WHS wrestlers off to strong start
The Waterloo High School wrestling team is off to a 6-2 start this season as it enters a very competitive stretch of matches.
“Overall, we have some kids doing fairly well,” head coach Pat Stewart said. “We’re not as deep as in the past, but we spread them out well.”
The only losses for the Bulldogs so far this season have come to Belleville West and Althoff.
The team recently placed fifth at the Civic Memorial tournament.
“I thought we could’ve placed even higher,” Stewart said.
Cody Cissell, at 145 pounds, placed second in the tournament and is 8-2 on the season. His brother, Cory Cissell, placed fourth in the tourney at 132 pounds and is 6-2 on the season.
Bryce Kirk (120) placed third at CM and is 9-2 on the season.
Seth Iorio, a freshman, placed fourth in the tourney and is 8-2 on the season. Also placing fourth was Seth Dillard, who is 5-4 on the season, and Amear Farag, who is 7-4 on the season.
Freshman wrestler DJ Huskey placed fifth at CM and is 7-2 on the season.
Senior wrestler Dylan Siebenberger placed a disappointing sixth at CM but is 9-2 on the season at 160 pounds.
“He’s been really good for us this year,”Stewart said.
Sophomore Dalton Viglasky, who wrestles at anywhere from 138 to 152 pounds, placed seventh at the tourney and is 7-5 on the season.
“His losses were to some tough kids,” Stewart said.”He’s getting some good competition.”
The WHS wrestling team will compete in a triangular meet this Thursday in Belleville against large schools O’Fallon, Carbondale and Belleville East.
There will be no rest for the Bulldogs, who compete in the always tough Mascoutah tournament this Friday and Saturday.
Both events will serve as a good measuring stick for Waterloo as the season kicks into gear.
“We just have to keep plugging along and stay healthy,” Stewart said.