Matt Clancy – Staff Writer
The Holliston Panthers Wrestling Team had an absolutely stellar season this year. Although they lost the state championship to Triton, the team could not have asked for a better group to make this run with. Coached by Paul Capobianco and Pete Zacchilli and led by captains Larry Enright, Tim Garry, Brad Losurdo, and Dom Defudis, the Panthers were loaded with talent.
With an impressive 19-3 record, the Panthers had a huge turn around since last year’s season.
Last year, they finished 14-7 but were a very young team. There were no seniors last year so this year, they were able to bring back the full squad. This was a key part of their success according to co-captain Larry Enright. He says “last years team we were young with no seniors. It was nice to bring a full lineup back with some key additions like Jack Hamre and Bob Evans. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are now, without everyone, for that matter. This is the biggest team we’ve had in a while. We have improved so much throughout the season,” said Enright.
This year their biggest win came against Wayland in the team sectionals finals. Wayland is the defending state champion and beat the Panthers badly earlier this season. Without this win, the Panthers would not be in the state finals.
The team has become very close and they are extremely proud of their success this season. The team has also bonded around the fact that their coach was diagnosed with throat cancer in July and is in remission now. He became the Panther’s main motivating force. “The team is fighting for a state title and our main drive is for our coach. He’s been through a lot this year,” said Enright.
The Panthers had a terrific season, congratulations!