Brosmer seeking bounce-back night at Jasper

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Forest Park’s Isaac Brosmer wrestles AJasper’s Jainier Milanes in the 106-pound weight class during the 2018-19 season.


FERDINAND — Isaac Brosmer blames himself for having a setback during an auspicious beginning to his senior season.

The Forest Park wrestler competed with his team Saturday at North Knox. He went into the meet at a perfect 6-0, and while he finished the meet with a winning record, he took a couple of losses, bringing his record to 9-2 heading into today's match at Jasper.

"I knew it was going to be a weird kind of day for me," Brosmer said. "I kind of felt like something was going bad, or something like that."

Brosmer said there might be some self-doubt because how he wrestled was different than he wrestled in his entire life. He's facing different competition than he did his junior year. Brosmer moved up from making it in semistate in the 106-pound class to the 113-pound class as a senior. Yet, he scored win after win early on, picking up the Outstanding Wrestler Award Nov. 23 after going 5-0 at Bedford North Lawrence. He also won his match Dec. 6 at Boonville.

He knows he needs to be quicker, because everybody will be quicker the higher someone moves up. Brosmer said he didn't typically see stronger wrestlers in the 106-pound class, though height varied. He said wrestlers in the 113-pound class are taller and more muscular. 

Winning the Outstanding Wrestler Award told him he could do bigger and better things, that if he keeps working hard, anything could happen. Brosmer said he's been wrestling before kindergarten, and said it's his favorite sport. He comes from a wrestling family. His older brother, Zach, graduated in 2016 after wrestling for the Rangers. Younger brother Elijah is in seventh grade and also is involved with the sport.

Brosmer has seen himself grow through the years he's suited up on the mat for the Rangers. He initially told himself he might have expected to be a regional qualifier all four years. Then, after being eliminated his sophomore year, told himself that his goal was making it to semistate. He said he needed to work harder and get conditioned to advance. Brosmer got into the wrestling room whenever he could, working with his coaches. It paid off, and he qualified for semistate.

"It was a big relief," he said about qualifying.

Now, Brosmer will try to represent Forest Park as a senior at state. Rangers coach Craig Recker said the biggest concern with his team so far this season is getting into wrestling shape. He added it won't be easy for Brosmer to make it to state, but Recker said it's attainable for him to reach that level. He praised the dedication he has for the sport. Recker said Brosmer has improved his confidence even since when he was a junior.

"He's not the biggest kid in the class as far as bruteness, strength, but he'll have the speed and the quickness, and he definitely has the wrestling mentality," Recker said.

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