PERU — St. Bede Academy junior James Peacock wrestled with more confidence this season for the Bruins. And it showed.
Peacock finished the season 23-8, winning in the regional at Rock Falls to move onto the sectional. He also won the Seneca Irish Invitational and finished second at the Polo and Amboy Triangular meets.
For those accomplishments, the 132-pounder from Princeton has been named as the 2012-13 BCR Wrestler of the Year.
He is the second Bruin in four years to earn BCR top honors, following Daniel Rucinski (2010).
The Oregon Sectional was particularly competitive.
“It was one of the harder ones. I think 10 out of the 12 state champions came out of the Oregon Sectional. It was tough for everybody,” he said. “I was a little more confident (this year); I had some tough opponents. Last year we were at Byron, and I was the only one that went. This year we had three people at the sectional with me, Brendan Zimmerman and Adam Hunter,” Peacock said.
“I can’t say enough abouttheir work ethic. All of them from top to bottom. I’m blessed to have some great wrestlers, hard working wrestlers," first year head coach Sean Hobson said.
Peacock punched his ticket to sectional by placing third at the Rock Falls Regional with a quick pin 1 minute and 23 seconds into the match over Amboy freshman Ryon Richardson. He did not place at sectional, though he held a 7-6 lead late over Erie/Prophetstown’s Josh Wheeler.
Peacock, who wrestled in the Tiger Town Tanglers youth program in Princeton, also said the final match of the Seneca was a close one.
Regarding Hobson, Peacock said, “We had a new coach this year. Coach Hobson. He ran the practices a little differently than our last coach. We learned more technique.” He went on to say that he thought Hobson’s focus on technique helped the team. He added he’d been improving and working hard over the course of the year.
Comparing his last two seasons Peacock said, “I made the sectionals both times, but I didn’t really place. It was a better season than the last one though. I did better at tournaments. Our team did well too. We won our first tournament. At Amboy we took third overall.”
Peacock has wrestled in the 132-pound weight class in both his sophomore and junior campaigns. Going into his senior year, he said, “I like where I am at right now. I just want to keep improving at the one weight class.”
About maintaining his weight Peacock said, “Around Christmas time, it gets hard.”
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