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Two dozen Connecticut wrestlers registered to compete at sold-out Super 32

State Open champion Josh Brault of Joel Barlow is one of 24 Connecticut wrestlers registered to compete at this weekend’s Super 32 tournament in South Carolina.

Twenty-four wrestlers from Connecticut have registered to compete in the sold-out Super 32 wrestling tournament this weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Hundreds of ranked wrestlers are expected to compete in the event, which has been called one of the most competitive folkstyle tournaments in the country.

Over 1,500 high school wrestlers have signed up to compete along with 445 middle school wrestlers and 200 girls, who will compete in freestyle. Competition was sold out in all three categories.

Due to measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, tournament organizers moved the tournament in September from Greensboro, North Carolina to Myrtle Beach. The tournament dropped the elementary school division this year to help the number of competitors in the building.

Everyone at the tournament is required to wear a mask unless they are wrestling. Each person will have their temperature checked before being allowed in the building. It can’t be higher than 100.4. Attendance is limited to coaches and immediate family members.

No media will be allowed and the tournament advises those over the age of 65 and with any underlying health condition to not attend. The event will be broadcast on Flo.

USA Wrestling held their Senior Nationals in Iowa on October 9-11 with about 350 competitors. It was the first major national competition since the sport shut down last March.

Three State Open champions have registered to compete – Xavier senior Michael Rapuano (126), Joel Barlow senior Josh Brault (113) and Simsbury senior Ty Finn (152) along with Western New England champion Peter Kane (152) of Greens Farms Academy in Westport.

Three girls from Connecticut are registered to compete including Plainville’s Dakota-Marie Dinelli (148), who is ranked seventh in the nation at 152 pounds.

Eight wrestlers from the state are signed up to compete in the middle school division.

Three Connecticut wrestlers have won Super 32 championships with the most recent titles coming from Danbury’s Jakob Camacho (126) and New Milford’s Joanne Ortiz (106) in 2017. A year ago, Stratford’s Nico Provo, the Greens Farms Academy senior who is currently ranked No. 11 in the nation at 126 pounds, finished second at 113 pounds.

Brackets will be posted at FloArena but they are expected to be up late on Friday and late on Saturday night for action the next day.

Connecticut wrestlers registered to compete at the Super 32 at listed on the tournament’s website.

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Josh Brault, Joel Barlow (113)
Caleb Ferland, Ellis Tech (160)
Ty Finn, Simsbury (152)
Jaylen Hawkins, Danbury (170)
Peter Kane, Greens Farms (152)
Logan Kovacs, Danbury (145)
Evan Lindner, New Milford (120)
Matthew Lucas, Danbury (138)
Kai O’Dell, Danbury (126)
Saul Pera, Simsbury (160)
Angelo Pellicci, Stamford (120)
Breon Phifer, Weston (160)
Michael Rapuano, Xavier (126)

Girls (Freestyle)
Dakota Dinielli, Plainville (148)
Sarah Henckel, Rochambeau Middle-Southbury (128)
Juliana Morris, Pomperaug (123)

Middle School
Danny Accomando, Newtown (90)
Jay Chase, Jr., Wallingford (95)
William Henckel, Southbury (128)
Colby Houle, Canton (90)
Brighton Karvoski, Newtown (70)
Nicholas Singer, Norwalk (112)
Jason Singer, Norwalk (180)
Aidan Squires, (136)

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 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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