Eagles pin hopes on youth Centennial HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Tutoring inexperienced wrestlers doesn't seem to bother Centennial coach Todd De Crispino. Rather, he's thinking upset.

"A lot of times the ranked person will lose to a person who was never even considered to be in the running for the championship," De Crispino said. "It will happen occasionally when a wrestler expected to win the county tournament will get beaten by a person who wasn't even expected to place."

The 1992-93 Centennial wrestlers are the most inexperienced De Crispino has coached. In his fourth season with the Eagles, he has given starting nods to three sophomores and one freshman.

De Crispino, who said none of his wrestlers is likely to contend for the county championship, has an unheralded squad.

Still, four key varsity starters are returning from a 7-9 team: sophomore Jason Nagle (112 pounds), senior Bill Chedester (130) and juniors Dave Almquist (160) and Anthony DiPietro (189).

Also penciled in as probable starters are freshman Lance Rhodes (103), senior Brett Feldman (119), and sophomores Chris Campbell (125) and John Mimm (189). Feldman, Campbell and Mimm started last season.

Holes exist in the middle weights and heavyweight. Freshman Jason Crane (205) has the inside track at heavyweight, but he recently broke two ribs and is questionable.

Before De Crispino took over, the Eagles had used five coaches in as many years, making potential wrestlers think twice about trying out for an unstable program.

De Crispino has added continuity, and ever year since his arrival, the preseason turnout has grown. This season, 55 boys appeared.

There is a lot to teach a young team, and De Crispino appreciates the challenge.

"It kind of disrupts practice because I'm teaching things that a wrestler who's been doing it two, three years understands," he said.

"Wrestling's a very aggressive sport and I want to see how much they've learned and developed."

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