at WHS has gone above and beyond to help the wrestling team out whenever possible. Steve Rissen, the athletic director, has been a big supporter of ours.”

Like many area programs, the inclement weather and high number of school cancellations have greatly impacted the program. “The weather has really been our biggest problem this year,” Crudden said. “With all the storms, we have missed some of our biggest events, and we struggle to play catch up with our practice time.”

Crudden hopes to grow the school’s program from a younger level. “I’m working on starting a feeder program with the middle school, so students will already have a strong foundation in the sport before their freshman year at WHS,” he said.


Coach’s Corner:

WindsorHigh SchoolWrestling Head Coach Tim Crudden

First season with the team.

Keys to the season ahead: “We are focusing on building strong foundations and building technique,” the coach said. “My goal for this season is to have the seniors place in the conference tournament and Class L tournament, and use the dual meets as a learning experience.”

Seniors: Nate Bonesteel, Eric Rivera, Ryan Bibisi, Kendale Fair, Devin Cashman and captain Mike Hogdgon.                  

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Sports Spotlight – Players to Watch:

Alyssa Bengtson - Junior

A wrestler since the age of 11, Bengtson is considered by coach Crudden as the team’s strongest competitor. One of three young women on the male-dominated roster, Bengston displays considerable strength both on the mat and in the classroom.


Colin Walsh - Junior

New to the sport this season, Walsh has brought a competitive edge to the 140 class. The coaching staff regards Walsh as a determined athlete with great potential. Walsh enjoys history and math, and also participates in cross-country and lacrosse.


Ryan Bibisi - Senior

Injured during his sophomore year, Bibisi rejoins the team this season with high hopes. Bibisi credits his love of the sport to his father. Planning on attending the Universityof Hartfordin the fall, Bibisi is considering a career in engineering.

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