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Danbury remains first in Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 poll

Danbury’s Kai O’Dell (113) has Simsbury’s Ryan Finn on his back in Saturday’s match in Danbury. The top-ranked Hatters beat Simsbury. (Photo courtesy Danbury High wrestling)

Top-ranked Danbury had a stellar weekend with victories over another three victories over teams in the top 10 of their respective state polls. The undefeated Hatters (12-0) beat Simsbury, ranked No. 2 in Connecticut, Timberlane Regional, ranked No. 1 in New Hampshire and Nashoba Regional, ranked No. 9 in Massachusetts.

The Hatters remained the unanimous selection as the No. 1 team in the Connecticut Wrestling Online state top 10 poll for the sixth straight week.

Despite the loss to Danbury, Simsbury (8-1) remained No. 2 thanks to their victories over Nashoba and Timberlane, 29-28. Simsbury’s win over the top-ranked Owls came thanks to a victory by Saul Pera in the final bout of the match and a near fall in the final 20 seconds to give Pera a major decision and four points on the scoreboard.

There were no changes in the top 10 with Danbury, Simsbury, Fairfield Warde (11-0), Xavier (6-0), Bristol Eastern (7-0) and Southington (11-2) remaining in the top six spots. Undefeated Bristol Central (18-0), which won the Doc Myers Brawl on the Hill on Saturday, moved up one spot to No. 7 while Trumbull (11-6) slipped one spot to No. 8.

Xavier had an impressive win at the Meuthen Invitational in Meuthen, Mass., beating Springfield Central and Mt. Anthony, Vt., to win that tournament.

With two Wednesday dates left in the regular season, there will be some key conference matches in the next two weeks. On Wednesday, Manchester (16-3, 4-0 CCC North) will be at Wethersfield (9-2, 4-0) in a key match in the CCC North pennant chase and Newtown (12-4, 4-0 SWC Colonial) will visit New Milford (5-1, 4-0) in a key SWC Colonial clash.


Week 6, Monday, February 3

The Connecticut Wrestling Online’s Top 10 high school wrestling poll. First-place votes in parentheses, record through Saturday, points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and last week’s poll ranking.

Team Record Pts LW Class
1. Danbury (17) 12-0 510 1 LL
2. Simsbury 8-1 456 2 L
3. Fairfield Warde 11-0 418 3 LL
4. Xavier 6-0 408 4 L
5. Bristol Eastern 7-0 386 5 L
6. Southington 11-2 336 6 LL
7. Bristol Central 18-0 272 8 L
8. Trumbull 11-6 242 7 LL
9. Staples 18-4 230 9 LL
10. Killingly 20-2 224 10 S
Also receiving votes: Branford (19-1) 174, Ledyard (17-6) 103, Foran (20-7) 100, East Haven (15-5) 88, Guilford (18-3) 76, Manchester (16-3) 64, Wethersfield (9-2) and New Milford (5-1) 40, Haddam-Killingworth (9-3) 39, Platt (21-9) 17, Ellis Tech (18-7) 8, Windham (11-7) 7
Voters: Charlie Anderson, Trumbull; Matt Boissonneault, Bristol Central; Mike Cunningham, Xavier; Gerry deSimas, Jr., Connecticut Wrestling Online; Derek Dion, Southington; Chris Gamble, Waterford; David Green, Nonnewaug; Tim Jensen, Patch Media; Bryan McCarty, Platt-Meriden; Paul Musso, New Fairfield; Chris Piel, New Milford; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; Ricky Shook, Danbury; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin.


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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