Senior Wrestlers Final Showdown

Senior Wildcat wrestlers acknowledge family members before they hit the home mats for the last time. Top row l-r: Joseph Calderone, Terhon Legros, and Christopher Olberding. Middle row l-r: Hekmat Naeemi, Kiandre Wright, Anthony Feola, and Kyle McManus, Bottom row l-r: Andrew Kahl, Michael Garone, Bryan Garay, and Anthony Lella.
Senior Wildcat wrestlers acknowledge family members before they hit the home mats for the last time. Top row l-r: Joseph Calderone, Terhon Legros, and Christopher Olberding. Middle row l-r: Hekmat Naeemi, Kiandre Wright, Anthony Feola, and Kyle McManus, Bottom row l-r: Andrew Kahl, Michael Garone, Bryan Garay, and Anthony Lella.

The Walt Whitman Wrestling team is getting ready to conclude a successful regular season as they head into the League II Championships this weekend. After loosing many top wresters to last year’s graduation, varsity head coach Vincent Altebrando reloaded and will end the regular season with an 18-5 record.  That’s a good year, especially having been moved into a tougher League II that includes the states top ranked Connetquot.

“We placed in every tournament we went to,” said Altebrando.  “We were the runner up in the Shoreline Tournament in New Rochelle, and we won the Bethpage tournament.” Whitman has a young squad and the experience these wrestlers achieved this season was immeasurable. “This is a great group of kids from all grade levels who work hard and have fun,” added Altebrando. “We have beaten some really good teams, and I couldn’t be happier with our season and this group of wrestlers.”

In both the 99- and 106-pound weight class, good things are on the horizon as young wrestlers vie for position. Wrestling at 113 pounds is Joe Calderone who shows all the ingredients needed for the League and County Championships, as well as the States. Mike Garone, wrestling at 120 pounds has had a great season, as did Kyle McManus, in the 126-pound class, and both wrestlers could find themselves in the top three Countywide. 

In the 132-pound class, both Elvin Campos and Josh Roiland are having a good year, despite fierce competition in one of Suffolk’s toughest weight classes. Hekmat Naeemi, wrestling at 138 pounds is looking to make his last year memorable in the League and County Tournaments. Whitman seniors Andrew Feola, at 145 pounds, as well as Andrew Kahl at 152 pounds, has a good shot at placing in the League and County Tournament.

Wrestling at 160 pounds, Chris Olberding has had a strong senior year and looks to make his mark on the League Tournament and the County Championship. Terhon Legros also has what it takes and could be a League Champion as well as All-County at 170 pounds. Wrestling at 195 is senior Kiandre Wright, who, while set back the past couple of years with injuries, has come back with a winning record and looks to finish strong.

Vincent Feola, wrestling at 220 pounds has the League and County Championships as his goal, and we could well see Vincent in the States. One of the big surprises of the year is the ‘freshman sensation’ Terron Robinson. Wrestling at 285 pounds, and only in the 9th grade, Terron could, over the next few years, become a force to be reckoned with.

Wrestling’s post season begins tomorrow, Saturday February 8th at Northport High School. All the action begins at 9:30 AM as the best of League II go head-to-head. Come out and support your Wildcat wrestlers as they look to put an exclamation point on a very successful season.