Wrestling - Boys' Varsity
The Wrestling team started the season with a small but dedicated group that evolved into a very strong team of wrestlers. With only 4 returning wrestlers and 4 wrestlers new to the sport, expectations were not very high. The team was forfeiting at least 6 weight classes each dual meet and that often gave their competition an insurmountable lead before the wrestling even began. Because of this, the team focused on individual growth and improvement through the years instead of team accomplishments. Senior Cam Alicandro notched his 100th win of his career during the season and concluded his time as a Golden Knight wrestler with 111 wins, the most ever by a Marianapolis wrestler. Senior Ryan Zhou wrestled for his third year but injury stopped him at the end of the season from potentially qualifying for the New England tournament at 145 pounds. Junior Alex Stawiecki returned after an injury shortened his sophomore campaign and showed his athleticism and dedication by often wrestling up a weight class to help the team be competitive.
Newcomer Nick Basley learned quickly and showed great potential as a junior trying the sport for the first time. Sophomore Andre Looney placed in the Northern New England Tournament in Maine and won the EIL Championship to qualify for New Englands. Brendan Donegan came back to the sport as a vastly improved wrestler who ended the season around 500 in one of the toughest weight classes in New England at 138. Evan Lundt joined for the first time as a sophomore and proved that he has great potential as well. Evan often had to wrestle up a weight class to help the team and learned a great deal from those challenges.
The lone freshman on the team, Szymon Mamro, continued his family tradition of wrestling by following in his brothers’ footsteps. He improved each and every day and will be a force as he learns and grows with the sport. Overall the team finished the season with a handful of wins and several losses in dual meets but surprised many larger and more experienced teams in tournaments as the individuals had the opportunity to shine when wrestling in that format. With increased numbers the team has a foundation that could shock some established teams and put Marianapolis on the wrestling map.
Chris MillerHead CoachChris Miller is entering his ninth year as varsity wrestling coach at Marianapolis Prep. He has been involved with wrestling for 35 years and has coached for over 20 years at all levels of competition in both Pennsylvania and New England. He has built programs from scratch at both the high school and middle school levels in both the independent school system and in public schools. He has also worked with youth wrestling camps in the summer to broaden the appeal of wrestling to young athletes. Miller wrestled for Lafayette College and qualified for the National Independent Wrestling Tournament twice while a three year varsity wrestler in high school. He currently owns a web development business in Massachusetts but taught in both middle and high school environments prior to starting the business. Miller has a B.A. in English from Lafayette College.