Huskymania Hits Connecticut, the Pack is Back
Storrs, CT - The 2010-11 University of Connecticut wrestling team has picked up right where they left off last season with successful competition in events in the Northeast Conference of the NCWA this past semester. With the loss of Co-Captains Mike Gorton and Pat Neilan due to graduation, the new leadership has guided the team in the right direction in order to seriously pursue the upcoming individual and dual meet titles. The Husky’s point leader for the fall semester is Jr. Luke Walsh (Farmington HS/Farmington, CT). A 1st place finish in the 165 lb. weight class at the Springfield Tech. Collegiate Open on Dec. 4th propelled him past Senior 157 lb. Seth Lattrell (Central Catholic HS/W. Newbury, MA) for the team lead. The former Massachusetts HS State Champion, who finished 3rd at Springfield Tech., had led the team the whole semester and is now a close second. 3rd in points for the Huskies in points is freshman sensation Brian Richman (New Milford HS/New Milford, CT). The big 197 pounder has a 5-2 record with a 2nd place finish in the Veterans Day Open in NY and a 3rd place finish at Springfield Tech. Next in line for the Huskies are Sophomores Josh Schmidt (Wrightstown HS/Green leaf, WI) and Alex Sterner (Terryville HS/Terryville, CT). Seniors John "The Ghost" Casper (Bergen Catholic HS/Bergenfield, NJ) at 165 lbs. and Team President Evan Nahins (Greenwich HS/Stamford, CT) at 133 lbs. both finished up the semester with their best performances ever in Husky blue by finishing in 2nd place of their respective weight classes at Springfield Tech. Other wrestlers making significant contributions to the Huskies success this semester were Zachariah Savic (Wethersfield HS/Coventry, CT) at 125 lbs., transfer student Nick Ortiz (Windham Tech/Willington, CT) at 125 lbs., Lawrence Machia (Stafford HS/Stafford Springs, CT) at 141 lbs., Frank Miller (St. John's Prep/Wakefield, MA) at 149 lbs., Anthony Josie (So. Windsor HS/So. Windsor, CT) at 157 lbs., Eric Parsons (Gilbert Sch./Winsted, CT) at 174 lbs., Kenechi Unachukwu (Marlboro HS/Morganville, NJ) at 174 lbs., Lucas Andrade (New Milford HS/New Milford, CT) at 174 lbs. and Nick Morales (Ledyard HS/Gales Ferry, CT) at 235 lbs.
The Huskies are anxiously awaiting the return of their Co-Captains to the line-up. 157 lb. NCWA Northeast Conference Champion Mike Battinelli (Stamford HS/Stamford, CT) is poised to repeat. Preseason polls by Wrestling Insider News Magazine (W.I.N.) have ranked him 5th in the 157 lb. weight class of the NCWA this season. UConn's other Co-Captain, '09-'10 NCWA point leader 197 pounder Rich Zschoche (Danbury HS/Danbury, CT) has dropped down to 184 lbs. this season. The Huskies are also awaiting the season debut of '09-'10 Nat'l qualifiers Matt Dumbrowski (Gilbert Sch./E. Hartford, CT) at 285 lbs. and Micah Flashman (Masuk HS/Stratford, CT) at 184 lbs. Entering his 34th season as a coach of wrestling is Rhode Island native Rick Bartel who is in his third season with the Huskies.