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Yellowjackets hold off rival Northwestern

Gilbert’s Kevin Sullivan pins Jacob Twombly in Tuesday’s Berkshire League match in Winsted.

WINSTED, Dec. 26 — Gilbert (3-0, 2-0 BL) raced out to a 24-point lead with wins in the first four matches and then picked up key victories from sophomores Devin Matthews (120) and Kyle Matthews (170) to beat defending Berkshire League champion Northwestern (2-1, 1-1) on Tuesday, 44-27. The Yellowjackets, who had six pins, are leaving for Florida Tuesday morning to participate in the Disney KSA Duals in Orlando this week along with South Windsor.

Tuesday, December 26
Gilbert 44, Northwestern 27

Gilbert 44, Northwestern 27
At Winsted
195: Kevin Sullivan (G) pin Jacob Twombly, 0:26; 220: Andrew Zhovkly (G) pin Giovanni Martinez, 0:38; 285: Barjaim Gutic (G) pin Will Robatham, 2:35; 106: Cameron Merrit (G) pin Graham Sullivan, 0:12; 113: Hunter Sanden (NW) forfeit; 120: Devin Matthews (G) dec. Angelo Folino, 12-9; 126: Aidan Bannerman (NW) forfeit; 132: Nick Barber (G) pin Marco Folino, 2:47; 138: Will Hubbard (G) dec. Lily Schwartz, 12-0; 145: Gavin Duncan (NW) dec. Zach McLellan, 14-12; 152: Liam Smith (NW) pin Connor Blay, 5:14; 160: Joshua Schwartz (NW) pin Zach Gaylord, 2:28; 170: Kyle Matthews (G) pin James Guion, 4:41; 182: Alex Smith (G) dec. Caleb Boucher, 13-5
Gilbert loses three team points when Blay was disqualified for a flagrant violation (verbal).
Other varsity matches – 195: Andrew Zavatkay, Gilbert dec. Will Fallin, Housatonic, 8-6, OT; 113: Alexis Zavatkay, Torrington dec. Nick Salvietti, Northwestern, 11-5; 132: Mark Zavatkay, Torrington dec. Marco Folino, Northwestern, 6-4
Records: Gilbert 3-0, 2-0 BL; Northwestern 2-1, 1-1 BL

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 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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