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No new faces in Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 poll for fourth week

Suffield/Windsor Locks’ Dylan Washburn controls Canton’s Gabe Deiulis in last week’s NCCC match in Suffield. Washburn won this match but Canton won with a pin in the final match. 

DANBURY, January 22, 2019 – It’s the fourth week of Connecticut Wrestling Online’s top 10 wrestling poll and the same 10 teams have been in the top 10 all season.

Danbury and Bristol Eastern have been No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, all winter but there was plenty of movement in the other eight spots in the top 10 in week four.

The Hatters (8-0) had the weekend off but had six pins in Monday night’s 49-22 victory over Mt. Anthony Union (Vermont) – the biggest win in series history for Danbury.

Bristol Eastern (10-0) won the Colter-Abely Tournament in Middletown on Saturday with top 10 teams Trumbull, Xavier, Simsbury and Fairfield Warde in the field along with Killingly, which was ranked just outside the top 10 at No. 11. The Lancers have won a school-record 46 consecutive dual meets, dating back to 2017.

Southington, on the strength of their third place finish at the Timberlane Invitational in New Hampshire on Saturday, moved up one spot to No. 3 after spending two weeks at No. 4. Fairfield Warde (10-1) slipped one spot to No. 4.

Simsbury (8-1) has been ranked No. 5 all season. The Trojans will travel to Southington next Wednesday, January 30, in a showdown that will likely determine the winner of the CCC West. Southington will host the Connecticut Challenge on Saturday with No. 2 Bristol Eastern and No. 8 Trumbull in the field.

Xavier (6-1) made the biggest jump this week, moving up three spots to No. 6. The Falcons beat Guilford on Wednesday and then finished second at their own Colter-Abely Mid-Season Classic behind Bristol Eastern with four other top 10 teams in the field.

Middletown (16-2) slipped one spot to No. 7 but the Dragons have won five in a row after dropping a three-point decision to Eastern earlier this month.

No. 8 Trumbull dropped a 48-23 decision to No. 1 Danbury last Wednesday and took third at the Colter-Abely Tournament on Saturday. Foran slipped two spots to No. 9 but Foran (25-2) has won 10 straight matches and leads the state with 25 dual meet victories.

No. 10 Avon (17-0, 3-0 CCC North) remained undefeated with four wins last week. The Falcons travel to Wethersfield (8-4, 4-0 CCC North) on Wednesday night in a match that could decide the league championship. They are the last two teams in the CCC North without a loss in the league.

The Connecticut Wrestling Online’s Top 10 high school wrestling poll. First-place votes in parentheses, record through Saturday, points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and last week’s poll ranking.

Week 4, January 21, 2019

Team Record Pts. LW Class
1. Danbury (18) 8-0 540 1 LL
2. Bristol Eastern 11-0 502 2 L
3. Southington 8-1 446 4 LL
4. Fairfield Warde 10-1 376 3 LL
5. Simsbury 8-1 360 5 L
6. Xavier 6-1 349 9 L
7. Middletown 16-2 336 6 L
8. Trumbull 20-5 322 8 LL
9. Foran-Milford 25-2 272 7 M
10. Avon 17-0 230 10 M

Others receiving votes: Killingly (16-2) 175, East Haven (15-3) 147, Ledyard (14-6) 137, Montville (16-2) 64, Greenwich (7-1) 62, Waterford (15-4) 47, Guilford (12-7) 33, Gilbert (19-3) 25, Enfield (9-4) and Staples (9-4) 16, Hand (10-4) 14, Windham High (13-5) 9, Wethersfield (7-4) 7

Voters: Charlie Anderson, Trumbull; Matt Boissonneault, Bristol Central; Steve Bilheimer, Ledyard; Mike Cunningham, Xavier; Gerry deSimas, Jr., Connecticut Wrestling Online; Derek Dion, Southington; Paul Gallo, New Canaan; Chris Gamble, Waterford; Tim Jensen, Patch Media Corp.; Larry Kelley, Norwich Bulletin; Ryan Lacey, Danbury News Times; Bryan McCarty, Platt-Meriden; Eric Misko, Farmington; Chris Piel, New Milford; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; Ricky Shook, Danbury

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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Loretta

    January 22, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    The picture above is Dylan Washburn from Suffield not Ghassen Saleh

  2. Mat

    January 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    East haven looks very good!

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