RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Wrestling team is strong in numbers, touting a total of 35 wrestlers who are hitting the mat in the 2019-20 season for the Rams.
However, the squad is young according to coach Mike Suk, who pointed out that 32 of them are entering only their first or second year of high school wrestling.
Suk added, “Strength and solid character are two things we are working on this year. We are young but the boys are eager to work and learn.”
Lost to graduation from last years’ squad were six seniors who made up a good part of the core of the Rams team. All had significant experience as long-time varsity wrestlers and were among the team leaders both on and off the mat.
One of the three returning veterans for this year’s team was also part of that core last season; senior captain Charlie Treston.
“Charlie is an excellent role model who has tirelessly worked to become an elite wrestler,” said Suk. “Charlie is a shining example of a Randolph wrestler.”
Treston will be counted on to help mentor the young squad and get them focused on growing into productive wrestlers.
“The younger kids are getting up to speed, and those who have no experience are getting the hang of it quickly,” said Treston. “As a group, they are putting it all together. All of the less experienced kids are making great strides and honing their moves.”
Suk is in his 36th year of coaching high school wrestling - 1 as an assistant at Glassboro, 10 years as head coach at Somerville, and 25 years as head coach at Randolph. He has compiled a record of 353-199 while at the helm of the Rams. Suk’s teams have captured 14 district titles, 13 county titles, 10 conference titles, and 6 sectional titles in that time.
“Coach Suk brings a culture to the lot of us,” said Treston. “He expects maturity and determination on and off the mat, and he allows us to grow not only as athletes but as young men. He’s able to supply whatever is needed to any kid in the room.”
Some returners from last years' squad (and their weight category) include: 126 Marvin Andrade, 170 Evan Cannon, 182 Aidan Clark, 132 Jason Federico, 182 Dan Kelly, 126 Anthony Martinez, 145 Jose Vargas, 113 Pat Walsh, and at 160 Joaquin Ynestroza.
Also, returning this year after taking some time off is 120 lb Matt Destefanis, who excelled in 2017 finishing with a record of 39-3. That year he was first in the District and 5th in the Region. Wrestling at 138 is Treston, who was 27-10 last season, finishing 2nd in the District and 5th at Regions.
“We will focus on developing a solid foundation of technique, character, work ethic, and a passionate wrestling culture,” said Suk, when asked what his goals are for the season. “While doing that with the younger guys, we will be challenging our 3 veterans to excel.”