Prep Wrestling Preview | Warriors bring back top trio

  • Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 7:28pm

By David Pan Weekly Herald sports editor

EDMONDS — Edmonds-Woodway looks to be a good position to defend its Western Conference 4A South Division championship.

Though state champion Ryan DeWeese is gone, the Warriors return three of his teammates who advanced to last year’s state tournament: senior Zach Perez, junior Matthew Cuzzetto and sophomore Noah Cuzzetto, Matthew’s younger brother.

Matthew Cuzzetto finished eighth in the 135-pound division at state last year, while Perez is a two-time state participant. Matthew Cuzzetto was a match away from placing as a sophomore. Noah Cuzzetto also was a match away from placing at state last year.

“We have a lot of good athletes,” said first-year head coach Brian Alfi, a former assistant.

The Warriors have about 40 individuals out for the team and Alfi hopes those numbers will stay constant throughout the season.

“I’m pretty excited about the turnout,” he said. “We have a really good coaching staff. It makes it easy to keep the numbers in the room with those assistant coaches. The reason we keep out good numbers is we have good assistant coaches. Those are the ones who keep the kids in the room.”

A junior to look out for is heavyweight George Johanson, who finished second at the league tournament.

“As a sophomore that’s hard to do,” Alfi said.

Alfi replaced his friend Joe Trieu, who recently welcomed a new child into his family. Trieu will be helping out depending on his personal and business schedule.

“He comes in and helps out when he can,” said Alfi, who was best man at Trieu’s wedding. “He’ll still be around.”

Alfi, an Edmonds-Woodway graduate, was named the Region 1 and Wesco 4A assistant coach of the year last season.

“It’s definitely an honor,” Alfi said of being named head coach. “This is a giant family, this Edmonds program. We have a lot of alumni who want to come back and watch matches. I’m pretty fortunate to have gotten this job.”