WARRENSBURG - Taking a break from a wrestling practice this last week, Coach Mark Trapasso stepped out of the windowless cave-like room where Warrensburg High School wrestlers practice their moves and conduct conditioning drills.
Steam from the sweating wrestlers condensed on the walls as he talked.
"We're working really hard, and though we have no super-stars, our chemistry is sharp right now," he said.
In 2008-09, the team's lineup featured a wide variety of styles of wrestling that brought the team considerable success.
Beyond individual achievement, the team finished fourth out of 12 D schools in the region.
In addition, four team members who are returning this year were finalists in the Section II Class D tournament: Abby Roth, Donovan Santisteban, Logan Winter and Cole Tennant.
Roth, who not only out-thinks, but out-muscles many of her opponents, will be wrestling in the 112-pound class. The fast and savvy Santisteban, who's had some remarkable off-season success, is wrestling at 119. Cole Tennant, who emerged last year as a contender, will be at 152. Kendall Converse, who showed his power and skill last year, will be grappling at 189.
They're joined by the promising 7th grader Aiden Szabo at 96, the ever-improving Jon Vaisey, a strong standout at 103, ninth-grader Beecher Baker, son of the former Mr. Plattsburgh contender also at 103, and a trio of skilled wrestlers, Masyn Morey, Jessie Hayes and Chris Cupp at 125.
Ninth graders Jericho Converse and Brendan Rounds, both showing promise, will be wrestling at 135, and Veterans Charlie Giknis and Zack Baer will be competing at 140.
Tenth Grader Andrew Fish and Freshman Chris Robinson will be contending for 145, Lucas Nelson will be contributing at 160, and Jeremy Barber is representing the team at 171.
Fans and coaches alike have high expectations for Chris Turner, a Senior who took a year off from wrestling last year, has returned to wrestle at 215. Holding down the heavyweight slot is Tony Aurrichio, an 11th grader.
Trapasso looked at his roster and smiled as tired wrestlers emerged and headed for the showers.
"We'll have a good year," he said.