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No easy road – Danbury forces Patriots to sweat for New England title

Danbury’s Kevin Jack won his second straight New England championship by beating Trumbull’s Cross Cannone. Jack was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 8, 2014 – The pressure had been there all along.

Defending New England champion Mt. Anthony, Vt., had 13 wrestlers in the 2014 New England championships including three undefeated wrestlers. One was a defending New England champion (Jesse Webb) and one was a New England finalist (Troy Gassaway) a year ago. The Patriots, who won more than 40 points a year ago, were expected to win to again.

Danbury increased the pressure. The Hatters brought only five wrestlers to the tournament but they were outstanding. Danbury put three wrestlers in the finals and all five finished in the top six to earn medals.

Mt. Anthony wore down the Hatters and won their second straight New England championship and its eighth overall with 121 points – the second highest score in the 50 years of the tournament. Danbury finished second with 108 points – the most points ever scored by a Connecticut team.

“This was stressful,” Mt. Anthony coach Scott Legacy said. “Danbury brought it this week. They wrestled just about as well as a team can. They forced us to wrestle a little better.”

Both teams had three finalists and five wrestlers that were medalists. Danbury’s Kevin Jack won his second straight New England championship at 126 pounds and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Paulo Freitas (106) and Juan Garcia (170) each finished second.

Mt. Anthony had a pair of New England champions. Jesse Webb (285) won his second straight New England title while Gassaway won his first at 120 pounds. Mt. Anthony had eight of its 13 wrestlers earn points. The three Patriots that didn’t medal earned 14 points.

Danbury’s pressure forced Mt. Anthony to keep its foot on the pedal. “We really had to wrestle, too,” Legacy admitted.

Chris Bryant (120) and Jeremy Fields (113) each finished fourth for Danbury. Fields nearly made the finals but lost in triple overtime to eventual New England champion Mac Hamilton of Lincoln Sudbury, Mass., 4-3. Bryant lost his first match of the tournament but won five straight consolation round bouts, including a pair of one-point decisions.

“It was a great day for us,” Danbury coach Ricky Shook said. “We were really good. We wrestle tough tournaments all year for days like today.”

“The five of us that came here wrestled amazing,” Jack said. “It was the best tournament we’ve wrestled this year. We came in and wrestled with our hearts. No one let down at any time.”

Danbury earned more points than it did when it last won the New England title in 1990 (65 points) or when Windham won in 1992 (90 points). And the Hatters are just the third Connecticut team to finish second since Windham won it all in 1992. Danbury put three wrestlers in the final for the first time since 2005.

Connecticut placed six wrestlers in the finals. Khamri Thomas, wrestling for the co-op team of Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby, won his first New England championship with a victory at 182 pounds. Fairfield Warde’s Ahmed Hourani to Webb for the second straight year in the final at 285 pounds.

New Milford’s Kyle Linder (113), Bacon Academy’s Howard Kilpatrick (145) and Newtown freshman Anthony Falbo (152) each finished third. Ten Connecticut wrestlers finished fourth, three finished fifth and two were sixth.

Fairfield Warde was the No. 2 Connecticut team in the tournament with 44 points in 10th place, followed by Trumbull (34 points), New Milford (29), Xavier (27) and Southington (25).

Official Brian Manzi of Berlin was the latest Connecticut representative to be voted in the New England Council’s wrestling Hall of Fame.

For the finals, Massachusetts dominated with 13 wrestlers competing for a championship with Connecticut having six. New Hampshire and Vermont had three wrestlers each in the finals while Rhode Island had two. Maine had one wrestler.

A brief look at the 2014 New England championship tournament by weight class:

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Nothing came easy for Danbury’s Paulo Freitas (38-3) at the New England tournament. The State Open champion won his first match by eight points and it was tight matches from that point on. Freitas beat Kevin Morris, the Massachusetts tournament runnerup, in the quarterfinals, 2-0. In the semifinals, Freitas beat Rhode Island state champion Colin Cardosa o Mt. Hope, 2-0.

In the final, he took a 2-0 lead over Massachusetts champion Michael Aquino of Catholic Memorial in Boston thanks to a first period takedown. Aquino (46-0) cut the lead to one thanks to a first period escape and tied it with another escape early in the third period.

The two wrestlers spent much of the third period and overtime on their feet trying for takedowns but neither was successful.

In the second overtime, Aquino hit a quick reversal with two seconds left in the first 30 second session for a 4-2 lead. In the second 30-second session, he picked up two near fall points for a 6-2 win.

St. Bernard/Norwich Tech’s Matthew Dowler finished fourth, dropping a 7-0 decision to Colin Cardosa of Mt. Hope, RI. Dowler won four straight bouts in the consolation round to earn a spot in the consolation final.

Southington junior Zach Murillo wrestled eight times and went 6-2. Five matches were the distance (6 minutes). Murillo beat Mt. Anthony (VT)’s Calvin Call, 10-8 to finish fifth. He lost twice to Cardosa. The first time was a 12-0 defeat in the second round while the second loss was a 9-4 loss in the consolation semifinals.

“He wrestled out of his mind,” Southington coach Derek Dion said of Murillo. “He was a warrior. Every match, he was relentless. If you let up for a second, he would score on you. That was the difference.”

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State Open champion Kyle Lindler of New Milford used a takedown with 1:21 left in the third period to earn a 3-2 win over Danbury’s Jeremy Fields to finish third. Both Lindler and Fields lost in the semifinals and had to win consolation matches.

Lindler was pinned by Cam Kelly of Franklin, Mass., in the semifinal. That came after Lindler outlasted Maine state champion Peter DelGallo of Gardiner, 8-7 in the quarterfinals. It was the first loss in DelGallo’s high school career. The sophomore won the New England title a year ago at 106.

In the consolation semifinal, Fields handed DelGallo his second scholastic defeat with a 2-1 victory. That win came after a tough semifinal loss to eventual New England champion Mac Hamilton of Lincoln Sudbury in triple overtime, 4-3.

The score was tied 2-2 after three periods and overtime. In the second overtime, neither wrestler could score although Fields came close several times. He tried to escape but Hamilton was able to hold onto Field’s ankle as he tried to hop away. In the third OT, Hamilton was warned for stalling. Fields came close to escaping twice but just couldn’t get it done.

DelGallo finished fifth. In a rematch of the Massachusetts final a week ago, Hamilton outlasted Kelly, 4-3 to win the New England title with a takedown with 20 seconds left in the match. Hamilton won the Massachusetts title with a 4-1 decision.

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Danbury’s Chris Bryant lost to Ryan Monteiro of Minnechaug Regional in the second round by a 12-0 score on Friday night. Bryant won five matches in a row, including a 5-0 win over Monteiro in the consolation semifinals, to earn a spot in the consolation final and a shot at third place. Those five wins included a pair of one-point victories over Ben Zogby of Franklin, Mass., 2-1, and Cody Beaudette of Cumberland, R.I., 5-4.

However, Peter Robinson of St. John’s in Shrewsbury, Mass., outlasted Bryant, 12-9 to finish third.

In the championship match, Gassaway completed an undefeated season with a 3-1 win over Nick Derosa of Billerica, Mass., 3-1. Tied at one in the third period, Gassaway (62-0) turned Derosa for two near fall points to take a two-point lead.

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Danbury’s Kevin Jack (43-1) was in command throughout the tournament with four victories and his second straight New England championship. He joins a short list of Connecticut wrestlers (nine) with multiple New England titles. The most recent to accomplish this was Shelton’s Patrick Gillen in 2010 and 2011.

Jack had three pins in the tournament, including a pin of Massachusetts champion Jon Ryan of Dracut in the semifinals. In the championship match, Jack beat Trumbull’s Cross Cannone for the third straight week, 15-4. Jack won the State Open title, 11-2 and captured the Class LL final with a 14-3 decision.

“I felt good going in,” Jack said. “I was confident. I did what I need I could do.”

Cannone had an excellent tournament, winning four matches to get to the final. He beat New Hampshire champion Tim McLinden of Timberlane in the second round, 3-2 with an escape and takedown in the third period. After beating Anthony Monteiro of Minnechaug Regional (MA) in the quarterfinals, 7-3, Cannone outlasted Daniel Ebert of Fairfield Warde in the semifinals in overtime, 4-2.

Cannone took a 2-0 lead with a takedown with two seconds left in the first period. But Ebert rallied with two near fall points with eight seconds left in the third period to send the match in OT. In the extra session, Canonne got a takedown with 21 seconds remaining for the victory.

Ebert had a handful of close matches. He beat Rhode Island champion Alex D’Aloisio of Lincoln, 7-5 in the second round and outlasted Sam Forman of Lincoln Sudbury (MA), 4-2 in overtime in the quarterfinals. In the consolation semifinals, he beat New Hampshire’s Nick Widmann, 2-0. In the consolation final, Ryan beat Ebert, 7-0 to finish third.

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Emmett LiCastri of Immaculate/Joel Barlow was the only state wrestler to make the semifinals in this weight class thanks to three victories. LiCastri, who was third at the State Open, upset Massachusetts champion Zane Mellilo of North Andover in the second round, 6-5. He followed that up with a 7-4 win over Vermont champion Dylan LaFountain of Mt. Anthony in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinal, New Hampshire champion Jean-Luc Lemieux pinned LiCastri in 5:03 After a 5-0 win over Anfernee Green of Lawrence, Mass., LiCastri fell one point short in a 5-4 loss to Brendan Weir of Hampshire Regional in Westhampton, Mass., in the consolation final.

In the final, Lemieux beat Derek Bohle of Timberlane for the second straight week. Lemiueux prevailed at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions and won the New England title with a 10-0 decision.

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State Open champion Will Chowanec of Xavier made the semifinals but ran into Massachusetts champion Christian Monserrat of Meuthuen, who earned a 10-3 victory with four takedowns. Monserrat won his second New England title with a 9-2 win over Quinn Merrigan of Canton, Mass., in a rematch of the Massachusetts final. Monserrat led 5-0 after one period and 7-1 after two periods.

Monserrat, an extremely quick wrestler who will attend West Virginia, never lost a match in Massachusetts in four years. His only losses in 2010 and 2011 came in the New England finals. Monserrat went 53-0 and was 212-2 in his varsity career.

Chowanec lost to Timberlane (NH)’s Ryan Peters, 4-3 on a third period reversal with two seconds remaining in the consolation final. Chowanec took a 3-1 lead with a takedown with 1:36 left in the match. He was penalized one point for an illegal move with 36 seconds left to cut the lead to one.

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In a rematch of the State Open final, Bacon Academy’s Howard Kilpatrick beat Favion Williams of Hartford for the second straight week, 10-3 to take third place. Kilpatrick broke open a scoreless match with an escape, takedown and two three-point near falls in the second period.

Kilpatrick (41-1) and Williams each made it as far as the semifinals before getting defeated. Jon Carrera of Milton, Mass., beat Kilpatrick, 8-1 while eventual New England champion Eric Reyes, the Massachusetts champion from Dedham, beat Williams, 10-7. It was tied at 4-4 in the third period after Williams got a takedown with 1:30 remaining. But Reyes escaped, got a takedown with 25 seconds left and a near fall to take command of the bout.

New Milford’s Brett Leonard lost in the first round on Friday afternoon to Carrera, 11-3 but won four straight bouts to earn a spot in the consolation semifinals against Williams. Leonard dropped a 12-10 decision to Williams and was pinned by Nolan Viens of Bellows Falls/Hartford, Vt., to finish sixth.

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Defending New England champion Christian LaBrie of Exeter/West Greenwich handed Newtown High freshman Anthony Falbo his first scholastic defeat in the semifinals, 7-1. LaBrie had three takedowns and only allowed a late escape from Falbo with 12 seconds remaining.

Falbo (31-1) beat Newington’s Christian Zotti in the consolation semifinals, 8-3 and took third with a 7-3 win over Emmanuel Borsay of Hope, R.I. in the consolation final.

Zotti took fourth at the State Open but wrestled well at the New England tournament. He outlasted James Classen of Chelmsford, Mass., 4-3 in his first bout before dropping a second round match to Falbo, 12-5. In the consolation bracket, Zotti won four straight before losing to Falbo for a second time. In the fifth place bout, Maine champion Jackson Howarth of Marshwood pinned Zotti in three minutes.

In the final, LaBrie got a reversal with 29 seconds remaining to beat Springfield Central’s Rick Viruet, 6-4 to win his second straight New England championship. Viruet had gotten a takedown five seconds earlier to tie the match. LaBrie is a three-time Rhode Island champion with a career record of 155-5. The bout was voted the best of the tournament by the officials.

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No Connecticut wrestlers finished in the top six or made the quarterfinals in this weight class. In the final, Jonathan Viruet of Springfield Central beat Cody Hughes of Marshwood, Maine, 2-1 in triple overtime to win the championship. It was the first loss of the season for Hughes (49-1), the Maine state champion.

Viruet escaped with eight seconds left in the third period to force OT. In the third OT, the stage was set with Viruet on the bottom and Hughes on top. Viruet escaped with four seconds remaining in the 30-second session to win the title. Andrew LaBrie of Exeter/West Greenwich finished third.

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North Andover’s Brad Drover built a 5-0 lead and held off a late rally from Danbury’s Juan Garcia for a 6-4 victory and the New England title. A pair of takedowns and an escape gave Drover (52-0), the Massachusetts champion, a five-point lead after two periods.

Garcia (41-7) cut the lead to 5-3 with a takedown and escape in the third period. He allowed Drover to escape and tried to get another takedown. Garcia received a point for stalling but couldn’t get another takedown.

Garcia beat Vermont champion Grant Poston of Champlain Valley in the semifinals by pin in 3:41.

Farmington’s Dovydas Simanskis finished fourth at the State Open but had a strong tournament. He beat Joshua Noury of Ponagansett, R.I. in the first round, 6-5 before getting pinned by Poston. In the consolation bracket, he won four straight bouts including one by technical fall to earn a spot in the consolation final. Simanskis took fourth when Poston escaped in the final seconds, 7-6.

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Junior Khamri Thomas of Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby beat the Massachusetts and Rhode Island champions to win his first New England championship.

In the final bout with Nico Dionisotti of Lincoln Sudbury, Mass., Thomas built a 4-0 lead with a flurry at the end of the first period. He got a takedown with 13 seconds left and a two-point near fall with two seconds to go. Thomas extended the lead to 5-0 with a second period escape and won with a 5-2 decision.

“It was the best he wrestled all day,” Suffield coach Chris Potter said. “He was smart, picked his spots and never let up. He never lost his focus and saved his best for last.”

Thomas (40-1) had a tough semifinal victory over Michael Gallagher of Narragansett, R.I., 3-2 in triple OT. Thomas took a 1-0 lead with a second period escape while Gallagher tied it with a third period escape. The remainder of the bout and the first overtime were spent with the two wrestlers grappling for the best position for a potential takedown.

Each had an escape in the second OT period. In the third overtime, Thomas escaped with six seconds remaining to earn the victory.

Middletown’s Cody Carrillo went 5-1 in the consolation bracket to take fifth place. He beat Gallagher, 10-2 in the fifth place bout.

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Zach Maxwell of Southington hurt his shoulder in the semifinals of last week’s State Open. It didn’t stop him from outlasting Simsbury’s Jacob Feldman in the Open final, 7-3. But it limited him in practice and at the New England tournament. Maxwell had little strength in his shoulder.

Maxwell won his first match but dropped a 6-4 decision to New Hampshire champion Joe Chimelski of Nashua North in the quarterfinals. He had a pin in the consolation bracket but was eliminated in a 4-3 loss to Richard Biladeau of Londonderry, N.H.

Chimelski won the New England championship with a 7-1 win over Tyler Mattison of Mt. Anthony, Vt.

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Defending New England champion Andrew Cavanna of Glastonbury was beaten in the quarterfinals by Ian Butterbrodt, the Massachusetts state champion from St. John’s Prep, 8-0. Cavanna ended up fourth, dropping a 3-2 decision to Imran Gholizadeh of Woburn, Mass., in the consolation final. Cavanna won three straight bouts in the consolation bracket including an overtime win over Ken Kern of Xavierian High in Massachusetts.

Trumbull’s Andrew Marino lost in the semifinals to Rhode Island champion Carl Neff of Exter/West Greenwich, 10-1 but rallied in the consolation bracket to take fifth with a pin of Kevin Ell of Pinkerton, N.H., 3:36.

Butterbrodt (64-0) won the New England championship with a 6-5 win over Neff. He took a 4-0 lead but Neff took a one-point lead with a reversal and three-point near fall in the second period. Butterbrodt got a third period takedown to take the lead and held on for the victory.

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Fairfield Warde’s Ahmed Houraini had three pins to earn a spot in the final against Mt. Anthony’s Jesse Webb in a rematch of last year’s New England final. Webb had a pair of first period takedowns to lead 4-2 after one period. He added another escape in the second period to extend his lead to three.

Houraini (46-1) spent most of the match looking for a throw or headlock that would put Webb to his back. Twice, Webb (63-0) slipped out of potential headlocks to get takedowns. Houraini did draw the anger of the crowd by twice pushing Webb out of bounds after a stoppage in play. With the 5-3 victory, Webb improved to 231-9 for his career.

Fairfield Prep’s Nicholas Crowe finished fourth, getting pinned by Austin Shrewsbury of Westfield, Mass., in 2:14.

2014 New England Tournament brackets

2014 New England championships
At Providence
Team results – 1. Mt. Anthony (VT) 121, 2. Danbury 108, 3. Exeter/West Greenwich (RI) 71, 3. Londonderry (NH) 67, 5. Timberlane (NH) 56½, 6. Lincoln Sudbury (MA) and Marshwood (MA) 55, 8. Springfield Central (MA) 51, 9. North Andover (MA) 45½, 10. Fairfield Warde 44, 11. Franklin (MA) 39, 12. Nashua North (NH) 37, 13. St. John’s Prep (MA) 35½, 14. Bishop Hendricken (MA), Hampshire Regional-Westhampton (MA), Trumbull 34, 17. Mt. Hope (RI) 31, 18. Canton (MA) 29½, 19. Methuen (MA) and New Milford 29; 21. Catholic Memorial-Boston (MA), Manchester Central (NH), Xavier 27; 24. Dedham (MA) and Westfield (MA) 26
Other Connecticut teams
T26. Southington 25, t28. Suffield/ Windsor Locks/East Granby 24, t34. Newtown 20, t36. Bacon Academy 18, t43. Farmington 16½, t45. Fairfield Prep, Middletown, St. Bernard/Norwich Tech and Immaculate/JB 16, t50. Glastonbury, Hartford 14, t56. Newington 12, 65. Nonnewaug 10½, t67. Old Saybrook/Westbrook 9, t74. Canton and Simsbury 7; t82. South Windsor 6, t92. Holy Cross, Montville, Portland 5; t97. Bristol Central, Ledyard, Windham High 4; t113. Somers 3, t115. Maloney, Oxford 2, t130. Hand, Foran, Haddam-Killingworth 0; t159. Bristol Eastern minus 3
Individual results
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Final: Michael Aquino (Catholic Memorial) dec. Paulo Freitas (Danbury), 6-4, 2 OT; 3. Colin Cardosa (Mt. Hope) dec. Matthew Dowler (St. Bernard) 7-0; 5. Zachary Murillo (Southington) dec. Calvin Call (Mt. Anthony), 10-8
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Final: Mac Hamilton (Lincoln-Sudbury) dec. Cam Kelly (Franklin), 4-3; 3. Kyle Lindner (New Milford) dec. Jeremy Fields (Danbury), 3-2; 5. Peter DelGallo (Gardiner) dec. Bradley Beaulieu (Marshwood), 1-0
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Final: Troy Gassaway (Mt. Anthony) dec. Nick Derosa (Billerica), 3-1; 3. Peter Robinson (Saint John`s Shrewsbury) dec. Chris Bryant (Danbury), 12-9; Ryan Monteiro (Minnechaug Regional) dec. over Tyler Fitzpatrick (Timberlane), 6-4, 2 OT
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Final: Kevin Jack (Danbury) dec. Cross Cannone (Trumbull) 15-4; 3. Jon Ryan (Dracut) dec. Daniel Ebert (Fairfield Warde), 7-0; 5. Nick Widmann (John Stark) dec. Eric Kerr (Lynnfield North Reading), 4-2 OT
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Final: Jean-Luc Lemieux (Londonderry) dec. Derek Bohle (Timberlane) 10-0; 3. Brendan Weir (Hampshire) dec. Emmett LiCastri (Immaculate/Joel Barlow) 5-4; 5. Anfernee Green (Lawrence) dec. Andrew Howard (Moses Brown), 4-2, 3 OT
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Final: Christian Monserrat (Methuen) dec. Quinn Merrigan (Canton, MA), 9-2 ; 3. Ryan Peters (Timberlane) dec. Will Chowanec (Xavier), 4-3; 5. Max O`Connell (Cranston West) dec. Dominick Day (Biddeford), 3-1
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Final: Eric Reyes (Dedham) dec. Jonathan Carrera (Milton), 13-9; 3. Howard Kilpatrick (Bacon Academy) dec. Favion Williams (Hartford), 10-3; 5. Nolan Viens (Bellows Falls/Hartford) pin Brett Leonard (New Milford), 2:23
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Final: Christian LaBrie (Exeter/West Greenwich) dec. Rick Viruet (Springfield Central), 6-4; 3. Anthony Falbo (Newtown) dec. Emmanuel Borsay (Hope), 7-3; 5. Jackson Howarth (Marshwood) pin Christian Zotti (Newington), 3:00
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Final: Jonathan Viruet (Springfield Central) dec. over Cody Hughes (Marshwood), 2-1, OT; 3. Andrew LaBrie (Exeter/West Greenwich) dec. Fritz Hoehn (North Andover), 6-1; 5. Keegan Pearsall (Vergennes) dec. Will Bean (Londonderry), 2-0
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Final: Brad Drover (North Andover) dec. Juan Garcia (Danbury), 6-4; 3. Grant Poston (Champlain Valley) dec. Dovydas Simanskis (Farmington), 7-6; 5. Keaton Peterson (Manchester Central) dec. Dylan Barreiro (Pinkerton), 3-0
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Final: Khamri Thomas (Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby) dec. Nico Dionisotti (Lincoln-Sudbury), 5-2; 3. Austin Price (Mt. Anthony) dec. David Burke (Exeter), 5-3; 5. Cody Carrillo (Middletown) dec. Michael Gallagher (Narragansett), 10-2
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Final: Joe Chimelski (Nashua North) dec. Tyler Mattison (Mt. Anthony), 7-1; 3. Michael Curtis (Wells) dec. Richard Biladeau (Londonderry), 2-0; 5. Joe Fallon (Winchester) won by injury default over Griffin Tighe (Franklin)
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Final: Ian Butterbrodt (St. Johns Prep) dec. Carl Neff (Exeter/West Greenwich), 6-5; 3. Imran Gholizadeh (Woburn) dec. Andrew Cavanna (Glastonbury), 3-2, 3 OT; 5. Andrew Marino (Trumbull) pin Kevin Ell (Pinkerton), 3:36
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Final: Jesse Webb (Mt. Anthony) dec. Ahmed Hourani (Fairfield Warde), 5-3; 3. Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield) pin Nicholas Crowle (Fairfield Prep), 2:14; 5.  John Lachowicz (Hampshire) dec. Owen Murray (Barnstable), 9-4
Outstanding wrestler: Kevin Jack, Danbury (126)
Best championship final: 152 pounds — Christian LaBrie (Exeter/West Greenwich) vs. Rick Viruet (Springfield Central)

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2014 champions from other New England states

Media coverage
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Connecticut Wrestling Online, March 9: Three men inducted into New England Wrestling Hall of Fame

Danbury News Times, March 9: Danbury takes 2nd at New England tournament

Hartford Courant, March 9: Thomas wins a New England championship

Bennington Banner, March 9: Mt. Anthony repeats as New England champions

Springfield Republican, March 9: Vireut wins New England title; 6 other western MA wrestlers win medals

Eagle Tribune, March 9: Drover wins New England; Londonderry finishes in top 5

Eagle Tribune, March 9: Monserrat wins 2nd New England title, among all-time greats

Notebook
Waterbury Republican American, March 7: Burnette earned ticket to New England championships

Meriden Record Journal, March 3: Notebook — Hard schedule pays off for Southington

Three men inducted into New England Wrestling Hall of Fame
PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 8, 2014 — Three men were inducted into the New England Council’s high school wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday night before the finals. Long-time Connecticut official Brian Manzi of Berlin was inducted along with Mark Donovan, the wrestling coach at Shawsheen, Mass., High and Joe Capone, a former wrestling coach in Rhode Island and long-time official.

Manzi, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, has officiated more than 31 NCAA national tournaments at the Division I, II and III level. He was ranked in the top 10 of collegiate officials from 1989 to 2001.

For the past 20 years, he has been the commissioner of collegiate officials in New England. For the last 32 years, he has been the commissioner of high school officials in southeastern Connecticut. He serves as the high school rules interpreter and evaluator in Connecticut.

He was also recently inducted into the New England College Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.

In 29 years on the mat, Donovan has won over 400 matches at Shawsheen High and has coached four Massachusetts All-State champions, 12 New England medalists and one New England champion. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Interscholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

Carlone has been involved in wrestling since the last 1960s when he was a high school wrestler. He competed in college at Rhode Island College and went into coach where he started programs at North Providence (1974) and Lincoln High (1995) in Rhode Island. He has been officiating for years at the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New England championship tournaments.

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Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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