Vermont Wrestler Brandon Cousino Ends 2017 With Stellar Season. Vermont Wrestler says its more than Pretty Good.

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Vermont Wrestler Brandon Cousino Ends 2017 With Stellar Season. Vermont Wrestler thinks that it was more than Pretty Good.
Vermont Wrestler recently caught up with Vergennes High School Wrestler Brandon Cousino. Fresh off tournament performances at the New England Championships in Providence Rhode Island, and the Vermont State Championships held at Vergennes High School, Cousino told me that he feels he had a “pretty good” season. Vermont Wrestler thinks it was more than pretty good. There were some weather setbacks early on in the season that prevented the Vergennes team from travelling to compete, but all in all he was happy with how the season culminated. Not only did Cousino become State Champion in the 182 weight class, in a finals match over Anthony Wright from Mount Anthony Union High school by pin fall in the first period, he was awarded the 2017 Sportsmanship award. The Sportsmanship Award is decided on by tournament officials based on the wrestler’s attitude and deportment on and off the mat. He told me he was sincerely honored and considers this award among his highest achievements, even over becoming Vermont State Champion.

If you had had asked him how he felt about wrestling during the 2015 season, Cousino may have answered quite differently. At the beginning of the 2015 season Brandon had set some high expectations, perhaps goals that weren’t realistic or achievable. He told that he found that at one point last season, wrestling had lost the “fun”. Cousino was at the point of giving it up, but, I am happy to say, he didn’t. After a personal disappointment, losing by one point in a semi-final match at New Englands in 2016, he vowed to do better. He started out the 2016-2017 season with a hefty goal of having an undefeated season. After losing at the Lowell Holiday tournament early on in December, Cousino told me his goal to go undefeated “crumbled”. However the loss was not a deal-breaker. In fact, quite the opposite, it was the moment the pressure was off. He was able to re-evaluate. He focused on making little changes. He started taking extra practices with the indoor track team, in addition to regular wrestling practices. He started getting out of his head, and most of all enjoying himself. Wrestling started to be fun again. The work, travelling with the team, all of it was working! He told me that he would rather lose in a close match than winning by pin-fall, and that losses can make you a better wrestler. Cousino went on to say that he feels that you earn respect when you actually lose and have to wrestle back from the consolation rounds.

He ended the season with a 2016-2017 record of 44 wins, and 4 losses, 2 losses to the same person, and career record of 177 wins and 30 losses. After the win at states, Cousino placed 3rd at New Englands, losing to George Tarwo from Concord, NH in the first Quarterfinal in Providence.
When asked if he had any advice for young wrestlers hoping to work their way to the top of the podium, Cousino said this: “Two things: 1. Have Fun, enjoy yourself, and 2. Don’t be discouraged by a loss or losses. There is also something that you can learn and fix so you can do better”.
An all-around athlete, this spring, Cousino will be taking a small break from wrestling, while he takes his place on the Vergennes Track Team. He competes in the 200 and 400 meter sprint events, in addition to shotput and javelin. After that he will likely do some off-season wrestling, and practice.

His plans for the future include college, and most likely wrestling at that level. He is waiting to receive word from several colleges, and has yet to make his decision.
In conclusion, I found Cousino to be very humble and introspective about wrestling in 2016-2017, however I am sure everyone can agree that it was more than “pretty good, in fact it was pretty stellar.
Congratulations Brandon, on all of your accomplishments! Vermont Wrestler wishes you all the best, and hope we can check up on you in the future!


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