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Nichols, Dinelli remain nationally ranked

Two Connecticut wrestlers remain nationally ranked in the most recent high school girls wrestling rankings of the season.

Bristol Eastern sophomore Ella Nichols and Plainville’s Dakota-Marie Dinielli are nationally recognized in rankings that were released earlier this week. Nichols is ranked No. 9 at 144 pounds while Dinielli, a sophomore at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa., is ranked No. 11 at 152 pounds.

Nichols moved up two spots from the last ranking in January while Dinelli slipped three spots from her January ranking to No. 11

The ranking are compiled by USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. The ranking evaluates success from the key pre-season tournaments, including Super 32 and the USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals, as well as early season high school events.

This ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 9-12, and includes athletes from all 50 states. There are 19 states which sponsor official or emerging girls state high school championships, while many other states are also developing their girls high school program.

Connecticut announced last month that they would host their first state championship tournament for girls at the State Open in February.

Five more national rankings are scheduled to be published. The next ranking will be published on March 11.

Girls wrestling rankings, February 20

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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