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1961-62 U of R Yellowjackets
|Varsity Coach: Mr. Leo Bernabi
Freshman Coach: Mr. Don Haefele
|Varsity Record: 1 Win, 7 Losses, 1 Tie
Freshman Record: 2 Wins, 3 Losses
University of Rochester Varsity Wrestling Team
Caravaglio, E. Schwartz, J. Mather, E. Greiner. STANDING: Coach L. Bernabi, J.
Walsh, J. Manioci, D. Monticello, R. Countryman. (SOURCE: Interpres,
University of Rochester, 1963.)
Coach Leo Bernabi's
second year as wrestling coach for the Yellowjacket grapplers was one of bitter
disappointment. Losing only three men from last year's fine 5-2 season,
anticipation was high for a strong team.
However, as every U of R coach will stress, you just cannot make predictions in
a school of this size. Injuries and lack of depth and academic difficulties were
the "unpredictables" that resulted in a 1-7-1 season for the Rivermen.
At 123 pounds sophomore Ed Greiner from Mohawk, New York wrestled until academic
difficulty forced him to the sidelines for the second semester. Greiner was 2-3
for the season. Bernabi feels that perhaps this year has given the "little Moe"
the experience needed to be a consistant winner.
Filling in for Greiner was junior Ed Schwartz from Howard Beach, New York. A
hard worker, he showed marked improvement as the season progressed.
Wrestling at 130 pounds junior Don Monticello from Vestal, New York was termed
"most improved" by Coach Bernabi. His best match of the season was a 7-7 draw
against the Hobart co-captain at Hobart.
Substituting for Monticello at anywhere from 130 to 147 pounds was John Mather
from Pittsburg, Pa.
At 137 pounds was footballer Vin Carvaglio. Carvaglio never never wrestled
before this season, but made a credible showing on the strength of his being a
fine, dedicated athlete. Bernabi's praise for Carvaglio was unstinted. "He never
missed practice, was a willing learner, and improved greatly as the season
progressed." Now that he has some experience, the junior from Norwich, New York
will probably be a consistent winner.
Weighing 147 pounds and perhaps the finest wrestler this school has seen in the
four year history of wrestling, is junior co-captain Rick Countryman from
Spencerport, New York. Countryman's only defeat in two years of varsity
competition was by default when he dislocated his shoulder in the University of
Toronto match. In winning these four matches he registered two pins and
decisioned a wrestler from R.P.I. 6-2 whose only losses in two years have been
at the hands of Countryman.
At 157 pounds was Nick Milley, a junior from Buffalo. Milley went 4-5 for the
season. With a little luck, he could have been a big winner, but he lost three
matches by two points. When Milley is wrestling up to par, he gets stronger in
the third period and is usually difficult to defeat. Bernabi is counting on him
to be his "ace in the hole" as he anticipates a winning season next year.
Footballer Charlie Miner from Williamsville, New York wrestled in the 167 pound
class. He had the difficult task of replacing the outstanding Don Haefele, now
coach of the freshman. Miner's record was 4-4-1 as a sophomore. Bernabi feels
that Miner was tough, but lacked the experience this season to win consistently
in his weight class. Miner's strong finish may indicate that he will be a top
wrestler next year.
In the unlimited
division was Jerry Manioci. Manioci weighed only 175 pounds, but agreed to
wrestle unlimited because there was no one with experience in that weight class
for Rochester. Surprisingly enough, however, the junior football guard ―
co-captain for next year ― did very well until injuries forced him out for the
Manioci's record was 2-1-1. His only loss came at the hands of a very fast 205
pounder, 7-5, and he drew with a 265 pounder! He was an exciting wrestler to
watch, due to his explosiveness, and his favorite hold was a "pan-e-cake"
takedown, which resembles a judo flip.
Replacing Manioci when
he was injured was John Walsh, co-captain of the football team with Manioci next
year. Walsh wrestled for the first time this year, and earned high praise from
Bernabi. "Walsh, like Carvaglio, is a true athlete. He seldom missed practice,
worked hard and never complained. I am proud to have him on the team."
Walsh, a junior from Casenovia, New York is a 190 pounder and, as was the case
with Manicoci, was greatly outweighed in the unlimited division. Against Alfred
he went down to 177 pounds to register a decision. His season record was 2-2.
Prospects look good next season for the Bernabi-men. They lose no one via
graduation, and look to pick up support from the freshman ranks. The freshman
had a schedule for the first time this year, and under Coach Haefele compiled a
2-3 record. Outstanding on the frosh was Tom Skola from Cleveland, Ohio. A 123
pounder, Scola seems to have all the moves, and should develop into a fine
wrestler on the Varsity next year.
Other frosh wrestlers were Tim Rahman 10, who improved greatly as the season
progressed, Dave Aronson at 137 pounds, and Bill Yust at 147 pounds. Dana
Hopkins, although not a regular on the frosh team, improved tremendously and
could give valuable support next year. Rounding out the yearling squad are Dick
Page 157, Ted Anderson and John Batt 167, Al Maley 177, Andy Olukhans and Jim
Minor 191. (Interpres, 1963)