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Winter Sports end on a rather high note with some shoes to fill

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Senior wrestler Anthony Bruno takes sixth place at the state tournament. Spartan wrestlers Robert Perry and Dalton Campos went to the tournament as well to represent WS. Some teams were successful and now have alot to build on.

Senior wrestler Anthony Bruno takes sixth place at the state tournament. Spartan wrestlers Robert Perry and Dalton Campos went to the tournament as well to represent WS. Some teams were successful and now have alot to build on.

Phil Cronin

Phil Cronin

Senior wrestler Anthony Bruno takes sixth place at the state tournament. Spartan wrestlers Robert Perry and Dalton Campos went to the tournament as well to represent WS. Some teams were successful and now have alot to build on.

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As the weather gets warmer, another winter sport season wraps up.
The wrestling team finished with a 6-1 conference record and a second place finish at the conference tournament. Senior Anthony Bruno took first place in the conference in the 120lb weight class.
“I feel like our team has done especially well this year. I am happy with the way I wrestled this year,” said Bruno.
Three Spartan wrestlers advanced to the state tournament: Anthony Bruno, Dalton Campos, and Robert Perry. Ben Fiacco became head coach of the wrestling program three years ago and has turned a struggling WS wrestling team into a force to be reckoned with.
“I think we’ve exceeded expectations. It’s gradual progress from two years ago,” said Fiacco.
Along with him, Fiacco has added two assistant coaches, Phil Cronin and Coriston Smith, to the coaching staff. The experience and intensity of the coaching staff has contributed to the newfound success of the program.
“I’ve really enjoyed the practices, this has been a very committed hard working group,” said Fiacco.
The WS indoor track team had a great season too. The team performed well all season and the boys placed third as a team at the region competition behind a talented group of veterans. The team’s strong leadership was instrumental to the success that they had.
“The athletes brought great mental game to the postseason as well, and we had a number or really great performances to wrap up the season,” said winter track coach Christopher Pellegrini.
It takes more than a few weeks of practice to prepare for track competitions. Many of the athletes on the track team have been working hard even in their off-season to prepare for this season.
“Many of our distance athletes did cross country in the fall,” said Pellegrini. “Which allowed them to start the indoor season in great shape.”
Last, but certainly not least, is the WS gymnastics team. Gymnastics took second place in the conference and the team qualified for the region tournament. The team had three members qualify for the region as individuals: Abby Levine, Alex Marsden, and Amanda Whitley. Levine qualified for the state tournament as well.
“I was unsure what to expect from the season but I would say that it was, in the end, close to what I envisioned,” said Coach Diana Edgell.
Besides the few that went to the state tournament as individuals, the team’s season ended at the region tournament, but Edgell is excited for next year.
“We didn’t advance but we put up our best team score of the season and really performed well,” said Edgell.

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