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Zephs to build off foundation

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

In wrestling, a strong foundation is essential when facing an opponent, and it’s also what’s going to benefit the Whitehall grapplers as a whole this season.

That foundation begins with a solid group of returning wrestlers who’ve gained varsity experience over the last few years. It will be augmented by an intriguing group of newcomers that will give the Zephyrs a good balance of youth and veterans.

The Zephyrs finished 10-7 overall and 4-5 within Division A of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. This season they’ll look to build on that success as they have a number of wrestlers returning up and down their lineup.

The lightweights will feature a big cast of veterans as sophomore Luke Rex, juniors Caleb Staub, and Josh Grol, and senior Jovany Belman return down below, giving the Zephs a strong contingent.

The middleweights will see some more experienced wrestlers as sophomore Kai Clark and seniors John Kaintz and Luis Arzola return.

The upper weights also have a strong backbone as seniors Mike Ajami and Julio Diaz will anchor the spots up top, along with sophomores Izak Bright and Tyler Fontanez.

Head coach Tim Cunningham said that they’ll also feature some newcomers. Those looking to give the Zephs an added boost include Kevin Urena at 126-132, Sean Cunningham in the middle weights, and senior Dez Boykin up top.

Some more varsity newcomers include Carlos Lorenzo and Wilfred Jimenez who will be lightweights with some experience.

Additionally, senior Anthony Johnson, sophomores Ali Barkley and Randy Okungu, along with Javal Reyes will provide added depth up top for the Zephs.

This blend of vets and newcomers should help the Zephyrs compete in the rugged EPC. As always, Cunningham said it all starts in practice where the wrestlers look to turn that sweat equity into wins.

“We have a great group of wrestlers working hard in the room and have a good core of experienced wrestlers returning,” said Cunningham. “The guys in the room this year want to work hard as a team and prepare to improve on a daily basis.”

Cunningham also said that their attitude has been good as they prepare for the upcoming season.

“As a staff we are pleased with the team atmosphere in the room this year and look forward to working with these guys trying to build the program back up to where it used to be,” said Cunningham.

The season gets underway for the Zephyrs on Dec. 13 when they travel to Liberty High School to grapple with the Hurricanes.