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Chaminade High School Wrestling

Having won their league qualifier and catholic state sectional in resounding fashion last year, Chaminade enjoyed one of its finest seasons under Coach George Dlugolonski.  Unfortunately, Chaminade graduated eight starters from last year’s championship squad.  Despite the lack of returning starters, Coach Dlugolonski is confident that this year’s team will be as competitive as last year’s.  Chaminade hopes to tap some of its depth in building this year’s varsity lineup.  Considering last year’s results, the Flyers’ strength will reside in the middleweights. Wrestling at 145 pounds, senior captain Craig Calderone will be one of several key wrestlers in the lineup.  In addition, seniors Ian McMenamin, Tim Higgins, and Mike Casale are focused to make significant contributions once again.  Juniors Brendan Candon and Pat Doherty will hopefully use last year’s success as a spring board for this season as well.  Anchoring the Flyer lineup at 215, senior John Gravina has the task of guiding Chaminade’s young heavyweights.  In addition, freshman Anthony Piazza hopes to be a spark plug in the lineup.  Coach Dlugolonski believes that last year’s junior varsity wrestlers are poised to fill in the remaining weight classes.  If this year’s Chaminade grapplers work hard and encourage one another like last year’s team members did, then Chaminade will enjoy another successful wrestling campaign. Assisting the Flyers will be Kieran Griffin, John Nuzzi, Kevin Carroll, John Thomas, Stephen Beovich and servicing at captains will be Craig Calderone, Mike Casale, John Gravina, Tom Walsh and Ian McMenamin.