The Spartans, Stuyvesant’s wrestling team, have started their season strong, pulling out wins on December 14 against the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex High School and on December 15 against Baruch College Campus High School. With 45-32 and 56-18 victories, respectively, the Spartans move to a perfect 3-0.
The wins have buoyed the young members of the team. “[It’s] a great way… [for] most of our first year wrestlers [to] develop,” junior and co-captain Terence Wong said. He added that he believes the team will get stronger as the second half of the season kicks off after winter break.
Senior and co-captain Carson Wong believes the wins have had a positive effect on the team’s morale and are an indication of future success. “The team has very rarely won their first dual meet of the season,” Carson Wong said. “We pulled off the win with our dedicated core of team members and their hard work, and that’s what’s going to get us through our season with a winning record.”
Last season, the Spartans were 3-3 and fourth in their division, which was disappointing after going 6-1 the year before and coming in second place in their division. This year, the team has already tied its record from last season and has shown no signs of slowing down.
“This year, we have a really good team. We have taken in a lot of freshmen and [have] seniors coming all the way through. That’s the key,” coach Michael Cigala said. “We have a really powerful team this year and we expect great things.” He is depending on the team’s core players, Terence Wong, Carson Wong, junior Allard Peng, and senior and co-captain Michael Gaschler, to lead the team. During the match on December 14, Peng (decision, three points) and Carson Wong (fall, six points) both came away with match victories to help the team pull ahead.
The Spartans are in a difficult division: last year, Tottenville was a perfect 7-0 and Petrides was 5-1. They will have to compete with both again this year for the division title. Now, with the victories they have won so far, the team has these results backing them as they compete with these two schools.
The Spartans will look to continue their recent winning streak, and prove themselves to the competition.“We have to show what it means to wrestle,” Wong said. “We have to be examples and lead the team into victory.”