Alexander senior Vinnie Ferrara is using last season’s personal disappointment on the mat as motivation for this season.
As the Cougars wrapped up the Class AAAAAA Traditional championship last season, Ferrara could only manage a fifth-place finish.
“It was a big disappointment for me,” Ferrara said. “I’m definitely more motivated coming into this season. I’ve worked really hard in the off season and I’m ready for a big year for me and the team.”
The season got off to a good start last week when the Cougars won the ALX Duals and Ferrara went 5-0 on the day.
He improved his overall career record to 110-43 heading into Saturday’s match at Cambridge.
“I feel real good about the season,” Ferrara said. “In general, i think we have the team that can win it again.”
The Cougars swept both the duals and traditional championships in Macon last season.
Cougars coach Sean Moistner also has confidence in his senior wrestler. Ferrara has been a part of the Cougars’ program since he was in the sixth grade.
“He is one of our long time wrestlers,” Moistner said. “We expect him to be one of the kids that will be on the podium this season at state.”
Moistner said a couple mistakes cost Ferrara during his match at state.
“It wasn’t like he didn’t belong or could not have won,” Moistner said. “He took himself out of position. I think he has learned from that mistakes and will be a better wrestler for it.”
As a sophomore, Ferrara finish one spot from placing at the traditional meet.
Although the team is the defending champions, Ferrara said there isn’t much pressure.
“Honestly, there is some, but we know what we have to do,” he said. “It is just a matter of us getting better each day and going into each match with confidence. We just have to get after it, and I think the rest will take care of itself. I’m definitely excited about the season. We just have to keep getting after it.”