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Kenmore West not dwelling on graduated wrestlers

The names have changed but the goals have not.

As the Kenmore West Blue Devils wrestling team heads into the new season, they do so without top grapplers Dylan Caruana and Brandon Lathrop.

They are also minus longtime coach, Kevin Day, who stepped down at the end of last season.

Still, the mission remains to defend the Niagara Frontier League title they won last season.

“In talking with each of them, their goal, to a man, is to win the NFL title,” said Bill Hineman, who has take over the varsity after two seasons coaching the junior varsity.

“So they’ve been working towards that goal; we’ve got a team that can definitely give it a go,” he added. “There’s some tough teams but we’ll be right there with all of them. We’re still there, even though we lost all those guys.”

Leading the way for the Blue Devils are co-captains Shane Currey, who will wrestle at 170 pounds, and Mark Stucke (145/52).

“We try to keep everything under control,” Currey said. “We want everyone to work harder so we make harder drills at the end of practice.”

The Blue Devils will also be looking for big contributions from Paul Bavisotto at 120, Christian Bauman (106), Anthony Argentieri (113/106) and senior Ron Duguay (113).

Hineman feels his lightweights will be a strength of the team.

Currey added that even though key pieces of the puzzle have graduated they still return several wrestlers that were part of the NFL championship team.

So that taste of winning and knowing what it takes to get the job done is already instilled in all of the returning wrestlers.

“A lot of kids were on the NFL (championship team),” Currey said. “So we’re trying to get that into the kids heads that are (new) to the varsity lineup.”

Hineman said that the returning leaders have followed the examples that were set by the previous group of leaders.

They have made sure everyone enters the room knowing nothing less than their best effort is acceptable. And no one is dwelling on who they lost.

“Nothing has been said about who isn’t here anymore. Everything is about where we’re heading,” Hineman said. “Where I can help the team and what I can do to keep it up to the level of where it’s been.”

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