doesn't spoil Spencerport's Terenzi
By James Johnson Democrat
December 21, 2001) -- Mike Terenzi won 36 wrestling matches last
was named a Monroe County All-Star again and was three victories
away from earning a place in the state tournament. Not bad for a
as Terenzi sits on a chair inside the Spencerport wrestling room,
he tells you there is a lot to prove in his sophomore year. In his
mind, that list of accomplishments should have been longer.
were times where I slipped up," Terenzi said. "I lost
to people that I should not have lost to last year.
of my losses haunt me."
is not the only Ranger who feels the team has something to prove.
as if the entire lineup has adopted that mentality. Spencerport
lost its grip on the Section V Class A team title after 12 years
really didn't get pounded on by people at school or anything,"
Terenzi said. "It was more like we let ourselves down.
were trained to come out on top in that situation, no matter what."
Rangers have looked stronger than ever early this season. They turned
the 35-team Jamestown Tournament last weekend into a Spencerport
Rangers won 44 of their matches before losing one and 14 of the
15 semifinal matches included a Spencerport wrestler. Terenzi was
among the four Jamestown champions and is 10-0.
just dominated," Terenzi said. "Some people think it was
because Canandaigua wasn't there, but to me that wasn't the case.
team is a lot more consistent with its effort everyday."
team's practice "room" are where the roots for champion
wrestlers can be found. Daily practices can be a grind because to
learn, taking lumps is required, not optional.
is a wrestling fanatic," teammate Mike Brongo said. "That's
all he talks about."
be a good wrestler, you have to be hard on yourself and he's looking
an eighth-grader, Terenzi was kept out of Spencerport's lineup by
state champion Shawn Hibbs.
year was a learning experience for me," Terenzi said. "I
wasn't used to the tournament scene and having 45-some-odd matches.
Believe it or not, wrestling is mental."
no question Terenzi is looking forward to his next bout with Gates
Chili's J.P. Zengerle, who he has a 1-1 career record against after
losing 4-1 in their last meeting.
Chili is in Spencerport's Teike/Bernabi Tournament next Thursday
and Friday. The Rangers and Spartans will have their annual dual
meet of course, and there could be possible Zengerle-Terenzi matchups
in the postseason tournaments.
could get him in any of one of those," Zengerle said. "I
know it'll be a close match, because he's good."