GHS wrestling team experiencing a strong season
By Scott Appleton - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
GRISWOLD - At Griswold High School, wrestling coach Dana Cooke started off the season with high hopes. As of press time last week, his team had an outstanding 11 wins and zero losses. They are taking down teams larger than theirs, and besting all schools of the same size as their own.
Now, Cooke is aiming even higher for the remainder of the season. He is hoping the team will be able to pull off an ECC championship win. To do that, they will need to continue competing well, and also rise to the challenge of taking down some larger schools. The teams they are watching – and hoping to beat – are Ledyard and Bacon. Both those competitors have proven tough in the past. GHS wrestling has never won the ECC, but this year their chances – judging by the morale and shape of the team – are better than ever.
The team recently beat Windham and Montville, whose team took the ECC title last year.
The GHS wrestlers have just a handful tournaments left, and they feel strong and ready to continue their winning streak. At a recent practice, Cooke instructed his wrestlers with a hands-on approach: he didn’t only stand to the side and direct, he got out on the mat and demonstrated what they needed to learn. This level of coaching is pushing the team to stay alert with regard to their success. As the season closes, look for this team to add to its high achievement.
Griswold High School Wrestling Head Coach Dana Cooke.
Thoughts on the season: “We’re the only small school with an undefeated season this year,” Cooke said last week. “We’ve had a winning record in previous years, but I’ve never won an ECC – in fact, Griswold has never been in the running for the ECC. I’d love to have another state victory, but winning the ECC would be a first, and it’d be a nice thing on our record.”
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Brandon McNeil, Senior- “We’ve been working hard. We just have very hard-working kids,” McNeil said. “We love wrestling. I hope to win in Class S and place at the open. We’re trying to fill our lineup with kids that want to compete. We have our fun times, but when we compete, we go to win.”
Aaron Wing, Junior- “I’ve been wrestling since the fourth grade,” Wing said. “We’re undefeated as a team this season. I lost only one match. My hope is to place in the opens and go on to the New Englands. As a team, I think we’ll definitely take first place in the ECC tournament.”