Dean Zenie is back for his second year as the head coach of the College of Mount St. Vincent wrestling team. Let's take a look at what he has to say about this year's squad.
NYWN: How would you summarize last season for your team?
Dean Zenie (DZ): Survival - it was the fourth year of the program, but my first as coach. There were only 7 wrestlers (4 seniors).
NYWN: Who are your top returning wrestlers?
DZ: Connor Hay (133), Pat Polintan (165)
NYWN: Who are the top wrestlers who graduated/moved on from your team?
DZ: Karl Schmitt (174) Captain. He is now an assistant coach.
NYWN: What newcomers do you think will make an impact?
Jake Cala (125) CT
Mike Foca (141) NJ
Erick Rosado (149) NY
Jake McKeown (197) NY - Transfer from Suffolk CC
NYWN: What are the highlights of your schedule this year?
DZ: Wrestling at the Grapple at the Garden (11/27)
NYWN: What do you see as your team's biggest strengths this season?
DZ: Youth, with 12 freshmen and 3 sophomores. Also, we have no seniors.
NYWN: What are your goals/expectations for this season?
DZ: To be a solid team and be able to compete with anyone and to continue the building process.
NYWN: Could you share a potential lineup?
125 - Jake Cala (Fr) / Mike Perko (Fr)
133 - Connor Hay (So) / Joe DeRosa (Fr)
141 - Mike Foca (Fr) / Cristian Hilario (Jr)
149 - Erick Rosado (Fr)
157 - Brandon Hall (Fr)
165 - Pat Polintan (Jr)
174 - Mike Buhlmann (Jr) / David Bell (So)
184 - Joseph Raverta (Fr) / Justin Pronovost (Jr)
197 - Jake McKeown (So) / Eli Covington (Fr)
285 - Justin Hansel (Fr) / Harryson Myrtil (Fr)