Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Athletes of the Week: Kyle Cochran of Paramus

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Athletes of the Week: Kyle Cochran of Paramus

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Kyle Cochran had this one.

The Paramus senior was all set to ride out the 160-pound final of the BCCA George Jockish Holiday Tournament, but his three-point lead against Hasbrouck Heights' Michael O'Malley became a two-point deficit.

Exhausted, Cochran tapped into some reservoir of strength and tied the match with a reversal with eight seconds remaining. He then won in overtime, 8-6.

The returning state champion walked away with a thrilling victory, the tournament's most outstanding wrestler award and a passing grade in a major early season test.

"I love getting the more grueling matches early in the season because I know I'm going to have to face top-quality kids at the end of the season, and it's only going to make me better for the end of the season," said Cochran, The Record's Male Athlete of the Week.

Cochran remains undaunted in his quest to win another state title, even if he has to go through a gauntlet of challengers.

"I love it," he said. …

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