Law wrestling beats Foran

There seems to be an inherent toughness in high school wrestlers.

You can pick any point in the day and alter the conditions and those kids who like to get on the mat will be ready to go.

So, it shouldn’t have come as any surprise last week when the Law and Foran squads battled it out at 10 a.m. last Wednesday, two days after everyone was still recovering and digging out from a weekend blizzard that wreaked havoc in the area.

Law hosted the meet and won the city showdown 53-26.

Law’s depth and consistency won out over Foran’s young, but improving program under second-year coach Frank Peters.

“We’re making progress every day that we’re wrestling,” Peters said. “Law is always a tough test for us. Going into this match, we knew it wouldn’t be easy.

“It never is against them. Matt (Law coach Matt Schoonmaker) always manages to put together a solid roster even if he’s graduated a ton of kids from the year before.”

After dropping their opening matches in the 103 and 112-pound classes, the Lawmen went on a stretch and got wins at 119, 125, 130 and 135.

“Even though we won, 53-26, I was disappointed,” said Schoonmaker, whose team hasn’t lost to Foran in the six years that he’s been head coach. “Some people look at this as a rivalry and think of it in a positive way. I don’t. To me, it’s a negative. Our more natural rivalries are with teams like Shelton, Hand and Ledyard.”

Liam Callahan and C.J. Luth got the 103 and 112-pound wins, respectively, for Foran.

The early pins for Law came from Brian Manes (119), Garyd Boyd (125), Ryan Bannon (130) and Joey Bannon (135).

Law closed out the match on a strong note. The Lawmen won at 189 (Stephon Davis), 215 (Ted Kostopolous) and 285 (Danny Iovino-Ortiz).

The loss dropped Foran to 3-7 while Law remains undefeated at 10-0.

“Last year was a huge rebuilding season for us,” Peters said. “We were 10-18 and finished seventh overall in the SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference).

“I like our rivalry with Law. We won’t see them again until the SCCs and the Class M tournament, but this is a close town. These kids see each other a lot. Many of them compete against each other in sports outside of wrestling.”

Schoonmaker’s program continues to grow. The Lawmen have upcoming matches with Shelton, Hand and Ledyard.

“We always get good numbers for wrestling,” said Schoonmaker, who’s been in the program for 18 years and wrestled for Law. “We have 30 kids this year and we’re down some in numbers.

“We get kids as freshmen and sophomores and usually they buy into the program. By the time they’re seniors, they have two and even three years experience.”