Ludlowe wrestling expects to have a strong season
The 2011-2012 season is exactly what the Fairfield Ludlowe wrestling team has been looking toward.
After a couple down years in a row, the Falcons will be a force to be reckon with this season. Ludlowe has depth and experience at every weight class, as the Falcons go two- or three-deep at every position.
"We've been very young the last few years," Ludlowe coach Nick Garoffolo said. "We've got a ton of seniors in our lineup this year."
Making matters even better for the Falcons is their incoming freshmen and talented sophomores. Garoffolo admitted they are some of Ludlowe's most seasoned wrestlers. Freshman Alex Sullivan will be one of those, as he'll start the year at 152.
"Our younger guys are some of the experienced wrestlers we have," Garoffolo said. "Sullivan has been wrestling for six years now."
Leading the sophomore group is Ben Batulanon at 106. Batulanon won more than 40 matches a year ago, and was the only wrestler to win against Warde last year.
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He'll be joined in a talented sophomore class by Eric Kirchgasser at 113 and Nic Catlan at 138. Both had winning records as freshmen last year. Classmate Austin Reid will try to break the lineup at 132 for Ludlowe this year, as well.
Senior captains Mauricio Xocoy and Henry Wales will be two of the Falcons best again this year. Wales placed fourth at the FCIAC meet a year ago. Xocoy was an FCIAC and Class L state placer and will be talented and strong again.
"Last year we had a few weight classes where we couldn't win," Garoffolo said. "That won't happen this year."
Ludlowe also has a string of talented juniors. Joey Sokolski at 160, Garoffolo's son, Matt at 220 and Ben Brzoski at 171 will be three starters. Hyat Syed and Matt Lilly will battle with Reid for the 132 spot and Peter Clark will battle Sullivan for the 152 spot.
Garoffolo expects his team to challenge for the Ludlowe record of 20 wins, set in 2008. The Falcons also want to win their division, an arduous task with crosstown rival Warde lurking there.
"Our goal is to win the FCIAC's Eastern Division," Garoffolo said. "It is hard because Warde is there. But we'll give it a shot."