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Danbury is top pick in first top 10 poll of year

DANBURY, January 9 — Danbury is unanimous pick as the No. 1 team in the state in the first top 10 wrestling poll of the season of state coaches and media members as conducted by Connecticut Wrestling Online.

The undefeated Hatters (6-0) have been the No. 1 team in the state for 18 consecutive weeks now since the initial poll of the 2014-15 season. There are six undefeated teams in the top 10 including No. 2 Bristol Eastern (4-0), No. 3 New Milford (4-0), No. 7 Killingly (16-0), No. 8 Xavier (6-0) and No. 10 Hand (8-0). No. 6 Trumbull is already closing in on 20 wins with a 17-1 start.

Trumbull visits Danbury in a top 10 battle on Wednesday night. Connecticut Wrestling Online is proud to continue the long tradition of a state top 10 wrestling poll begun in 1983 by the Norwich Bulletin.

Amity outlasted Shelton, 38-34 in a closely-fought SCC Division II contest Tuesday. … East Haven swept a pair of SCC bouts from Notre Dame-West Haven, 47-21 and Cheshire, 81-0. … Notre Dame beat Cheshire, 54-6

Connecticut Wrestling Online Top 10 poll

Tuesday, January 9
Amity 38, Shelton 34
Branford 57, New Haven 6
Canton 66, Somers 12
Coventry at Rockville
Suffield 36, Stafford 18
Staples at Trumbull, ppd. to January 11
Terryville 48, St. Paul 24
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East Haven 47, Notre Dame-West Haven 21
East Haven 81, Cheshire 0
Notre Dame-West Haven 54, Cheshire 6

Terryville 48, St. Paul 24
At Bristol
106: Nick Zappone (T) forfeit; 113: Levi Avolt (T) pin Evan Kowalski (SP) 3:50; 120: Chris Warner (SP) pin Noah McCoy (T) 4:28; 126: Caleb LeClerc (T) pin Josh Silva (SP) 3:17; 132: Samantha Ridgeway (T) forfeit; 138: Owen Mantoni (T) forfeit; 145: Johan Strasser (SP) forfeit; 152: Nick Hernandez (SP) pin Bailey Schuster (T) 1:20; 160: Double Forfeit; 170: Erik Atkison (SP) pin Mike Zalewski (T) 5:03; 182: Jamison Kulesa (T) pin Ben Shea (SP) 1:42; 195: Double Forfeit; 220: John Mailhot (T) pin Patrick George (SP) 0:58; 285: Richie Larson (T) forfeit
Records: St. Paul 2-6

East Haven 81, Cheshire 0
At West Haven (Notre Dame-WH)
106: M Divito (E) forfeit; 113: Garcia (E) forfeit; 120: Romero (E) dec LaRusso, 12-6; 126: Ortiz (E) pin Muskowitz, 2:55; 132: A Divito (E) forfeit; 138: T Divito (E) forfeit; 145: A Bugatti (E) forfeit; 152: Gontarz (E) pin O’Donnell, 1:51; 160: Borchert (E) forfeit; 170: Consiglio (E) pin Scaffone, 0:41; 182: Jarrin (E) forfeit; 195: K Fonacier (E) pin Mulligar, 0:39; 220: J Fonacier (E) forfeit; 285: Castaneda (E) forfeit

Monday, January 8
Weston 54, Bunnell 24

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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