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No. 6 Southington hands No. 7 Bristol Central first loss to win Groundhog Duals

No. 2 Simsbury handed No. 5 Bristol Eastern their first loss of the season Saturday to win the New Fairfield Duals. (Photo courtesy Simsbury wrestling)

Despite giving up two forfeits, No. 6 Southington won eight of 12 matches to hand No. 7 Bristol Central their first loss of the season in the championship match of the Groundhog Duals in South Windsor Saturday, 37-34. The Knights (16-2) had four pins to pick up key bonus points to earn the victory. Southington’s Caleb Knight earned his 100th career win on Saturday.

No. 2 Simsbury used five pins to hand No. 5 Bristol Eastern their first loss of the season in the championship match of the 13th annual New Fairfield Duals on Saturday, 39-23. Simsbury (13-1) won the tournament for the third straight year. Eastern (11-1) made a late surge with three wins in the final four matches but Simsbury’s lead was too big.

Simsbury’s Ty Finn (132), Carter Sirois (160), Ryan Guilfoyle (182) and Tommy Guilfoyle (220) were each 4-0 on the day with Ryan Finn (113) and Saul Pera (145) each going 3-0. The Trojans had eight pins in victories over Masuk and Nonnewaug.

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 8, 2020

No. 4 Xavier won their fourth tournament of the season on Saturday by winning at the Matt Bishel Bobcat Classic. (Photo courtesy Xavier wrestling)

With six individual champions and eight finalists, No. 4 Xavier won the ninth annual Matt Bishel Bobcat Classic at Bacon Academy with a tournament record 246 points. Wethersfield was a distant second with 168 points with Suffield/Windsor Locks (148½) finishing third. Xavier erased the tournament record set by Bacon Academy (236½) set in 2012, the first year of the tournament.

Michael Rapuano (113), Tommy Manganiello (126), James Lunt (145), Luke Tischio (160), Michael Reddick (220) and Malcolm Wilson-Tolliver (285) brought home titles for Xavier.

Xavier has won four tournaments already this year — the Mid-Hudson Classic in New York, the Colter Abely Tournament in Middletown, the Methuen, Mass., Invitational and the Bobcat Classic.

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 8, 2020

New Milford set a new tournament record as they won the second annual Stafford Invitational by more than 100 points. The Green Wave had six individual champions and eight finalists to score 237½ points. Plainville was second with 134 with Ellis Tech taking third with 132 points.

Evan Lindner (106), Jake Coniglio (113), Maximus Piel (126), Peter Coniglio (132), Khalil Bourjelli (138) and Richie Morrell (170) won titles for the Green Wave.

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 8, 2020

Greens Farms Academy went 8-for-8 in the finals and won their first Western New England Independent School Wrestling Association (WNEISA) championship, beating Greenwich’s Brunswick School, which had won the previous six years.

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 8, 2020

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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