Bobcat Wrestlers Find Success at State Opens

Livi LaRosa

This past weekend, three South Windsor varsity wrestlers wrestled at the Connecticut State Opens at James Hillhouse High School in New Haven. Seniors, Billy Oulundsen, Dan Sullivan and Cooper Nodden all wrestled. Oulundsen wrestled in the 138 weight class and sadly, did not place but had some great matches. Sullivan wrestled in the 145 weight class and ended up placing in the top 8 which is quite the accomplishment. Nodden wrestled in the 170 weight class and ended up placing first which was great. He describes “hearing the last whistle and being so excited and pumped.” Right after his match, he ran over to “shake his opponent’s hand, hug his family and friends.” He was truly so happy and proud as he should be. Cooper wrestles this coming weekend in Rhode Island at New Englands.

The boys have been putting in tons of hard work to get to this point. The team practices five days a week for about three hours. Then they also have tournaments on some weekends and a meet during the week. Not only have they been practicing lots but they also have been putting in work to cut weight. Most of the boys put in work throughout the year and not just during the wrestling season. This definitely helped them in the end.

However, they could not have done it without the help of their coaches Jude Knapp, Steve Turgeon, and David Hodge. The coaches truly helped each boy reach great success.

Congratulations to all the boys on how well they did!