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Newest edition of state wrestling record book is available

AVON, Dec. 26, 2019 — Connecticut Wrestling Online is proud to release the newest edition of the Connecticut High School Wrestling Record Book, recognizing the achievements of athletes and coaches on the mat here in Connecticut.

There were several notable achievements since the last record book was issued two years ago.

Somers’ Domonic Zuccalo (285 pounds) became the sixth wrestler in state history to register a pin in four seconds in a match against Thomaston/Holy Cross. Haddam-Killingworth’s Ian Danaher set a new state record for fastest pin at 170 pounds with a six-second pin against Stafford last February.

Bristol Eastern’s long winning streak came to an end. The Lancers won a school-record 51 consecutive dual meets in a four-year span from 2015-19. It is the fourth longest streak in state history. The record is 96 in a row by Danbury from 1996 through 2001.

Ledyard extended its record of the most wins in state history with 864 wins. Coming in second is Danbury with 841 wins. Windham (835), Conard (814) and Greenwich (767) round out the top five for team victories. Avon (22-0) posted their fourth-ever undefeated season in 2019.

Killingly High coach Rich Bowen became the second state coach with more than 600 dual meet victories. Bowen has 600 wins in his career. He trails Derby High’s Buster Jadach, who holds the state record of 612-268-5.

Only three Connecticut coaches – Jadach, Killingly’s Rich Bowen and the late Jim Day of Berlin – have more than 500 dual meet victories. But Windham’s Patrick Risley began the season just five victories shy of 500. He has 495 wins.

A year ago, two wrestlers won their fourth consecutive conference title. New London’s Jacob Commander and Northwestern’s Angelo Folino won their fourth straight league championship last February. Commander won his fourth straight ECC title while Folino captured a fourth consecutive Berkshire Valley championship.

At last year’s Class L championship meet, Bristol Eastern became just the second school in state history to win a state championship with a ½ point victory over Simsbury. Berlin won the Class M title by a ½ point in 1999.

For the first time, three brothers won state championships on the same day. Killingly’s Michael Charron (113), Danny Charron (106) and David Charron (126) each won Class M titles. Previously, 15 pairs of Connecticut brothers came home state titles on the same day.

2020 Connecticut High School Wrestling Record Book

If you have information for the record book, please send it to Gerry deSimas, Jr., editor at [email protected].

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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