#lohudwrestling preview: John Jay

#lohudwrestling preview: John Jay

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#lohudwrestling preview: John Jay

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John Jay's Evan Frank, right, defeated Scarsdale's Andrew Braun in the 182-pound finals match at the Rye Dual Meet Tournament Dec. 6, 2014.

John Jay’s Evan Frank, right, defeated Scarsdale’s Andrew Braun in the 182-pound finals match at the Rye Dual Meet Tournament Dec. 6, 2014.

2015-16 John Jay Indians
Coach — Bill Swertfager

How many years have you been coaching at your current school? 14.

How did you team do last season? Second in the dual meet championships, second in sectionals, 15-3 in duals. Won a few tourneys.

Who are your top returning wrestlers? Conor Melbourne, Louie Cree, Evan Frank, Ray Cotto, Matt Kramer, Halil Gecaj, Bim Gecaj. Chris Holze, Chris Kelly, Ethan Kaplan, Ethan Zimiles, Robert Bauer, Joel Faynschmidt, Eric Eberhardt and Adam Ferman.

Who are the top wrestlers that you lost to graduation? Billy Green, Ari Fay, Miles Frank and Brian Kershner.

What is the strength of your lineup? The balance we have. No mega-stars, just a very solid group of student athletes that have a great work ethic and attitude in the room everyday.

What will be the biggest challenge for your team? To get them to believe in themselves, like the coaching staff does.

Will you host any tournaments? Youth takedown tourney, Section 1 JV championships, Section 1 Dual Meet Championships, Divisionals, Hudson Valley Modified Scrimmage.

Which team(s) is your top rival? Traditionally it is always Fox Lane. We have had some amazing battles over the years. Greeley is another big one, since it is my alma mater, and it is always nice to tussle with coach Mike DeBellis, who has done a great job rejuvenating that program. Any team that we come across in any given year that will be a great battle becomes a rival for that year. We have a very dedicated and passionate group of coaches in Section 1 right now, and it shows in the quality of their kids and their team, and it has had an impact at the highest level.

What are your team goals for the season? It has never been about the wins. Our goal is to improve every day we step foot on the mat. Where we end up with the wins and honors usually takes care of itself.

On deck: Port Chester

I’ll be posting at least one of these per day leading up to the start of the season at the end of the month. Coaches, if you did not receive a capsule email and would like to participate, please fill out the questions below and send them to me at vmercoglia@lohud.com.

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