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Four champions crowned in CCC on final day of regular season

Alex Marshall and Bristol Eastern beat Bristol Central in their annual cross-town rivalry for the tenth year in a row on Wednesday.

On the final day of the dual meet campaign, four Central Connecticut Conference championship teams were crowned.

No. 4 Simsbury beat Farmington, 66-18 to win their fourth straight CCC West championship. The Trojans finish the regular season 14-2 and 5-0 in the CCC West.

In the CCC South, Berlin (14-1, 6-0 CCC South) dominated Middletown, 69-6, to win their first league championship since joining the CCC in 2010. The last league title for the Redcoats came 13 years ago in 2009 in the Northwest Conference.

Bristol Eastern had won nine of the last 10 CCC South titles with Middletown grabbing a championship in 2016.

“The coaches and I are very proud of being the first Berlin wrestling team to win the CCC South (title),” Berlin head coach Peter Veleas said. “The goal of our coaching staff is try and bring Berlin back to prominence as a wrestling program. Winning a conference title is the first step in reaching that goal.”

“I am very proud of our wrestlers and coaching staff for all of their hard work this season,” he said. “But we still have a few weeks (more) to go.”

Berlin will be competing in Saturday’s CCC championship tournament in Simsbury. “The CCC Tournament will give us an indication of how far we have come and where we need to improve,” he said.

In the CCC North, No. 5 East Hartford (20-0, 5-0 CCC North) beat Manchester, 65-9, to finish undefeated for the first time in program history. It’s the first CCC North title for the Hornets since 2018, the last of three consecutive championships for East Hartford.

RHAM won their third straight CCC East title with a 48-27 win over Rocky Hill. The Raptors (18-1, 4-0 CCC East) have won in four of the last five seasons.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 results and boxscores
Tuesday, Feb. 8 results and boxscores
Monday, Feb. 7 results and boxscores

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In the North Central Connecticut Conference, Portland and Stafford each won to set up a showdown Saturday in Vernon at the NCCC championship tournament. Portland (14-11, 5-1 NCCC) beat Rockville, 51-12 and Stafford (9-4, 6-1 NCCC) beat Suffield/Windsor Locks, 48-22.

In the NCCC, each team earns a point for a dual meet victory in the league and a half point for each team they beat at the league championship meet. While Portland may have to make up a dual meet with Coventry (0-6, 0-6 NCCC), it really boils down to this – if Stafford or Portland win the tournament, they will capture the league title.

Stafford is looking for their first NCCC championship since 2003 while Portland is looking for their first-ever NCCC title. The Highlanders joined the NCCC as an associate member in wrestling in 2020. Portland had been wrestling as an independent since 2006 when the Charter Oak Conference dissolved.

Portland’s last conference championship came in the COC in 2003.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 results and boxscores
Tuesday, Feb. 8 results and boxscores
Monday, Feb. 7 results and boxscores

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Earlier this week, No. 2 Danbury beat No. 8 Staples, 47-18 to close out the regular season with a 11-1 record and 6-0 record in the FCIAC West. The Hatters have won 437 dual meets against FCIAC opponents. The last FCIAC team to beat Danbury in a dual meet was Greenwich in January 1986 by a score of 37-24.

No. 1 Xavier was impressive in a 56-6 win over Mt. Anthony Union from Bennington, Vt., on Tuesday. The Falcons had five pins and won 12 of 14 matches. … Bristol Eastern continues their long dominance over Bristol Central on Wednesday. In the 61st meeting between the two schools on Wednesday, Eastern prevailed 45-34, winning the final two matches by pin to erase a two-point deficit. The Lancers have won the last 10 matches in the series and have taken a 29-28-2 lead in the overall series. It’s the longest win streak by either school in the series that began in 1963.

 

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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