BRISTOL - Berlin wrestling didnâ€™t bring a full team to the Bristol Central invitational but the six wrestlers that made the trip didnâ€™t let down.
The Redcoats scored 84.5 points, finishing in 8th place.
Both Dan Veleas and Max Schlein finished in first place.
Schlein, in the 182-pound weight class pinned all three of the opponents he faced.
It wasnâ€™t easy though as he faced tough competition and the semifinal and championship match both went three rounds but Schlein resisted defeat and worked his way out of situations to take first.
â€śI just thought about everything I know and try to put it together,â€ť Schlein said. â€śBecause in previous matches I kind of just winged it but today I thought of everything and tried to implement it.â€ť
Schlein earned 30 points for the Redcoats.
â€śHeâ€™s really only a second year wrestler,â€ť Berlin head coach Jim Day said of Schleinâ€™s performance. â€śHeâ€™s continuing to amaze me. Heâ€™s understanding position more and more. He has a background in MMA and in throwing situations heâ€™s very comfortable.
Now heâ€™s developing a leg attack and I was amazed at him when he won our C.J. McCormack tournament and then to come here and win a tournament with 17 teams is a heck of a job.â€ť
Veleas, wrestling in the 132-pound weight class won two of his three matches by pinning his opponent.
In the finals against Bristol Easternâ€™s Gabe Soucy he won by a 6-0 decision and scored 28 of the points for Berlin.
While both Schlein and Veleas finished first, Berlin also had three other place finishers.
Josh Veleas placed third at 170 pounds and pinned his opponents in all four wins in the tournament.
While the three upperclassmen (Veleas brothers and Schlein) performed well, two freshmen gained some valuable experience early on.
Noah Cintron finished in second place in the 98 pound weight class and dropped a tough final match against Bristol Easternâ€™s Mason Lishness. He went 1-1 on the day wrestling.
The other freshman, Josh Bois, won his first round matchup by a pin and lost his other two including a match to Plainvilleâ€™s Sebby Soli, who finished first in the 126 pound weight class.
â€śI think all in all since weâ€™re such a young team we competed extremely well,â€ť Berlinâ€™s Max Schlein said. â€śThey put in a lot of time in the practice room and itâ€™s starting to pay off. They may not have believed in themselves earlier in the season but now theyâ€™re starting to.
â€śI think all in all Berlin wrestling is being rebuilt and we need these younger kids to do so.â€ť
It was a good showing by Berlin and the Redcoats will look to build off of it moving forward.
â€śMy goal today was to see us improve,â€ť Day said. â€śEven the kids that didnâ€™t place up at this tournament showed improvement so Iâ€™m very happy. It was a good investment for us.â€ť