Glastonbury wrestlers have big plans for season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Jan. 4, 2013
Glastonbury's Jake Jones gets an opponent in a hold in the duals meet on Dec. 29. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Jake Jones gets an opponent in a hold in the duals meet on Dec. 29. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School wrestling team should find itself near the top of the rankings at the end of the season, and will get there with a mix of older, experienced players and younger stars.

Through Jan. 3, Glastonbury has two undefeated wrestlers – junior Andy Cavanna (220 lbs.) and 106-pound freshman Joe Rosetti.
Cavanna beat the top-ranked wrestler in the state, from Bacon Academy.

“[Cavanna's] a very big, athletic kid and moves well for his size. Most kids his size don't move as well as he does," said coach Rob Levesque. "And Rosetti's been wrestling since he could walk.” Levesque said that both Cavanna and Rosetti set goals for themselves of winning New England titles this season, and seniors Dan Hecker (145 lbs.) and Jake Jones (132 lbs.) could contend for state titles.

“We have a very tough lineup,” Levesque said. “We're very young in a few weights, and against a really good team that could get exposed there, but we're very solid in 11 of the 14 weight classes. As a team, we're experienced.”

Those experienced players are leading by example, showing a strong work ethic to the younger wrestlers. “Our work ethic is pretty tough,” Levesque said. “The best teams to coach are the ones that run themselves, in terms of the little stuff. They take care of each other, and they know that if something [problem-wise] gets to my desk, that someone is going to pay.”

Levesque said last week that there were a lot of tests coming up for the Tomahawks, including the Trumbull duals on Jan. 5, and the Xavier duals on Jan. 12 – both of which pit Glastonbury against other top teams in the state. The team will also head to Warwick, R.I., which will actually be a partial preview of the New England semi-finals. Hosting South Windsor on Feb. 6 will likely be for a conference title.

Levesque said peaking at the right time will be the key for the rest of the season, which is why he starts slow with practice schedules and then ramps up after the holidays, with the hopes of peaking later in the season, rather than earlier.

“I don't want to mentally wear the kids down,” he said. “It's a mental sport, so managing that aspect is important. I don't think a lot of coaches really understand how much it takes to take an adolescent boy and ask him to go 14 to 16 Saturdays, dawn to dusk. If they're winning, they’re getting physically beat up, and if they're losing, they're getting physically and mentally beat up.”

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