Two unexpected losses force Gladiators to change plans Glenelg HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

When last season ended, Glenelg seemed like a logical bet to turn its 5-10 record into a winning one this winter, with five proven wrestlers scheduled to return.

But that picture has changed considerably, because seniors Randy Garland and Paul Brosenne, who both had winning records last season, decided not to wrestle this season.

"With Paul and Randy out, we're pretty young again this year," said second-year coach Jeff Kent. "We're going to be rebuilding with our freshman and sophomores for the next few years."

Kent is counting on sophomores such as Jeff Feaga (103 pounds), Tate Fenner (130), Ryan MacMurray (140) and heavyweight Phil Stanton to accelerate the rebuilding process.

Feaga was 5-2 against the county on junior varsity last season. Fenner was a runner-up in the junior varsity county tournament.

The Gladiators will rely heavily on three seniors, beginning with 112-pound Steve Cho, who went 11-8 last season and was a surprise county champion in the 103-pound class.

At 119, Jamie Arnsmeyer is coming off a 16-3 season, which ended with a disappointing fourth-place finish at the county tournament and a fourth in the regionals. Shawn Chaconas (160) went 8-7 and came on strong in the second half, culminating in his third-place finish in the county tournament.

If Glenelg is going to make sizable progress, it also must see improvement from numerous returnees. Seniors Andy Marshall (130) and Chris Miller (140) and junior Joe Lupo (189) all had losing records last season.

Kent clearly is looking to the future. He'll probably sacrifice a few points just to get the youngest wrestlers more valuable experience.

"The sophomores are pretty tough kids, but they need that experience, because they're basically going to be the team next year," Kent said. "Even the best have gotten thrown around the mat when they first started out."

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