Windham moves up the wrestling ranks
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Wed., Jan. 4, 2012
Heading into the Sachem Duals on Dec. 30 at RHAM, the Windham wrestling team had a 6-1 record, with their only loss coming against Ledyard. Gilberto DeJesus, a senior wrestler temporarily out with an injury, talked about his team while his coaches supervised the first match of the day, against Guilford.
“Our team’s pretty strong,” said DeJesus. “We lost a couple of starters, but we’re still pretty strong.” At the top of DeJesus’ list of Windham wrestlers to watch was Miguel Calixto, currently wrestling at 132 pounds. Last year Calixto took first place at the Class Ms, second at the state open, third at the New Englands, and was ranked third nationwide. As a junior captain for the team this year, Calixto is again expected to be a major contributor.
Also worth a mention is Taylor Grauer, a senior who claimed a state championship title in 2010-11. Grauer is wrestling at 126. Xavier Kernozek, a junior wrestling at 220, has already claimed the Lancer championship this year and is expected to make an important contribution to the season. Heavyweight Wolfgang Fiaseonaro “is going to be a good asset for our team, come states,” predicted DeJesus. Nick Poulin, a junior wrestling at 182, “has had some early-season losses,” said DeJesus. “As the season progresses, that’ll get better.”
With Bacon suffering some losses that have weakened the team, “It’ll come down to us and Ledyard in Class Ms,” said DeJesus.
Windham would have loved to avenge their earlier loss against Ledyard at the Duals, but that wasn’t to be. Despite some key wins, including Sebby Ruffino’s defeat of Ledyard’s Josh Rahal and a very close finish, the Whips lost to Ledyard. They went on to defeat number nine-ranked Bristol Eastern to take third place overall at the Duals.
In another sense, though, the wrestlers met their goal. Speaking during his team’s match against Guilford, DeJesus noted the Whips’ 10th-place ranking by a coaches' cosortium. “We’re hoping to move up in the polls,” he said. According to the poll released the first week of January, Windham had advanced to claim the number eight spot.
Coaches for the Windham wrestling team are Pat Risley (head) and Kirk Jenkins (assistant).