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No. 9 Newtown outlasts No. 8 New Milford in a thriller on criteria

Newtown’s Marc Maurath battles in Wednesday’s night match against New Milford. Newtown beat the Green Wave, 34-33 on criteria. (Photo courtesy Matt Morgan)

No. 9 Newtown erased a 16-point deficit and won five of the final six bouts of the night to beat No. 8 New Milford, 34-33 on criteria, in a closely-fought Southwest Conference contest Wednesday night.

New Milford (1-1, 0-1 SWC Colonial) led by 16 points after seven matches, 28-12, only to see the Nighthawks rally for the victory. Marc Maurath got a reversal with about 25 seconds remaining in his 138-pound match to beat New Milford’s Joseph Russell, 6-5.

The win tied the match at 33-33 but the Nighthawks won on criteria, winning a majority of the 13 matches that were held, 7-6. The meet began at 145 pounds.

“It was a very exciting night,” Newtown head coach Tom Maurath said. “It was a roller coaster for sure. There was a big following for both teams in the gym.”

Newtown (5-0, 2-0 SWC Colonial) made adjustments in their lineup, bumping Kenna Gioffre up one class to 120 and Brendan McAnaspie up one class to 145 pounds. Both won with pins. Tommy Milligan (106) and Fisher Stites (170) also picked up key pins for Newtown.

“It was a team effort for sure,” Tom Maurath said. “We had a strategy, and each wrestler did his job.”

New Milford led 28-21 with four matches to go. Gioffe (120) won by pin to cut the lead to one, 28-27 but New Milford’s Evan Lindner (126) won by tech fall to put the Green Wave up by six, 33-27. Newtown’s Luca Manfredi (132) won to cut the lead to three, 33-30 leading up to the final bout at 138 pounds.

It was another tough loss for the Green Wave to swallow. New Milford finished second in Saturday’s Bristol Central Invitational, a half point behind New Fairfield, which won the tournament for the first time.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 results and boxscores

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Xavier’s Chris Manganiello set the state record for fastest pin at 113 pounds with an eight-second pin of East Haven’s Alyssa Alberino in Wednesday’s win by the top-ranked Falcons over East Haven. The previous record was 10 seconds by Harding’s John Madonado in 2012.

Farmington’s Devon Schmidt set the state record at 195 pounds with a five second pin over Hall’s Raphael Alfonso on Monday. The previous record was seven seconds set in 2017 by Canton’s Nate Biega.

On Saturday, Fairfield Prep’s Joe Cardozo tied the state record for fastest pin with a four-second pin over Southington’s Eric Zhuo at 145 pounds at the Ray Southerland Memorial Duals. Cardozo is the seventh wrestler in state history with a four-second pin. The most recent four-second pin came in 2019.

Cardozo ties the state record at 145 pounds. Windham’s Jon Torres also had a four-second pin at 145 pounds in 2007.

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No. 1 Xavier (7-1, 2-0 SCC Div. 1) had 12 pins in a 78-6 win over East Haven. That is one pin shy of the state record of 13. Xavier tied their own team record of 12 pins against Jonathan Law in 2016. … No. 2 Danbury (4-1, 1-0 FCIAC West) bounced back from their first loss to a Connecticut since 2015 with a 61-12 victory over Trumbull in FCIAC action. Danbury has won 430 consecutive FCIAC matches since losing to Greenwich in 1986. … No. 3 Fairfield Warde (6-0, 3-0 FCIAC East) prevailed in the annual battle with cross-town rival Fairfield Ludlowe with a 48-27 victory. Warde had eight pins in the win with Ludlowe (1-4, 1-1 FCIAC East) getting three pins. … No. 4 Simsbury (4-2, 2-0 CCC West) had six pins and picked up another five wins by forfeit in a 75-6 win over Conard. … No. 7 New Fairfield (3-0) remained undefeated thanks to a 54-30 victory over Brookfield. … Berlin improved to 3-0 with a 56-16 win over Rocky Hill while Staples (3-0) remained undefeated with a 48-27 win over Norwalk. … Branford improved to 11-1 with a 66-18 decision over Ellis Tech … Pomperaug (10-1) also reached double digits in the number of victories thanks to a 47-24 win over Stratford with eight pins. … New London improved to 4-0 with a 60-21 win over Bacon Academy while RHAM moved to 6-0 with a 43-36 victory over E.O. Smith. … St. Joseph’s Zane Gugliemon (126) had a pin in the final match of the evening to lift the Cadets to their first dual meet win in team history with a 36-30 win over Stamford. St. Joseph is 1-1.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 results and boxscores

(9) Newtown 34, (8) New Milford 33, criteria
At Newtown
145 Brendan McAnaspie (Newt) pin Brennan Botelho (NM), 3:40; 152 Maximus Piel (NM) pin Henry Terifay (Newt), 3:30; 160 Xavier Marchena (NM) pin Andrew Corey (Newt), 2:46; 170 Fisher Stites (Newt) pin Chayten Prashant (NM), 3:59; 182 Angelo Fernandez (NM) dec. Jeff Gonzalez (Newt), 10-2; 195 Griffin Busch (NM) pin Acea Shaham (Newt), 3:10; 220 Christopher Reiss (NM) pin Charles Dunn (Newt), 2:54; 285 John Dasilva (Newt) dec. Riccardi Fernandez (NM), 13-10; 106 Tommy Milligan (Newt) pin Caden Reynolds (NM), 1:38; 113: no match; 120 Kenna Gioffre (Newt) pin Jorge Caceres (NM), 2:56; 126 Evan Lindner (NM) tech fall Ben Plaue (Newt), 23-8; 132 Luca Manfredi (Newt) dec. Braden Olmstead (NM), 7-2; 138 Marc Maurath (Newt) dec. Joseph Russell (NM), 6-5
NOTE: Newtown won on criteria, most matches won, 7-6
Records: Newtown 5-0, 2-0 SWC Colonial; New Milford 1-1, 0-1 SWC Colonial

Wednesday, Jan. 10 results and boxscores


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

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