Wrestling: Brown building on first season with Hubs

Sophomore Wesley Brown looks to finish off his opponent during the Interstate 8 Conference Championships this past season. Brown saw action with both the varsity and JV wrestling teams during his freshman year. (Courtesy photo)

Battle-tested sophomore looking to lead incoming freshmen

Wesley Brown hadn’t wrestled for quite some time before he decided to compete for the Rochelle Township High School team during his freshman year. Brown immediately made a positive impact on the program, earning a first-place medal from the Rockford East Freshman Invitational and becoming a spot starter at 126 pounds for the varsity lineup.

Brown will be among multiple lower-weight grapplers vying for varsity matches when the Hubs return to action this coming year. Brown recorded a top-4 finish at the JV level during the Interstate 8 Conference Championships and was one of several underclassmen who battled in the IWCOA Fresh-Soph Rochelle Regional earlier this year. Now a sophomore, Brown said one of his goals for next season will be to become a leader for the incoming freshmen.

“I felt that my role was to do the best I could and help the team wherever I could,” Brown said. “I want to be a leader for the new freshmen. I enjoyed competing at the different schools we traveled to and I thought I wrestled well considering it was my first time wrestling in years.”

Brown saw limited varsity bouts as a freshman, receiving a forfeit victory during Rochelle’s triangular meet at Sterling and wrestling an extremely close match when the Hubs faced the Kaneland Knights, ultimately conceding a 5-4 decision at 126 pounds. Brown, who first tried wrestling in sixth grade, could be a significant contributor this coming season.

“When I first tried wrestling in sixth grade, I really enjoyed it,” Brown said. “I think I can improve a lot of my techniques. I thought I was a good sport last year, whether I won or lost.”

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