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Six state wrestlers in quarterfinals at 18th annual Eastern States Classic

Danbury’s Ryan Jack is one of five Connecticut wrestlers in the quarterfinals of the Eastern States Classic after Friday’s early round action. (Photo courtesy Danbury High wrestling)

LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y., January 10 – Top-ranked Danbury has five wrestlers still alive after day one of the 18th annual Eastern States Classic at Sullivan Community College and is in second place.

Wyoming Seminary from Kingston, Pa., one of the best high school programs in the country, is in first place with 75½ points with Danbury second with 50 points. But Wyoming Seminary, which won the national prep school championship a year ago, has 11 wrestlers left in the quarterfinals.

Danbury has two wrestlers in the quarterfinals – top-seeded Ryan Jack (132) and No. 5 seed Jordan Agosto (285). Jack is a defending tournament champion, having won at 126 pounds last year. Danbury’s Kai O’Dell (113), Tyler Johnson (126) and D.J. Donovan (220) are still alive in the consolation bracket.

Outside of Wyoming Seminary, no team has more than five wrestlers left in the tournament.

Xavier’s James Lunt (145) and Michael Rapuano (113) are have advanced to the quarterfinals along with Joel Barlow’s Carson LiCastri (195) and Josh Brault (106). Rapuano is the No. 3 seed at 113 pounds while LiCastri is the No. 4 seed. Barlow’s Charlie Prather (113) remains alive in the consolation bracket.

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Trumbull (10-5) won three matches Friday night with victories over Middletown, Guilford and Ledyard. The Eagles had four pins and took advantage of three forfeits in a 51-27 win over Middletown. Trumbull had six pins in a 43-28 win over Ledyard.

Middletown won three of the last four matches but Guilford (9-3) was able to hold off the Dragons with a 35-34 decision. A pin from Anthony Bomgardner (132) gave Guilford two crucial bonus points. Guilford also beat Ledyard, 41-28.

Results and boxscores: Friday, January 10, 2020




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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