Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wyoming Seminary wrestling looking for national glory
By By Christopher Parish
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Pennsylvania edition.
With five consecutive prep team state titles and a handful of individual national championships under their belts, the Wyoming Seminary wrestlers have lots of opportunities to rest on their laurels. But you’ll seldom see athletes on this team looking back on their accomplishments. Especially when they know a sixth state title and a prep national championship are within reach.
“We’ve had a resurgence here over the last few years,” head coach Scott Green says.
Seminary offers wrestlers a chance to tackle a challenging national schedule, and they take full advantage. Look no further than senior DOMINICK MALONE, who won the prep national tournament at 119 pounds last year and ended the season ranked No. 12 in his weight class by InterMat. The Northwestern recruit has his sights set on winning again and staying unbeaten this season.
“He’s been at that level for quite some time, but last year was his breakout year,” Green says. “He’s training for an undefeated season. He’s relaxed, and he’ll stay driven.”
Another nationally ranked wrestler, junior ERIC MORRIS, was consistently one of the best in the country at 152 pounds last year and hopes to continue that dominance at 160 this winter.
“He is very focused and very motivated,” Green says. “He’s a year-round wrestler. He really loves the sport.”
Senior A.J. VIZCARRONDO, who’s headed to West Virginia, and senior EVAN BOTWIN, who was fourth at the prep national meet last year, make this team nearly unbeatable top to bottom. And the rich get richer — incoming freshman MICHAEL JOHNSON will anchor the team at heavyweight and already has a Cadet Nationals crown.
Christopher Parish is an associate editor with ESPNHS magazine. You can reach him on Twitter@CParishESPNHS.