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Colonia wresting pins the competition during 2024 season


Colonia’s wrestling team’s biggest names, Michael Felliciano and Noah Bone are also the wrestling captains.  Being a wrestler is a lot harder than many may think; a lot of preparation, and discipline is included. Having to meet your weight class not being able to eat is a hard thing that other athletes who haven’t wrestled experienced may take for granted. 

Michael Felliciano

Michael Feliciano, one of Colonia’s top wrestler this year had an exceptional season this year going 41-3. Making it to the State Tournament was a huge accomplishment. Falling short to Louie Cerchio, a Cornell Commit, was one of Fellicino’s hardest matches.  He explained that he wasn’t ready and he thought he had more time, mentally. 

This being his most successful year, when asking Feliciano what was different about this year he responded with “I thought a lot less, I knew  he was better. I put in more work, we had a better team and we fed off each other’s energy. I was ranked so I felt there was a chip on my shoulder.”  With the program having one of its best seasons yet, Felicano hopes that his success continues for years to come and thinks that they will grow as team. Fellicianio will not continue his wrestling career in college. 

Blonde hair

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While some of us may wonder why the Wrestling team had bleached hair, it was just a Wrestling tradition over the years, Noah bones and Michael Felliecano brought it back. Bone’s father used to do it in highschool so they decided to continue the tradition.

Noah Bone

Noah Bone also had a successful season with 34 wins and 8 losses.  His toughest opponent was Gavin Gurang from Ridge who was 11-0 at the time, Bone  explained, “Gavin was stronger, and a little bit better.” Bone also showed some gratitude towards his coaching staff saying that they pushed him to become better and to earn everything, “they put in a lot more effort than normal coaches would and I’m grateful for them.” 

Injuries are a big part of any sport especially in wrestling, when asking Bone how he deals with injuries he said, “You push through it, I had a shoulder injury. My Knees got banged up. Eat correctly, and ice.” His biggest obstacle mentally was not having his Grandfather there his junior year so it fueled him and pushed him to be better. 

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