Mustangs have youthful wrestling squad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2016 at 7:46 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Leading the Medina wrestling squad into the upcoming season iare these veterans. In front are Cody Crane and Da’John Brown. In back are Colby Petrie, Elijah Sones, Austin Cox and Joe Gates.

Youth and inexperience dot the lineup for the Medina wrestling squad heading into Saturday’s season opening Byron-Bergen Tournament.

Freshman Colby Petrie, who placed first at last year’s Niagara-Orleans League Tournament, and Da’John Brown, the team’s only senior who took a second at the All-League, head the Medina squad which has 9 juniors, 3 sophomore, 6 freshmen and a seventh grader.

“We’re very young and we have very little varsity mat experience,” said Coach Eric Gross. “And again this year our numbers are low.”

The Mustangs roster also includes juniors Da’Ron Bellan, Jacob Bensley, Austin Cox, Alden Cayea, Cody Crane, Joe Gates, Spencer Rotoli, Elijah Sones and Jeremiah Wiseman; sophomores Joel Cruz-Robb, Javier Gomez and Travis Stornelli; freshmen Riley Black, Terry Gauthier, Eric Levan, Lincoln Pace and Travis Wiseman and seventh grader Rashawn Bloom.

The Mustangs will open the N-O season at home on December 7 against Akron.

Medina’s Schedule
Dec. 3 – at Byron-Bergen Tournament
Dec. 7 – Akron, 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 – North Tonawanda, 6 p.m.
Dec. 10 – at Batavia Tournament
Dec. 14 – at Wilson, 6 p.m.
Dec. 19 – at McQuaid, 6 p.m.
Jan. 4 – at Barker/Roy-Hart, 6 p.m.
Jan. 6 ad 7 – at NCCCTournament
Jan. 11 – Albion, 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 and 14 – at Lockport Tournament
Jan. 18 – at Newfane, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 – N-O All-League Tournament
Jan. 28 – Gary Gross Memorial Tournament