Suffield wrestling finishes strong at Rodney Smith Classic
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Feb. 8, 2012
“Our goal as a team is to place first in the NCCC Tournament,” said 10-year Suffield High School wrestling coach Chris Potter, setting the bar high for his team. “We have many individual goals as well for all our wrestlers as we progress, and we plan on reaching our goals by improving on our conditioning, technique and weaknesses each practice and in each match.”
At the Rodney Smith Classic held on Saturday, Jan. 28, Suffield - a combined team with East Granby and Windsor Locks - came out strong. Khamri Thomas, a freshman wrestler from Windsor Locks, placed first at 160 pounds. He scored a takedown with 1 second left to secure the championship. Matt Nardi, a Suffield junior, captured third place at 195 pounds, Paul Grimard, a Suffield sophomore, won three matches at 170 pounds and fell in a hard-fought 5-4 loss in the consolation semi-finals.
“All three of our captains - Kevin Bentz, Ryan Hunihan and Dan D’Ostuni - have been leading by example through hard work at practice and in competition,” Potter said. “I am proud of how they have been leaders for us thus far in the season, and I know they will help us work toward achieving our team goals.”
Potter went on to credit D’Ostuni with a tremendous season, placing in the top four in each tournament.
Assisted by Roger Moran, Potter credits much of the team’s success to his returning seniors and the team’s overall drive to improve. “Our strengths have been in our ability to pin our opponents during dual meet competition. Our weakness has been forfeiting three to four weight classes during each match. Our wrestlers have worked extremely hard to be 7-2 thus far, despite our forfeits each week.”
In a highly-talented division, Potter looks forward to upcoming competition with Avon as good test for the Wildcats’ talent. “We will be wrestling Avon at Suffield for our senior night. They have been at the top of the NCCC each year and we are excited to have an extremely challenging match for our team and especially for our seniors,” he said.