Shelton High had a trio of place winners in Saturday’s SCC wrestling championships at Fairfield Prep.
Steven Reyes and his 113-pound division counterpart Victor Garcia of East Haven batted for three periods of the championship round, before Garcia prevailed with a 5-3 decision.
Ray Weiner took familiar foe Kevin Brocksom from Jonathan Law of Milford into overtime, before Brocksom’s two-point takedown resulted in a 4-2 decision in the 195-pound weight class and a second-place finish for Weiner.
Weiner had beaten Brocksom in three closely-contested bouts during the past two seasons, and was the defending SCC champion.
At 126 pounds, Andrew Cordes fell to Daniel Hand of Madison’s Dylan Brochard in the consolation finals. The match was decided on injury default, relegating Cordes to a fourth-place finish.
Shelton coach Bill Maloney hopes his grapplers coming so close to victory only to fall short fuels their performances in this coming weekend’s state tournament.
“You want to win it but it means nothing in states,” Maloney said of turning the page on the SCC outcomes and looking to Class LL’s in Trumbull this coming weekend. “Of course you want to be a champion, but if not you have to move on We were expecting a little better outcome for them. We’ll just have to buckle down now and focus on double Ls for next week.”
Many of these wrestlers have postseason experience, not only from the SCC competition but last year’s state bracket as well, and that familiarity stands to be beneficial.
“Anyone who’s been there before can anticipate and know what to expect,” Maloney points out.
Weiner will not only be out to bounce back from his setback in the SCC final, but will be looking to repeat as state champion.
He earned a 7-3 decision over Fairfield Warde’s Matt Cuoco in the 195 bracket last winter as the Gaels placed seventh as a team in 2017. Reyes placed fifth at 106 in last year’s state competition.