Junior * Salesianum * wrestling
THE WEEK: Edged Danny Downes 3-2 to help Sallies top rival St. Mark’s 39-27 last Tuesday. Fedele is ranked No. 3 in the state at 145 pounds by the Delaware Wrestling Alliance, while Downes is ranked No. 1. The Sals lost overall to Sussex Central and Germantown Academy (Pa.) on Saturday, however, Fedele went 2-0 with two pins.
THE FEELING: “The feeling was great. [I] just have been working hard in the room and just hoping it would pay off eventually,” the junior captain said about the victory against Downes.
THE SEASON: Salesianum’s wrestling team is 4-5, however, Fedele continues to push himself each season. Last season, Fedele placed sixth in the state. When asked about his success, Fedele said he always puts in the extra time needed to continue to improve. The Sals face Caravel (2-7) on Wednesday.
THE PRACTICE: The junior said practice is the toughest aspect of the sport because the team trains so hard. Fedele, who mentioned his strength on the mat is pushing the pace and staying on attack, explained an average day of practice. “About two hours. Just drilling hard, wrestling live and just working on technique,” he said.
THE BEGINNING: Fedele, who has wrestled for seven years, became interested in wrestling because of another sport. “I was playing football when I was younger, and then this kid was tackling pretty good,” Fedele said. “My dad asked how he learned how to tackle so good, and he said he was a wrestler, so that’s why I started wrestling.” Fedele still plays football, but he doesn’t have a favorite between the two, although he said “wrestling is definitely harder.”
THE COACH SAYS: Salesianum coach Cameron Davis has been coaching at Sallies since 1997. Davis believes he has witnessed a huge growth in Fedele’s work ethic and mental focus. “He’s been really working hard. He had a great summer. Wrestling-wise, he did some things in order to get himself better,” Davis said. “I think last year helped him. He was a state finalist as a sophomore and he’s like, ‘OK, I know what I can do now.’ “
THE CLASSROOM: Fedele is a straight-A student and is able to balance academics and sports. “It’s pretty hard, but after practice I’ve just got to get my study in to keep good grades,” he said. When asked about his favorite subject, Fedele did not hesitate to answer. “Math, easy. Math,” he said. “It just comes naturally.”
THE FUTURE: Fedele has yet to focus on colleges, but he knows he wants to continue with sports at the next level. Fedele would like to leave Delaware to further his education.
— Gianna Banner