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Danbury remains unanimous No. 1 in state top 10 poll

The Danbury High wrestling team won the FCIAC championships. The Hatters are ranked No. 1 in the latest Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 poll. (Photo courtesy Danbury High wrestling)

With the regular season complete and the conference tournaments in the rear view mirror, Danbury remains the unanimous selection as the No. 1 team in this week’s Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 poll in voting by coaches and media members from across the state.

The defending New England champion Hatters finished the season unbeaten (16-0) and have won 20 consecutive dual meets dating back to the 2019 campaign. Danbury won the FCIAC Tournament on Saturday for the 33rd time in 34 years.

Simsbury (14-1), Fairfield Warde (19-1), Xavier (8-0), Bristol Eastern (12-1) and Southington (17-2) remained No. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, respectively, as they have for the past four weeks.

There were no teams in the top 10 this week although there was some shuffling in three of the final four spots. Staples (22-5) finished third at Saturday’s FCIAC Tournament and moved up two spots to No. 7.

After winning their first 22 matches of the season Bristol Central (22-2) ended the season with a pair of top 10 losses to No. 5 Bristol Eastern and No. 6 Southington and slipped one spot to No. 8. Trumbull slipped one spot to No. 9.

Killingly won their third straight ECC championship and moved up one spot to No. 11 with East Haven moving up to No. 12 after finishing second in Saturday’s Southern Connecticut Conference meet.

The final poll of the 2019-20 season will be conducted after the State Open championships. There will be no poll next week.

Week 8, Tuesday, February 18

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 (16) 16-0 480 1 LL
2. Simsbury 14-1 440 2 L
3. Fairfield Warde 19-1 410 3 LL
4. Xavier 8-0 394 4 L
5. Bristol Eastern 12-1 344 5 L
6. Southington 17-2 322 6 LL
7. Staples 22-5 241 9 LL
8. Bristol Central 22-2 222 7 L
9. Trumbull 18-7 218 8 LL
10. Branford 23-1 182 10 M
Also receiving votes: Killingly (25-3) 170, East Haven (18-6) 127, Foran (27-7) 108, New Milford (7-1) 99, Ledyard (21-7) 85, Wethersfield (11-2) 41, Guilford (20-6) 32, Manchester (18-5) 15, Newtown (13-5) and Ellis Tech (18-8) 8, Windham (12-10) and NFA (13-8) 7
Voters: Charlie Anderson, Trumbull; Matt Boissonneault, Bristol Central; 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. Not voting this week: Mike Cunningham, Xavier



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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