Former Princeton High School standout wrestler, as well as a member of the PHS 25-win club, Sean Hobson, is in his first year as the head coach for the St. Bede wrestling team. For Hobson, the year has already started on a great note by defeating his former team.
He also thinks this could be a very successful year for the Bruins.
“I think this could be a break-out year for us. We have a lot of talented kids who are very determined and are willing to work hard,” Hobson said.
The leading wrestlers for the Bruins are junior captains, Adam Hunter and James Peacock and senior Brendan Zimmerman. Peacock was the lone Bruin last year to qualify for sectionals
“The sky is the limit for them three. They are all very talented and are just as good as everyone else they wrestle. Things can easily shake up, and it’s possible to see all three down at the state tournament,” Hobson said.
Hobsen is also looking for big things from newcomers Brandon Edens and Matt Szczepaniak. Both recently placed second at the Sterling Newman Junior VarsityTournament.
"Both of those guys really work hard. If they can put a few things together, both of them will be tough to beat,” Hobson said.
Other squad members include seniors Ryan Kelsey, Chris Kerasotes, Nick Puhr and Anthony Schneider; juniors Sam Bennett, Max Zhu, Connor MacDavitt and Min Hwang; sophomores Juan Flores, Josh Elnicki, Jeff Barnes, Santiago Galantas; and freshmen Joel Caulfield, Johny Kerasotes, Jacob Hockings, John Delaney and Dorian McNeil.
“The wrestling culture here at the academy is something special. It’s definitely a unique experience and something I am proud to be a part of,” Hobson said.