Varsity Wrestling · Senior Spotlight: Pino Dipierro and Caden Wendling


Two Titan senior wrestlers hope for one more opportunity to don the Orange and Blue before their time at Berea-Midpark concludes. Pino Dipierro and Caden Wendling have set several benchmarks throughout their time with the program: multiple individual conference championships, sectional individual championship, state qualifiers … the list goes on.

Athletic Director Adam Howard has been very impressed with the growth and the dedication the two have displayed.  “I am thankful for the years of hard work these two have put in to get them to the state tournament” Howard said.  “It is a testament of the culture the wrestling program has established with our coaches, players and families.”

The pair have certainly left their mark on the Titans wrestling team. Their leadership helped the program win its first back-to-back Southwestern Conference Championship this February.

Head Coach Steve Bosko on the leadership Dipierro and Wendling have brought to the program: “The two have been instrumental in the resurgence of wrestling at Berea-Midpark. Caden has come up through our youth and middle school program while Pino joined at the middle school. These two were immediately recognized as leaders of the Titan wrestling program. They have dedicated countless hours to helping build our program into one of the most respected in the area. Their drive to be the best has served as the standard of what it means to be a Titan. As they move onto the next chapter of their wrestling careers, I’m excited for what the future will bring. Their best days are ahead of them and we look forward to witnessing their successes!”

Pino Dipierro

Sport: Wrestling
Position: 120 lbs
Post Graduation: Cleveland State University
Major: Physician’s Assistant
Accomplishments: 4x SWC Champion (2017-2020), 2x SWC Most Valuable Wrestler (2019, 2020), Sectional Champion (2020), 3x OHSAA State Tournament Qualifier (2018-2020), 168-26 record.

What does your pre-match routine look like before a match?  Any superstitions?
I step on the scale with food and drink in my hand to see how much I can consume before weighing in.  Then afterwards I find Caden to warm up and start doing sprints.

What is the most memorable moment of your Berea-Midpark athletic career so far?
Last season at the state wrestling tournament.  All of us, teammates, coaches, families; we were all so happy to be there.

In your opinion, what is the biggest reason your program has had success?
There is an end goal and a price to pay to get there.  I believe the biggest reason our program had success is because everyone bought in, accepted the price, and wanted to be the best that they could be.

How much do you think you have learned about the sport since your freshman year? What is the biggest difference that you see in yourself?
I’ve learned so much about wrestling in my four years at Berea-Midpark. The biggest difference I see in myself is being able to control my nerves before matches.

What does it mean to you to be a Titan?
It means to be determined.  To put all of your effort into everything you do.

Caden Wendling

Sport: Wrestling
Position: 138 lbs
Post Graduation: Gannon University
Major: Pre-Med
Accomplishments: 2x SWC Champion (2019, 2020), 2x SWC Runner-Up (2017, 2018), Sectional Champion (2020), 2x OHSAA State Tournament Qualifier (2019, 2020), 136-45 record.

What does your pre-match routine look like before a match?  Any superstitions?
My pre-match routine is pretty consistent and a bit superstitious. Off the scale I always drink a pedalite to re-hydrate my body and make sure I am feeling good for my match. After that we warm up as a team. Once we are done warming up I put my headphones in and sit down to focus on my match. I will then get up and start bouncing and getting warm, I usually do this about 3 or 4 matches before I wrestle. Finally, the only superstition I have is that I always wear white socks on match day.

What is the most memorable moment of your Berea-Midpark athletic career so far?
The most memorable moment of my career as a Titan is qualifying for state my junior year. This was something that I had been working toward for years. When I finally won that match to send me to state it was the best feeling in the world. I was moved to tears of joy as I knew that all of the hard work payed off.

In your opinion, what is the biggest reason your program has had success?
The main reason our program has had success is that everyone buys in. We all compete everyday in the room to get each other better. Our coaches make sure we are always prepared and provide us with all of the tools we need to be successful. Finally, we never take anyone lightly. We give 110 percent every time we step on the mat.

How much do you think you have learned about the sport since your freshman year? What is the biggest difference that you see in yourself?
I have learned so much about the sport of wrestling at Berea-Midpark. As a freshman I lacked confidence and was intimidated wrestling on the varsity mat. The biggest change occurred in my sophomore year when I decided to go up a couple of weight classes. This showed me to go out there and battle every match. From there on I went into every match confident. By my senior year I was a completely different person and wrestler. The biggest difference I noticed in myself is my ability to handle adversity and I am able to carry confidence into every match.

What does it mean to you to be a Titan?
To me it means being part of a big family. A family that is driven and has a goal in mind and will stop at nothing to achieve it. As a Titan adversity is unable to knock you off your game. Finally as a Titan you are selfless and willing to do anything for another Titan.