Saints wrestling going to take off

Coach Sly loved the St. Charles East wrestling hire at the time it was made, and nothing that's happened early this season is changing that notion.

Au contraire, (Pardon Sly's French ... I hear they speak a little French during certain intense moments in the wrestling room, too), the hire is looking better by the week.

East nailed it in replacing Steve Smerz, who was a pretty doggone good coach in his own right, with former Saints wrestling golden child Jason Potter.

Not only did Potter come back to St. Chuck with plenty of solid coaching experience at Leyden, but he has heavy emotional investment in the program with all that he and his family accomplished wearing Saints orange and black.

The early returns this season for the Saints matsmen have been favorable. They absolutely obliterated St. Charles North in the crosstown match and on Friday night, East took it to a pretty good Geneva team. The East-Batavia match should be a good one, but you can already tell that East is going to be a load to deal with.

Between boys hoops, wrestling and girls hoops (and don't forget them Saints keglers), it's looking like it could be heckuva winter for St. Charles East athletics.

Here's betting that the success on the wrestling mat isn't going to be fleeting. The Saints found the right coach to take an already solid program to another level.

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