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Longo earns All-American honors for third time in Greco-Roman

Trumbull’s Michael Longo became the fifth Connecticut wrestler to earn All-American honors at the 2022 USA Wrestling Junior and 16U National championships in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday.

Longo finished sixth at 113 pounds in the Junior Greco-Roman competition to earn All-American honors for the third time. A year ago, Longo was third in Junior Greco-Roman at 106 pounds. In 2019, he was fifth at 100 pounds.

Longo won his first four matches – all by technical fall – to advance to the semifinals where he ran into eventual champion Anthony Ruzic of Illinois. Ruzic pinned Longo in 5:03 to advance to the final.

Longo was hurt in the semifinal loss and didn’t wrestle again to finish sixth. In his four wins, Longo won his matches in 1:34 or less.

Guilford’s Chris Murphy went 3-2 at 220 pounds in the Greco-Roman tournament with one pin. Murphy advanced to the quarterfinals before he dropped his first match. Murphy was the only other state wrestler in the Greco-Roman tournament with multiple wins.

Connecticut All-American wrestlers from 2022 Junior and 16U nationals

Wrestler Division Place Wt.
Sarah Henckel, Southbury 16U freestyle 1 138
William Henckel, Southbury/Blair Junior Freestyle 4 152
Camryn Brown, Amity-Woodbridge Junior Freestyle 8 132
Michael Longo, Trumbull Junior Greco Roman 6 113
Calli Gilchrist, Norwalk 16U Freestyle 6 112

2022 USA Wrestling Junior and 16U Nationals results

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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