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Danbury remains No. 1 while Simsbury moves up to No. 2 in state top 10 poll

Suffield/Windsor Locks’ Matt Raine (152) ties up Nicholas Glynn of NFA Saturday at the Greater Hartford Open. Glynn eventually won the individual championship at 152 pounds. 

Defending New England champion Danbury remains the No. 1 team in the latest Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 wrestling poll in voting by state coaches and media members.

The Hatters (3-0) finished third at the 18th annual Eastern States Classic on Saturday, the best-ever finish for a Connecticut team at the tournament that attracted more than 150 teams.

Simsbury (3-0), which moved up one spot to No. 2, won the John Gorman Memorial Tournament in Cumberland, R.I. for the first time, beating defending tournament champion Timberlane Regional from Plaistow, N.H. Fairfield Warde (5-0) slipped one spot down to No. 3.

Bristol Eastern and Xavier remained No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, with Killingly (12-0) moving up two spots to No. 6. Killingly won the Greater Hartford Open with a tight victory over No. 7 Southington (6-1) and beat Manchester, Haddam-Killingworth and New Milford, who are each receiving votes.

Bristol Central (13-0) won five times and moved up two spots to No. 8. Staples dropped two spots to No. 9 while Trumbull (10-5) jumped into the top 10 for the first time this season. The Eagles won four times last week including a victory over No. 9 Staples, 39-36.

Week 3, Monday, January 13

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.

1. Danbury (17)3-05101LL
2. Simsbury3-04543L
3.Fairfield Warde2-04442LL
4. Bristol Eastern4-03944L
5. Xavier3-03865L
6. Killingly12-03068S
7. Southington6-12926LL
8. Bristol Central13-024010L
9. Staples8-32227LL
10. Trumbull10-5197nrLL
Also receiving votes: Foran (15-3) 145, Suffield/Windsor Locks (6-0) 96, Guilford (9-2) 89,  East Haven (9-2) 84, Manchester (13-3) 82, Haddam-Killingworth (4-0) 75, Branford (10-1) 53, New Milford (3-0) 40, Middletown (3-6) 33, Ellis Tech (11-2) 21, Ledyard (6-4) 17, Windham (7-3) and Platt (12-4) 15, Greenwich 8, Wethersfield and Fitch 7
Voters: Charlie Anderson, Trumbull; Matt Boissonneault, Bristol Central; Mike Cunningham, Xavier; Gerry deSimas, Jr., Connecticut Wrestling Online; Derek Dion, Southington; Chris Gamble, Waterford; David Green, Nonnewaug; Tim Jensen, Patch Media; Bryan McCarty, Platt-Meriden; Paul Musso, New Fairfield; Chris Piel, New Milford; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; Ricky Shook, Danbury; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin.

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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