from today's Waukesha Freeman -
Depth an issue for Crusaders
Coach likes team’s tournament ability
WAUKESHA – Bill Young is excited about this year’s team – and he thinks it will be a good tournament-style team.
The Catholic Memorial High School wrestling team has five seniors, and juniors John Anderson and Sam Gromacki are returning sectional qualifiers – which makes CMH very strong in some areas.
But the lineup is still missing 106- and 113-pound wrestlers. That’s why Young will put a little more emphasis on tournament results than dual meets.
“We were above .500 with just one senior on the team last year,” the coach said. “We’ve got 23 kids out for wrestling, which is a big improvement. But we have some young kids in the lineup, and there’s a learning curve because you lose before you win. We will be a better tournament team than a dual team because we will have some holes in our lineup.”
Seniors David McLeod (132 pounds), Ty Schmitt (152), Paul Parworth (145 or 152), along with Gromacki (285) and Anderson (145) are all returning sectional qualifiers. However, they didn’t have much success at the sectional. Only Justin Dentici made it to state, but he graduated last year.
McLeod was one match away from state, but because of an illness toward the end of last year he wasn’t 100 percent in the postseason.
“He really worked out hard in the offseason and has been a lot of time at (the Askren Wrestling Academy),” Young said about McLeod. “So has Anderson, Gromacki and Mike Wurster. Hopefully all the work that they have spent will pay off for them.”
Young has a good idea on who will be in what weight class, but some guys will move around in a couple of spots. Everyone coming back is up a weight class or two from last year, which Young said is normal.
“A lot of that has to do, and this is in any sport, of what you do in the offseason,” Young said. “That’s to be stronger and more reps. You’ve just go to keep showing improvements. The end deal is to be a state qualifier.”
John Clark will also provide some experience in the lineup. The senior missed last year after having shoulder surgery. He will wrestle at 195 pounds. Sophomore Chris Else has varsity experience and will wrestle at 120 pounds.
Gromacki, Clark, Else, Wurster, Anderson and Ronny Driscoll all play for CMH’s football team, which is also coached by Young.
“We need our guys at Memorial to play more than just one sport,” Young said. “It’s a great crossover from football to wrestling.”
Young said he’d like to take credit in recruiting football players to wrestling, but he said not everyone can handle the rigors of wrestling.
The Crusaders have a lot of freshmen, and if any starters get injured it’s a freshman that will most likely have to step up, Young said. However, there’s two freshmen in Donavon Smith (126) and Rich Urich (132) who will likely crack the starting lineup.
CMH took sixth in the Classic 8 Conference tournament, and Young thinks his team will improve on that finish. He thinks Mukwonago, Arrowhead and Muskego will all be tough teams to beat, but his team doesn’t have to compete in a dual against those teams this season.
“It’s a grind, no doubt about it,” Young said.