Plainville wrestler Soli setting high expectations, looking to go undefeated in junior season

Published on Monday, 8 January 2018 22:46
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

@ORENCOLEDAN

BRISTOL - Plainville’s Sebby Soli came into the Bristol Central Invitational as a name to watch competing in the 126-pound weight class.

Soli, unbeaten coming in, was expecting much of himself in a tournament featuring strong local talent. His goal was to stay undefeated in a junior season that he has set substantial goals to reach.

“My goal is [to go] undefeated,” Soli said. “I want to get first in Opens, first in New Englands and go to Nationals.”

Soli took the next step needed to reach his goals as he tore through his weight class and reached the finals after winning his first three matches, two of which Soli pinned his opponent under one minute in and the third also being a pin just over a minute in at 1:16 against Terryville’s Sam Ridgeway.

He then drew Matt Laurie of Wethersfield in the finals, a familiar opponent.

“Me and him practice together offseason and on season,” Soli said. “It could have gone 50/50. That’s how it goes in practice. I only beat him by one point. I see him again in two weeks and it’s going to be the same deal there.”

The bout was equally matched but Soli edged out Laurie in a 7-6 decision, fighting through much adversity and holding off points in the match in order to do so.

On the day, Soli earned 28 of the 47 points that the Blue Devils finished with as a team.

“Overall this is a very stout tournament,” Plainville head coach Rusty Spence said. “This is like going to the Opens and sometimes harder and Sebby has been on fire all year. He hasn’t lost a match. He’s undefeated up to this point. To win first place in a tournament this quality, I’m very proud of him.”

Spence has been pleased with Soli’s ability and has given him freedom in the practice room letting him do his own routine.

“He knows what he’s doing,” Spence said. “I just open the room and I give him a guideline to practice by, but I don’t really have to coach him. I don’t have to teach him anything he’s basically on his own in that room. I’m proud of him. He’s done everything I can ask as a captain, as a student and on the mat he’s sticking it to people.”

So far, Soli’s freedom in practice has paid off for Plainville and his lofty goals are looking more realistic as the season goes on.

Still a junior, and after wrestling in just five matches during his freshman year due to injuries and illness, the future is bright on the match for Soli.

“His potential is through the roof,” Spence said. “He can get as good as he wants to work to. He can go as far as he wants to go. He’s got natural hips and the funky way he wrestles he throws people out of whack. People he’s never wrestled before are stunned at what he does.”

With Plainville facing off against Bristol Central on Wednesday in a dual meet, the Rams may have Christopher Trelli move up from 120 pounds to wrestle Soli at 126. Trelli, who finished first in his weight class at the Invitational, would present Soli with a stiff test and one fun to watch.

“It could be an epic matchup right there between him and Trelli,” Spence said. “That’d be an awesome match.”

Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or  dorencole@bristolpress.com



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Monday, 8 January 2018 22:46. Updated: Monday, 8 January 2018 22:49.