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Big Blue Beat: Varsity Wrestling Team
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By Dean Koenig '21


Head Coach: George Sullivan

Highlights from last season:
Last winter, for the first time in over 10 years, Pingry had a county champion in Brandon Spellman '19. A month later, Brandon became Pingry's first District champion in 15 years by winning the 113-pound weight class at the District 19 Wrestling Tournament. Five other Pingry wrestlers—Holden Shikany '19, Aidan Dillon '18, Zach Dobson '19, and Kamal Brown '19—qualified for the Regional Tournament. Brandon even qualified for and competed at the State Tournament in Atlantic City, becoming only the third Pingry wrestler, behind Zach Shanaman '04 and Frankie Dillon '17, since 2005 to do so. He finished in the top 12, falling one win short of a top-eight placement.

What to watch for this season:
• The team is poised to send even more wrestlers to the Regional Tournament than last year. Head Coach George Sullivan believes that there are six or seven wrestlers capable of advancing.
• A strong group of freshmen, including experienced Jack Martin, looks to contribute to the team.
• Brandon hopes to place even higher in the State Tournament this upcoming season, breaking the top eight. If he succeeds, he will be the first Pingry wrestler to do so in 15 years.

Full-court press:
"I think the great thing about this season is that we've got the strong individuals who we've always had, but we also have a great overall team."—Head Coach George Sullivan


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