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Greater Lawrence Reggies Wrestling '07-'08

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2006-07 record: 25-0, captured Division 2 state title

Returning starters (13): Franchesco Ortiz, Sr., 119; Brian Nadeau, Sr., 125; Jason Orsini, Sr., 215; Chris DeLaRosa, Sr., 145; Victor Sosa, Sr., 189; Miguel Plaza, Sr., 171; Juan Olivo, Jr., 285; Miguel Guzman, Jr., 103/112; Saul Orellano, Jr., 135/140; Nelson Diaz, Jr., 119; Brian Rivera, Jr., 145/152; Ray Diaz, Jr., 119; Kyle Berube, Soph., 152

Returning lettermen: Juan Perez, Sr., 119; John Cote, Sr., 171; Chris Sharpe, Sr., 285; Wadscar Gomez, Jr., 130; Andrew Laureano, Jr., 215; Angelo Ocasio, Jr., 145; Mike Rennie, Soph., 171; Shawn Sullivan, Sr., 215/285

Promising newcomers: Luis Veras, Soph., 285; Luis Ruiz, Jr., 140; Boaz Roche, Jr., 112; Billy Morasse, Soph., 171; Josue Vega, Sr., 125; Naril Raposo, Jr., 215; Steven Nickerson, Soph., 119; Kevin Fritschy, Jr., 215; Mikey Soto, Jr., 152; Matthew Buco, 103, Frosh.; Richard Javier, Frosh., 119; Joseph Pizzuto, Frosh., 119/125

Candidates in all grades: 64

Captains: Victor Sosa, Chris DeLaRosa, Isaac Sosa

Assistant coaches: Dib Sarkis, Brian Dube

Opener: Hosts Tewksbury, Masconomet, Milford Dec. 8

Odds and ends: After winning the Eastern Mass. Division 3A Super Bowl last weekend, the football players/wrestlers got only one day off. Despite school being out due to bad weather, "80 percent of the football players were participating (on Monday)," said coach Tony Sarkis, who is also the football head coach. ... Victor Sosa is an extremely rare four-year captain. ... Greater Lawrence boasts a fearsome foursome in Miguel Guzman (46-4 last year), Franchesco Ortiz (39-5), Chris DeLaRosa (44-4, fifth in New England) and Victor Sosa (29-0). ... The Reggies have 21 freshmen out. ... Last year was believed to be the first time a vocational school ever won a Mass. title (team or open) and the first state title in any sport at Greater Lawrence.

Tony Sarkis (17th year): "We have to come out and work hard every practice and every meet. If we do, the potential is there to be as good or better than last year. Most of our kids won't make weight for awhile because of football. Nearly seventy percent of the team is made up of football players and we don't have much time to get ready. We have high goals. Last year, we took three kids to New England but this year our goal is to take five, and we'd like to have a New England champ."

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