Success will be measured in a specific way for the Weston High wrestling team in the 2012-13 season.
The Trojans of course hope to win a few meets as a team. As individuals they hope for strong performances in the post-season.
“Hopefully, we’ll have a few guys place in the SWC and states and have one guy going to the Open,” said head coach Mario Federici, now in his fifth season with the team.
Once again the Trojans could have decent numbers in terms of turnout. Although practice started more than a week ago they expect from six to 10 additional wrestlers to come out once football season is finished, bringing the total to more than 20 in all.
Many of those wrestlers are back from last season’s squad, which posted an 8-7 overall dual meet record. Weston had a tougher time as the SWC finals, taking 11th in a field of 12 teams.
The Trojans also competed at the state Class M meet, taking 26th in a field of 37.
A few wrestlers have graduated since then, including former captain Matt Brooks. Competing at 152 pounds, he was fourth at the SWC finals.
Also gone are Christian Ameden, who wrestled at 145 pounds, and Sebastian Valin, another 152-pound wrestler.
Much of Weston’s experience will rest with seniors Geronimo Valin, Tim Levene and Remy Babson-Smith, all of whom saw a lot of varsity time on the mat last season. Valin will move up to 145 pounds and Levene will wrestle at 120. Babson-Smith, an All-SWC honorable mention last year, will compete at 138.
“I have a lot of expectations for all three of them,” said Federici.
Several juniors also bring some experience to Weston’s ranks, particularly in the heavier weight classes. Travis Delaney competed at 182 pounds last season and Ryan O’Connell was at 170. Jack Hamilton wrestled at 220 and is also back.
Grayson Keith can alternate between the 220 and 275-pound classes, depending on the match.
New to the team is junior Sam Rueben, who previously ran indoor track. “He has a lot of natural ability,” said Federici.
Sophomores who could make in impact this season are Alex Ishin, a possible 180 to 189-pound wrestler, and Schuyler Debarger, who could compete at 142.
Helping the team prepare for the season are several scrimmages against the likes of Norwalk, Westhill of Stamford and Somers (N.Y.). The Trojans open the season on Wednesday when they face Masuk at 6 p.m. at home.