Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wrestling Team Wins on Senior Night
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wrestling Team. {Courtesy}

By: Matt Rothman

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrestling team continued its great season, picking up three wins, including one during Senior Night.

The Eagles honored Daniel Alvarez, Lenny Cipolla, Vincent Dion, Charles Dion, Xander Kooby, Nate Payne, Kevin Murray, Lorenzo Zangarim, Grayson Starling, and Donovan Ott.

Head Coach Ken Gendason says these seniors have gone through a lot during four years at MSD. This group placed fifth in the BCAA in 2021 and improved that the following year. Gendason believes they can do better this year based on their commitment to the program.

“The most important thing they did was lay a foundation for the next era of wrestlers by showing them to stick it out all four years, and great things will happen,” Gendason said. “This would all be a testament to a group of ninth graders four years ago that stayed together.”

MSD also picked up an 82-0 win over McAArrhur and a 72-12 victory against Coconut Creek High School. The Eagles faced  Coral Springs Charter the following day and dominated with a 57-21 win. Gendason and Eric Perez of Coral Springs Charter ensured every wrestler who weighed in got to compete on both varsity and JV.

Earlier this year, MSD finished second in the Coral Springs Duals, which featured a big win over Miami Coral Park. Their only loss came against Fort Pierce Central, who participated in the State Semifinals. The top two wrestlers for MSD this year have been David Leiva and Rocco Duygulu.

Gaby Caro, who was always a state finalist on the girls team last year, continues to lead MSD. Gendason is hoping to have ten wrestlers compete at the Districts.

“I believe, as a whole team, we are turning the corner,” Gendason added. “December was tough because every week we had several wrestlers out either with other obligations or injuries. Last week, we were just about at full strength.”

Next, MSD will compete in the BCAA Championship on Jan. 27-28.

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Matt Rothman
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Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.

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