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Simsbury’s Ty Finn ties state record with 55 victories this winter

Simsbury’s Ty Finn tied a state record for most wins in a single season with 55. Finn, right, led the state with 55 victories this season.

SIMSBURY, March 18, 2020 — Simsbury High junior Ty Finn had the most wins in the state this season in wrestling. Finn, who won the Class L championship and the State Open title at 132 pounds, had a state-best 55 victories this season and just three losses.

All three defeats came at the hands of Mason Clarke of Coventry, R.I., who beat Finn for a third time in the semifinals of the New England tournament on March 8 in Meuthen, Mass.

Nine wrestlers had 50 or more wins this season, led by Finn with a 55-3 mark and a .948 winning percentage. Only one state wrestler went undefeated through the New England championship tournament. Two-time New England champion Tyler Sung of New Canaan, who won the title at 152 pounds, went 20-0 and was the only state wrestler to go undefeated this season.

Finn tied a single-season state record with his 55 victories. Griswold’s Tyler Banks (125) went 55-3 in 2007 while Foran-Milford’s Ryan Luth (132) went 55-4 in 2016. Single season records for the Connecticut High School Wrestling Record Book are compiled through the New England tournament.

Results from the National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach are not considered when compiling single season or career records.

Killingly freshman Kaden Ware (103) and Branford senior Cody McHenry (195) each won 53 matches this season. Ware went 53-5 for Killingly with a 40-1 record in the regular season followed by ECC and Class S championship victories.

McHenry ran the table during the regular season with a 40-0 record. He followed that with a SCC championship and at least three wins in each of the Class M, State Open and New England tournaments.

Junior Drew Carrier of Hall-West Hartford had a career-high 52 victories and a 52-3 record for the Warriors. Carrier won a Class LL championship and the State Open title. For the second straight year, he finished third at the New England championships.

Xavier junior Michael Rapuano (113) also won 52 matches. Rapuano was 38-4 during the regular season but went 14-1 in four postseason tournaments. Rapuano won the SCC title, the Class L championship and State Open crown. He was third at the New England tournament.

2020 Most Victories

Name Wt. Dual League
New England Final Pct.
Jr. Ty Finn, Simsbury 132 40-2 3-0 CCC Lg 4-0 L 4-0 4-1 55-3 .948
Fo. Kaden Ware, Killingly 103 40-1 3-0 ECC 4-0 S 4-2 2-2 53-5 .913
Sr. Cody McHenry, Branford 195 40-0 3-0 SCC 3-2 M 4-2 3-2 53-6 .898
Jr. Drew Currier, Hall 120 39-2 4-0 LL 4-0 5-1 52-3 .945
Jr. Michael Rapuano, Xavier 113 38-4 2-0 SCC 4-0 L 4-O 4-1 52-5 .912
Sr. Ryan Powers, Lyman/WT 170 37-0 3-0 ECC 4-0 S 3-1 4-2 51-3 .944
Sr. Jack Ryan, Trumbull 132 35-2 3-0 FCIAC 4-0 LL 4-1 5-3 51-6 .894
Jr. Tommy Nichols, Bristol Eastern 138 38-2 3-0 CCC Sm 4-1 L 4-1 2-2 51-6 .894
Jr. Saul Pera, Simsbury 145 37-5 3-0 CCC Lg 3-1 L 5-1 3-3 51-10 .836


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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