Despite graduating several key players last year, Farmington High School Wrestling Coach Eric Misko is still touting his team’s senior strength and leadership and is confident about the upcoming season.
“We are returning a group of talented wrestlers that with hard work and attention to detail could have a very special season,” Misko said in a press release recently.
Wednesday night, at the team’s first meet against rival Berlin High School, his team proved him right, soundly defeating the Redcoats 52-16. The Indians were led by pins from Drew Dahlberg, Garrett Hastings and Dovydas Simanskis.
“This is a driven group that enjoys learning new technique,” Misko said. “They are physical and mature.”
He also named Ryan Rigney, Mason Yancey, Harry Pacheco, Mike Berlandy, Brandon Marquis as other top competitors returning this year. Hastings, Berlandy, George Sticca and Chris Thomas are captains.
But despite the opening win, Misko said his team has some work to do and that Wednesday’s performance needed some work.
“We were a bit sloppy with the first match of the season but any time you can pick up a win, we are happy,” he said. “We will need to separate into weight classes and work to improve each week. We have the potential to put a very athletic team on the mat."
The Indians were 28-1 last year.
Farmington hosts the 10th annual Indian Classic Tourney at home this weekend.