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Conference tournaments underway this weekend; New England prep school tournament in Hartford

Bristol Eastern’s Dylan Piazza has Bristol Central’s Matt Beaucar on his back in a match at 170 pounds on Wednesday. Piazza won, 10-3.

Conference championship weekend begins on Friday night with wrestling action at the Eastern Connecticut Conference meet at Fitch-Groton and the FCIAC championship meet at New Canaan High.

The remainder of conference championship meets are on Saturday with the Berkshire Valley tournament in Thomaston, two Central Connecticut Conference events in Simsbury (large schools) and at Bristol Central (small schools), the NCCC championship meet in Simsbury, the Southwest Conference tournament at Pomperaug in Southbury and the Southern Connecticut Conference meet at Mercy High in Middletown.

The New England prep school championship tournament is back in Connecticut for the second straight year and it will be hosted at the Hartford Armory beginning on Friday night at 4:30 p.m. Wrestling begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. and the tournament will include a girls division for the first time.

Green Farms Academy-Westport, which won their first-ever Western New England title last week, will be one of the contenders looking to become the first Connecticut team since Loomis Chaffee in 2006 to win a New England prep school championship.

Belmont Hill in Belmont, Mass., and Northfield-Mt. Hermon shared the New England title a year ago with Greens Farms finishing third. Belmont Hill has won a share of three of the last four New England championships.

Some of the conference tournaments are part of the criteria to determine a league champion. Others are not.

In the Berkshire League, Northwestern (9-1, 3-0 BL) needs to finish first or second among Berkshire League schools at the Berkshire Valley tournament to win their first BL title since 2017. Nonnewaug (5-13, 2-1 BL) can win a piece of the title if they are the top BL team in the tournament and Northwestern finishes third among the four BL schools.

In the North Central Conference, three teams finished the dual meet portion of the schedule with record of 6-1 – defending champion Canton (15-11), Suffield/Windsor Locks and Stafford. Teams earn one point for each dual meet win against a league opponent and a ½ point for every team they beat at the league championship meet.

To make it easy, the contending team (Canton, Suffield/Windsor Locks, Stafford) that finishes first in the NCCC championship tournament will bring home the league title as well.

Suffield/Windsor Locks (13-3, 6-1) forced the three-way tie for first place on Wednesday with a 54-30 win over Stafford (8-4, 6-1). Suffield/WL had eight pins in the victory.

In the Eastern Connecticut Conference, the winner of the league tournament wins the overall league championship. However, the ECC does recognize winners in Division I, II and III. Teams get one point for each divisional opponent they beat in the dual meet portion of the season and at the league tournament.

The ECC released the top four seeds in each weight class for the tournament on Thursday.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, February 13, 2020

Several teams won championships on Wednesday.

No. 2 Simsbury (14-1, 6-0 CCC West) won their second straight CCC West championship with a 69-8 win over Farmington. The Trojans had six pins in the victory.

In the CCC South, No. 5 Bristol Eastern (12-1, 6-0) beat cross-town rival Bristol Central (22-2, 5-1) for the tenth straight year, 49-15, to win their fourth consecutive CCC South crown. It was the first time since 2012 that the Eastern and Central match decided the CCC South championship.

In the CCC North, Wethersfield won five of the first six matches to grab a commanding 22-point lead and capture their first championship pennant since 2007 with a 50-25 win over Avon. The Eagles (11-2, 5-0) had back-to-back pins at 182 and 195 pounds as Wethersfield raced out to an early 26-4 lead. Wethersfield had five pins in the win.

It was the first title for the Eagles since 2007 when they won the CCC West championship.

RHAM (18-6, 5-0) won their third CCC East championship in the last four years with a 68-12 win over Rocky Hill.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, February 13, 2020

The Central Connecticut Conference will host two tournaments – one for large schools (New Britain, No. 5 Southington, Glastonbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Hall, Conard, Enfield, No. 2 Simsbury, Newington, South Windsor, Middletown, Farmington) at Simsbury and one for small schools (Windsor, Maloney, No. 7 Bristol Central, Wethersfield, No. 4 Bristol Eastern, E.O. Smith, Avon, Platt, Berlin, RHAM, Tolland, Rocky Hill, Plainville, East Catholic) at Bristol Central.

Morgan, in their first year as an associate member of the SCC, grabbed a piece of the SCC Division II championship with a 42-35 win over New Haven. Pins from Kevin Hicks (120), Josh Fragola (132) and Louis Bradley (145) helped lift the Huskies to the win.

The Huskies (13-7, 5-1) shared the title with Fairfield Prep (9-9, 5-1) and Notre Dame-West Haven (13-23, 5-1). Fairfield Prep won their share of the title with a 48-28 win over Jonathan Law.

Results and boxscores: Wednesday, February 13, 2020

Weekend tournaments
Berkshire Valley Tournament at Thomaston
Defending champion: Gilbert
Of note: Berkshire League teams have won all five of the previous Berkshire Valley tournaments. Gilbert is the two-time defending tournament champion

CCC Large Division tournament (New Britain, Southington, Glastonbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Hall, Conard, Enfield, Simsbury, Newington, South Windsor, Middletown, Farmington) at Simsbury

CCC Small Division tournament (Windsor, Maloney, Bristol Central, Wethersfield, Bristol Eastern, E.O. Smith, Avon, Platt, Berlin, RHAM, Tolland, Rocky Hill, Plainville, East Catholic) at Bristol Central
Of note: The CCC hosted a 32-team tournament in 2018 with Southington winning.

ECC championships at Fitch-Groton
Defending champion: Killingly
Schedule: Friday: First round, 5 p.m.; championship quarterfinals and consolation first round, 6 p.m.; consolation second round, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: Championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals, 11 a.m.; consolation semifinals, 1:30 p.m.; consolation finals, 2:45 p.m. championship finals, 4:30 p.m.
Preliminary brackets and seedings
Watch it: Championship finals will be streamed lived on

FCIAC championships at New Canaan
Defending champion: Danbury
Of note: Wrestling begins on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with the quarterfinals following. On Saturday, wrestling begins with semifinals and consolation quarterfinals at 10 a.m. and consolation semifinals at noon. At 2 p.m. is the matches for third and fifth place. The finals begin at 4 p.m.
Preliminary brackets and seeds 
Watch it: FCIAC championship finals will be streamed live by LocalLive

NCCC championships at Suffield
Defending champion: Canton
Of note: Canton has won the last three NCCC Tournament titles.

SCC championships at Mercy High-Middletown
Defending champion: Xavier
Of note: Xavier has won the last three SCC Tournaments and seven of the last eight. Foran in 2016 broke the run with a victory.

SWC championships at Pomperaug-Southbury
Defending champion: Newtown

New England Prep School championships at Hartford Armory
Defending champion: Belmont Hill-Belmont, MA and Northfield-Mt. Hermon (Northfield MA)

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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