Wrestling program builds at WHS

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Mon., Jan. 9, 2012
Windsor High School wrestler Joclyn Campbell pins a South Windsor wrestler. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor High School wrestler Joclyn Campbell pins a South Windsor wrestler. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

“Every year the team goal is the same,” said Windsor High School wrestling coach Tim Crudden: “Get as many kids advanced to the State Open and eligible for college scholarships as possible.”

Back for his second season with the Warriors, Crudden is impressed by the level of commitment from this year’s wrestlers. “We are a young team,” he said. “We have some kids that have only wrestled for five weeks that can compete at a much higher level. The kids are putting the time in on the mat and it's going to pay off.”

The team’s youth - regarded by Crudden as both a strength and weakness for Windsor - stems from the influx of 17 freshmen to the varsity and junior varsity rosters. “The team is mostly freshmen being led by Nghio Nguyen and Rene Ardona,” the coach said. “Our weakness is our experience.”

With the help of assistant coach Steve Barnes, Crudden is set on increasing wrestling’s presence at WHS. “This season is a turning point for Windsor Warrior wrestling, and we are getting better and better each day, thanks to the underclassmen’s commitment to the team.”

Setting the bar for their new teammates, seniors Mike Hodgdon (C), Alyssa Bengtson (C) and Colin Walsh are taking on leadership roles.

“We match up well against Wethersfield and other teams in our conference,” Crudden commented on this year’s competition. “I have full confidence in sending my kids out to compete at the highest level.” Off to a challenging start, the Warriors have losses to South Windsor (72-9) and RHAM (72-9); the Warriors’ sole win as of press time came against Southwick (42-42).

Building team spirit during non-wrestling months, members of the team participated in fundraising events. “Right now we are focused on building the team; however, the kids sold t-shirts last season and we are looking at other options for the off-season to raise funds.”

Coming up, Windsor hits the mats against New Britain (Jan. 18, away) and plays host to the Morgan Duals at Morgan High School on Jan. 21. For a complete schedule, visit the website www.casciac.org.

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