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Max Schwartz’s New England rankings: Feb. 9, 2022

Journalist Max Schwartz from Norwalk, Conn., has compiled his rankings of the top 10 wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes based on head-to-head competition, placements in tournaments and past accolades.

Max wrestled at Norwalk High and is now a sports journalist, specializing in wrestling. Previously, he published a piece with FloWrestling about the growth of the sport in New England and currently writes for the

Max plans to distribute new rankings every two weeks with the final ranking of the season coming out the week of February 23 — the week before the State Open. The New England tournament will be March 4-5.

If you have questions, updates or suggestions for Max regarding his rankings, please email him at [email protected]

Max Schwartz: New England individual rankings


Big moves here include No. 3 James Blood (Sanford-Sanford, ME) who dropped down to this weight. No. 2 Bryan Carbone (Shawsheen Valley Technical-Billerica, MA) also jumps into the rankings after factoring in a win over No. 4 Scott Moreau (Lowell Catholic-Lowell, MA). No. 8 Isaac Quiles (East Hartford CT) finds his way into the rankings after factoring in dominant youth results. No. 1 James Tildsley (Billerica, MA) is only in eighth grade; however, he can potentially be a five-time New England champ—as long as he is one of Massachusetts’ seven qualifiers.

106 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 James Tildsley 8th Billerica MA
2 Bryan Carbone Fr. Shawsheen Tech MA Unranked
3 James Blood So. Sanford ME 5 @113
4 Scotty Moreau Fr. Lowell Catholic MA 2
5 Jared Hood Fr. Ponaganset RI
6 Aidan Baum Fr. Milford MA 3
7 Ryan Conlan Jr. La Salle RI 4
8 Isaac Quilles Fr. East Hartford CT Unranked
9 Issac Boulard So. Massabesic ME 6
10 Deydon Soto Fr. Danbury CT 7



Not many changes at this weight. Jackson Heslin (Xavier-Middletown, CT) moves up to 120 pounds. No. 4 Joey Shay (New Fairfield, CT) moves in as the Connecticut favorite. No. 5 Dominc Sparado (Fairfield Warde CT) moves into the rankings. He placed fourth at the Lowell Holiday Tounrmaent, and recently majored No. 10 Dominick Barella (Ridgefield CT).

113 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Isiac Paulino Sr. Monty Tech MA
2 Peyton Ellis So. Coventry RI 3
3 Alex Schaeublin So. St. John’s Prep MA 4
4 Joey Shay So. New Fairfield CT Unranked
5 Dominik Sparado So. Fairfield Warde CT Unranked
6 Derek Tidswell So. Mattanawcook/Lee ME
7 Miles Darling So. Essex Tech MA
8 Nate Sayers Fr. Xavieran MA
9 Liam Prichard Sr. Holland-Pembroke MA
10 Dominick Barella So. Ridgefield CT



As mentioned above, No. 3 Jackson Heslin (Xavier, CT) is now wrestling at 120. No. 5 John Schnieder (Brien McMahon-Norwalk, CT) moves up after factoring in a win over No. 6 Ben Zuckerman (Fairfield Warde, CT) who beat Phoenix Gardella (Norwalk, CT). Gardella, however, later beat Schnieder. Zuckerman also beat No. 10 Alex Blaha (Ridgefield, CT) in overtime. These four look to place in Connecticut. No. 9 Dante DiStefano (Waltham, MA) slides into the rankings with Michael Ziniti’s (formerly of Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH) moving to Idaho.

120 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Jacob Joyce Jr. Ponaganset RI
2 Matthew Botello Fr. Hingham MA
3 Jackson Heslin Fr. Xavier CT 2 @ 113
4 William Hamilton Jr. Bristol Central CT
5 John Schneider So. Brian McMahon CT 10
6 Ben Zuckerman Fr. Fairfield Warde CT 4
7 Ryan O’Rourke Sr. Salem NH 6
8 Phoenix Gardella So. Norwalk CT
9 Dante DiStefano Sr. Waltham MA Unranked
10 Alex Blaha Sr. Ridgefield CT



The top 4 remain the same. No. 5 Kaden Ware (Killingly, CT) and No. 6 Matthew Carroza (Brookfield, CT) both jump up a spot after Anthony Balisle (Xavier, CT) moved up to 132. No. 9 Kyle Levesque (Xavier, CT) finds his way in the rankings as the new Falcon at 126. No. 10 William Leischner (Ponaganset High-North Scituate, RI) makes his way with Nicholas Torres’ (Hope High-Providence RI) moving up a weight.

126 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Tyler Knox Jr. St. John’s Prep MA
2 Evan Linder Sr. New Milford CT
3 Hayden Meyers Jr. Coventry RI
4 Jonah Paulino So. Monty Tech MA
5 Kaden Ware Sr. Killingly CT 6
6 Matthew Carozza Sr. Brookfield CT 7
7 Jayden D’Ambrosio So. Reading MA 9
8 Nick Pierce Jr. Spaulding VT 10
9 Kyle Levesque So. Xavier CT 7 @ 120
10 William Leischner So. Ponaganset RI Unranked



No. 10 Benjamin Gorr (Southington, CT) claws his way into the top 10 with a win over former No. 8 Cael Finn (Simsbury, CT). No. 2 Adam Schaeublin (St. John’s Prep-Danvers, MA) moves up after factoring a missed result over No. 3 Jason Hood (Ponaganset, RI).  No. 7 Nicholas Torres (Hope, RI) debuts in the rankings after moving up a weight. He dropped a decision to No. 6 Aidan Roubichard (Coventry, RI). No. 5 Connor Swaim (North Kingstown, RI) recently moved here from Germany and has a win over Roubichard.

132 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Sid Tildsley Fr. Shawsheen Tech MA
2 Adam Schaeublin So. St. John’s Prep MA 3
3 Jason Hood Fr. Ponaganset RI 2
4 Austin Montiero Sr. Minnechaug MA
5 Connor Swaim Jr. North Kingstown RI Unranked
6 Aidan Roubichard Sr. Coventry RI
7 Connor Doran Sr. Ledyard CT Unranked
8 Nicholas Torres Sr. Hope RI 7 @ 126
9 Ben Davoli Sr. Haverhill MA Unranked
10 Benjamin Gorr Sr. Southington CT Unranked



No changes at this weight from our previous rankings.

138 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Kai O’Dell Sr. Danbury CT
2 Gabriel Bouyssou Fr. Scituate RI
3 Ty Stewart Sr. Dracut MA
4 Jimmy Glynn Jr. Central Catholic MA
5 Dylan Levesque Sr. Xavier CT
6 Ian Darling Sr. Masconomet MA
7 Jaekez Mendez Fr. East Hartford CT
8 Luke Lagasse Jr. Coventry RI
9 Timmy Perkins Sr. Bonny Eagle ME
10 Cam Ice Jr. Minnechaug MA



Several wrestlers dropped out of the top 10 after factoring results. No. 6 Jack Richardson (Killingly, CT) slides in as a Connecticut contender. No. 9 Konrad Parker (Timberlane Regional-Plaistow, NH) recently lost to No. 8 Elliot Humphries (Minnechaug High-Wilbraham, MA) No. 7 Drew McGourty (Braintree, MA), however, has a win over Humphries.

145 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 John Mairano Sr. Simsbury CT
2 Mark Botello Sr. Hingham MA
3 Brent Nicolosi So. Haverhill MA
4 Maruice Cooper Sr. Hope RI
5 Andrew Reall So. Ponaganset RI
6 Jack Richardson Sr. Killingly CT Unranked
7 Drew McGourty Sr. Braintree MA Unranked
8 Elliot Humphries Sr. Minnechaug MA Unranked
9 Konrad Parker Sr. Timberlane NH 6
10 Derek Cote Sr. Noble ME Unranked



The top five stay the same at this weight. No. 8 Michael Carpenter (Pomperaug High-Southbury, CT) looks to compete, and No. 6 Johnathon Davila (Andover, MA) slides in after losing a hard fought 11-7 to No. 1 Rawson Iwanicki (St. John’s Prep, MA).

152 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Rawson Iwanacki Sr. St. John’s Prep MA
2 Zachary Johns Sr. Simsbury CT
3 Lucas Coleman Jr Fairfield Warde CT
4 Greg Deeley Sr. Wayland MA
5 Logan Kovacs Sr. Danbury CT
6 Johnathon DaVila Sr. Andover MA Unranked
7 Joe Tully Sr. Haverhill MA 6
8 Michael Carpenter Sr. Pomperaug CT
9 Christian Rutherford Sr. Coventry RI 9
10 Justin Hood Sr. Ponaganset RI Unranked



A good amount of movement at this weight class. No. 4 Drayvn Roberts, (East Hartford, CT) Jumps into a top four spot after beating No. 6 Josh Nieroda (Suffield/Windsor Locks-Suffield CT), 11-6.  No. 2 Aidan Zarella (North Kingstown, RI) comes down from 170 pounds and holds a win over No. 3 Rafael Knapp (Algonquin Regional-Northborough, MA). No. 5 Nate Blanchette (Central Catholic-Lawrence, MA) moves up after a missed result where he beat No. 7 Anthony Rousseau (Timberlane, NH).

160 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Michael Bobola Sr. Xavieran MA
2 Aidan Zarella Sr. North Kingstown RI 5 @ 170
3 Rafael Knapp Jr. Algonquin MA 2
4 Drayvn Roberts Fr. East Hartford CT Unranked
5 Nate Blanchette So. Central Catholic MA 10
6 Josh Nieroda Sr. Suffield CT 3
7 Anthony Rousseau Jr. Timberlane NH 4
8 Xavian Natal Sr. Monty Tech MA
9 Charles Weidman Fr. Xavier CT Unranked
10 Edward Barlage Sr. Guilford CT 6



Aidan Zarella’s movement down a weight class allows for a little bit of movement. No. 10 Mason Pellegri (Milton, MA) debuts in the rankings. After factoring a missed result, No. 8 Fisher Stiles (Newtown, CT) rises above No. 9 Jake Adelman (Natick, MA).

170 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 William Ebert Sr. Fairfield Warde CT
2 Jack MacKiernan Sr. Pinkerton Acad. NH
3 Gil Stawinski Sr. Essex VT 8
4 Spencer Fine So. Bishop Hendricken RI 3
5 Desmond McLaughlin Sr. Springfield Central MA 4
6 Jackson Sutherland Jr. Mattanawcook/Lee ME 7
7 Xaiver Quilles Sr. East Hartford CT 9
8 Fisher Stiles Sr. Newtown CT 10
9 Jake Adelman Sr. Natick MA 6
10 Mason Pellegri So. Milton MA Unranked



The biggest movement in this weight class is No. 9 Ryan Gilchrist (Norwalk, CT), upset No. 10 Dominic Ioqunito (Danbury, CT). No. 8 Connor Smith (Fairfield Prep CT) slides into the rankings after having a win over Gilchirst earlier in the year.

182 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Josh Cordio Jr. Nashoba MA
2 Bryce Parker Sr. Timberlane NH
3 Aaron Johnson Sr. Mount Anthony Union VT
4 Issac Heiner Sr. Mattanawcook/Lee ME
5 Oliver Orvis Sr. Essex VT
6 Timothy Goddard Sr. Algonquin MA 8
7 Brett Strand Sr. Guilford CT
8 Connor Smith Sr. Fairfield Prep CT Unranked
9 Ryan Gilchrist Jr. Norwalk CT Unranked
10 Dominic Ioquinto So. Danbury CT 5



No. 9 Dylan Greenstein (St. John’s Prep, MA) jumps into the rankings after pinning his way through the Woburn tournament earlier in the year. Greenstein was an NHSCA Freshman All-American.

195 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Brendan Gilchrist Jr. Norwalk CT
2 Chris Murphy Sr. Guilford CT
3 Sean Wakefield Sr. Massabesic ME
4 Kody Rasheed Sr. Concord NH
5 Kameron Cyr Sr. Essex VT
6 Dom Pallaria Sr. Timberlane NH
7 Bennett Sonneborn Sr. Natick MA
8 Zachary Raymond Sr. North Providence RI 9
9 Dylan Greenstein So. St. John’s Prep MA Unranked
10 Noah Daylor Sr. North Kingstown RI Unranked



No. 9 Chefrin Spodnik (Harding High-Bridgeport, CT) moves into the rankings after dominating in Connecticut to this point in the season.

220 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Cooper Kelley Sr. Timberlane NH
2 Thomas Lunt Sr. Xavier CT
3 Timmy Vardanis Sr. Burlington MA
4 Nick Agueri Sr. Staples CT 7
5 Hampton Kaye-Kuter Sr. Milford MA
6 Michael Jarrell Sr. East Greenwich RI
7 Atley Jenness Sr. Mt. Hope RI 3 @ 285
8 Chefrin Spodnik Sr. Harding CT Unranked
9 Patrick DesLauriers Sr. Ashland MA
10 Aaron Foley-Prat Sr. Noble ME



No. 4 Dominic Silva (Bridgewater-Raynham Regional-Bridgewater, MA) takes a big leap with wins over No. 9 Gustavo Ventura (Lowell, MA) and No. 5 Thomas Brown (Chelmsford, MA), winning the Woburn tournament.  No. 3 Colton Perkins (Spaulding High-Barre, VT) and No. 6 Jason Canavan (Keene, NH) both move up after factoring past results — both having a win over No. 8 Hunter Jeffers (Concord, NH).

285 Name Grade School State Prev.
1 Adolfo Betancur Sr. Bishop Hendricken RI
2 Matt Weiner Sr. Shelton CT
3 Colton Perkins Sr. Spaulding VT 6
4 Dominic Silva Jr. Bridgewater-Raynham MA Unranked
5 Thomas Brown Fr. Chelmsford MA 4
6 Jason Canavan Sr. Keene NH 9
7 William Orso Sr. York ME
8 Hunter Jeffers Sr. Concord NH 5
9 Gustavo Ventura Sr. Lowell MA
10 Patrick Pitts Sr. Mt. Hope RI Unranked


Max’s team rankings

The New England rankings are based on how many wrestlers a team has ranked in the 14 weight classes. No. 5 Xavier (CT) drops four spots after some of their wrestlers lose their rankings. No. 2 Ponaganset (RI) is a real riser in this week going from fourth to second. No. 1 St. John’s Prep (MA), and No. 3 Timberlane (NH) both have the same spot as last set.

No. 4 Fairfield Warde (CT) moves up from sixth to fourth after a couple more Mustangs got ranked. Usual New England powerhouse No. 9 Danbury finds themselves just barely in the top-10. However, if there’s any wrestlers that come alive in March, it’s the Hatters.

Hingham (MA) and Bishop Hendricken (RI) drop out in favor of No. 8 Shawsheen Tech (MA) and No. 10 Essex (VT).

Team Ranked
Points Prev
1. St. John’s Prep (MA) 5 97½ 1
2. Ponaganset (RI) 6 73½ 4
3. Timberlane (NH) 4 73 3
4. Fairfield Warde (CT) 4 67½ 6
5. Xavier (CT) 5 55 2
6. Coventry (RI) 5 54 8
7. Simsbury (CT) 2 49½ 5
8. Shawsheen Tech (MA) 2 49½ nr
9. Danbury (CT) 4 46 7
10. Essex (VT) 3 46 nr

If you have questions, updates or suggestions for Max regarding his rankings, please email him at [email protected]

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