By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
COXSACKIE — The Greenville Spartans varsity wrestling team took to the mat this weekend in the C-A Duals.
Held at Coxsackie-Athens High School on Friday and Saturday, the two-day competition drew nine schools — Greenville, Coxsackie-Athens, Schuylerville, Columbia, Deposit-Hancock, Catskill, Ichabod Crane, Taconic Hills, Arlington and Lansingburgh.
Coach Pat Cullen said the Spartans have been doing well this season and now sit in third place in the Patroon Conference.
“It’s been a great season,” Cullen said. “There has been a lot of improvement. We are a young team, but the way we are progressing through the season, I am very happy.”
In their first match on Friday against Schuylerville, the Spartans came out on top 54-24. Coming up with victories were Kieran Cullen, Bernard Davis and Eric Heath, all by pin.
The team also defeated Taconic Hills by a score of 54-18, Ichabod Crane by 60-12 and Catskill in a close match by a score of 36-30.
The team fell to Columbia, Coxsackie-Athens and Deposit-Hancock.
It has been a season of learning, Coach Jared Deluca said.
“I am seeing a lot of growth on the team, especially in their confidence,” Deluca said. “We still have a bit of a ways to go.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant a stop-and-go season for many of the players.
“We had a really rough time with COVID — our team has had two spells of quarantine and we have had some guys that are coming back, but I am glad to see them coming back strong. They are working really hard when they are out there and I like to see that hard work.”
The varsity team focuses on competing in larger tournaments over the course of the season and will next compete at the Peter Caruso Memorial Tournament in Mahopac on Jan. 29, Cullen said.
“We are looking to get into the high-end competitions and get ready for sectionals,” he said.