Source: Mike Lamberti, Correspondent — NorthJersey.com
A busy summer on the wrestling mat has Wayne Valley High’s Reid Colella looking for big things this coming season.
Colella, who will be a junior this fall at Valley, put together a solid season on the mat last winter, despite breaking his ankle early in the 2016-2017 season. Colella came back quickly and was able to advance to the second round of the Region 2 wrestlebacks, at 138 pounds.
Since the end of the season, Colella has competed regularly at tournaments and this summer stood out at Rutgers University, where he and his teammates competed at a camp there for four days. Colella won a tournament at Rutgers.
“I’m really excited about the upcoming season,” said Colella, the eldest of two sons born to Christine and Tom Colella. “I think we can have a great team. We want to defend our District (8) team title and advance in the state sectionals.”
Wayne Valley put together another solid campaign last winter, under the direction of head coach Todd Schroeder, himself a one-time Indians standout grappler. Seeing Colella’s work ethic this summer is not surprising to Schroeder.
“No question, Reid is one of those guys who works so hard at being a good wrestler,” said Schroeder. “Wrestling is his favorite sport and he wants to get to the next level. For sure, advancing to the state championships in Atlantic City (in 2018) is something he’s striving for.”
Colella’s goal over the summer was to improve his technique.
“I think I’ve done that,” said Reid. “I’m getting betting better. I have to be stronger on top, and competing this summer has helped.”
Colella isn’t sure what weight class he’ll compete at next season, but the 145 pound weight class seems like a good possibility.
“There’s a long way to go before the start of the season,” said Schroeder.”The 145 class is definitely a possibility. There’s so much that goes into a lineup.”
Despite competing on a regular basis for the last four months, Colella doesn’t plan on slowing down.
“My family and I recently had a great vacation,” said Colella, who was in Hawaii. “But I plan to get back and work out soon. I want to continue putting in the time until November, when practice starts again.”
Schroeder knows Colella will continue working hard.
“Most of our guys know what it takes to be ready for official practice,” said Schroeder. “We had a good summer working together, and going to Rutgers. But they also know that hitting the weights and putting in the running is also important now.
“For a kid like Reid, that’s not a problem. I’m pretty sure he was probably running on the beach in Hawaii. That’s just the kind of kid he is. He’s been at tournaments just about every weekend, at Delbarton and Jefferson and in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. He knows that in this sport, it’s important to wrestle good competition.
“We’ve already spoken about the challenges ahead, and Reid will certainly embrace them.”