Malverne's wrestling team was handicapped at the very outset.
Although many of last year's veterans returned, several others,
including Warren Nafis, Charles Caulkins, Fred Caretto, and John
Petrelle, were either out for some other activity or physically unable
to wrestle this year. Moreover, the season planned for Malverne was
an unusually stiff one. Matches were scheduled with Central,
Mepham, Great Neck, Sewanhaka, Lawrence and Oceanside, which all boast
Nevertheless, Malverne's catch-as-catch-can boys,
managed by Robert Maddocks and James Mullany, did a creditable job.
Although the team as a whole was not impressive, it did manage to reach
the semi-finals in the annual Mepham tournament. Bernard Brockwehl,
Raymond Frawley, Ernest Thorvaldsen, Fred Robinson, Harold Sinclair,
John Wensley, Fred Williams, Don Pearsall, Don Healy, Edward Cook, and
Kenneth Martin won at least one match each in individual grunt-and-groan
The really fine record of the season was achieved by Captain Jimmy
Miller who, competing in the 175-pound class, pinned five opponents, won
two decisions, and lost only one match.
Coach Hanson will lose many of his varsity wrestlers when the Class
of '39 graduates. He hopes that more boys will show an active
interest in the sport and help bolster up next year's squad.
Source: The Oracle, Malverne High School,