New Assistants Inspire Jayhawk Wrestling Team
In its first year under coach Robbie Waddington, the Jamestown Community Jayhawks wrestling team was able to post impressive results during the 2012-3 season despite starting the year with only 11 roster positions filled.
Sophomore Ryan Guynup out of Cadyville finished just one round away from being named an NJCAA All-American at 149 while Frank Sterlace of Silver Creek finished 2-2 in the national championships at 165.
But this year is likely to be a very different story for the Jayhawks. The team will begin this season with the benefit of a full year of recruiting as well as three new assistant coaches.
Joel Goyette, Shane Uber, and Dylan Freedman have been spending the offseason working with new athletes to develop a winning chemistry for the revamped squad.
“It was a tough start at the beginning of last year coming into the program with not much in place,” said Waddington, “but it has been a complete changeover since then.”
The Jayhawks will start the new season with a complete 22-man roster of capable wrestlers across all weight classes, thanks in large part to Al Rossetti.
“He’s our head recruiter,”explained Waddington, “and basically 99 percent of the reason that we have the kind of athletes that we do.”
Rossetti has spent the offseason examining hours of film, meeting with potential athletes, evaluating talent and cultivating success from the ground up.
Waddington has also been able to fill the team with leadership beyond coaching and recruiting positions. Guynup has returned from his successful season to work with new wrestlers as a graduate assistant.
“Ryan has been to nationals before, so he has great insight and experience for our new guys coming in,” said Waddington.
The real strong point of the Jayhawks’ lineup is in the 125 through 149 weight classes, beginning with freshman Pat McCarthy of Fredonia.
“He may be the best technician on the team wrestling at 125,” said Waddington, “and he’s a testament to what we have done with recruiting.”
McCarthy has gained weight during his training coming into the season, and will be backed up by Edwin Prada out of New York City.
Jake Nicholson of Waterloo, also a freshman, will be the starter for the Jayhawks at 133, a former high school standout with high intensity and exceptional power on the ground.
In the 141 class, Chris Broccoli out of Long Island is the strong point. Broccoli is a former two-time Section 8 champion with well-balanced skills.
Freshman Kyle Mulcahy out of Corinth was also listed at 141 coming into the season, but has since moved up to 149.
“He’s a two-time section two champion,” said Waddington,” so we look for him to perform well wherever he is going to wrestle.”
Mulcahy will be backed up by Billy Sischo out of Cassadaga Valley, who will likely see more action as the year progresses.
Mike Southwick from Jamestown will be the Jayhawks main play at 157.
“His skills have improved tremendously in a short amount of time,”aknowledged Waddington. “It is great to see so many of these kids getting better all the time.”
In addition to a strong lineup in lower weights, JCC will also have Ja’von Tolliver of Shaker Heights, Ohio, to rely on. A former three-time regional champ, Tolliver is a versatile wrestler who is in the process of moving between weight classes before the season begins.
Jimmy Carr of Randolph will be competing for a starting position in the 165 division while Jerrel White of Schenectady is also in the mix.
Austin Lynn, another local recruit from Frewsburg, will round out the JCC lineup. Waddington noted that Lynn could see action at 174 or 184 depending on how the season progresses.
In the 197 and heavyweight classes, JCC will have both Emanual Zamora of Schenectady and Jared Hallberg from Maple Grove to rely on. Zemora is a two-time state place finisher with good movement who Waddington considers a strong point of the team.
“We think he has what it takes to be an All American, so it will be nice to see what he and Jared can do,” he said.
With a new lineup of impressive young athletes, and reliable assistant coaching, the Jayhawks are in perfect position to compete in matches throughout the year.
They will begin doing that on Saturday at the Brockport Open.
Nov. 2 – at Brockport Open, 10 a.m.
Nov. 8 – at Muskegon CC 4 p.m.
Nov. 9 – at Muskegon CC Open, 9 a.m.
Nov. 16 – at Penn St. New Kensington Open, 9 a.m.
Nov. 20 – at Mercyhurst North East, 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 – NYS Championships at Cornell, 9 a.m.
Dec. 6 – Niagara County CC, 5 p.m.
Dec. 7 – at Niagara County CC, 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – at Niagara County CC, 6 p.m.
Jan. 15 – Mercyhurst North East, 7 p.m.
Jan. 19- at Mount Union Open, 9 a.m.
Jan. 25 – Springfield and Sullivan CC at Sullivan, 10 a.m.
Feb. 1 – Niagara County, 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 – JCC Open, 9:30 a.m.