Young Glastonbury wrestling team working hard
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
Coach Rob Levesque said the Glastonbury High School varsity wrestling team has a large number of players who haven't seen much time on the mat before this year, and is also going through a rash of injuries and illness, which is keeping the team's numbers down. After a win over East Hartford on Jan. 15, Levesque said he had only about half the team able to compete.
“We are a deep team,” he said. “We're struggling to put a full lineup out right now, but when we have them all back, we'll be pretty tough.”
A bright spot is that the lack of current depth has opened the door for several freshman athletes, who are able to take starting spots.
“They are getting better and better,” the coach said. “I'm happy with the type of wrestlers we have, and their work ethic, but this is not the type of team we've been spoiled with over the past few years, with 10 or so four-year wrestlers.”
Levesque said he's tried to schedule tournaments that give his younger wrestlers some good learning opportunities and a chance to get a few wins under their belts, to not only learn, but to boost confidence. “We try to get them as many minutes on the mat as we can,” he said, adding that in practices there is a lot of time spent on the basics.
“They're getting it,” he said. “They're picking it up. I'm seeing it translate to the mat. They definitely work hard. We have a lot of young guys working really hard.”
One of the team's two senior starters, 220-pound Andy Cavanna, is the reigning New England Championship in his class, and looks to defend that title. “He's won about 75 straight matches,” Levesque said, “so, he's good for us.”
The other senior, 126-pound Andy Bedard, is a three-year starter. Both Andys are looking to do well at the year-end meets.
“Those guys were fortunate to be on some good teams,” Levesque said. “They're trying to hold down the fort for us with these young guys.”
The Tomahawks host Windsor on Jan. 22, and then host a quad meet on Jan. 25. For a complete schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.