The Canastota Youth Wrestling Club may have hit a low point for the season. There are several factors to take into consideration. The varsity program has been winding down the last few weeks with a lot of fan focus on the excitement leading up to the state finals, which just recently concluded. In addition, most tournaments held for youth have required lengthy travel, and lastly, the overall state of the economy must be considered since the registration fees and other expenses can add up through the course of a season. That being said, no matter what obstacles there may be you probably won't find at least one weekend tournament without some wrestlers donning the maroon and gold.
Joseph Brown and Brett Huggler are two such competitors. They have been taking their wrestling pretty seriously this year. Brown and Huggler travel together each weekend and on occasion have visited sites where they were the lone representatives from the team. This past weekend was another example of their taking it to the road alone as the two buddies set out for Sydney.
Each week is like another chapter in an ongoing book. With Joseph Brown it has been following the path of a past champion. Brown is in his third year of competition.
During the first two seasons Brown rose to the top almost immediately. In those two years he won many a championship while wrestling in the same age bracket. This year he had to move up in age and naturally found that in itself quite a challenge. Brown struggled at times this year trying to get back to that top rung. Sure he won his share of matches and almost always finished near the top, but no cigar. That was until recently.
A week ago Brown finally broke through and seized his first title for the season and this time at Sydney. Brown again showed that he is championship material. He had three matches altogether. The first two he manhandled the opposition getting pins and in his last outing he won by a score of 13-2.