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Albion matmen return good core group

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 November 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Anchoring the lineup for the Albion wrestling squad this season are these veterans. In front are Ed Wolfe, Aaron Mulroy and Dylan Burkhardt. In back are Aaron Burnside, Jordan Wolcott, Brandon Brown, Austin Klein and Blake Aina. Missing from the photo is Justyn Haines.

Led by a nucleus of nine returning regulars, the Albion wrestling squad is prepping for the Dec. 4 non league season opener at Kendall.

Seniors Aaron Mulroy, Ed Wolfe, Austin Klein, Dylan Burkhardt, Justyn Haines, Aaron Burnside and Brandon Brown, along with sophomore Jordan Wolcott and freshman Blake Aina anchor the Purple Eagles lineup.

Burnside captured the 132 lb. title at last year’s Niagara-Orleans All-League Tournament while Mulroy placed second at 182 and Wolfe third at 170.

“We’ve got a lot of inexperience on the squad but we’ve got a good core group to work with,” said Coach Keith Piccirilli who has a good sized squad of 38.

Albion, which went 2-4 in N-O dual meets last year, will open the league campaign at home on Dec. 11 against defending champion Akron.

Albion’s Schedule

Dec. 4 – at Kendall, 6 p.m.
Dec. 11 – Akron, 6 p.m.
Dec.12 – at LeRoy, 6 p.m.
Dec. 14 – at Depew Tournament, TBA
Dec. 18 – at Newfane, 6 p.m.
Dec. 27 and 28 – at Holley Tournament, TBA
Jan. 4 – at Victor Tournament, TBA
Jan. 8 – at Wilson, 6 p.m.
Jan. 15 – Medina, 6 p.m.
Jan. 17 – at Lyndonville, 6 p.m.
Jan. 22 – at Barker/Roy-Hart at Barker, 6 p.m.
Feb. 1 – All-League Tournament, at Medina, 9 a.m.