Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Pates look to take steps

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s wrestling program should see a bump in year two of Dante Terenzio’s tenure, as they return 12 starters from last year’s 15-6 team.

Terenzio’s penchant for the details and a strong work ethic, could make this year’s Patriot squad a formidable opponent when it comes to the district duals race.

“No reason we shouldn’t be wrestling late in the final day of district duals,” said Terenzio. “I feel like our coaching staff has gotten its point across this past year, and it’s time to start taking big steps forward.”

The Patriots lineup features returning starters Connor Bevan (So., 113); Luis Vargas (Sr., 120); Connor Huber (Sr., 126); Reinaldo Lebron (So., 132); Thaddeus Howland (Jr., 138); Mikey Gomes (Sr., 145); Shane Storm (Sr., 152); Patrick Carrillo Jr. (Jr., 160); Chris Jurado (So., 170); Ian Connell (Sr., 182); Max Marrero (Sr., 195) and Julious Rios Sr. (Sr., 220).

In a division with Bethlehem Catholic, Easton, Liberty and Parkland, Freedom will certainly have their hands full this season, but Terenzio is confident in his team’s capabilities. With Marrero back after a third place finish at districts, as well as Vargas and Huber both returning as fifth place finishers from districts, the Pates have a base of solid talent. Terenzio will need development and growth from the rest of the starters if they really want to push team’s in February.

“If we stay healthy and work hard every day, we will put out a better product than last year,” he said. “With what we have back, we are capable of winning more duals and placing higher at individual tournaments.”