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January 4, 2014

The road to number one

Pentucket's Wesolowski has sights on state title

WEST NEWBURY – As only a junior, Josh Wesolowski is already well on his way to becoming the best wrestler in the history of Pentucket Regional High.

But it’s not on his immediate list of goals.

“I think its something that I just want to accomplish on the way,” Wesolowski said. “It’s not one of my main goals, but it’d be awesome because Tom (Funk) and I are competitive. I set goals for placing in tournaments and where I want to be at the end of a season and things like that. If I beat his record, though, I would love that.”

Tom Funk graduated last year after setting the Pentucket all-time wins record at 131. As a sophomore, Wesolowski tallied 41 wins and just 6 losses, earned a sectional championship, placed third in the state, eighth in the all-state tournament and was one match away from making it to the New England tournament. A month into his junior season, he already has a 15-1 record.

“Nowadays, kids wrestle more than they ever have,” said Pentucket head coach Dennis Puleo. “In this era we are in now with kids wrestling in so many matches, he should reach and surpass the win amount of anyone who ever wrestled at Pentucket. As a senior he will definitely surpass the record.”

Wesolowski is fresh off his first-place finish at the Pentucket Holiday Tournament. Wrestling in the 138-pound weight class, he bested 15 other wrestlers to become the champion.

“It was a pretty solid tournament,” Wesolowski said. “It was a 16-man bracket with 16 wrestlers competing. I pinned my first two kids, won a close match against Whittier’s 138-pound man by a score of 4-2, then won 6-1 in the finals against Constantine Galanis from Georgetown.”

Wesolowski’s success on the mat is due in his large part to his never faltering commitment to bettering his craft. Wesolowski works diligently during the off-season to prepare for the wrestling season, while also focusing on playing football and lacrosse.

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