Written by Joe Enea Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00
The biggest highlight of the season for the Manhasset wrestling team was their win against Bethpage; Bethpage is one of the top teams in the conference. Overall this season was a much more impressive, and very successful compared to last year’s team. As the season progressed the team began to get closer together and more confident, team record was 3 wins and 3 losses and last year was 1 win and 5 losses. Coach Sair says, “That he hopes that next season will be an even better one and they will keep progressing.”
Mike Fera, the team’s captain, directed the team throughout the year. Fera had an outstanding year placing, first in four individual tournaments that he entered. Overall he ranked fourth in the county, as well as one of the most prestigious players throughout Long Island. Within a few weeks there will be a tournament where players compete to be “all-county.” Mike Fera has a great chance to be one of those few selected people to be all-county. Fera is a monster on the mat and wouldn’t let up under any circumstances. Fera shows how a flashy, sharp player competes, while indicating how he diminishes his mistakes. Furthermore he is only a junior, which means he going to come back next year to lead the team to an exuberant place.Steven Fratello had a great season. Fratello was a great leader and performed very well throughout the season. He placed 2nd and 3rd in individual tournaments. Fratello has a chance to become an all-county player; he is going to have to exert solid effort.
Nick Zenobio, Matt Downy, and Mike Cerrone are a few players that have also excelled and competed very well throughout the season. Additionally, some players to look out for in future seasons are Austen Te, Bryan Herbert, and Devon Smith who currently are freshman and sophomores who will highlight our future seasons to come.
In the end it was a good step forward for the Manhasset wrestling squad. Optimistically Manhasset will keep taking steps forward and eventually be the top team in the conference in years to come.
“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” ~Kareem Abdul-Jabar, former NBA player