GREENWICH, Conn. With an inexperienced team, Greenwich wrestling coach George Albano expected a tough night Thursday going against league power Fairfield Warde. The Mustangs, ranked seventh in the state, won easily, 61-6, but the Cardinals showed several encouraging signs.
Youre wrestling against one of the top teams in the state, but we were excited to wrestle them, Albano said. Were inexperienced, but the only way to get better is to wrestle top competition. I thought individually we held our own in a lot of the matches. The score is at the other end of the spectrum, but I dont think it was reflective of how we wrestled.
Greenwich (5-4) won two decisions, a 4-0 victory for Alex Jarombek at 113 and a 7-1 triumph by Ryan Whittle at 170. Several other matches were tight, including a one-point setback by Grant Cucchissi at 182 and an overtime loss by Jack Benenson at 120.
Jack was unbelievable, Albano said. You could see him gaining confidence throughout the match. Thats the kind of effort that we want to have.
Whittle continued his outstanding season, which included a victory in the Ted Murphy Shoreline Classic last weekend. His goal is the league championship and beyond, Albano said. When you beat a kid from Danbury or Warde, you put yourself in a good spot.
Greenwich competes in the Greater Hartford Open on Saturday at Hall High School, and hosts Stamford next week.
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