Sure, wins are always good. And Senior Night is exciting. Having the team become healthy following injuries, in addition to staying focused and coming out on top makes a Senior Night triumph all the better.

Jonathan Law defeated visiting Southern Connecticut Conference foe Shelton 46-21 on Jan. 29. One of the biggest takeaways for coach Matt Schoonmaker is that his team looks to be as close to full strength as it has in a while.

Tegan McCourt, a 113-pound weight division grappler, and 145-pounder Aisaiah Rodriguez, both of whom have been sidelined, wrestled well and won.

“Getting them back and getting some solid matches under their belts is big,” Schoonmaker said.

Law’s 152-pound wrestler, captain Shayne McCourt, has also been battling injury. He did not get a chance to compete but won via forfeit.

Schoonmaker was also pleased with the fact his grapplers stayed focused, despite Senior Night festivities which he said can serve as a distraction. “They were into it. They were focused on it,” Schoonmaker said. “Sometimes they get overwhelmed with it.”

Rodriguez proved to be overwhelming in earning a 14-0 major decision triumph over Colin Mengold. Rodriguez scored six points on a trio of takedowns and six more on a pair of near falls.

McCourt and Shelton’s Garrett Ziperstein had a competitive bout, much like they did last year, with McCourt coming out on top again, posting a 7-4 decision.

McCourt went up 4-0, on a takedown and near fall, in the second period and led 4-3 heading to the third. Law’s grappler went ahead 5-3 on an escape and, clinging to a 5-4 lead as the seconds dwindled down, scored two a takedown.

At 126, Cody Malin pinned Shelton’s Ayan Mumtaz in 2:19.

In the 132-pound division, Alex DeLorio posted a 7-4 decision over Christopher Cavagnuolo. After falling behind 2-0 on a first-period takedown, the Lawman went up 3-2 heading to the second behind the strength of an escape and takedown of his own.

A two-point Cavagnuolo reversal put the Shelton wrestler back in the lead. DeLorio’s escape sent the match to the third period deadlocked 4-4. His escape and takedown accounted for the rest of the points.

At 138, Law’s Scott Monforte pinned Christian Olivarria in 1:06.

In the 160-pound division, Mike Monaco Shelton scored an 11-9 decision against Antonio Rosado, who trailed 8-3 after two periods before a takedown and near fall got things even at eight apiece. Monaco went up 9-8 on an escape and made it 11-8 on a takedown.

At 220, Ray Weiner of Shelton pinned Sam Bergami in 1:39.

In the heavyweight division, Matt Weiner of Shelton pinned Ashley Rodriguez in 24 seconds.

O'Brien Tech wrestler Logan Re, who competes as a one-person team and wrestles with Shelton, was pinned by DeLorio, who moved up a weight division to 138 for a second match. The pin came in 3:28.