Now a junior, Kochersperger has become the veteran leader of what has become a pretty solid little group in the middle of Kennett's lineup.
Wednesday, that stretch sparked Kennett's 43-34 home win against Great Valley, in the Ches-Mont American Division dual meet. It was the Blue Demons' first win against the Patriots since 2013.
Kochersperger (132 pounds) had a first-period pin, but he said that took a back seat to his priorities this season.
"My philosophy is this is just the rehearsal," Kochersperger said. "We're working towards the dream. That win doesn't mean anything to me. Winning as a team is awesome, because we're pushing each other and just getting ready for the dream."
"The dream" is the opportunity to compete for a state championship, and Kochersperger has come up just short his first two seasons.
With his reinvigorated focus, as well as a wrestling trip to Romania in May, the 65-win junior has a different mindset this winter.
"I was wrestling not to lose last year instead of wrestling to win and to have fun," he said. "Last year was horrible, and that's a huge motivation to show that that wasn't me. That was somebody else who was scared."
Any change is not just internal perception. Kennett coach Kevin Reigel sees it as well.
"He's more of a leader and he's more mature," Reigel said. "Even in the match, he knows he's gotta go hard and he's got it together in his head. I don't know how to describe maturity, but it looked like he aged five years over the summer. He looks like a young man."
"I'm pretty unsatisfied," first-year Great Valley coach Bobby Lavelle said. "I couldn't care less about forfeits. I'm confident in our team, that we can give up 12 points and still win some duals. When you're losing because of penalty points or getting pinned when you're winning, that comes down to effort and we still don't have that right. We have a long way to go."