BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick wrestling team lost a state champion but will get one back.
The loss of the graduated Nick Kiussis won’t sting as badly because Matt Fields is coming home after two years at Walsh Jesuit.
One of a plethora of wrestlers leaving the Warriors, Fields saw an opportunity to not only grow and lead Brunswick, but to join his brother with the Blue Devils.
“There really wasn’t much of a team coming back this year at Walsh, and my little brother (Derek) is going into his freshman year and I wanted a year to spend with him,” Matt Fields said. “It feels great. Even down at the state tournament, I had a handful of kids from Brunswick supporting me. It makes me excited. It pushes me to want to win a second one, but for my city this time.”
While the Blue Devils get a two-time junior state placer and youth state champion in Derek Fields, what they get in Matt Fields goes beyond the wrestling room.
A state alternate as a freshman for Brunswick, Fields left for Walsh Jesuit, become a two-time state finalist and took home the Division I title at 126 pounds by beating Mason’s Jaimen Hood 4-0.
Fields accumulated a 56-12 record with the Warriors against some of the best competition in the nation.
“He’s going to mean a lot to us,” Blue Devils coach Mike Koshar said. “We have one senior (Brayton Lantz) on our team. We’re looking for leadership, and certainly Matt will provide that for us on top of being a great kid on and off the field.
“Matt is a great wrestler, but he’s also a very good student. He’s a likeable kid. He already has a lot of friends here in addition to him being from a great family that we’re getting back.”
Fields’ plan is to wrestle at 132 pounds, which will help the lower weights.
On top of bringing experience, he’ll be the perfect 1-2-3 punch along with his brother and returning state placer Logan Heil down low.
“It helps out a lot,” Koshar said. “The other thing it does in terms of helping what we lost in Nick Kiussis and Aaron Naples is it gives us the opportunity to move Matt around a little bit and give us options to win dual meets.”
Having wrestled eight matches in the state tournament, Matt Fields will command respect in the room, but he already has a tremendous camaraderie with many of his teammates.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Fields said. “It’s going to make the tournament that much more fun. I got to experience that with Alex Mackall and Will Schmidt that pushed me at Walsh. It’s a great thing to have. It makes every tournament better. I’m excited for that.”
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