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Young Harrison Wrestling Team Maturing Daily

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Harrison wrestling team received a rude introduction to the season. The young Huskies wrestled in the Tony Carlucci Dual-Meet Tournament, where they were pooled with powers Fox Lane and Monroe-Woodbury. It was a difficult two days for Harrison, who are without a senior on the team for the first time in coach Vinny Nicita’s 28 years, but one the young Huskies used to their advantage. “We were wrestling two very tough teams in Fox Lane and Monroe-Woodbury, but it was a good experience because we wrestled tough matches and it helped prepare us for the rest of the season,” said tri-captain Joe Maida. “The tournament also brought us together as a team.” The Huskies rebounded from the rough opening weekend and returned to place fifth in the highly-competitive Patriot Wrestling Tournament at John Jay-East Fishkill. Maida won a title while fellow captains Gavin Menchel and David Polakoff were runners-up. Freshman Max Urreta finished third. “I was happy for our team and I know coach was pretty proud of us,” said Maida, who is currently 15-1. “We definitely saw the improvement on the mat from the previous week. You could see everyone was more relaxed and more comfortable.” Since the Patriot Tournament, the Huskies have been gaining confidence with each match. Harrison has been working hard in the room and the younger wrestlers are taking advantage of their captains’ knowledge. Maida, Menchel and Polakoff have become three unofficial assistant coaches, working with their young teammates whenever they are asked. “They’re comfortable to come to us and we are comfortable working with them,” Maida said. “They are doing a lot better on their feet and, as a team, our conditioning has improved a lot, which is helping us win matches.”

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