Athlete of the week: Brian Gardner

Pinning his opponents quickly and convincing, Brian Gardner is this week’s Athlete of the Week.

Starting off the early wrestling season with an outstanding record of 10-1, Gardner has proven to be one of the area’s top grapplers in his weight class.

Gardner put in a lot of effort during the offseason to get to where he is now, including training and wrestling against top opponents at Iowa Style Wrestling in Somers. This extra effort by Brian and some of the other older wrestlers has made an impression on the younger team members. Talking about Brian’s effort, sophomore Franklin Goldszer said, “Brian did a lot of hard work over the off season and it has definitely shown so far in the season.”

Brian—one of this year’s captains—has set an example for the younger Garnets. One of the underclassmen that Brian has influenced is junior Pedro Acevedo, who is new to the team.

“Brian is one of our team’s leaders and he has really helped me improve my wrestling” Acevedo said.

Head coach Matt Beatty said Gardner is a true leader on the team.

“Brian has grown into a great leader over the past few years,” Beatty said. “He has done this through leading by example. He has committed himself to maximizing his potential on and off the mat.”

Brian is a member of the National Honor Society. When not wrestling or doing schoolwork, he does charity work. In the spring, Brian plays baseball for the Garnets. As far as next year goes, he is waiting to hearing from colleges that he applied to.