DIX HILLS, New York, Jan. 22
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
For Joe Scholz, head coach of the Half Hollow Hills High School West wrestling team, the 2014-2015 season is a marathon, not a sprint. When the Colts started off a bit slow – they dropped four of their first five matches – Scholz knew that there was still plenty of wrestling to come and was confident that his team would bounce back.
Now, with recent wins over Centereach, Commack, MacArthur and Harborfields, the Colts are clicking, and as the season enters its final stretch, Scholz couldn’t be happier about his team’s confidence.
“Our guys have been very resilient after some tough loses early on. They’ve really bounced back and are peaking at the right time,” the second-year head coach said. “It’s all about confidence; the more confidence a guy has, the better he’s going to wrestle.”
Some of those guys riding that confidence, Scholz said, have been veteran leaders and team captains Antonio Ferro, Peter Guido, Joe DeRosa and Matt Jarvis. Several of those Colts stepped up this past weekend at the 30th Annual Kujan Brothers Memorial Wrestling Tournament, hosted by William Floyd High School.
DeRosa defeated two All-County wrestlers during the tournament, Scholz said, including Smithtown East’s James Trezza in the 113-pound championship final. Guido also wrestled his way to a championship matchup, but fell to Adam Busiello of Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School at 138 pounds. Ferro was the last of the captains to wrestle and finished with a win over Michael Marino of Smithtown East in the consolation finals at the 145-pound mark.
“We’ve had some clutch, key matches from our veteran guys,” Scholz said of the bunch. “They’ve really been the sparkplug for our team.”
But contributions have been coming up and down the roster, Scholz said. Young contributors like freshman Anthony Dushaj have also stepped up and are developing nicely in the Colts system. Dushaj, who wrestled at 113 pounds in the William Floyd tournament, finished with a win over Eduardo Montecer, of Glen Cove High School, in the consolation finals.
“Our young guys are always working really hard,” Scholz said. “Dushaj had some huge matches for us and we’re really looking for some big things from him moving forward.”
All of this and more, Scholz said, is a part of the Colts’ plan for success.
“To have them peaking now is all a part of the master plan, with many of these guys right on the edge of greatness,” he said. “We have two and a half weeks of hard work ahead of us, and I’m positive the guys will be ready to go come league and county [tournament] time.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015; A27)