Wrestling team readies for promising season


Andrea Toppan

Wrestling team looks towards a promising season

JAYDEN TOPPAN, Contributor

Coming off a strong performance last season, Gloucester wrestling is looking to be a threat to the Northeastern Conference. After their 13-13 season, the Fishermen plan on finishing above the .500 mark. With numerous returners and a handful of rookies, the team is chasing a conference title.

Leading the team are Junior captains Michael (182) and Jayden (220) Toppan, both of which are returning CAL/NEC champions. Senior Tyler Nicastro (160) and Freshman Joe Allen (132) and also looking to be threats inside the conference. Junior Morgan Pennimpede (138), who finished 3rd at last year’s Girls All-state, and Sophomore Evan Mione (195) shape up to be the dark horses in the lineup. 

A few 8th graders made the roster as well, as Aiden DeCoste (106), Jimmy Militello (145), and Max Thomas (195) are looking to get some high school wrestling matches under their belt.

“This group is invested in learning and winning,” Captain J. Toppan said. “The rookies are catching on quick and the rust is coming off fairly fast for the veterans. This is also the first year we have a full roster and alternates as well.” 

The program is heading into its 11th year under head coach Matt Swanson, who has produced two state champions in his time.

While it’s still early in the season, the Fishermen are having high hopes for their 2022-23 campaign. Catch them in action on December 10th where they open their season at home against Masco/ET, Whittier Tech, Excel Academy, Wilmington, and Nashoba Tech.