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Danbury remains unanimous choice in Connecticut Wrestling Online’s top 10 poll

Ridgefield’s Liam Keppler puts Manchester’s Robert Clarke (foreground) on his back in the 170 pound final of the recent Greater Hartford Open. Keppler won the match by pin.

Undefeated Danbury remains the unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in Connecticut Wrestling Online’s top 10 weekly poll.

There were no new schools in this week’s top 10 poll but seven of the top 10 teams moved with the poll. Xavier (4-0) won their own Colter Abely Midseason Classic on Saturday and moved up two spots to No. 4. Trumbull (11-5) moved up two spots to No. 8 with a win over Brien McMahon and a fourth place finish at the Colter Abely Midseason Classic.

Bristol Central (16-0) moved up one spot to No. 7. The Rams beat Middletown on Wednesday, 44-27 before winning three matches on Saturday morning at the East Haven Duals. The Rams had to leave the tournament before it was completed to get home safely before snow began in Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

The top three teams remained the same. Danbury (7-0) had four wins by beating perennial Vermont state champion Mount Anthony Union on Monday, 49-21 and winning three matches on one night last week with victories over Westhill, 60-18, Weston, 72-6 and New Milford, 74-6.

Simsbury (4-0) was second at Colter Abely and remains ranked No. 2 but just two points ahead of No. 3 Fairfield Warde (6-0) that had the weekend off because the school administration kept the team home for safety reasons due to Saturday’s snowstorm.

Week 4, Tuesday, January 21

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 (16)7-04801LL
2. Simsbury4-04142L
3. Fairfield Warde6-04123LL
4. Xavier4-04026L
5. Bristol Eastern5-03584L
6. Southington7-12867LL
7. Bristol Central16-02398L
8. Trumbull11-523710LL
9. Killlingly13-02326S
10. Staples9-32289LL
Also receiving votes: Foran (18-4) 127, Guilford (10-2) 95, Manchester (14-3) 73, Haddam-Killingworth (4-0) 62, East Haven (11-4) 56, Suffield/Windsor Locks (7-1) 51, Branford (14-1) 49, Ellis Tech (15-2) 42, New Milford (3-1) 28, Fitch (7-7) 19, Windham (7-4) 15, Middletown (4-7) and Joel Barlow (6-8) 8, RHAM (11-5), Wethersfield (3-1) and Greenwich (6-5) 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; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; Ricky Shook, Danbury; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin. Not voting this week: Patrick Risley, Windham High

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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