Updated wrestling: Kevin Brocksom SCC champ at 195
Jonathan Law’s Kevin Brocksom, having had a trio of hard-fought losses to Shelton’s Ray Weiner during the past two regular and postseasons, turned the tables on his SCC rival in a championship match on Saturday.
Brocksom earned a dramatic 4-2 overtime victory in the 195 pound weight division of Saturday’s SCC competition at Fairfield Prep.
“In overtime we were fighting for a takedown. He was trying to hit a trip. I just powered through. I got a trip and put him on his back,” Brocksom said. “It felt amazing. The key to the match: never give up, just keep going. You just can’t stop. You go until the end.”
Brocksom scored points on a pair of escapes against the defending SCC and Class LL champ during regulation.
“It’s a well-deserved and I think an overdue win for him,” said Law coach Matthew Schoonmaker, whose team placed seventh with 71 points. “Everyone of Kevin’s matches with Weiner has decided by two points or less. He’s always in a position at the end of the match to win.”
What led to Brocksom’s getting it done in the end this time was not letting his rival escape, as well as having a high level of stamina and ability to outlast his familiar foe in a long bout.
“He rode hard and he was able to get into overtime, and I felt if it got to overtime he could win,” Schoonmaker said. “He works pretty hard in the room. We push him really hard.”
Xavier of Middletown successfully defended its team title by scoring 166.5.
Daniel Hand of Madison was second with 129.5, narrowly edging Foran of Milford (128.5). Amity of Woodbridge (90), Guilford (81), and Branford (73) rounded out the top six.
Law’s Aisaiah Rodriguez reached the finals at 138, where he was defeated by Xavier’s Grant Barber in a 16-0 technical fall.
Shayne McCourt wrestled back to place third in the 132 division, culminating with a 9-5 decision over Foran’s Will Mauro.
Also reaching the consolation finals for Law was Tegan McCourt, who lost a 6-0 decision to Daniel Hand’s Zack Morro to place fourth.