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Xavier remains No. 1 in the state in top 10 poll but it’s not unanimous

No. 1 Xavier went 10-for-10 in the finals of the SCC Tournament Saturday.

The top ranked Xavier High wrestling team won their 10th dual meet of the season last Tuesday and simply dominated at Saturday’s Southern Connecticut Conference championship meet with a record-setting victory.

The Falcons put 10 wrestlers in the finals and brought home an astounding 10 champions. Xavier set a new tournament record with 264 points and beat Branford by a tournament-record 141½ points.

The Falcons remain No. 1 in the most recent Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 poll but it’s not a unanimous choice. One of the 16 coaches and sportswriters voting in this week’s poll cast a vote for No. 5 East Hartford.

The Hornets (19-0), the last undefeated team left in the state, picked up five victories on Saturday by beating Conard, Windsor, Montville, Killingly and East Lyme/Norwich Tech. East Hartford gave up just 29 points in five matches.

The top five spots in the poll remained consistent as they have for the past three weeks with Xavier, Danbury (10-1), Fairfield Warde (19-1), Simsbury (13-2) and East Hartford (19-0) as the top five teams in the poll.

There was more movement in the bottom five with Branford (23-1), the team with the most dual meet wins in the state, moving down two spots to No. 6. Branford picked up two wins last week and finished second to Xavier at the SCC championship meet.

No. 7 Staples (14-1) slipped one spot after their first loss of the season a week ago to Trumbull, 42-33.

No. 8 Haddam-Killingworth (15-4) reached the top 10 for the first time in school history after a strong second place finish at the New Fairfield Duals on Saturday. At the tournament, the Cougars beat then-No. 7 New Fairfield, 57-22, Jonathan Law, 74-6, Harding, 60-18 and Bristol Eastern, 52-15 before losing to No. 4 Simsbury in the championship match, 49-22.

The closest that H-K had come to the top 10 was being ranked No. 11 in January 2012.

New Milford remains ninth while Foran (16-5) remained in the top 10 – barely – with wins over East Haven, 73-10 and Amity, 68-12 along with a fifth place finish at the SCC Tournament.

Foran finished one point ahead of Trumbull (12-3), who had a strong week with a win over then-No. 6 Staples, 42-33, Westhill, 66-12, Ridgefield, 45-36 and Wilton, 76-3. Surging Berlin (13-1), who has won seven straight, is two points behind No. 10 Foran.

Connecticut Wrestling Online’s top 10 high school wrestling poll for the 2021-22 season. First-place votes in parentheses, record through Saturday, points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and last week’s poll ranking.

Week 6, Monday, February 7, 2022

Team Rec Pts LW Class
1. Xavier (15) 10-1 478 1 L
2. Danbury 10-1 436 2 LL
3. Fairfield Warde 19-1 404 3 LL
4. Simsbury 13-2 386 4 L
5. East Hartford (1) 19-0 350 5 LL
6. Branford 23-1 268 8 M
7. Staples 14-1 233 6 LL
8. Haddam-Killingworth 15-4 176 nr S
9. New Milford 2-1 149 9 L
10. Foran 16-5 140 10 M
Also receiving votes: Trumbull (12-3) 139, Berlin (13-1) 137, New Fairfield (15-4) 130, Newtown (14-2) 106, Killingly (21-3) 86, RHAM (15-1) 81, Avon (12-4) 67, Guilford (11-4) 63, Southington (14-3) 61, Windham (17-2) 24, Fairfield Prep (11-6) 17, Ridgefield (9-1) 11, Norwalk (1-4) 10
Voting this week: Charlie Anderson, Trumbull; Matt Boissonneault, Bristol Central; Mike Cunningham, Xavier; Gerry deSimas, Jr., Connecticut Wrestling Online; Derek Dion, Southington; Chris Gamble, Waterford; David Green, Nonnewaug; Tim Jensen, Patch Media; Chris Piel, New Milford; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; Ricky Shook, Danbury; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Not voting:Paul Musso, New Fairfield


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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