NEW CANAAN – It would have been rather easy to say that Saturday’s Joe Sikorski Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships were really just about the race for second place. But honestly, that would not have been a sarcastic remark about Danbury High School’s incredible dominance.
FAIRFIELD — It was 30 years ago Wednesday that one of the most amazing streaks in Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference history began. That was Jan. 27, 1986, when the Danbury High School wrestling team began its winning ways. Against Fairfield Warde on Jan. 27, 2016, however, it felt as if the end was near.
So how come, with his team trailing by two points with two matches remaining in the dual meet, Danbury coach Rick Shook oozed about as much confidence as Cam Newton after a Panthers touchdown?
Having those four elements in place won’t guarantee anything but they should produce a solid foundation for getting a team to the top. A fifth dynamic, however, one that might not be found so easily on the Internet, could help keep you there: Find a threat to your throne.
Coach Ricky Shook’s Danbury wrestling team does indeed have that added benefit in the form of the Fairfield Warde Mustangs.
“The chase is always on with them,” Warde coach Jason Shaughnessy said, referring to his team’s annual runner-up status to the perennial champion Hatters. “Every year we aspire to chase them. I guess we’re here to keep them sharp. . . . But if they ever falter, we’ll be there to take it.”
After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past three months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected three outstanding finalists for The Ruden Report FCIAC Winter Team of the Year award.
The winner will receive custom-made Team of the Year T-shirts in school colors courtesy of our sponsors: BlueStreak Sports Training, Karl Chevrolet, Innovative Health and Rehabilitation, Riko’s Pizza, Bobby V’s Sports Bar, Chicken Joe’s of New Canaan, Zody’s 19th Hole, Building Blocks, New Balance of New Canaan, The Concussion Center of Fairfield County, The CT Center for Advanced ENT Care, Anytime Fitness, Bankwell and Resource Management Group.
After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past three months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected three outstanding finalists for The Ruden Report FCIAC Fall Team of the Year award.
The three finalists are:
The Bridgeport Central Boys Basketball Team
The Danbury Wrestling Team
FAIRFIELD — When Tim Kane was growing up, he tried all of the usual youth sports.
One really resonated.
“I was 5 or 6 and my father brought me to a local PAL wrestling tournament,” Kane recalled. “My father wrestled. It was something different besides baseball and football. It grabbed my attention more than other sports.”
Tim Kane of the Fairfield Warde wrestling team and Meg Fay of the Stamford/Westhill/Staples girls hockey team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Players of the Week, presented by Chicken Joe’s.