The defending Tri-Valley League and Division 3 State Champion Norton High wrestlers kick off the 2012-13 season this Saturday, Dec. 8, at home in a quad meet against Taunton, Nauset and Norwell starting at 10 a.m.
The Lancers will be led by co-captains Stephen Hudson who is third in state at 220 lbs and Jack Cuneo who is sixth in state at 170 lbs. Coaches Pat Coleman, Chris McCarthy and John Royle are excited about this season's promise, despite graduating seven starters from last year's 26-1 team.
That team included two state champs and three sectional champs.
“While the strength of last season's team was talent, this season's team has more balance as the Lancers may fill all 14 weight classes for the first time in years,” coach Pat Coleman said.
Top senior prospects include Hudson, Cuneo and Brett Pike. A strong junior class will provide the heart of the lineup with Ahrayah Saintius, JT Taylor, Branden Pike, Myles McAlpine and Mike Travers. Experienced sophomores Elliott Johnson, Alek Donovan, and newcomer Russell Hansen will certainly make their presence known. In addition, a good turnout of 13 freshmen will contribute, too, especially in the lower weight classes.
The Lancers are riding a streak of 15 straight victories and 4 league championships in the past 5 years.
In addition the JVs have been undefeated for two seasons.
It should be a fun and exciting season ahead,” Coleman said. “Come cheer for the team!”