The Wildcats assumed sole possession of first place in Division II Tuesday night, thanks to a dominating performance against Valley View. Coach Dante Terenzio's lads piled up 10 pins en route to a 69-11 Lackawanna League rout.
Western Wayne celebrated Senior Night in fine fashion against Valley View.
The Wildcats leapt out to an early lead before a raucous Varden Garden crowd, then rolled to a 69-11 Lackawanna League win.
Coach Dante Terenzio's squad dominated the Cougars from opening whistle to final buzzer, piling up 10 pins en route to another Division II victory.
"These seniors have been giving us great leadership forever," Coach Terenzio told TWI Sports. "They're a great group and it's been an honor coaching them. We still have a lot of things left to accomplish this year, but we'll really miss them."
With this lopsided win, Western Wayne improved its regular season record to 4-0. The 'Cats are now all alone atop the standings, a full match up on both Valley View and Prep.
Next up for the local lads is a rare tri-meet on Thursday against Susquehanna and Montrose. That encounter is slated for a 4:45 p.m. start in New Milford.
This senior class has played a major role in helping Western Wayne's varsity wrestling team join the ranks of the elite.
The Wildcats captured a Lackawanna League and District Two title last season...and this year, they're well on the way to defending those crowns.
On Tuesday night, all five seniors posted impressive wins in leading Western Wayne to a big win over previously unbeaten Valley View.
Evan Decker continued his stellar season with a pin at 103 pounds. He clamped the Cougars' Mitch Kanavy with just one second remaining in the opening stanza.
Zach Jones then added a first period fall of his own at 125. Jones pinned Frank Swaha at the 1:16 mark.
Raphael Ingaglio joined the 6-point parade at 130. He recorded a second period fall at the expense of Aishan Artar (3:19).
Casey Fuller barely broke a sweat in racking up his 22nd win of the year. Western Wayne's senior mat star clamped Nick Krehel in a time of 1:01 at 160 lbs.
Josh Harrison rounded out this Senior Night pinning extravaganza with one more fall.
Harrison, who is coming off a 34-win junior season, posted his 18th win of the year. Josh put the hammer to Valley View's Troy Uhrin at 189 (3:12).
"These kids were all incredibly aggressive and physical out there tonight," said Coach Terenzio. "They're acting like champions. They're mentally tough and in better shape than anyone else."
While this quintet of senior wrestlers owned the limelight on this particular night, Western Wayne couldn't have posted such a dominant win without the help of its talented underclassmen.
Manny Mirailh (135 lbs), Beau Fuller (145) Brandon Haddon (160), Joseph Ingaglio (215) and Matt Ros-ensweet (285) also recorded falls for the 'Cats.
Coach Terenzio singled out Ingaglio and Rosensweet for special praise.
Joseph found himself in a slugfest with Valley View's Chris Cicilioni before finally rallying to post the pin (3:43).
"He's a pretty amazing kid," he said with a chuckle. "Most nights Joseph goes out there against kids who outweigh him by at least 30 pounds. But, somehow he finds a way to win."
Matt went toe-to-toe with the Cougars' Michael Galantini at 285 and pounded out a first period pin. Western Wayne's junior heavyweight closed it out at the 1:34 mark.
"Matt is just incredibly strong," Coach Terenzio said. "When he goes out there and dictates the tempo of the bout, he's very tough to beat."