Wrestling season set to begin
Milford and Souhegan are ready to start the wrestling season.
Milford, which finished third in Division II last season returns a solid blend of experience and youth under co-coaches Dana Bourassa and Jeff Sellars. Bourassa is entering his 40th season at the helm of the program, which returns standouts George Horta, Ricky DeBernardo, Matt DiGiosio and Kyle Faucher- Clancey.
Meanwhile Souhegan is looking to spark its program in the right direction with senior Jake Upton and six freshmen on the squad under first-year head coach Alex Pittera.
"Though we are a young team, we are full of talent, determination, and good leadership from our returning senior Jake Upton," Pittera said. "Although we expect to take bumps and bruises as a young team now, this team will be a force to reckon with come the junior and senior years."
Here’s a glance at the local teams:
CO-COACHES: Dana Bourassa, 40th season; Jeff Sellars, fifth season
LAST YEAR: Third at D-II championships; ninth at MOC
KEY RETURNERS: George Horta, Ricky DeBernardo, Matt DiGiosio, Kyle Faucher- Clancey.
PROJECTED STARTERS: TBA.
COACH’S COMMENT: "We are going to take each bout one at a time and try to get better every day. Merrimack, Windham and Hollis Brookline are looking very good based on last year’s teams."
COACH: Alex Pittera, first season
LAST YEAR: Tied for 35th at MOC
KEY RETURNERS: Jake Upton, sr., 138
PROJECTED STARTERS: James Raiser, fr., 106; Sam Theriault, fr., 113; Ryan Hauser, fr., 120; Cam Albert, fr., 126; Nicolo Lazzari, fr., 132; Victor Ceballos, fr., 132; Jake Upton, sr., 138.
COACH’S COMMENT: "After spending a few years under the coaching of Worceter Polytechnic Institute’s Hall of Fame wrestler Garrett Trombi during their middle school years, these up-and-coming freshmen are more than ready to tackle whatever challenges high school wrestling bring them. Each of these student-athletes has their own unique strengths and styles that they will continue to build and improve upon during their high school careers."