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Terenzio takes over as Freedom coach

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom is starting a new chapter this season on the wrestling mats and new head coach Dante Terenzio hopes it’s a story that involves progress and winning.

After spending the last 10 years at Western Wayne High School, Terenzio is looking to cut his teeth in the East Penn Conference.

The Patriots, who finished last year 13-8, bring back a core that Terenzio hopes can make a push numbers into regionals, as they don’t have a regional qualifier on the roster.

Back for the Pates include Luis Vargas (120, Jr., district 4th place finisher; 34-13 record), Connor Huber (126, Jr., 18-16 record), Sebastian Gibbs (160, Sr., 6-7 record), Daryl Shands (182, Sr., 13-13), Jared Jenkins (195, Jr., district 6th place finisher, 21-11 record), Maximos Marrero (220, Jr., district 6th place finisher, 17-16 record).

Other returners are Alec Morales, So.; Anthony Salim, So.; Will Weppell, Jr.; Thaddeus Howland, So.; Mikey Gomes, Jr.; Caleb Pinkowski, Sr.; Shane Storm, Jr, while Terenzio is excited about a new crop of wrestlers featuring Connor Bevan, Fr.; Harry LaForm, So.; Reinaldo Lebron, Fr.; Chris Nieves, Fr.; Chris Jurado, Fr.; Ian Connell, Jr.; Josh Hoffert, Fr.

“Despite losing seven senior starters from last year, I believe this team has enough experience coming back, along with solid young additional wrestlers,” said Terenzio. “I strongly believe this team will be in the top half of the EPC.”

Freedom started the season off 4-1 over the weekend at their Battle of Bethlehem dual meet tournament, as their only loss came at the hands of a 48-16 defeat to Cedar Cliff. The Pates look to continue that momentum with a bout at home against Pocono Mountain East this Wednesday.

“I expect us to finish above .500 and qualify for District Duals,” Terenzio said. “In regards to potential, we have a very high ceiling. A strong work ethic will allow us to be a much better team in February than we are now. I also expect to have five or six regional qualifiers, with hopes of ending up in Hershey in March.”