RANDOLPH, NJ- The 2014 wrestling season is about to begin, and the Rams are preparing to see new faces combine with returning ones in what hopes to be a successful season.
Head Coach Michael Suk is eager to get his kids back out onto the mat.
“We’re really excited, we think we have a nice group of men, and one woman, who want to work hard,” Suk said. “We’re excited to see everyone grow and lay a strong foundation for the future of the program.”
Senior Captain AJ Vindici, who has committed to UPenn for wrestling, and Senior Mike Roche believe the off season work will pay off when the district and state tournaments come around.
“We have come together in the off-season and worked hard to have a successful year,” Vindici said. “Our goal as a team is to win the district tournament and make the state sectional tournament.”
Roche said, “We added captains practices this fall as an addition to our normal off-season regimen, and we think that extra work will show positively in the way we wrestle.”
Roche and Vindici expect the Rams to have a successful year due to the work ethic of each individual and the depth at each weight class.
“We have a lot of experience at all grade levels this year which should give us a deep roster at all weights,” Roche said. “I think if practices keep going at the intensity we expect, we can really make some noise.”
Coach Suk is excited to see how the wrestlers mature over the winter season. Suk preaches to his teams about working hard and improving as the season progresses. He challenges every kid to be better at the end than they were at the beginning.
“We expect to see a slow and steady growth from each individual and the team as a whole.”
The Rams big rivals on the mat are Morris Knolls and Roxbury. Randolph will battle Knolls on January 6, and Roxbury on January 28.
The Rams first match of the season is on December 20th, in Caldwell, at 9a.m.