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No. 9 Killingly extends record winning streak, Bowen wins 614th match

Killingly’s Kaden Ware (top) controls Haddam-Killingworth’s Cameron Hines in the 106 pound final of the recent Greater Hartford Open. Ware earned a 5-0 decision in the championship match.

Due to forfeits and missing wrestlers, No. 9 Killingly and Eastern Connecticut Conference rival Montville wrestled just 10 of 14 matches. Each won five but Killingly got three pins to help KHS remain undefeated (14-0) with a 39-33 decision on Wednesday night.

The victory extended Killingly’s school-record winning streak to 34 matches in a row and enabled long-time head coach Rich Bowen to tie the state record for most career wins with 614. Bowen is now tied with current Derby High head coach Buster Jadach, who has owned the state record for wins since 2009.

Bowen can become the all-time leading in coaching wins on Saturday with at least one victory at the Carl Snitkin Memorial Duals at NFA. Derby (2-3) is wrestling at the Eagle Classic tournament on Saturday.

Ironically, Jadach passed Snitkin in 2009 to become the all-time leader in career wins. Snitkin finished his career with 471 victories.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Top-ranked Danbury (8-0) had eight pins in a 64-18 win over Brien McMahon. … With seven pins and a technical fall, No. 2 Simsbury rolled to an easy 68-3 win over Newington in CCC West action. … New Britain’s strength in the upper weights helped the Hurricanes (7-7, 1-2) slip past Hall, 37-35. From 160 pounds and up, New Britain had four individual wins and picked up two pins.

Rocky Hill remained unbeaten in the CCC East with a 42-37 victory over Windsor. The Terriers (9-5, 3-0 CCC East) took advantage of three forfeits to earn the win. Windsor (2-6) had four pins in the match. … Payton Treacy’s come-from-behind pin helped Branford (15-1, 2-1 SCC Div. I) clinch a 42-30 victory over East Haven (11-5, 2-2 SCC Div. I) … With four pins and two forfeits, Canton (6-10, 3-1 NCCC) handed Suffield (8-2, 2-1) their first loss in NCCC action with a 45-27 victory. Stafford (6-3, 3-0) and Granby (4-3, 3-0) remain undefeated in the NCCC.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Manchester (15-3, 3-0 CCC North) and Wethersfield (4-1, 3-0 CCC North) are the only remaining undefeated teams in the CCC North after Manchester’s 57-16 win over South Windsor on Wednesday and Wethersfield’s 81-0 decision over East Catholic. Wethersfield visits Manchester on February 5.

In the CCC South, No. 5 Bristol Eastern (6-0, 3-0 CCC South) and No. 7 Bristol Central (17-0, 4-0 CCC South) look to be on a collision course to decide the league championship. The two long-time rivals meet on the final Wednesday of the regular season on February 12 at Central.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

No. 2 Simsbury (5-0, 3-0 CCC West) and No. 6 Southington (8-1, 3-0) are the only unbeaten teams left in the CCC West. These two teams will meet next Wednesday in Simsbury with the winner taking the lead in the race for the pennant.

No. 4 Xavier (5-0, 3-0 SCC Div. I) is in the driver’s seat to win the division title after a 40-37 win over Foran (18-5, 2-2) on Wednesday night. Xavier is the only team undefeated in SCC Division I action.

After years of wrestling as an independent, Morgan is having a fine debut season in the Southern Connecticut Conference. The Huskies are 3-0 in SCC Division II and the only team left unbeaten in SCC Div. II. Morgan has divisional bouts remaining with Fairfield Prep, Jonathan Law and New Haven.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, January 22, 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 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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