RHAM wrestling heads into post season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Feb. 18, 2014
RHAM senior Cory Hunt (front) takes on E.O. Smith's Zachary Mitlitsky in the 160-pound category. Photos by Melanie Savage.
RHAM senior Cory Hunt (front) takes on E.O. Smith's Zachary Mitlitsky in the 160-pound category. Photos by Melanie Savage.

A loss to E.O. Smith on Senior Night, Wednesday, Feb. 12, means the RHAM wrestlers find themselves in the runner-up position for the CCC East championship this year. Seniors on the team are Cory Hunt at 145-152, who is competing for the first time as a full-time varsity wrestler this year. Head coach Ryan Fitch referred to him as “a talented wrestler who started to put things together this season.”

Senior Kevin Schilling, at 160, is another wrestler finally filling a full-time varsity role this year. Fitch calls Schilling, “a joy of a young man to be around.”

Senior Devon Perillo came out for the team for the first time this year. “[It] was a blast to see [him] grow throughout the season,” said Fitch. 

Fitch said senior James Turgeon, at 132, is his only returning wrestler who actually competed in Class l's last year. Fitch referred to Turgeon as, “one of the best young men to come out of this program, on and off the mat" and said he "was a tremendous young man to watch grow up.” Calling Turgeon, "the clear-cut strongest competitor“ on the team this year, Fitch said, "Hopefully [there’ll be] a few more stops along the way with him carrying us as he has all year.”

But a few of the younger guys have really stepped up to the plate this year, according to Fitch. Whether being forced into the varsity line-up when truly not ready, or going up a weight class or two to help out, these wrestlers have shown a firm commitment to the team. “I firmly believe this team gained a lot of warriors who learned a great deal about wrestling and themselves this year,” said Fitch.

Regarding post-season prospects, Fitch said that Turgeon has a shot at some banners. “Dan Webster is turning it on at the right time, and Cory Hunt could be a surprise to many, bumping up and wrestling at 152 most of the season while being a 145-pounder,” said Fitch. He said a realistic goal for the post-season “is to compete and show the young guys what it is all about and for James, Dan and Cory to lead the way.”

The team captain for the RHAM wrestling team is James Turgeon. Assistant coaches are Colin Davis and Brandon Elliott.

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