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2020 State Open and Girls Invitational at a glance

2020 State Open championships
Location: Floyd Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse High, New Haven
Friday, February 28
Wrestling begins at 3:15 p.m.; Championship quarterfinals, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m.; Championship semifinals, 12:15 p.m.; Third place and fifth place bouts, 3:45 p.m; Championship finals, 5 p.m.

Last year: Danbury 158, Xavier 109, Fairfield Warde 103
2020 State Open seeds and brackets
Live scoring on FloWrestling.com

Outlook: A year ago, Danbury won the State Open for the third straight year and for the 15th time in 19 years since scoring was resumed at the event in 2001. Look for No. 1 Danbury to be the favorite this weekend. The Hatters are bringing 11 wrestlers to the tournament including three-time defending State Open champion Ryan Jack (138), who won his fourth consecutive Class LL crown a week ago. Jack is looking to become just the third wrestler in state history to win four straight State Open championships. The last wrestler to achieve this was Somers’ Brendan Harris from 1995-98.

Look for No. 4 Xavier and No. 2 Simsbury to challenge the Hatters. Xavier, which beat Simsbury by 2½ points at last week’s Class L championship meet, is bringing 10 wrestlers to the Open while Simsbury is bringing 11. No. 3 Fairfield Warde, who was second to Danbury in Class LL, has 10 wrestlers in the tournament.

Defending champions returning: Ryan Jack, Danbury (138); Michael Rapuano, Xavier (113); Tyler Sung, New Canaan (152); Carson LiCastri, Joel Barlow (195)

New England championships: Top five wrestlers from Connecticut will advance to the New England championships on March 7-8 in Meuthen, Mass.

2020 CIAC Girls Invitational
Location: Floyd Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse High, New Haven

Outlook: Seventy five girls are registered for the first CIAC Girls Invitational tournament. Wrestling in 10 weight classes begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. The tournament resumes on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the championship quarterfinals and the semifinals at 1:15 p.m. Third place and fifth place bouts will be at 3:45 p.m., with the finals set at 5 p.m.

Notable wrestlers include Bristol Eastern sophomore Ella Nichols (145), who is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation by USA Wrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and Southington’s Ashley Reed (160), who was third at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) nationals at 144 last March.

The largest weight classes will be 120 pounds (12 athletes), 132 (11), 145 (10) and 160 (10).
2020 Girls Invitational brackets
Live scoring on FloWrestling.com

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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