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Quick look at this weekend’s state championship tournaments

Middletown’s Jake Toth ties up Bristol Central’s Jakob Salinas in their match at 195 pounds earlier this season in Bristol. Toth won, 9-7.

The four CIAC championship meets will be held this Saturday. The Class LL meet will be in Trumbull, the Class L championships will be at Bristol Central, the Class M event will be at Guilford and the Class S meet will be held at Windham High.

Wrestling begins Friday at 4:45 p.m. at all four locations. On Saturday, action begins at 9 a.m. The semifinals begin Saturday at 1 p.m. at all four locations with the medal round, including the finals, beginning at 5 p.m.

The seeds for the four tournaments have been announced and can be found below. The official records do not include any results from Saturday’s conference tournaments.

The top six individuals in each weight class at all four meets will earn an invitation to the State Open championships.

Class LL championships
At Trumbull
Last year: Danbury 274, Fairfield Warde 200, Trumbull and Southington 175
2019 seeds
Outlook: No. 1 Danbury has won the last three Class LL championship meets and four of the last six. The Hatters will be challenged by No. 3 Trumbull, No. 5 Southington and No. 5 Fairfield Warde.
Notable: Danbury’s Ben LeBlanc, Ryan Jack and Kyle Fields are seeking their third Class LL titles … Trumbull’s Matthew Ryan is also seeking a third Class LL title.

Class L championships
At Bristol Central
Last year: Bristol Eastern 231, Xavier 196½, New Milford 173
2019 seeds
Outlook: It looks to be a very competitive meet with two-time defending champion No. 4 Bristol Eastern looking to grab a third championship pennant. But the Lancers will be pushed by No. 2 Simsbury, No. 7 Xavier and No. 8 Middletown.
Notable: Simsbury is looking for their first state championship since winning in Class L in 1997. The closest the Trojans have come since was a third place finish in Class LL in 2015. … Bristol Eastern’s Trinidad Gonzalez is seeking a third Class L crown.

Class M championships
At Guilford
Last year: Foran 236, Killingly 190, Guilford 140
2019 seeds
Outlook: Defending champion Foran won a state-high 33 dual meets this winter. Can they hold off No. 9 Killingly and No. 10 Avon? Ledyard could be a dark horse contender.
Notable: Killingly is looking for their first state title since 2009 when they won in Class S. The last state title the Redmen won in Class M was in 2003. … Waterford’s Logan Smith, Berlin’s Dan Veleas and Joel Barlow’s Carson LiCastri are each trying to win a third Class M championship.

Class S championships
At Windham
Last year: Windham 190, Gilbert 155½, Haddam-Killingworth 149
2019 seeds
Outlook: Look for Montville and Gilbert to battle for the championship with Windham, Griswold and Canton looking to contend as well. Windham has won five of the last six Class S titles.
Notable: Windham has won five of the last six Class S titles. Gilbert is looking for their first state championship ever. The Yellowjackets (26-3) have finished second twice (2018 and 1996). Granby’s Ben Kibby is seeking a third Class S championship.

 

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. J provo

    February 14, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Heads up !! GFA is hosting Prep New England’s as well.

  2. schwartz

    February 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    kibby is out with injury

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