Impressive Seasons for Bobcats Wrestling Captains

Wrestling program needs numbers to develop.

The Wrestling team does not look formidable on paper; with one only win on the season after 16 meets. However, the team is lead by a strong core of wrestlers having standout seasons and a new head coach, who believes that, with time, the program has the potential to grow into a dynasty.

“We have a talented team this year,” coach Mario Bonito said. “We’re winning a lot of tournaments but we’re struggling” at meets, with only one win on the season after 16 meets.

The team’s problem, according to Bonito, is numbers. Brookfield’s wrestling team currently has 16 members, whereas a healthy team would have between 25 and 30 wrestlers, Bonito said.

“We could win five to eight matches and still lose the meet,” he explained. “We’re winning on the mat but we’re giving up at least five matches every time,” forfeiting for lack of contenders.

While the Bobcats don’t have the numbers to rank as a team, individually the team leaders are on track to qualify for postseason championship meets.

During a dual meet on Saturday at Darien with Wolcott Tech, senior Jack McKeever (152-pound weight class) won both his matches, bringing his perfect season record to 29-0 and notching his 153rd career win. So far this season, McKeever has won the Mid-Hudson and Shoreline Classic tournaments in New York and the Plainville Tournament in Plainville, CT, putting him in prime position for the state championships in February.

At the same meet, fellow senior captain Joel Wamser (182-pound) reached the 100-victory milestone, improving his season record to 24-5, and senior Ryan McManus (160-pound) improved to 19-9.

Junior Blaise Boullianne (132) is also having a strong season, posting a 18-10 record as of Saturday’s meet.

With a strong core, Brookfield’s wrestling program will develop, Bonito said, but it will take “two to three seasons to build that solid foundation.”

That foundation building begins by improving the youth wrestling program in town, the Brookfield Takedown Club, which gives elementary and middle school students a start in the sport.

Bonito said this year they will be expanding the youth program through the spring to give more kids a chance to participate. 

Chris Delia January 30, 2012 at 05:21 PM
There is more to this story than just what these guys are doing on the mat which is impressive enough as it is. These seniors have shown that they are truly dedicated to the sport and to the Brookfield High School team. They continually give moral support and guidance to the younger wrestlers. They encourage each and every wrestler to be the best that they can be and they do it through positive reinforcement. They want the team to do well once they leave BHS and they work hard to make sure that happens. Past team captains such as Alex Neil come by to offer their support and advice. I think we have a great coach and a great group of wrestlers that are really going to put BHS on the map in coming years.
michael delvalle February 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Congrats to captn' Jack Mckeever for an undefeated wrestling season and winning the class M state championship. Cograts to co-capt Joel Wamser state champ,and only jr. to make it to finals,Blaise Boullianne.All 3 wrestlers will compete in the state open on 2-25-12. Good luck to all.......... Michael Delvalle
michael delvalle February 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Captn' Jack Mckeever stays undefeated and wins the state open championship in a thrilling overtime win ! Glad we were there to see it. When was the last time Brookfield H.S. had a state open champ ? Maybe 30 or 40 years ago.Wrestling history in the making !


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