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- December 18, 2023
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Aldo started his high school athletic career as a promising freshman football player under Coaches George Kavel and Joe Ambrose. He was tough, aggressive and fast. He played both ways, but it was on defense that he really shone. He was an outstanding linebacker because of his speed and his ability to diagnose opponents’ formations. Aldo was a two-year captain, a tribute that is not very accorded. He was Honorable Mention All-State in 1939 and 1940 as a Guard. Aldo was also an outstanding High School Wrestler. But, because he was so much of a team player and team leader, it may have cost him an opportunity to win a State Championship. Coach Al Morse would have Aldo wrestle whatever weight class was needed to win a particular event, and as a result, he often wrestled opponents 30 to 30 pounds heavier than he was. An example of this is that in his Junior year, 1939, he won the District IV Championship at 185 pounds, and the next year, he won the Championship at 155 pounds- a 30 pound swing.
Mr. Cortellini continued his interest in athletics throughout his life. He became Manager of the American Legion Bowling Lanes, and was one of our areas outstanding amateur bowlers.