NORWALK, Conn. – After months of training and preparation leading to the state championships the Norwalk Mad Bull youth wrestling team once again led the Connecticut Youth wrestling tournament with 13 kids placed in the top four finishes, including six individual champions.
The six individual champions that were crowned on Saturday, March 5, included Mikey Bartush, Carlo Tucci, Jason Singer, Jakari Walker, Jeff Cocchia and TeeJay Lopez.
“I am very proud of the wrestlers and coaching staff here today, we qualified the most kids in the state championships for the second straight year, but it’s the quality that makes it all work out for our club,” said Program Director Randy Haus.
The club has come a long way from six years ago when the Norwalk Mad Bull Youth Wrestling Club launched its first year of wrestling to the Norwalk community. It had a slow start during its humble beginnings as the inaugural season ended with just 12 kids with mixed results.
“Youth Wrestling was an acquired taste for Norwalk, some attempts were made through the years to kick off a wrestling program but it never really established traction as it is very time consuming to develop talent, practices are tough, drilling wrestling technique can seem boring to kids looking for instant gratification and immediate results. This sport takes countless hours of time and dedication for both wrestlers and coaches, you have to earn your successes all while building your resume of work,” said head coach Art Schad.
Bartush trailed 0-2 and came from behind for the win by pinning his opponent Mason Concascia from Team Tugman out of Branford in the first period, followed by Tucci besting highly regarded Luke Chapman, also from Team Tugman, by the score of 8-1.
In Middle School action, Walker pinned Connor Blay from The Hurricane Wrestling club and Cocchia bested Wilton’s Dan McGuire in short time.
Mad Bull Intermediate Champion Singer logged his second Connecticut State Championship in just three years. Lopez became the “Cinderella Story” of the day when he won the State Crown in just his second year as a youth wrestler.
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