Led by returning Patriot League All-Star Daniel Walsh, who is undefeated, the Silver Lake wrestling team is off to a 2-2 start this season.
KINGSTON – Led by returning Patriot League All-Star Daniel Walsh, who is undefeated, the Silver Lake wrestling team is off to a 2-2 start this season.
"We have a young team but we have a full lineup, and that’s important in wrestling where a forfeit can hurt you tremendously," Head Coach Wayne Reissfelder said. "Teams can’t just take free points from us, which is why we’re 2-2 right now. I’m really excited about this team."
The Lakers lost all-star Alex Snell to graduation from last year’s team, which won nine matches, while another all-star, Grant Laws, transferred to a different school. Snell, competing at 145, won more than 30 matches, and finished second at the Division 2 South Sectionals and sixth at the D-2 meet. Laws wrestled in the heavyweight class and captured nearly 40 matches. He won the Marshfield Holiday Tournament, finished fourth at the sectionals and sixth at the division meet. He also won a match at the All-States.
Walsh, still only a junior, is 7-0 and finished first competing at 120 pounds in the recent Devin Ness Memorial Tournament at Oliver Ames. Last season, he won 25 matches at 113 pounds and was fifth in the D-2 South Sectionals.
The Lakers have defeated Waltham/Weston and Somerset-Berkley, while losing to Cohasset and Duxbury. Among the early-season contributors have been senior Gavin Hamilton, sophomores Pat Ganley and Will Barkowski, and freshmen Scott Snell and Kyle Sipullo.
Hamilton, who captured more than 20 wins last season, was fourth at sectionals and has twice won by pins this season wrestling at 182. "He’s going to be someone to look at," Reissfelder said.
Scott Snell (106), Ganley (126), Barkowski (152) and Sipullo (195) all pinned their opponents in the Duxbury loss, while Ganley and Barkowski collected pins in the wins over Waltham/Weston and Somerset Berkley.
Another highlight was the performance of sophomore Kyler Baur in the Ness Memorial Tournament, where he finished fourth at 106 pounds.
"We have a lot of sophomores coming back this year," Reissfelder said. "It’s another step in the rebuilding process. All those freshmen we had last year enjoyed it and stuck with the program. This is Phase Two of the rebuilding process. I think we’ll have a better year than last year. We just have to keep everybody motivated."