By: Jake Loomis — Correspondent
The Sharon High School Wrestling team is coming off a 2021 season that was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last season the Eagles had a lot of positives but did not meet their expectations as they went 6-5. Junior Captain Cam Birmbaum said he is optimistic about the team’s potential. “Excited to grow to what we had two years ago before our covid year, and even more. There’s so much potential in the room, we just need everybody to want it,” stated Birnbaum.
The Eagles have a lot of returning players and also some new guys in the fold as they get athletes that competed in spring sports instead of off-season wrestling. The Eagles had three all-stars last year in recently graduated Kirit Gosetty, Senior Captain Adam Landstein, and reigning Davenport MVP Cam Birmbaum. The Eagles are looking to also follow behind their other leaders Phillip Varvak and Aaron Cashton. Also trying to build upon his strong last year is sophomore Cormac Holborgon who had an impressive freshman season. Sharon will also add senior Ben Shocket who did not wrestle last year, and heavyweight Big Israeli Ron Lobel from Israel who should have an immediate impact for the Eagles.
Senior captain Adam Landstien says that he hopes the team will be good this year. “We are progressing well in practice, and are looking for a deep postseason run. We need to go for the league title in the davenport, as we did two years ago, and then the sectional title, we’re gonna be working hard and we need to get the job done,” said Landstien. The Eagles aim to go back to being sectional champions like they were in 2019-2020 but it’s going to take some serious work as new and returning wrestlers will try and form a winning team for coaches Jeff Sonis and Anthony Lucie.
After the preseason scrimmage against Woonsocket Ron Lobel said that he will build upon his mistakes for the match. “I will strive to get better in every aspect of my game, I will improve and learn from my mistakes, we are working very hard right now as a group and it should be good, it’s going to be a fun season,” stated Lobel. Also in the scrimmage, there were a lot of pins from the Eagles as they beat Woonsocket convincingly. It was a good day for the Eagles as they had guys getting the rust off before their regular-season opener. Saturday, December 11th Sharon’s regular-season opener they will host Brookline, Lincoln-Sudbury, Leominster, and Mansfield in a Quad Meet.