Preview capsules for area high school wrestling teams which responded to The Courant's request for information:
Last Year: 4-7
Coach: Jason Marsh
Top athletes: Make Ragazzi, Sr., 160; Jake Gonzalez, Jr., 145; Sean Mooney, So., 120; Forest Dolby, Sr., 140 (Cheney Tech)
A note: East Catholic faces a challenging schedule as a Class S school in a predominantly Class LL conference. The Eagles finished 19th in Class S last year and returns a young team. Forest Dolby, a one-man team from Cheney Tech, practices with East Catholic and was a runner-up in the State Open at 140.
Last Year: 17-0
Coach: Jude Knapp
Top athletes: Casey Mitchell, Jr., 152; Sam Odell, Jr., 145; Conor Caffrey, So., 113; John Labonte, Sr., 160
A note: South Windsor went undefeated and finished the year ranked sixth in the coaches poll. Mitchell, Odell and Caffrey each placed in the Class LL meet last season, but are stepping up in weight class for 2011-12.
Last Year: 17-6
Coach: Jim Day
Top athletes: Ethan Greider, So., 112; Rich Schlichting, So., 126; Kevin Pirruccio, Jr., 119; Ryan Ogden, So., 132; Rick Mullins, Jr., 152; Jordan Zima, Jr., 160; Jake Eliades, So., 145
A note: Hall-of-Famer Jim Day returns to coach the Redcoats after a four-year absence. The team finished fourth in Class M last season, but returns an inexperienced group. Sophomores Ethan Greider and Jake Eliades will lead Berlin after second and third-place finishes, respectively, in Class M last season.