Gallione: "The kids wrestled with a lot of heart, a lot of pride, and every single kid battled out there.”
River Dell may have crushed PV's hopes and dreams of advancing in the state sectional tournament, but Coach Gallione is always looking to stay positive.
PV's 36-25 loss on Monday night included many tough luck situations, including Tommy Chiellini's last minute injury and Jake Prusha's last minute takedown loss, to only name a pair of devastations.
Regardless of the outcome, the bright side of the situation was simply making the desired tournament.
“There’s pride [in making it] because it’s a step in the right direction,” Coach Gallione began. “We missed it last year, we made it this year. We fell short of the goal we wanted to accomplish and thought we could accomplish, but with that said, there’s still pride in making it."
Had the Indians defeated River Dell, they would have gone on to face Sparta, the number one seeded team in their section. With this being said, the Indians would have gone into their second straight away match. Many teams would consider this a disadvantage, but the Indians are certainly not many teams.
“Our goal all week was to not have another home match this year which would’ve meant that we were away at Sparta today and at the sectional final on Friday. That was our focus but we came up a little short.
“We had chances, we had opportunities, the kids wrestled with a lot of heart, a lot of pride, and every single kid battled out there."
Despite the tournament elimination, the PV wrestlers still have one more dual meet and one more tri-meet left in their season followed by the individual Districts and Regions tournaments. They already rebounded by smoking Glen Rock 52-15 Wednesday night.
The said goal was to play out these last few team matches and then get the wrestlers ready to win in the District Tournament in attempt to move them into the Regions tournament.
“We’ve got four matches this week and our goal is to set our guys up, work on what they need to do individually. You do that stuff and the team matches will take care of themselves. We want to win these last four matches leading into the districts.”