Last season the Crimson Wave Wrestling team was able to qualify two wrestlers who represented the school at the national tournament in Topeka, Kansas. Entering his fourth year as head coach, Ryan Rivera expects to surpass last year’s short-lived success
“Our goal is to exceed our last season’s success, and during the off season I was able to recruit a few key wrestlers who will significantly allow us to accomplish our expectations,” says Coach Rivera.
The recruits in question are freshman and Portage native Tyler Joseph (133/141 lbs), senior Chanc Ravich (165 lbs), who transferred from Wabash College, and junior David Whitaker (184 lbs), who transferred from Kennedy-King Community College in Chicago. Coach Rivera says the recruits fill gaps in the lineup.
Leading the team this year are a pair of seniors. Returning from a national tournament berth, Lowell native Scott Patrowski (heavyweight), and returning captain Ramiro Rojas (149 lbs), a native of Miami, Florida.
“This is a special year for our CCSJ wrestling team, because we have three returning seniors. In addition to the experience, we also have some tough recruits that I believe can step up in the middle of the lineup and deliver some [tough wins] to help the team succeed,” said Ramiro Rojas.
The keys to the team’s success will be how it will be able to deal with adversity and keep each other committed to their common goal of winning.
Coach Rivera mentioned that this is a team that has dealt with many obstacles and believes they are stronger as a result of it.
The unanimous sentiment is that they seem excited and hopeful for the new season. One of the biggest tools athletes have is the will to compete.
For this team, holding together a full lineup will result in a recipe for success, says Coach Rivera.
“I am really excited about this season and all that we can accomplish. We have a bunch of guys that are not afraid to hold each other accountable, which I believe will be the key to our success,” says Scott Patrowski.
The season will start Nov. 3 at Ancilla Junior College in Plymouth, Indiana for the first dual meet of the season.
Cuban-American Felix A. Rojas is a junior at Calumet College of St. Joseph where he studies English, Writing, and Professional Communications with a minor in History.
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