Wrestling: Jonathan Law triumphs on Senior Night

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.