This time of the wrestling season is tough. A lot of focus is put on the varsity program as those boys reach the end of the road. With a keen interest from many of the parents it's hard to coax all but the hard-core breed to put forth the extra effort in attending any of the youth tournaments that are still put on week after week. On top of that it seems that lately there hasn't been much in action that was within an earshot of home. In spite of the distractions, a handful from the Canastota Youth Wrestling Club attended a pair of tournaments on this recent weekend.
Dryden was the host of the first tournament that was held on a Saturday. Only two boys from Canastota made it to that one, but oh what an impact they had.
Joseph Brown was one of the dynamic duo. As had been said about Brown in the past, his time was a coming. In the case of Brown it had been expected that he would most likely be a top contender each and every time he stepped out onto the mat. So far this year he has been a near miss, due to the fact that there always seems to be one or two other studs in his group.
On this occasion Brown may have caught a break as far as that goes, standing head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Brown wiped the mat with five opponents getting three pins and two superior decisions, one by a 17-4 score and the other 17-3.
Not to diminish Brown's achievement in any way for those boys he went up against were certainly capable adversaries, just not against him.
Brown's teammate Brett Huggler also stepped up big time. Huggler has struggled at times with the learning process, but has always been a guy on the attack. Despite his ups and downs Huggler previously won championship this year and along with Brown he came up with gold again this time out.