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Jason Calandra '17 is now 1st in career wins at LCA with 117 victories on the wrestling mat.
Entering the match with Concord Academy on Friday, January 27, LCA Wrestling captain Jason Calandra '17 was tied atop the all-time career wins’ list (116 wins) in LCA history with a familiar face - his older brother and LCA Assistant Coach, Nathan Calandra '10. The Calandra family has been wrestling at LCA since oldest brother, Brian '07, started in 6th grade. The 2016-17 season would be the last to see a Calandra wear the LCA singlet and Jason has helped to strengthen the family legacy.
Wrestling at the 152 lb weight class this year, Jason is currently ranked #2 in New England. His victory over his Concord opponent gave him 117 wins for his career - the LCA record! His coach and brother, Nathan Calandra, said that as soon as he broke the record in 2010 – previously held by Jason Mills ’09 – his 5th grade brother, Jason, said he would beat him one day. Now that he has Nathan said, “I couldn’t be happier.”
Ever since the oldest Calandra brother, Brian, came home one day in 6th grade saying he’d joined the wrestling team, wrestling has been a major part of the Calandras’ life – not just in season, but off season camps, training and even bouts on their kitchen floor. As Jason reflected upon reaching this milestone he said, “I have always wanted to surpass Nathan. Ever since the day he set the record I had my eyes locked on that number as my goal. Finally, being able to have that goal realized makes all of my hard work up until this point worth it and now it seems surreal.”
Jason Calandra '17 with his Coaches Charlie Cowen, Reid Mosquera, Mark Getchell, brother Nathan '10 (2nd from right) and mother, Dorothy.
Now that Jason holds the record, he knows that there is still much to compete for in the final weeks of his LCA wrestling career. It is sure to be a bittersweet time for the Calandras as they conclude a combined 21 seasons of LCA Wrestling. Looking ahead to the EIL, NEPSAC, and National tournaments, Jason exclaims “I will do my best to keep going with the record but NEPSAC's and Nationals provide their own challenges and new opportunities to strive for excellence.” That ambition to strive for excellence is an indication of Jason prioritizing the process of becoming the best wrestler he can become rather than just focusing on the winning. Wrestling is too physically and mentally demanding to focus on results. On how he has dealt with the pressure of competition, Jason says, “there is always a great deal of stress that a wrestler goes through. I found comfort in offering my anxiety up to God because I knew that he would protect me from injury and in that comfort, I could calmly perform to the absolute best of my ability.”
With the end in sight, both Jason and his family are grateful to the LCA Wrestling program for all it has meant to them, “We are very fortunate to have benefited from our boys’ participation in LCA's outstanding wrestling program. Guided by outstanding coaching and support we've seen great success and a team that the school, kids, and parents can be proud of,” say Jason’s parents Michael and Dorothy.
Jason wishes to extend thanks to his greatest support group – his family, remarking, “I would like to thank my brothers in light of my achievement. As much success as I have had, I cannot deny that I might not have even been a wrestler if it wasn't for them. They encouraged me when I just started wrestling all the way until my senior year. Brian, Nathan, and the rest of my family have been the greatest support for me and I could not have done it without them.”
As much as the Calandra family is grateful to the LCA Wrestling program, LCA returns the gratitude for their involvement at LCA. Nathan points out that “the real record to beat is not only most individual wins, but most wins by a family, which currently stands at 317!” – a record not likely to be broken. In addition to the individual accolades the Calandra boys have contributed to 8 EIL Team Championships. Beyond the records LCA was blessed to have such quality people as Michael and Dorothy Calandra partnering with LCA in the education of their children – Michelle ’04, Brian ’07, Nathan ’10, and the new record holder, Jason ’17.
Jason Calandra '17 and his senior wrestling teammates Zach Schell, Felipe Pinto, Chase Krivickas, and Edmond DeAngelis all placed at last Saturday's Northern New England Tournament. This group makes up arguably one the strongest classes in LCA Wrestling history.