All season, Brewster's wrestlers have shown dedication, focus and hardwork—and it's paid off.
That's according to Coach Tom Looby, who said the squad clinched the league title Thursday for the first time in more than 15 years. The win came over Beacon during an away match.
"The guys are peaking at the right time," he said. "They're becoming the best at the right time, going into the postseason. The guys are excited and they're ready for the next step."
Thanks to a few key wins earlier this month, including Arlington and Ketcham, confidence has been high.
"We felt going in there we had a chance to beat Arlington," Looby said of the 39-34 victory. "We knew it was going to be a tight match and everyone had to perform well. It was their senior night and it was away, so it's tough to win in those situations. But the guys went out there and they wrestled great. It came down to the last match."
The success at Arlington put the team, whose overall record is 17-5, in a good position to take down Beacon and secure the league championship. Looby, who has been coaching since 2004, is confident his grapplers will perform well in the Feb. 2 divisionals at John Jay East Fishkill (2012 Route 52 in Hopewell Junction).
"I think we’re going to advance quite a few wrestlers to the sectional tournament."
Editor's note: This post initially misnamed the Feb. 2 tournament. The information has been corrected.