After being sidelined with an injury last season, Alex Jarombek is back on the mat in a big way for the Greenwich High School wrestling team.
A junior, Jarombek has emerged as a 132-pound wrestler to watch out for in the FCIAC -- a grappler who has helped the Cardinals start their season strong.
Jarombek continued to impress in his weight class, winning his match by pinfall in Greenwich's convincing 69-9 victory against visiting Staples Wednesday.
With their sixth win in seven matches, the Cardinals raised their record to 6-2. Back in solid form, Jarombek pinned Staples senior Lamont Johnson in 3 minutes, 1 second in a 132-pound matchup.
"I haven't really seen that kid before, so I went out there with a strong mind, worked my offense and got a take down in the first period," Jarombek said. "The second period, I got my escape took him down again, worked the bar, kept it in and pinned him."
The triumph upped Jarombek's mark to 12-3 for the season. He missed last season with a knee injury and underwent microfracture surgery.
"I wrestled as a freshman before missing last season," Jarombek said. "Missing the whole season gave me a lot of motivation going into this season. It's great to be back with the guys again and wrestling. I was rusty at first, it took me a few weeks to get back into it."
His brother Tim Jarombek, a 2006 Greenwich High graduate, wrestled for the Cardinals, as did his other brother Mark, a senior at GHS (he is currently running indoor track).
"It's a nice luxury to have Jarombek back in the lineup," GHS coach George Albano said. "To have a kid like that who kind of sets the tone for the rest of the team is important."
Alex Margeotes (113-pounds), Wyndsor Doyle (120), Brandon Aguda (106), Jack Freiheit (152) and Dan Gutman (160) also won their matches by pinfall for the Cards against a young Wreckers squad.
"In a match like this we're not looking at team scores, we're looking at how well the team wrestles and I thought the team wrestled well," Albano said. "We are finally getting into a rhythm. With our schedule, it took us a while to get going, but I'm happy with where we're at right now."
Margeotes pinned Staples freshman Kieran Clarke in 33 seconds for Greenwich, which won 12 of the 14 matches.
"At the beginning of the match we were feeling each other out, but once I took a shot and got a leg I had a bit more confidence from them on and did better than at the beginning of the match."
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"We have a lot of depth in every weight class," Margeotes said. "Since I was a freshman, this is the first year that we have a real solid chance of winning at every weight class."
Aguda won by pinfall in 1:34, Doyle pinned his opponent in 48 seconds, Freiheit won his match in 1:41 and Gutman needed just 1:31 to put his foe's shoulders to the mat. In one of the hardest-fought matches of the evening, Staples senior Jake Santo edged sophomore Bryce Stanback, 12-9. The Wreckers other victory came from junior Justin Ludel (138), who won by injury default against Greenwich sophomore Ethan Ross (bloody nose).
Freshman Mike Ceci, the younger brother of former Cardinals star grappler Ben Ceci, gave GHS a win in the 126-pound class. Ceci took an 8-2 decision from Staples' Matt Prior. Justin Montier (170), Thomas Williams (170), Mitchell Nethercott (195), Erik Menchaca (220) and Chris Fischer (heavyweight) were each victorious by forfeit for the Cards.
"We are definitely getting on a roll now," Margeotes said. "Our first match of the season we lost to Fairfield Warde, but having such a tough match at the beginning of the season was an eye-opener. It showed us the type of work we have to put in."