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Big Blue Beat: Varsity Wrestling
Big Blue Beat: Varsity Wrestling
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With an experienced new coach at the helm of a young team, Big Blue looks to a season of great potential. 

By Meghan Durkin '21



Head Coach: Keith Karsen

Last season's highlights:
Last season, Pingry's wrestling team put together a strong season. At the Somerset County Wrestling Tournament in mid-January, Big Blue celebrated four place-winners—Zach Dobson '19 (second), Jack Martin '22 (third), Kamal Brown '19 (fourth), and captain Brandon Spellman '19, who earned a second straight county title in his weight class. He also won his weight class at Districts a month later and, along with Zachary and Jack, all three qualified for the Region 5 Tournament. Brandon, who took second in his weight class there, advanced for the second year in a row to the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, where he became only the second wrestler in Pingry history to medal, with an eighth-place finish in his class. 


What to watch for this season:

  • Keith Karsen takes over as head coach this year. Coach Karsen, who coached at DePaul Catholic High School for over 10 years before he came to Pingry, will bring his 25 years of experience to the team.

  • This year's captains—Chris Waltzinger '20, Mason Stahl '20, and Sean Lyons '21—hope to continue last year's success, starting with their first match, against Manville, on December 20.  

  • After losing seven seniors to graduation, the team looks to strong returning members to step into leadership roles, including Jack Martin '22. With nine freshmen joining the team, Coach Karsen believes the team has great potential.


Full-court press: 
"Being at Pingry is a great opportunity. I have coached so many different levels and types of wrestlers. I can relate to student-athletes of all ability levels and feel confident I can motivate each one individually. We are a young team, but young means we have tremendous potential for growth."—Head Coach Keith Karsen


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org