BERLIN - With the season coming to the stretch run, the Berlin wrestling team is getting healthy and it couldn’t be coming at a better time.
“We’re pretty healthy for the first time this year,” Berlin coach Jim Day said after the 54-21 win over Plainville Wednesday night. “That was good to see. It’s tough on some of the kids that just got back in the lineup because they haven’t really had their cardiovascular systems pushed that hard. As they get used to competing we’ll improve even more.”
For the Redcoats, Josh Wood (145 pounds), Moses Marino (154), Mike Rivera (220) and Josh Bois (128) are all back or expected back soon.
Wood was in his third match back against Plainville and while he lost, he is expected to be a key member for Berlin down the stretch.
“He’s already won several matches for us in dual meets and the tournament we had last Saturday,” Dan Veleas said. “It’s really good to have everybody coming back towards the end of the season and get a full head of steam going with states approaching.”
Marino has been battling through an injury that he’ll likely be dealing with all season, a testament to his toughness.
Rivera was in his first match back against the Blue Devils.
“He was a little rough because it was his first match back and he’s only had a couple of practices,” Josh Veleas said, “but once he starts really getting back into the groove of this, I think he’ll win some matches for us.”
Bois, meanwhile, is expected to be back soon for the Redcoats.
With a healthy roster Berlin is on the right path and it has the potential to be a dominant group down the stretch.
“We’re getting healthy at the right time and they’re starting to learn how to be positive in tough situations,” Day said. “I’m pleased with what I’m seeing.”
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