Posted by Vincent Mercogliano on 05 November 2013, 12:39 pm
One of the main goals for Edgemont in the past few seasons has been to challenge Nanuet for a Division 2 section title, but the Golden Knights have simply been too deep to overcome. But while the Panthers may have fallen a bit short of that elusive section title, they did finish the season on a high note thanks to Trey Aslanian’s state title. Trey is now wrestling at Princeton, but his two younger brothers—Tyler and Kyle—remain and will be looked at to assume bigger leadership roles this season. Edgemont also has a returning section champ in Chris Kim (pictured above), so this team should once again have one of the stronger lineups in D2. With Nanuet having been hit hard by graduation, the field in D2 seems to be more wide open than it has been in years, so it will be very interesting to see which team out of the Edgemont, Nanuet and Putnam Valley trio establishes itself as the team to beat.
Here are the responses that I received from Edgemont coach Pete Jacobson:
How did your team do last season? 16-16 Overall; 6-0 in our league; third in Division 2 sectionals with two champs and five finalists.
Who are your top returning wrestlers? 106/113—Kyle Aslanian (Sophomore; 2013 section finalist); 120/126—Tyler Aslanian (Senior; 2013 section finalist; 2012 Champ); 145/152—Colin Hopkins (Senior; 2012 section finalist); 182/195—Chris Kim (Senior; 2013 section champ).
Who are the top wrestlers that you lost to graduation? Trey Aslanian (State champ; 4-time All-State; wrestling at Princeton University); Sky Korek (2-time section finalist); Jack McCormack (3-time section finalist); Jason Worobow (2013 section finalist).
What is the biggest strength of your lineup? A lot of competition for the No. 1 spot in certain weight classes. A lot of experience and some big gains in the offseason from many of our returning wrestlers.
What is your main area of concern entering the season? Filling all weight classes in dual meets.
Which team(s) is your biggest rival? Scardale – we’ll wrestle Scarsdale in the annual Bronx River Cup on Friday 1/31/14 at Edgemont HS.
Will you host any tournaments this season? We’ll be hosting the 32nd annual Edgemont Wrestling Invitational on 1/18/14 featuring 18 teams from Sections 1, 9, 11, CHSAA, Privates and Connecticut.
Do you have any team goals? Every athlete on the team competing to their highest potential and representing themselves with determination, pride and sportsmanship. The team aspect will take care of itself.