Wrestling works for successful season


Photo Riley Garand

Senior captain Drew Cozzolino pins down an opponent in a match against Marlborough on January 4. Algonquin won 42-27.

Riley Garand, Staff Writer

Wrestling has pinned their way to a 14-5 record and 2-2 in the league with no sign of slowing down thanks to strong leadership, coaching, and team chemistry.

Contributing to their record are recent wins against Ashland, Malden Catholic, and Beverly with a 42-36 loss to Cambridge.

The team also beat Marlborough 42-27 on January 4, marking their seventh victory.

“I’m proud of the guys mainly because a lot of the guys stepped up and wrestled tough even if they were out wrestled,” coach Brian Kramer said after the Marlborough match.

Members of the team were happy with the results.

“We all wrestled really tough and that was kind of the key tonight, and I’m glad we came out on top,” senior captain Drew Cozzolino said after the Marlborough match.

“That was a great team win and everyone really fought hard, the toughness really showed in the match,” senior captain Joe Vencile said. “Kids did a great job at not getting pinned and kids did a great job at pinning kids, we just got to improve from here.”

A goal for the team would be winning the state title in our home gym, that would be great.

— Senior captain Joe Vencile

Many wrestlers have stood out throughout the victorious season.

“The three captains [Finnegan, Vencile, Cozzolino] are the standouts this season, but we also have a nice set of juniors coming up and it is just the complete effort of the team,” coach James Gray said.

“[Junior] Jack Golden, he was away for a while and he came back and went right back into it… [Senior] Wylie Ith has also stood out and of course the other captains Joe and Drew,” senior captain Bryce Finnegan said.

With more matches on the horizon, the team aims high for how they want the rest of the season to go, and have big hopes for success.

“We want to win the division championship as a team, and that’ll actually be hosted here,” Finnegan said.

“A goal for the team would be winning the state title in our home gym, that would be great,” Vencile said. “Another goal would be to hit my one hundred wins, and I’m very close so I hope to do so.”

Kramer also shared some goals for the team.

“This is my sixth year coaching and I would also love to see an individual state champion; we haven’t had one yet,” Kramer said. “We’ve had a number of good wrestlers in the past but so far I haven’t had someone push through to the individual state tournament or to the all-state tournament… So my main goal is to have these kids to stay with something and work hard for it.”