By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Slate Hill – Identical twins Dominick and Vinny Vetrano know each other so well that they often finish each other’s sentences during conversations. It’s as if they have ESP.
Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher hopes that connection, the brothers’ bond, translates to a big season for them.
“They do have that sixth sense or that twin sense, or whatever it is,” Gallagher said. “They are together all the time. I’m not going to say that they read each other’s mind, but they know each other pretty darn well. In football, in wrestling, in everything that they do, when they are talking to each other, they don’t even have to finish the sentence.”
Dominick Vetrano started at cornerback for Minisink Valley last season Vinny played linebacker. The Warriors hope the senior twins develop into two-way threats this season for the perennial Class AA contender. Dominick and Vinny Vetrano will both see time at running back for Minisink Valley, which opens the season at Middletown on Friday.
Minisink Valley might mix it up a bit more on offense this fall, but have historically been a smash mouth run team. The Vetrano twins are both 5-foot-8, 155 pounds, but play with no fear, earning a reputation for their toughness and grit.
“I just am always trying to do my best. I always want to prove myself,” Dominick Vetrano said. “I’m not the tallest or biggest person on the field, but coach always said that we have a big heart.”
Added Vinny Vetrano: “I think a lot of it comes from our competitiveness. He is (six minutes) older than me and I want to be better than him. We are always competing and that will continue.”
Gallagher recognized the twins’ durability when they were freshmen, recruiting them to wrestle for him at Minisink Valley. Dominick Vetrano is a two-time Section 9 champion at 138 pounds and Vinny won the 132-pound championship.
“They are as tough as they come,” Gallagher said. “They never complain about anything. They play hurt, they wrestle hurt. Dominick and Vinny are just high-energy, hard-working guys. They are the real deal.”