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Warde, Simsbury earn top 10 finishes in Lowell; Xavier wins Mid-Hudson Classic

Simsbury’s Ty Finn went 6-0 with four pins and a technical fall to win a title at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament Saturday.

Two Connecticut teams finished in the top 10 at the 52nd annual George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament over the weekend at the Tsongas Center at UMass-Lowell. Fairfield Warde had four medalists and finished sixth with 129 points while Simsbury had five medalists, including their first-ever Lowell champion to finish eighth.

With two finalists and six medalists, Springfield Central won the tournament for the second consecutive year with Timberlane Regional-Plaistow, N.H., and Mount Anthony Union-Bennington, Vermont, finishing second and third, respectively. Eighty teams from across the Northeast attended the two-day event, named in honor of Lowell head coach George Bossi, now in his 59th year behind the bench.

Cole Shaughnessy (152) led the Mustangs with a third place finish. Shaughnessy dropped a 2-1 semifinal decision to Evan Goodall of Chelmsford, Mass., but rallied with back-to-back wins in the consolation round to take third. Will Ebert (145) finished sixth for Warde.

Simsbury’s Ty Finn (132) had a dominating performance in the tournament with six victories including a 6-2 decision over Donald Ryan of Boston College High in the championship match. Finn gave up just two points in the tournament and had four pins and a technical fall.

Fairfield Warde was sixth at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament on Saturday — their fourth top 10 finish at the event in the last five years.

Hall’s Drew Currier (120) was the only other state finalist. Currier dropped a 5-2 decision to two-time defending New England champion Hunter Adrian of Melrose, Mass., in the final. Currier advanced to the final with a 12-11 win over Joseph Perna of Burlington, Mass., thanks to a takedown with 20 seconds left to give him a three-point lead.

Saturday, December 28: Results, boxscores

Xavier had nine medalwinners to win the 54th annual Mid-Hudson Classic in Arlington, New York on Saturday. Xavier beat Ward Melville from East Setauket, N.Y., 194-175. James Lunt (145) won a championship for Xavier while Michael Rapuano (120) finished second. Tommy Mangianello (132), Will Cullen (220) and Macolm Wilson Tolliver (285) each finished third.

Xavier’s James Lunt (145 pounds) won his weight class at the Mid-Hudson Classic and got a championship singlet along with his medal. (Photo courtesy Xavier Athletics)

Saturday, December 28: Results, boxscores

Bristol Central beat Avon, 43-28 to go 5-0 on Saturday. The Rams also beat Joel Barlow, Conard, Canton and Fitch. Jason Feto, Karriem Hoe and Jake Aldi each went undefeated for Bristol Central (6-0) on Saturday.

Bunnell beat Notre Dame-West Haven, 42-39 to win the Joe Beler, Sr. Duals at Jonathan Law in Milford. Both teams went 4-1 in the tournament but Bunnell prevailed with the head-to-head victory over Notre Dame.

In the championship match, Montville beat Windham, 48-27 to capture the Sachem Duals at RHAM in Hebron. Montville (7-0) went undefeated with four victories on the day including victories over East Hartford and E.O. Smith.

Saturday, December 28: Results, boxscores

With a win in the final match of the bout, Manchester beat Foran, 37-36 to win the Trumbull Duals. The Red Hawks went 5-0 on the day including 2-0 in the championship round to bring home the title. Manchester beat Trumbull, 42-34 while Foran outlasted Trumbull, 42-33 in other championship round bouts. Foran finished second while host Trumbull was third.

Saturday, December 28: Results, boxscores

With six individual champions and seven finalists, Danbury easily won the Ryan Sabbagh Memorial Tournament with a 259½ to 134 win over Staples. Bristol Eastern was third with 121 points.

Staples finished second at the Ryan Sabbagh tournament behind Danbury on Saturday — the best finish in the tournament for the Wreckers this century. (Photo courtesy Staples High wrestling)

Wethersfield’s Bryce Arnold (120) dropped a 5-4 decision to Benjamin Smith of Oxford Area, Pa., in the finals at the Ralph Wetzel Classic in Horsham, Pa. Arnold was Wethersfield’s only finalist in the tournament. Teammate Jacob Buser (285) finished eighth.

Saturday, December 28: Results, boxscores

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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