Written by Marisa Glaser Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00
The Glen Cove wrestling team has a new coach in charge this year. Chris MacDonald, former volunteer assistant coach to the team, was handed the reins this year and is very excited for the upcoming season.
“We have a young team,” MacDonald said, “a lot of young guys; everyone is excited and motivated about the season.”
The Big Red, which finished in the middle of the pack at 20th in Nassau County last year, is looking to improve upon their record. They lost some key members of the team in Mike Ianetta (who was fourth in the county last year), Hector Paez, Sasha Bogdanich (holds the Glen Cove record with over 100 wins), and Danny Belfiore (currently playing football at C.W. Post). These are some big shoe to follow, but four year varsity wrestlers and senior captains Alexey Bogvanich (younger brother of Sasha) and Aaron Sylver, along with junior captain Nicholas McAdams, are up to the task, anchoring a team composed of many ninth- and tenth-graders and one eighth-grader, some of whom are expected to make an impact this year.
MacDonald worked with eighth-grader Eduardo Montecer last year with the middle school team. He said “it just made sense” to bring him up to the Varsity this year, and everyone is excited to see how he does. Tenth-graders Charlie Guastella and Mario Serrano are also key guys to watch, as both had strong years starting as ninth-graders.
They have a large team this year - 37 wrestlers - which means good things for the program that it’s generating this much interest. It is also going to help the team out in their matches, as for the first time, the 96 lb. weight class and 275 lb. weight class are counting. Previously, if a team didn’t have a wrestler in either of these two weight classes and the opposing team did, it wouldn’t make a difference toward the outcome. However this year, if one school has someone wrestling in the 96 lb. weight class and the other school doesn’t, the other school will have to forfeit. The Big Red have wrestlers competing in every weight class, which means that they’ll never be put in that position.
The team has signs up in the weight room with inspirational sayings to keep everyone motivated. They know they have a long season ahead of them, and they are ready to put in the work necessary to achieve their desired results.
From the sounds of things, it seems as though they’ll be an exciting group of young wrestlers to watch.