Team focused on end of season performance

T he Whitehall varsity wrestling program begins the 2011-12 wrestling season this Saturday against Granville, and while the team is prepared for the match, it’s the end of the season the team is focused on.

“Our goal is what we do in February,” said longtime head coach Robert Diekel. “We would like to win the league if we can.”

The team is anchored by John Diekel, Al Aubin and Zach Diekel, all of whom qualified for the state wrestling tournament after winning Section II titles.

Zach Diekel, a four time Sectional champion who placed third at states last year, is the team’s lone senior and is poised to pass the 200-win mark this season.

An athletic 200 pounder, Zach will be gunning for a fifth Sectional Championship (a school record) and a state title.

John Diekel and Aubin will be two of the top wrestlers at their weight class in the league and both will be looking to build upon last year’s appearance at the state tournament.

The team will also look for contributions from Brandon Steves, Jake Gregory and Adrian Bebee, all of whom finished within the top six at last year’s Section II Class D tournament.

The team will also be buoyed by a deep and potential-laden team.

Robert Diekel said the wrestling program has nearly twice as many athletes participating this year as they did last year, a fact that should help them during the regular season.

Often times the key to winning dual meets is the ability to have a wrestler at each of the weight classes, a task that can be difficult at the smaller Class D schools like Whitehall, so the increased numbers should help.

Nearly half of the wrestlers on the team are freshmen, so the team will look for them to contribute this year while building the foundation for the future. Despite their age, Diekel has been impressed by what he’s seen so far.

“All of the wrestlers have shown in some way or another, some moxie or skills,” he said. “It’s been fun seeing the kids come together as a team. To see their growth, it’s been incredible.”

Diekel said the team will seek to improve at every level during the regular season and enter and see where that takes them in February.

“We’re excited for the season,” Diekel said.

The team hosts Granville at 1 p.m. this Saturday and Hudson Falls at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. Other home matches include Fort Ann at 6 p.m. on Dec. 22, Hadley Luzerne and Lake George at 6 p.m. on Jan. 4 and Warrensburg at 6 p.m. on Jan. 19.

 

Roster

 

Zach Diekel, Sr.

Al, Aubin, Jr.

Adrian Beebe, Jr.

John Diekel, Jr.

Domminic Gregory, Jr.

Chris Kelly, So.

Jordyn McCoy, So.

Brandon Steves, So.

Chad Amerio, Fr.

Julian Barber, Fr.

Brandon, Bills, Fr.

Blake Briggs, Fr.

Justin Eagan, Fr.

Cody Gardner, Fr.

Ryan Love, Fr.

Austin Rich, Fr.

Zach Rozell, Fr.

Jake Gregory, 8th

 

Sat, December 3rd                     Granville @ Whitehall                   1pm

Wed, December 7th                   Hudson Falls @ Whitehall             6pm

Fri/Sat December 9/10              Columbia Duals                             TBD

Tues, December 13th                 Whitehall @ SGF                           6pm

Wed, December 14th                Whitehall @ Corinth                      6pm 

Sat, December 17th                     Montgomery Duals                        9am

Thurs, December 22nd                 Fort Ann @ Whitehall                  6pm

Wed/Thurs, December 28/29th    Pellerin Duals                               9am

Wed, January 4th                        HL/LG @ Whitehall                      6pm

Fri/Sat, December 6/7th               Middletown Duals                4pm/9am

Wed, January 11th                       Whitehall @ Salem                       6pm

Fri/Sat, January 13/14th               Eastern States                                9am

Thurs, January 19th                      Warrensburg @ Whitehall            6pm

Sat, January 21st                           Shenendehowa Tourney             10am

Sat, January 28th                           Big Ten Tourney                          9am                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sat, February 4th                           Sectionals @ BKW                     10am

Fri/Sat, February 10/11th    Section 2 Championships ( GFCC)       10am

Fri/Sat, February 24/25th    NYS Championships (TUC)                  10am

Wed, March 7                          Whitehall Wrestling Banquet        6pm

Wed-Sat, March 29-April 1     NHSCA Wrestling Championships

 

 

 

 

 

 

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