Two O-lineman commit to Okanagan Sun

Michele Vecchio and Ryan Wengelinski, two highly-touted high school grads, will join BCFC team for 2013

At a position where depth is hard to come by in junior football, the Okanagan Sun have added a pair of key recruits for the upcoming B.C. Football Conference season.

Offensive lineman Michele Vecchio and Ryan Wengelinski have committed to the club for the 2013 campaign.

Vecchio, a soon-to-be graduate of the Rutland Voodoos, is already well known to the Sun coaching staff, having been a regular at indoor workouts this off season.

He was an Okanagan conference all-star on both sides of the line this past season for the Voodoos.

The home grown Vecchio had his first taste of the junior game at Sun spring camp earlier this month.

“The guys were all bigger and faster than I am used to, but I have trained really yard this year so I guess it paid off,” Vecchio said. “My strength I think was good, I want to work on my speed for sure this year.”

Wengelinski graduates from Vincent Massey High School Trojans in Winnipeg this spring. Ryan is the first player from that school to suit up for the Sun

The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder was the top offensive lineman for his club and a conference all-star in Manitoba this past season.

Ryan says that his experience at  Sun spring camp and the history of other players from Winnipeg in the Okanagan made his decision to travel 2,000 kilometres for football a relatively easy one.

“I wasn’t sure about playing here when I came to town, I really thought of it as just another recruiting visit. But after seeing camp, and how everything was run, how we were treated by the coaches, directors and other players…everyone made us feel really welcome,”  Wengelinski said. “It doesn’t hurt that Kelowna is one of the most beautiful places in Canada.”

Coach Shane Beatty is thrilled to have both players in the club’s lineup this season.

“These two are fine young men,” Beatty said. “The thing about both of them is their maturity for players their age…they exceed there for sure. I think our offensive line has the potential to be good this year and deep talent wise.”

Main training camp begins July 5.


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