Jordan Brooks Crowned Concord Champion

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Coach

Centreville High School had a fantastic showing at this year’s Concord District Wrestling Championships held at Westfield High School this past weekend. Robinson won the tournament with host Westfield coming in second. The Wildcats finished third on the weekend and crowned one champion. Second year sophomore Jordan Brooks avenged an earlier loss to Chantilly 220 pounder Brian Kim with a close 6-5 decision. Brooks opened the match with a brutal double leg takedown and never really looked back. Due to some false starts, Brooks had to let his opponent up a few times to avoid possible penalty points which made the match far closer than it really was. Brooks sealed the deal to his first district title with a late takedown, but again letting his opponent up relinquishing a point for the escape. Jordan remained aggressive and was able to fight off a few feeble shots from Kim as the final buzzer blew.
Centreville put together a great semi final round with six wrestlers making it to the finals. Victor Echeverria stuck Reaves Arnold of Chantilly half way through the second period registering the fall which set up a rematch with Robinson’s stud 106 pounder Greyson Olimpo. This finals match was a battle from the get go and came right down to the wire. Olimpo got out to an early lead, but like in their previous match this season, Echeverria’s strong conditioning wore Olimpo out throughout the bout. Mid way through match Victor reversed Olimpo and put the Ram onto his back. With the period ending, Victor was denied near fall points by the official, which were apparently earned as the referee held the points in the air for the fans to see, however for no apparent reason, they two point nearfall was taken off the board with no explanation. This would make a huge difference in the outcome of the match. Again Echeverria was relentless in his quest for his first district title but simply ran out of time. When the clock registered all zeros, the scoreboard showed a 7-5 score in favor of Olimpo. At 113 pounds second year sophomore Chung Do Kim too avenged an earlier season loss to his Robinson nemesis, with an 8-6 OT victory over Brandon Greyson. In the finals, Chung Do made an early mistake on his feet and was immediately put to his back by Westfield’s Gabe Ryan. Ryan went on to record the first period pin, ending Kim’s hopes of a district crown. Centreville’s third finalist found Will Fulton (152 pounds) against Robinson’s Jack Bass. Bass is currently the top ranked wrestler in the state and the 10th ranked wrestler, among juniors, in the country (Intermat rankings). Fulton and Bass battled tough throughout the first period exchanging a few takedowns for escapes. At the 47 second mark of the first period, Bass was able to gain final control of Fulton scoring a pin for the Rams. Fulton worked his way into the finals with a win over Jay Aiello during the opening round and a pin of Chantilly’s Troy Fries in the semis. At 182 pounds for the wildcats, sophomore Tyler Love decisioned state ranked Daniel Mika in the semi finals with a 9-5 decision. Mika won a close contest with Love a few weeks prior, but was unable to handle Tyler this past weekend. The win moved Love into the finals where he butted heads with Westfield senior Tyler Morson. The two Concord District foes traded shots throughout the match, but neither was able secure a takedown. Love chose the bottom position in the second period but was unable to work free of Morson. With the score still locked at 0, Morson chose the bottom position in the third period. Twenty seconds into the period, Morson wiggled free for his escape and eventual win. Love made many desperate attempts at taking down Morson, but was not successfull in gaining any real control. Love got in deep on several shots, but could not secure a takedown. The 1-0 decision was hard to swallow, but Love expects to avenge this loss at this weekends Northern Region tournament at Hayfield Secondary School. After four straight losses for the Wildcats, Jordan Brooks came out on fire and disposed of his finals opponent in grand style. Brooks got up early, scored late, and hung on for his first, of hopefully three District titles. Prior to the finals, Brooks dismantled Robinson’s JP Vittori with a first period pin giving his team much needed team points and a chance at winning the 220 pound district title. Standing atop the podium was a proud moment for Jordan and his family. The final match of the afternoon involved Centreville’s sixth finalist, heavy weight Jason Park. Park faced junior Jake Pinkston of Robinson. Pinkston was able to pin park a few weeks ago during the district dual meet, but found Park to be far more game this time around. Park was able to fight off many takedown attempts from Pinkston, and ended up dropping the match by a 9-3 margin. Park decisioned Westfield’s Trent Hocog in the semi finals by a score of 8-2. Hocog pinned Park earlier in the season, so it was rewarding to see Park take care of business and defeat the bulldog heavyweight when it counted.
The five runner ups and one champion are expected to do well this weekend at the Regional tournament along with consolation finals winners and teammates Connor Mitchell, Dillon Dull, and Joey Steinbach. All three of these wrestlers earned consolation finals wins and third place medals on the weekend and too are expected to climb atop the Norethern Region podium.
This weekends Regional Championships will be contested at Hayfield Secondary School on Friday and Saturday. Action will begin at 2:00 PM with quarter finals set for 7:30 PM. Action will resume on Saturday with semi final bouts starting at noon. Northern Region finals are set for 5:00 PM.