2016 - 2017 Preview
The 3-13 record posted by last year’s varsity wrestling team is somewhat misleading. While league powerhouses such as Avon Old Farms, Brunswick, and Trinity Pawling certainly showed their mettle in decisive wins over Salisbury, in several other losses the Knights were simply outnumbered; with no wrestlers to field in a number of weight classes, the wins recorded by Salisbury’s wrestlers could not suffice to overcome the forfeits. In one match, of the six Knight wrestlers competing, four won their matches. Six forfeits, however, offset those winning performances.
Head coach Adam Bunce hopes to have more wrestlers in more weight classes taking to the mats this season.
“We have a veteran group in the upper weight classes,” Bunce recently told an interested fan, “led by Peter Fousek, Will Tortorella, Michael Bae, Franky Cammalleri, Hayden Sturdevant, and Yuri Okada. Peter and Michael should improve on their strong finishes to last season,” Bunce continued. “Will looks to have success as a senior after showing continued improvement over the past three years. Hayden looks to take over at heavyweight for All-New England wrestler Nate Monk ’16. Hayden,” Bunce pointed out, “was very competitive in the room with Nate last season. Franky also looks to take over at one of the upper weights, building on his season last year.”
Okada presents an interesting case, as he returns to the wrestling program after a year’s absence. “Yuri brings experience and knowledge,” Bunce observes hopefully, “and has the ability to place in the league.”
In addition, Bunce brings back Alex Ferreira and Jason Goldstein. “Alex looks to improve on a very strong start to his wresting career last year,” Bunce commented, “while Jason has an opportunity to break into the starting line-up in the middle weights.”
Bunce also welcomes newcomers Peter Schullbach, Jackson Mullaney, and William Ferreira. “Peter and Jackson bring wrestling experience to the lighter and middle weights,” Bunce said, “adding depth to the team where it is much needed. I am pleased, too, that Alex [Ferreira] was able to convince his brother Will to join the team for the first time this season.”
The wrestlers will open their season on Wednesday, November 30, with a tri-meet at Hotchkiss that will also include Marvelwood.
History of the Program
Salisbury's first wrestling team took to the mats in 1960, but went winless in its initial season. The following year the grapplers notched their first victory over Darrow School. For the next two decades the program was led by Coach Robert "Robin" Mead. The team currently competes against a wide range of prep school opponents and participates in several tournaments each year. Over the years, New England champions in their weight class have included Mike Barnini '67, Jonathan Barres '69, Lyle Foster '78, Chris Ripley '97, Rey Kelly '07, Rob Ruiz '11, Josh Roometua '12 and Jake Roometua '12, among others.