Law's Timothy Rebentisch a wrestling standout
Timothy Rebentisch began wrestling for Jonathan Law as a freshman.
That season earned him a couple of looks with the varsity, but Rebentisch spent most of the time honing his craft during grueling practice sessions or in junior varsity matches.
“Tim’s done most of this in three years,” Law coach Matt Schoonmaker said of Rebentisch closing his career a couple wins shy of 100. “And the snow this winter cost him getting to that milestone easy.”
“Tim’s done a great job for us. He trains year round. He’s been to big national tournaments and this is his second time here (at the State Open) No match is too big for him.”
Rebentisch earned a spot at the Open after the senior brought a 31-6 record into the Class M Tournament, where he placed third at 132 pounds with a 9-7 victory over McKayd LaRose (25-6) from Guilford.
“My sister Sam pulled me into wrestling and I loved it,” Rebentisch said. “I didn’t do much freshman year, but I kept working at getting better.
“Wrestling with Sean Berg in practice helped because I’m long and skinny and he’s shorter and strong. That gave me a chance to work against a different style of wrestler.”
Rebentisch and Berg had to switch wrestling classes during the season to accommodate an injury.
“Everyone bumped up,” Schoonmaker said. “Tim and Sean put a 25-match win streak between them and really solidified us at 132 and 138 pounds.”
Rebentisch has pinned his fair share of opponents, but considers himself a six-minute wrestler.
“Getting my legs in, breaking the guy down, that gives me my best chance to get points,” he said.
“I look at the whole match. I don’t get down if I’m down a few points,” he said.
“If it’s 5-3 in the third, I’m not concerned.”
In the Class M tourney, Rebentisch made it to the semifinals with a 9-0 major decision of Mason LaFlam from Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech and a 6-4 victory over Wolcott Tech’s Eric LaCava (22-6).
In the semis, second-seeded Michael Commander (26-4), the eventual runner-up, scored an 8-5 win.
Rebentisch made it to the consolation finals with an 8-5 victory over Mario Lin from St. Bernard’s/Norwich Tech.
At the Open, Rebentisch opened with a 7-3 loss at the hands of Newtown’s Matt Gonzalez, the third-place finisher in Class LL.
In wrestlebacks, Liam Sullivan from Daniel Hand-Madison advanced with a 5-0 decision.
“Wrestling is a great sport,” Rebentisch said.
“You’re in it to win, but it’s still about the team. I’m walking away happy.”