Wrestling pins down weaknesses, continue strong season

Ben Trucksess ’21 getting back points against EA, January 16, 2020 – photo by Mr. James McDonnell

Fords wrestling faced a challenging season last year, chalking up only a single win. This year, the Sixth Formers promised change. In response, the team has been hitting practice with more fervor than ever, and as a result, are climbing their way back to the top.

     “I think this season has been much more successful than last season on many fronts,” said Sixth Form Captain Kwaku Adubafour. Historically, the team has found it difficult to recruit a full roster. 

      “We have a much larger team filled with more experienced guys,” Adubafour said.

     With a full lineup, the team has begun to unlock its full potential. Sixth Former Sam Reisbord credits their newfound success to “the addition of underclassmen and some major returns from experienced guys.”

     “We’ve recruited some excellent younger guys in Billy Brosko, Jay McDonell, and Jac Campbell. We have an amazing core,” Reisbord said. “We didn’t have that last year.”

     Beyond a stronger roster, the team’s dynamic culture switch has proven pivotal in their overall improvement.

     “We push each other. As a senior, I feel like I can get on the younger guys without it coming across as pointing fingers,” Reisbord said.

Kwaku Adubofour ’21

     Although the team has made significant improvements, the leaders insist there is room for more. Specifically, they look to clean up some of their “unnecessary losses” due to injuries and forfeits and emphasize consistency.

     “Although every day of practice isn’t perfect, I feel like everyone a part of the program is striving for that,” Adubafour said.

     Behind the strong senior leadership is the anchor of the team, Coach Jesse Sataloff.

“We’re destined for good things, and this is the group that kicked it off.”

Coach Jesse Sataloff

     “I’m proud of the boys, their work ethic, and their commitment to their teammates,” Coach Sataloff said. “It’s been fun to watch the guys evolve and take on tough competition. I believe we’re destined for good things, and this is the group that kicked it off.”

     The team has the talent and the work ethic—all that is needed is time. 

     “We have a legitimately good team this year and we’ve won some huge matches — but the best thing of all is that the team is only in position to clean up those weird losses,” Reisbord said. “We can get a lineup like 2016. We can get a lineup like ’04, or the 600 team, or the John Middleton teams. Coach Sataloff is really building us towards that.”

Author: Daniel Chow '20

Daniel Chow is a managing editor of the newspaper, previously serving as the assistant editor of the Features section. His article “Basketball reflects on historic season” earned a SIlver Key from the 2020 Philadelphia-area Scholastic Writing competition. Chow is a member of the Haverford VEX Robotics Team 169 "The Cavalry" as well as the school's Model UN, squash, and debate team. His favorite subjects are Math and English. Outside of school, he enjoys chess and cooking.