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West eyeing big season

Posted 1/4/22

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West wrestling team is getting ready to get back into action after the holiday break, and is looking to build on some of its momentum from earlier this winter. The team's biggest win came in December when it won the South

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West eyeing big season

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By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West wrestling team is getting ready to get back into action after the holiday break, and is looking to build on some of its momentum from earlier this winter.

The team’s biggest win came in December when it won the South County Wilson Cup tournament, in which is placed seven grapplers.

Cam Davis won the 113-pound division, while Luke Montefusco won at 145. Freshman Preston Marchessault won at 160 pounds.

Baker Kattan placed second at 138 pounds, while Landon Giampietro took second at 152. Noah Polion finished second at 195 pounds, while Saif Joseph finished second at 220.

“The team is looking really good, we had seven guys place at this tournament which is unheard of. We have some good guys returning and we have nine freshmen which is great for the future of our team,” said West coach Tom Lynch. “There really is not any pressure, we just try to improve each year. Improve on their skills, improve as a person, improve as an athlete. They do a great job of that, upholding the expectation of representing the team.”

The Falcons enjoyed a top-10 finish at states last year and is hoping to take another step forward into the top five, perhaps even higher.

Some key returners for the Falcons are Davis, who took fourth at states last year. All-State captain Montefusco is also returning after a big finish, as well as Polion, who is expected to be a factor in his division. Other key grapplers include Schiavulli, Giampietro and Joseph.

The biggest addition to the team is Marchessault, who is undefeated at this point in his freshman season at 160 pounds. He also took home second-place finishes at the USA Folk Style Championships and Reno Worlds.

“He’s looking to win a state championship this year. Preston sets high goals and standards for himself. It’s a tough goal to set at any weight class, but especially at 160 – he’ll definitely run into some seniors at states. I’m positive that he can make the finals, then anything can happen from there. But he’s the real deal,” said Lynch.

Health will be key, according to Lynch.

“We can be a top-five team, that’s our goal. We may even be able to be top-three if we can stay healthy,” Lynch said.

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