The Stoughton High wrestling team will look to turn in a strong season in the Hockomock's Davenport Division.
The team will look to reload after loosing a strong core of seniors including Andrew Paredes, who was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the state at the heavyweight division. Stoughton will look to this current group of seniors as well as some younger talent to step in this year and give the Knights some successful performances on the mat.
First match: The Knights hit the mat first on Wednesday, 12/12/12 when they face to Mansfield.
Head Coach: Justin Leonard (3rd year at Stoughton)
Captains: Seniors Mike Dixon and Michael Cardoso, and junior Robert Mone
Burning Question: Who replaces one of the best wrestlers in the state in Andrew Paredes (heavyweight) as well as key contributors Stephen Colling (113), Sean Flaherty (182) and Kevin Richard (145)?
Senior captain Michael Cardoso had some thoughts on the question.
"The new strong senior core, we have a ton of returning veterans in myself, [Robert] Mone, [Mike] Dixon, [Nick] Michienzi, Scott [Camuso-Sullivan] as well as plenty of young sophomores and freshmen that are ready to go. Bryan Nguyen is replacing Paco [Paredes], and he is up to the challenge."
Coach Leonard added, "The entire team is looking top notch this year. Most of them worked out a lot in the off season, and all of the new faces are putting in hard work to prepare for the season."
Outlook: Cardoso also talked about the goals of the team this up-coming season.
"We all know what we are capable of. We just want to make a statement." Cardoso said. "Every year we are told how we are getting stronger but
the goal is to win, and this year we want to put it all together and win every match."
Coach Leonard also has some goals he hopes the Knights can achieve this year.
"My goals for this team are the same. To make sure the team works hard, wrestles to the best of their ability, and most of all to have fun."