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Terenzio steps down at FHS

Freedom’s wrestling program is in search of a new leader, as head coach Dante Terenzio resigned last month from the position.

Terenzio, who took over the program four years ago, led Freedom to a 52-19 record during his tenure, including an 18-5 campaign this past season.

“I’ve decided to step away from coaching to pursue a career opportunity that will allow me to be with my family more,” said Terenzio. “I’ve accepted a managing editor position at The Daily Review up in Bradford County.

“I’m happy I can say I’m satisfied with what we’ve accomplished over the past four years. It wasn’t easy in the early going, but no transition ever is. I think we eventually got to where we wanted to be. The kids came a long way as far as becoming tough kids and successful wrestlers.”

Prior to coaching at Freedom, Terenzio was the head coach at Western Wayne in District 2 for 10 seasons. With two young sons, Roman (2) and Marco (1), in the fold, Terenzio knew it was time to devote all his time to his family.

“I’m positive I’ll be back coaching in the future,” he said. “My sons are young and have their whole lives ahead of them. I’m sure I’m going to be involved in their athletic adventures, and I can’t wait for that.”

The Pates return 10 wrestlers to next year’s team, including state qualifier CJ Horvath, leaving a strong core intact.

Despite stepping away, Terenzio is proud of what the team was able to accomplish and will miss it at the same time.

“I think creating a team-first culture was our greatest accomplishment,” Terenzio said. “Our staff really stressed the importance of the team aspect; competing not as individuals but as a team. This past year, wins over historical programs like Parkland, Emmaus and Liberty are a tribute to how far the team has come over the past few years.

“I’ll miss the kids and watching them grow into young adults. I’ll really miss my staff (Todd Israel, Evan Kauffman, Anthony Marino, Mike Cleffi and Joseph Ingaglio), couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to coach with. And, of course, all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at Freedom. I’m grateful Nate Stannard and Mike LaPorta took a chance on a District 2 guy.”