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Killingly extends school record for wins; Bowen gets closer to state record

With a 12-0 start, Killingly High coach Rich Bowen is moving closer to becoming the all-time leader for coaching wins in Connecticut wrestling history.

With eight pins, No. 8 Killingly (12-0, 2-0 ECC Div. II) extended their school record for most consecutive wins with a 53-27 victory over Waterford in Eastern Connecticut Conference play on Wednesday. Killingly has won 32 straight matches in the past two seasons. With four victories on Saturday, Killingly broke the old record of 29 straight wins set in 1968-71.

Long-time Killingly High coach Rich Bowen moved closer to becoming the state leader in coaching victories. Bowen, who has been coaching at KHS since 1987, picked up his 612th career win against the Lancers. Bowen trails Derby’s Buster Jadach (614) by two victories. Jadach’s Red Raiders are 2-2 this season.

Jadach has held the state career wins record since 2009 when he passed the late Carl Snitkin, who won 471 matches in his coaching career at NFA. Bowen (612-177-2) and Jadach (614-269-5) are the only Connecticut wrestling coaches with more than 600 career wins.

Killingly will be competing at the Greater Hartford Invitational on Saturday at Hall High in West Hartford.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

No. 2 Fairfield Warde gave up just 12 points as they won four matches on Wednesday night. The Mustangs (5-0) beat FCIAC rivals Brien McMahon, 54-6 and Wilton, 66-6. They also shutout Darien (82-0) and St. Joseph (84-0).

Seven of No. 3 Simsbury’s eight pins in a 60-16 win over Avon came in the first period of their CCC inter-division contest. … No. 10 Bristol Central (8-0) trailed by 12 points but won the final five matches to beat Plainville, 43-28.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

On the mat, Hand did fine in Wednesday’s match with East Haven, outscoring the Yellowjackets, 33-12 with five pins. But Hand gave up five forfeits that cost them in a 42-33 loss in Southern Connecticut Conference action.

Brunswick (6-1) won four of the five matches on the mat in a 72-6 win over Hamden Hall. … Berlin trailed Maloney by 13 points but won four of the final five matches to earn a 40-35 victory. … Greenwich had five pins compared to two for Westhill and those bonus points lifted the Cardinals to a 36-34 FCIAC victory over the Vikings.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, January 8, 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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