NORWALK, Conn. -- The 90-member wrestling roster of the Norwalk Mad Bulls Wrestling Club are off to a great season racking up wins and medals.
Fresh off of the second-place team finish in Ledyard on Jan. 10 and a beginner tournament in Colchester, the team has recently put a record 71 Norwalk youth wrestlers into competition with some outstanding individual results and much needed experience for the newest members of the team.
“We were challenged by Newtown Youth Wrestling in a dual meet up at Sacred Heart University this past Saturday, we were the 'undercard' before the Sacred Heart vs. Buffalo college match which proved to be an exciting and fun event for our kids, imagine as a kid wrestling in a college venue situation, to be perfectly honest with you, our goal this year was to mix up the weekly Sunday tournament circuit, which can get a little too familiar and routine this time of year. This was a very competitive yet fun event that saw two of best youth clubs in the area match-up in some exciting wrestling bouts that had many matches coming down to the wire, some even going into overtime,” said Program Director Randy Haus.
Head Coach Art Schad said the Mad Bull team has been challenged with the blending of experienced and beginner wrestlers which has proved to be very successful as the newbie wrestlers have segued into their first competition with some outstanding results.
Schad pointed out there is still a tremendous amount of wrestling ahead for the team this year but wanted to pinpoint a few pleasant surprises, such as second-year wrestler Phoenix Gardella who has broken out of the pack regarding the streak he is on, winning a gold medal in six consecutive tournaments including avenging a few losses against opponents from his rookie season last year.
Other outstanding seasons are being logged by the entire Mad Bull Bantam division (second grade) featuring some of the best wrestlers in the state all clustered on the same team.
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