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Staples wrestling squares off against Danbury

Justin Ludel ’14 wrestled Danbury head on and was able to end his match with a draw.

On Jan. 8, the Staples boys’ wrestling team squared off against the defending state champs, Danbury High School. The much anticipated match was set to go at 6:00 pm in the Staples basketball gym.

The Wreckers did not wreck Danbury, who won by a margin of 76-3 against Staples. However, Jonathan Maragos ’16, believes that this was indeed a learning experience. “It was a hard fought battle. It certainly was a tough loss but everyone fought, the scoreboard didn’t tell the story tonight.”

Co-Captain, Justin Ludel ’14, the only Wrecker to score in Wednesday’s dual meet, believes that everyone “wrestled with their heart on their sleeves.”

Maragos explained that the team has a lot of potential for the near future. “We are young with only two seniors, a stronger junior class, and a bigger sophomore class that has a long ways to go. But as a whole, a lot of our wrestlers are just getting back into the groove of things and working out the kinks.”

Co- Captain, Jake Santo ’14, believes that the team still has a lot of work ahead of them and for the rest of this season. “Danbury is one of the best programs in the state and has been for quite some time and they give us quite a benchmark to reach for. Meets like today can motivate people or destroy people and we need it to motivate us to push through to that next level.”

Danbury has won 26 of the previous 27 FCIAC championships, and traditionally Staples has been unable to defeat them.

The Wreckers are now 1-4 following the loss to Danbury. Their next meet is Jan. 11 at E.O. Smith.

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Chase Gornbein ’16 is always looking to push and challenge himself. He likes to test his mental and physical strength whenever possible.

Usually, Gornbein finds his fill of thrill in taking his running to the next level on the track (like with his unreal under-five-minute best mile time). Not only does he enjoy the difficulty of running, but the relaxation it brings along as well.

“I enjoy running because I have the ability to release all of my emotions and let it out on the track,” Gornbein said.

Another way that Gornbein has recently decided to do this is by writing for Inklings. He compares letting his emotions out by running to letting off steam by writing, the only difference being that the track has become the pad of paper.

“I always loved reading the school paper and thought it’d be a really unique experience to try writing for it,” he said.

Although this is his first year as an official Staff Writer, his career actually debuted last year with a story about a Staples student auditioning for “The Voice.”

        Although he started simple, Gornbein’s big dream is to be a journalist for the New York Times.

He hopes that the skills he has developed through challenging himself in running will carry into his writing.

For example, Gornbein says that the discipline he has acquired from running has helped him to “stick to a structure and be organized” in writing. He hopes that his mastered discipline will work to his advantage in someday obtaining a job writing for the New York Times.


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