NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Mad Bulls Youth wrestling team crowned its first-ever New England champion last weekend as Roton Middle School's Jeff Cocchia bested the field in the 140-pound weight class.
The tournament was held in North Andover, Mass. Cocchia is a sixth-grader. His brother, Artie, also wrestled in New Englands and finished among the top eight.
Jeff Cocchia dominated his weight class with an early first round pin followed by a 9-1 decision in the semifinals. He pinned the Massachusetts champion in the finals.
“It’s fitting that the Cocchia brothers are here at this tournament, they have been with the Mad Bull program for four years now and have lifted themselves into the experienced’ category in this sport,'' coach Art Schad said.
"They have both wrestled over 100 matches already in their careers, they love to go out there and battle,and they’re exciting to watch because they are both very aggressive and explosive wrestlers when they are in competition."
Coaches Dave Slapin and Jason Singer joined Schad matside while the boys wrestled. The meet was a reward for the season-long work by the Cocchia brothers, the coaches and all of the Mad Bulls.
“It’s been a great season for the team,'' Slapin said. "Jeff and Artie Cocchia have taken us collectively to the next level in this sport, this Championship is just icing on the cake for all of us in the Mad Bull wrestling family, we’re all proud of the effort."