With more numbers, wrestlers hope for a reversal

Coach Sataloff looks over practice, December 4, 2019 – Jack Kirkpatrick ’20

As winter sports begin, the wrestling team has an opportunity to emerge as one of the better athletic teams. Only thirteen Fords wrestled for the 2018-2019 Wrestling Team, but that number has grown to over twenty this year. 

    In addition to many Third Form newcomers, students from other forms have also joined, including Fourth Former Tommy Kohlenberg. 

      “Wrestling is a very difficult sport,” Kohlenberg said. “Without the team feeling, it would be very difficult to fight through.  Everyone on the team bonds with each other and it is a great team to be a part of.”

     With the beginning of the new season, the Fords have ramped up the intensity of the workouts. Head coach Mr. Jesse Sataloff has been pushing the athletes to reach peak form. The wrestlers are in school on Saturday mornings and during holiday breaks. 

     Fourth Former Ian Rush, who wrestled last season, is aware of the changes the team is going through.

“The conditioning and the difficulty of practice has gone up a lot, which doesn’t seem like fun at first, but just within the first couple weeks, I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.”

Ian Rush ’22

     “There are more people in the room, which is fantastic because it means more people are trying out the sport. Another thing I have noticed is the conditioning and the difficulty of practice has gone up a lot, which doesn’t seem like fun at first, but just within the first couple weeks, I feel like I am in the best shape of my life,” Rush said.

     Along with Mr. Sataloff, the team is led by Sixth Form Captain Kwaku Adubofour, who has been wrestling for four years. He believes this season will be one to remember. Although excited about this year, Adubofour has no doubt the team will thrive.

     “The wrestling team’s culture and vibe is a whole lot better than last year. I think it is because we have a lot of new guys who are ready to work and are excited about the sport. I’m honored to be team captain because I feel like this year is a key year in the regrowth of our prestigious wrestling program. We have a lot of young talent, and I’m very grateful to lead them,” Adubofour said.

     Although the team does not compete in any Inter-Ac matches until the start of the new year, multiple tournaments lie ahead of the team in the next couple of weeks. In the home opener, the Fords take on Academy of the New Church at home on Wednesday, December 18.