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The Sports Journal

Wrestling Team Record at 15-5

The New Britain High School wrestling team is nearing the end of their regular season and with five matches remaining, they have compiled an overall record of 15 – 5. Coming into the season, head coach Charles Ferguson said their main goal was to compete in the CCC West against other teams in the conference. While their overall record has been very good, their conference record is 0 – 2. Ferguson knows that more work needs to be done heading towards the postseason.

In order to get more out of his team, he will lean on numerous players such as Dylan Krivickas, Mike Calvo, Joshua Graves, Alex Swaby, Luis Laboy, Patrick Malchar, and Nathan Carasquillo. Ferguson said that those are his veterans that will take the rest of the team under their wings and get them motivated to work

even harder.

“A lot of the veterans help. Some of the juniors that have been with the program for the past two years come together and take ownership of the team. While Dylan is one of our main leaders, he also gets a lot of help from his teammates. We also have numerous sophomores that have shown promise heading into the future,” he said.

Ferguson knows he needs as much help as possible for the remainder of the season and in future years. A huge void was left when Giovanni Medina graduated last year. Medina was the 2013 state champion.

“Obviously we miss the points that we give the team but like any other team you have to get guys ready to go. Someone will step in and fill the void and we’ve been working hard all season to do that,” he said.

The team took on Simsbury on Wednesday and will square off at Newington on Feb. 1, at Hall on Feb. 5, at Holy Cross High School on Feb. 8, and at Southing on Feb. 12. After the end of the regular season, the team will head to the postseason tournament. Every team makes the tournament and your seeding depends on how well one does individually and as a team throughout the season. Each wrestler gets seeded and has their opponents set accordingly.

Ferguson, who has been the wrestling coach for the past nine years, is assisted by Aaron Chase and Vern Kennedy.