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With some help from Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame clinches share of title

Notre Dame-West Haven earned a share of the SCC Division II championship with a 44-36 win over Shelton on Tuesday. The Knights (13-18) finish 5-1 in SCC Division II and got some help from Fairfield Prep, which handed Morgan their first loss in SCC Division II play with a 39-38 decision. Prep had five pins and a technical fall in the victory.

Fairfield Prep (7-7, 4-1 SCC Div. II) and Morgan (9-7, 4-1 SCC Div. II) can both earn a piece of the SCC Division II title next Tuesday with victories over Jonathan Law and New Haven, respectively. Notre Dame-West Haven (13-18) has set a record for most wins in a single season in their young history.

No. 1 Danbury overwhelmed No. 3 Fairfield Warde, 49-14 to remain undefeated this season. Danbury (13-0) won the first six bouts of the match with two pins and a tech fall to grab a 28-0 lead. Wins from Fairfield Warde’s Will Ebert (152) and Cole Shaughnessy (160) slowed the Hatters for a few minutes but Danbury won five of the final six matches to close out the victory. In the span of four days, Danbury beat the No. 2 (Simsbury) and No. 3 (Warde) teams in the state.

Tuesday, February 4
Branford 42, Amity 19
Danbury 49, Fairfield Warde 14
Fairfield Prep 39, Morgan 38
Foran 45, East Haven 31
New Haven 37, Cheshire 24
Notre Dame-West Haven 44, Shelton 36
Rocky Hill 48, South Windsor 36

Foran 45, East Haven 31
At East Haven
106 Dominic Milano (EH) dec. Orlando Velez (F), 11-2; 113 Anthony Giordano (F) pin Isaac Florentino (EH), 1:16; 120 Tanish Joshi (F) pin Chris Doheny (EH), 1:30; 126 Mathew Divito (EH) pin Craig Mager (F), 1:19; 132 Alec Divito (EH) dec. Kyle Pokornowski (F), 4-3; 138 Tanner Divito (EH) pin Cal Wrigley (F), 0:16; 145 Michael Vanchot (F) pin Hugo Ortiz (EH), 5:52; 152 Ryan Jordan (F) pin Noah Franchi (EH), 1:37; 160: Ethan Edmondson (F) forfeit; 170 Reilly Barry (F) dec. Fabricio Bugatti (EH), 8-4; 182 Sam Poffenberger (F) pin Jessie Borchert (EH), 2:20; 195 Philip Boyles (F) pin Vincenzo Bunce (EH), 2:37; 220 Gunner Horton (EH) pin Jacob Madarang (F), 4:40; 285 Tyler Kruse (EH) pin Chris Capomolla (F), 1:47
Records: Foran 21-7, 3-3 SCC Div. I; East Haven 15-6, 2-3 SCC Div. I

Notre Dame-West Haven 44, Shelton 36
At Shelton
106 Graham Ziperstein (S) pin Ethan Weaver (ND-WH), 1:13; 113 Alexander Labadia (ND-WH) pin Alexander Reyes (S); 120 Christopher Cavagnuolo (S) pin Kelsey Naylor (ND-WH), 2:41; 126 Garrett Ziperstein (S) pin Dylan Ekstrand (ND-WH), 1:38; 132 Kevin Sevigny (ND-WH) tech fall Adam Rossetti (S), 17-2; 138 Luis Stephenson (ND-WH) pin Christian Olivarria (S), 5:12; 145 Mason Stutheit (S) pin Noah Covington (ND-WH); 152 Gavin O’Mara (ND-WH) dec. Justin Ayora (S), 17-12; 160 Mike Monaco (S) pin Jimmy Lowman (ND-WH), 1:40; 170: Thairique Reed (ND-WH) forfeit; 182: Alex Barbour (ND-WH) forfeit; 195 Victor Robles (ND-WH) pin Brady Havee (S), 2:43; 220: Jackson Paulishen (ND-WH) forfeit; 285 Matt Weiner (S) pin Cayden Bombardier (ND-WH)
Records: Notre Dame-WH 13-18, 5-1 SCC Division II; Shelton 1-17, 0-4 SCC Div. II

Danbury 49, Fairfield Warde 14
At Fairfield
113: Kai O’Dell (D) dec. Lucas Coleman, 10-2; 120: Kevin Pina (D) tech fall Dylan Crovines 15-0; 126: Tyler Johnson (D) pin Beren Johnson, 1:07; 132: Matt Lucas (D) dec. Nathan Cuoco, 6-0; 138: Logan Kovacs (D) dec. Jeremy Brault, 9-0; 145: Ryan Jack (D) pin Carlos Lopes, 0:53; 152: Will Ebert (FW) pin Jesse Patton, 4:54; 160: Cole Shaughnessy (FW) tech fall Daniel Camacho, 16-0; 170: Javier Hawkins (D) dec. Hunter Rasmussen, 11-4; 182: Tyrell Jones (D) dec. John Sumers, 3-1; 195: Sean Donovan (D) dec. Grant Gallati, 3-2220: D.J. Donovan (D) pin Alex Wardone, 1:44; 285: Jordan Agosto (D) pin Josh Pastore, 3:48; 103: Connoer Brelieny (FW) dec. Anthony Hackett, 8-1
Records: Danbury 13-0, Fairfield Warde 11-1

Fairfield Prep 39, Morgan 38
At Fairfield
106 William Clegg (FP) pin Nicholas Spaziano (M); 113 Kyle Carse (M) pin Sebastian Rodriguez (FP), 1:23; 120 Kevin Hicks (M) pin Jack Travers (FP), 5:24; 126 Evan Baptista (M) dec. Ian Connelly (FP), 8-7; 132 Josh Fragola (M) tech fall P.J. Rogers (FP), 18-3; 138 Joseph Cardozo (FP) pin Anderson Darr (M), 1:13; 145 Louis Bradley (M) pin Michael Ramirez (FP); 152 Henry Bosken (FP) pin Luke Furches (M); 160 Alex Cardozo (FP) pin Ryan Hromadka (M), 3:13; 170: Dean Tsiranides (FP) forfeit; 182 Jordan Armstrong (M) pin Jack Rogan (FP), 1:44; 195 Malachi Mercer (FP) dec. Ethan Reemsnyder (M), 11-6; 220: Declan Hayes (M) forfeit; 285 Greg Torigian (FP) pin Chris Carmona (M)
Records: Fairfield Prep 7-7, 4-1 SCC Div. II; Morgan 9-7, 4-1 SCC Div. II


Saturday’s highlights

Haddam Killingworth (9-3) won the ninth annual Hastings Duals in Newington with a 36-32 victory over RHAM in the finals. Platt beat Amity, 45-36 to finish third.

To beat RHAM and win the championship, Haddam-Killingworth picked up key wins from Matthew Pray (138), who outlasted RHAM’s Devin Hanelius, 12-10, and Matthew Carson (182), who beat RHAM’s Genaro Anselmo by just one point, 4-3. Ethan Wright (106) and Cameron Hines (113) also picked up some key pins for the Cougars.

Killingly improved to 20-2 on the year on Saturday with victories over Guilford, 44-31, Ellis Tech, 63-13 and Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech, 54-24.

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Staples (18-4) beat New London in the championship match, 61-12, to capture the fourth TFC Kevin Miller Duals in East Hartford. The Wreckers went 4-0 in the tournament and gave up just 37 points in four matches.

Bristol Central beat Windham, 195-144 to win the 12th annual Doc Myers Brawl on the Hill at Rocky Hill. The Rams had five finalists and three individual champions – Will Hamilton (106), Jason Feto (132) and Jakob Salinas (195). Central also had four wrestlers pick up valuable points in the consolation brackets by taking third – Landon Dionne (120), Umar Malick (145), Andrew Beaucar (160) and Eric Facey (285).

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Bristol Eastern was the winner of the inaugural Lancer Modifier tournament with a 270-262½ over Foran with New Milford finishing third with 227 points. Eastern had four individual champions – Trent Thompson (113), Mason Lishness (120), Tom Nichols (138) and Alexander Marshall (152) along with seven finalists.

In Portland, Glastonbury slipped past Plainville by one point, 141-140 to win the fifth annual Highlander Invitational. It was the closest finish in tournament history.

This tournament was decided in the consolation bracket finals. Glastonbury had five finalists while Plainville had three. The two teams combined to go 0-8 in the finals. But the Tomahawks got a crucial win from Deven Vincelette (138) with a pin in the consolation final to put Glastonbury ahead by one point. The only win by Glastonbury and/or Plainville in the final round came from Plainville’s Joseph Kennedy (113) with a 6-2 win over New Britain’s Eric Maldonado that brought the Blue Devils within a point of Glastonbury.

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 1, 2020

East Haven had a tournament-record 198 points and beat NFA by 18 points to capture the fourth Lawman Invitational at Jonathan Law in Milford.

The three Divito brothers were three of East Haven’s five finalists. Tanner Divito (138) won a championship with a 7-1 win over Fairfield Prep’s Joseph Cardozo. At 132, Alec Divito dropped a 4-2 decision to NFA’s Dominic Renfree while Matthew Divito (126) lost in the finals, 15-5.

Xavier won the Methuen Invitational in Methuen, Mass., with 181 points, beating Springfield Central and Mt. Anthony, Vermont. Xavier was the only Connecticut team in the tournament.

Michael Rapuano (113) and Quinn Moynihan (152) won championships for Xavier while James Lunt (145), Luke Tischio (160) and Ryan Miner (170) each picked up valuable points finishing third in their respective weight classes.

Results and boxscores: Saturday, February 1, 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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