Fairfield Warde’s Kane brothers capture 100th wrestling wins
Published 11:51 am, Friday, January 8, 2016
Fairfield Warde junior Tim Kane achieved a milestone recently, gaining his 100th career victory by pinning his Greenwich opponent in the Mustangs’ wrestling match against Greenwich this week. But that wasn’t the only milestone moment the Kane family enjoyed.
Shortly after Tim Kane notched win No. 100, it was brother Charles’ turn to reach the impressive mark.
A senior, Charles Kane gained his 100th career triumph with a pinfall victory against his Darien foe, capping an exciting day for the Kane household. The Kane brothers’ performances highlighted Warde’s victories over Greenwich, Staples and Darien.
The Mustangs defeated the Cardinals in a tight match, 40-27, upended Darien, 75-6, and topped Staples, 64-13. Tim Kane, the reigning Class L 126-pound champion, wrestled at 132 pounds, where he pinned Greenwich’s Jonathan Loja in 48 seconds for his 100th victory in Warde’s opening match of the quad meet.
“It feels amazing, that was one of my biggest goals I wanted to reach ever since I got to high school,” Tim Kane said of his milestone win. “It’s great to finally accomplish it.”
Charles Kane, who went 48-0 last season, winning the FCIAC, Class L, State Open and New England championships at 138 pounds, competed at 145 pounds. He was three wins away from No. 100 entering the competition and proceeded to go 3-0 on the day. Pinning Darien’s John McCann in just 37 seconds gave him his 100 th win.
“It feels great to know that all my hard work has paid off so far,” Charles Kane said. “It feels good to be a part of such a great program that has succeeded more and more over the years.”
Warde (6-0), which has high expectations for itself after placing second at the Class L championships the past two seasons, entered the quad match a tired team — but it certainly wasn’t evident.
“We just got back at midnight last night (Tuesday night) after competing at a tournament (Lowell, Mass.),” Warde coach Jason Shaughnessy said. “Our kids are tired and banged up, so we asked them to try to compete hard and be at their best. Greenwich is a good team and they wrestled us tough.”
Against Greenwich, Warde received pinfall victories from sophomore 126-pounder Alex Steele, Tim Kane, Charles Kane and Matheus Ribeiro (182). Steele pinned Wyndsor Doyle in 5:32, Charles Kane got Patrick Javier’s shoulders to the mat in 28 seconds and Ribeiro won by pinfall against Alex Nanai in 3:47.
“Seeing Timmy and Charlie Kane both reach the 100-win plateau was great,” Shaughnessy said. “They are both having great careers here.”