Suburban Council wrestling preview: Averill Park Warriors

Team: Averill Park

Head coach: Mike Malenfant

Last year’s record: 14-6

Playoff result: Placed second at Section 2 Class B tournament

Returning players: Nik Koch (defending Sectional champion), Sean Malenfant (third place in Section 2), Andrew Lee (placed fifth in Section 2), Erick Haskins (placed second at Class B Sectionals), Jacob White (placed third at Class B Sectionals), Alex Cooper (placed third at Class B Sectionals), Cameron Groff (senior), Mason Lumbra (sophomore)

Graduated: Peter Flick, Andrew Fountain, Jacob Miller, Anthony Mills, Evan Swain

Newcomers: Michael Clark (freshman), Nathan Fischer (sophomore), Xavier Graham (senior), Ray Hebert (senior), Dominick Paradise (sophomore)

Coach’s comments: “Averill Park is expecting to be competitive in the Suburban Council and overall in Section 2. The level of experience is mixed with several veterans and newcomers on the team. There are many athletes participating this season, which will allow Averill Park to fill the weight classes. We are expecting individual success at the Section 2 [and] state competitions.”

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