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Morris, Ebert earn top three finishes at Super 32 tournament

Fairfield’s Will Ebert, left, finished fifth at Sunday’s Super 32 tournament in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy USA Wrestling Connecticut)

Middlebury’s Julianna Morris finished third in Sunday’s Super 32 wrestling tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, winning four of her five matches.

Fairfield’s Will Ebert (160 pounds) finished fifth at 160 in the boys competition while Bristol Eastern’s Ella Nichols earned her second Super 32 medal by taking sixth at 160 pounds.

Thirty-three Connecticut wrestlers participated in the event that attracted hundreds of wrestlers from across the nation competing in five divisions – high school, middle school, 11-and-under, eight-and-under and girls freestyle.

Morris (130) won her first two matches before dropping an 8-3 decision in the semifinals to Colorado’s Savannah Cosme, who went 5-0 in the tournament with three pins. Cosme was the No. 1 ranked girl in the country at 127 pounds in the preseason rankings.

After losing to Cosme, Morris, who is a junior at Pomperaug, won a pair of matches including a 10-0 technical fall over Marissa Jimenez to finish third. Two of Morris’ four wins on the day came by technical falls.

Ebert had a strong tournament with a 6-2 record at 160 pounds. The Fairfield Warde wrestler won his first four matches including a triple OT win over No. 14 Ceasar Garza of California in the fourth round. Ebert got an escape with 45 seconds left in the third period to force overtime.

In the quarterfinals, Ebert dropped a 2-1 decision to Georgia’s Gunner Filipowicz on a pair of stalling calls. Ebert won two straight bouts in the consolation round to earn a spot in the medal round.

He dropped a 10-4 decision to Hunter Mays of New Jersey before picking up a forfeit win over Filipowicz to finish fifth.

Warde teammate Peter Kane (160) went 4-2 in the tournament with four straight wins in the consolation bracket after an 7-5 opening round defeat.

Other state wrestlers with multiple wins in the tournament were Newtown’s Nate Taylor (182, 3-2), North Haven’s Joey Iamonno (132, 3-2), Danbury’s Kai O’Dell (138, 2-2), Westport’s Caleb Seyfriend (138, 2-2), Simsbury’s Zachary Johns (145, 2-2) and Brookfield’s Zahir McLean-Felix (170, 2-2).

In the girls division, Bristol Eastern’s Ella Nichols won her second Super 32 medal by finishing sixth at 160 pounds. She was third in 2019. Amity-Woodbridge’s Camyrn Brown was 2-2 at 130 pounds.

Newtown’s Brighton Karvoski, left, and Canton’s Colby Houle won medals at Sunday’s Super 32 Classic. (Photo courtesy Cary Houle)

In the middle school division, two Connecticut wrestlers earned medals. Newtown’s Brighton Karvoski earned his second Super 32 medal with an eighth place finish at 75 pounds. He was seventh a year ago at 70 pounds.

Canton‘s Colby Houle finished seventh at 100 pounds with a 5-2 record. He had three pins in the tournament including a pin of Antonio Mills of Georgia in 1:53. Houle is in eighth grade at Canton Middle School.

In the 11-and-under division, Plainville’s Jaxsen Bailey finished sixth at 70 pounds with a record of 3-3 with a pair of pins and one victory in overtime

2021 Super Classic results

Previous Connecticut Super 32 champions
High School Division
2017: Jakob Camacho, Danbury (126)
2017: Joanne Ortiz, New Milford (108)
2003: Alex Cournoyer, Suffield Academy (112)

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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