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Danbury wins Ryan Sabbagh Holiday Tournament; Trumbull tops Foran at Duals

Bristol Central went 5-0 on Saturday to win the Joe Beler, Jr. Duals at Jonathan Law in Milford. (Photo courtesy Bristol Central Wrestling)

DANBURY, December 29, 2018 – Danbury continues to reign at their own Ryan Sabbagh Holiday Tournament. For the 26th time in 28 years, the Hatters brought home the championship.

With nine finalists and three individual champions, Danbury won the tournament with 222 points. For the third straight year, Bristol Eastern finished second. The Lancers had six finalists and three champions and scored 201 points. Five Lancers finished third.

New Canaan’s Tyler Sung, who won his 100th career match in the semifinals, won a title with a pin over Danbury’s Ben LeBlance in the finals at 145 pounds. With just nine wrestlers, the Rams finished third.

Danbury’s Kai O’Dell (106) earned Outstanding Wrestling honors after his victory in overtime over Bristol Eastern’s Trent Thompson.

Saturday December 29 results

Xavier had five wrestlers finish in the top three of their weight classes to finish second at the Mid-Hudson Invitational. (Photo courtesy Xavier Athletics)

Hard fought victories from David Castaldo (132), William Holmes (145) and Joseph Palmieri (195) lifted Trumbull to a 40-33 victory over Foran in the championship match of the 10th annual Trumbull Duals Saturday. Both teams had five pins but Trumbull won three matches by decision while Foran won one.

The Eagles (13-2) won the tournament for the third time in the last four years. Fairfield Ludlowe finished third in the 10-team tournament with a 46-34 victory over Manchester — its best-ever finish at the event.

Xavier finished second to Rocky Point High School at the 53rd annual Mid-Hudson Wrestling Invitational in Arlington, N.Y. Rocky Point won the title with 208 points with Xavier coming in second with 173½ points. Newburgh Free Academy (NY) was third with 162½.

Michael Rapuano won at 106 pounds for Xavier with Tommy Manganiello (126), James Lunt (145), Luke Tischio (160) and Jameel Salami (285) each finishing third for the Falcons.

Saturday December 29 results

Eric Facey’s two-point win at 285 pounds and a pair of forfeit wins at 106 and 113 pounds helped Bristol Central slip past Gilbert, 37-35 and win the Joe Beler, Jr. Duals at Jonathan Law. The Rams went 5-0 in the tournament to win it for the first time while the Yellowjackets, now 11-2, won four of five bouts on the day. Pins from Adam Ward (120) and Karriem Hoe (126) helped Bristol Central win the tournament.

Saturday December 29 results

Undefeated Waterford (7-0) beat host Windham on criteria to win the 10th annual Whippet Duals in Willimantic, 40-39. Waterford won by having the most near falls.

Both teams had five pins in the final. Waterford’s Eric Zane came up with a key 4-2 victory at 138 pounds while Jose Candia of Windham also came up with a hard-fought 4-2 decision for the Whippets at 170.

It was Waterford’s first Whippet Duals title. They had finished in second place four times. Windham had won the last four Whippet Duals and seven of the last eight Whippet titles.

Saturday December 29 results

Wethersfield competed at the Ralph Wetzel Holiday Classic in Horsham, Pa., with four wrestlers earning medals. Matt Laurie (132) finished third with Bryce Arnold (120), Alec Arnold (170) and Austin Harnish (220) each finishing fourth. Wethersfield finished 13th out of 30 teams.

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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