Wrestling 2019-2020 Preview
The Roncalli wrestling coaching staff is very excited about the point-scoring potential that this 2019-20 wrestling roster has returning 10 of 14 starters from last year’s team that finished as Conference Champions, Marion County Runner-Up, Sectional Runner-Up, Regional 3rd place, Semi-State Champions, 6th place at the IHSWCA Team State Duals, 6th place at the IHSAA State Finals scoring a school record 53 points, and tied a school record with 4 IHSAA State Medalists and 5 IHSAA State Finalists.
We have seven returning seniors, including: Alec Viduya– Marion County Champion, 3x Conference Champion, 3x Sectional Champion, 3x Regional Champion, 2x Semi-State Champion, IHSAA State Runner-Up at 132 lbs in 2019, IHSAA State Medalist 4th at 126 lbs in 2018, IHSAA State Champion at 113 lbs in 2017. Brayden Lowery– 3x Marion County Champion, 3x Conference Champion, 3x Sectional Champion, 3x Regional Champion, 3x Semi-State Champion, IHSAA State Medalist 3rd at 120 lbs in 2019, IHSAA State Medalist 5th at 113 lbs in 2018, IHSAA State Medalist 3rd at 106 lbs in 2017. Tyce Freije– Marion County Champion, Conference Champion, 2x Sectional Champion, Regional Champion, 2x Semi-State Champion, IHSAA State Medalist 4th at 138 lbs in 2019, IHSAA State Medalist 8th at 120 lbs in 2017. Sam Slivka– 2x Conference Champion, Sectional Champion, Regional Champion, 3x Semi-State Qualifier. David Page– 2x Regional Qualifier at 145 lbs in 2019 and at 152 lbs in 2018. Michael Fletcher– Conference Champion and Regional Qualifier at 195 lbs in 2019. Jeorge Wade also brings some varsity experience as well to the table this year.
This season’s junior class features Luke Aldrich (Conference Champion and Regional Qualifier at 106 lbs in 2018), and Owen Volk is another strong athlete that will contribute and provide great depth in the upper-weight classes.
The crop of 13 sophomores include: Kody Glithero– Conference Champion and Semi-State Qualifier at 106 lbs in 2019. Zach Wilson– Conference Champion and Semi-State Qualifer at 113 lbs in 2019. Alex Amodeo– Regional Qualifier at 152 lbs in 2019. Sam Peeples– Conference Champion and Regional Qualifier at 160 lbs in 2019. Drew Willis– is a returning varsity letter-winner from 2019. Expect Aaron Butts, Justin Lewis, and Andrew Stuck to emerge and contribute to the varsity line up in the upper-weight classes this season. Vincenzo Mina, Carter Chapman, Dillon Stahl, Chris Lara, and Leonardo Da Silva are all capable hard-working athletes that bring a lot of quality depth to the wrestling team.
The Class of 2023 features 12 freshman wrestlers. A handful of these wrestlers enter the season with stellar youth wrestling careers: Bryce Lowery– 2x Middle School State Champion, multiple time ISWA State Champion, CYO City Champion, and will be a major contributor right away in the varsity line up. Brady Neu– Middle School State Medalist, multiple time CYO City Champion, another big and athletic football player that will provide great depth in the upper-weight classes. Luke Hansen– multiple time CYO City Champion, and has had a lot of experience and success at the club level. Luke Swartz– CYO City Champion, varsity football player, big and strong athlete that will provide great depth at heavyweight for the Rebels. Dominic Hudson– comes in with a lot of experience at club wrestling and had a great career in CYO wrestling for St. Roch. Hadyn Ball– comes in with club wrestling experience and had a great career in CYO wrestling for St. Jude. Patrick McGinley, Judson Lawrie, and Keith Nara all come into the wrestling program after experiencing very solid youth wrestling careers at their respective South Deanery CYO Wrestling programs and we believe they will be great additions to our wrestling program. Thomas Gallagher, Eli Rossman, and AnnaMae Mosconi will also join the team as new wrestlers this season and are excited to be a part of the wrestling program.
The Rebel wrestling program will begin the season with an Intrasquad (Alumni Night and RWF Youth Wrestling Club Night) competition on Wednesday, 11.20.19 hosted by St. Roch. The junior varsity squad opens the season on Saturday, 11.23.19, at the Brownsburg Invitational. The varsity squad will open the season on Thursday, 12.05.19, at Home vs Greenwood for a dual meet.
A few of the highlights of the varsity season is the participation in the Harrison (Ohio) Duals on 12.07.19, the Marion County Tournament being hosted by Perry Meridian on 12.21.19, the Evansville Mater Dei Holiday Classic on 12.27.19 & 12.28.19, and the IHSWCA 3A Team State Duals on Saturday 01.04.20 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, IN. Roncalli has qualified for this year’s IHSWCA Team State Duals event because of last season’s success and all of the returning talent on this year’s team. The Rebels are excited to compete for a Dual Team State Championship over winter break! Roncalli will also go on the road to compete at Guerin Catholic in the Circle City Conference Championships on 01.18.20, then in a dual meet vs Greenfield Central on 01.08.20, and then they will take on Cathedral on 01.22.20 to close out the regular season.
This season we have five home meets, opening with Greenwood on 12.05.19. The Rebels host the Roncalli Duals on Saturday, 12.14.19, taking on New Palestine, Noblesville, Scecina Memorial and Seymour. On Wednesday, 12.18.19, your Roncalli Rebels will host the Wildcats of Lawrence North High School (Grandparents Night). On Tuesday, 01.14.20, Roncalli will wrestle Cardinal Ritter at home. Roncalli will take on Southport on Thursday, 01.16.20, at home for Senior Night and CYO Night.