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Xavier, East Hartford, Simsbury with three wrestlers each in State Open finals

Simsbury’s Zach Jones drives Ridgefield’s Lucas Ferreira toward the mat in Saturday’s 152-pound semifinal at the State Open in New Haven. Jones won with a pin.

NEW HAVEN, February 26, 2022 – No. 1 Xavier has the lead after the first day of the State Open wrestling championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

The Class L champion Falcons have 159 points and a 30½-point lead over Class LL co-champion East Hartford with 128½ points. Simsbury is third with 106 points.

Xavier, No. 5 East Hartford and No. 4 Simsbury each have three wrestlers left in the finals. Xavier has another six wrestlers still wrestling in the consolation round portion of the tournament. East Hartford has one wrestler left in the consolation round.

Danbury has six wrestlers left in the tournament but just one – Kai O’Dell in the finals.

Xavier has Max Morse (113), Jackson Heslin (120) and Thomas Lunt (220) in the finals while East Hartford has Isaac Quiles (106), Sammny Montavani (182) and Xavier Quiles (170) in the championship matches.

Simsbury has three wrestlers in the finals with top seeds John Mairano (145) and Zach Johns (152) reaching the championship matches. Mairano’s younger brother, Chad, who finished fourth at last week’s Class L meet, had a great day and earned a spot in the finals at 160 pounds.

Avon’s Isaiah Adams flies through the air in his 113-pound semifinal match with Ridgefield’s Dominic Barrella Saturday at the State Open championships. Adams won the match, 6-4.

In the girls tournament, defending champions Samantha Yap of Stamford (106) and Ella Nichols of Bristol Eastern (152) made the finals along with Amity’s Camryn Brown and Ledyard’s Linda Holeman in the 132 pound weight class. Brown and Holeman both won titles in 2020 in the first CIAC Girls Invitational.

On Sunday, wrestling begins at 10 a.m. with the consolation semifinals. Third place and fifth place matches begin at 11 a.m. The parade of previous champions will be at noon with the championship finals starting at 12:15 p.m. The matches will be streamed live on FloWrestling. You will need a subscription to see the matches.

2022 State Open
After day 1
Top 5 results: 1. Xavier 159, 2. East Hartford 128½, 3. Simsbury 106, 4. Danbury 104 ½, 5. Fairfield Warde 81
Live scoring: FloArena
Championship finals, noon
106: Isaac Quiles (East Hartford) vs. Joe Mahoney (New Fairfield)
113: Max Morse (Xavier) vs. Isaiah Adams (Avon)
120: Ethan Titus (Canton) vs. Jackson Heslin (Xavier)
126: Evan Lindner (New Milford) vs. Kaden Ware (Killingly)
132: Connor Doran (Ledyard) vs. William Smith (Fairfield Prep)
138: Kai O’Dell (Danbury) vs. Blake Chapman (Montville)
145: John Mairano (Simsbury) vs. Jack Richardson (Killingly)
152: Zach Johns (Simsbury) vs. Mason Concascia (Waterford)
160: Chad Mairano (Simsbury) vs. Josh Nieroda (Suffeld/Windsor Locks)
170: Will Ebert (Fairfield Warde) vs. Xavier Quiles (East Hartford)
182: Connor Smith (Fairfield Prep) vs. Sammy Montovani (East Hartford)
195: Samuel Young (Haddam-Killingworth) vs. Chris Murphy (Guilford)
220: Thomas Lunt (Xavier) vs. James Duhancik (Stratford)
285: Matt Weiner (Shelton) vs. Doug Traynot (New Fairfield)

CIAC Girls Invitational
After day 1
Team results: Berlin 51, Amity 43, Brien McMahon 35, Norwalk 33, RHAM 29
Live scoring: FloArena
Championship finals, noon
99: Elena Quintaro (Southington) vs. Emma Heslin (RHAM)
106: Samantha Yap (Stamford) vs. Taylor McCormick (Somers)
113: Christianna Morley (Berlin)vs. Calli Gilchrist (Brien McMahon)
120: Sabrina Sedor (Stafford) vs. Esther Ribieiro (Bethel)
126: Emily deSouza (Amity) vs. Rylee Donahue (Norwalk)
132: Camryn Brown (Amity) vs. Linda Holeman (Ledyard)
138: Brooke Arnold (Wethersfield) vs. Kelly Aspiras (Foran)
152: Ella Nichols (Bristol Eastern) vs. Alexandria Gorman (New Haven)
170: Natalia Chorzepa (Berlin) vs. Brianna Seixas (Guilford)
235: Caroline Gonzalez-Garcia (Windham) vs. Mallory Sefick (St. Paul)

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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