By MAX SCHWARTZ
Special to Connecticut Wrestling Online
The latest top 10 New England public high school wrestling rankings with action up through Wednesday, Jan. 4 have been compiled and released.
There are two new No. 1 ranked wrestlers at 152 pounds and 285 pounds. Derek Cote from Noble, Maine, takes over the top spot at 152 with Thomas Brown of Chelmsford, Mass., taking over at No. 1 at 285 pounds.
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Several new wrestlers have joined the top 10 at 106 pounds. No. 5 Mike Morris (Haverhill, MA) made it to the semis at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational before he lost 5-4 to No. 4 Emmet Logan (Lowell, MA). Morris bounced back to take third with a 2-0 win over No. 7 Jack Gedeney (Lewis Mills-Burlington, CT) and an 8-0 major decision over No. 6 Cole Glynn (Central Catholic, MA). No. 8 Brady Oulette (Noble, ME) pops in after pinning No. 10 Coy Lyford (Spaulding, VT) in a close 5-5 match in the finals of the Noble (Maine) Invitational.
|6||5||Cole Glynn||MA||Central Catholic||So.|
|7||NR||Jack Gedeney||CT||Lewis Mills||Fr.|
No. 5 Peter Rincan (Bedford, NH) comes off of a powerful first place finish at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational, taking out No. 6 Ryan Conlan (La Salle, RI) and No. 9 Evan Lynch (Salem, NH). No. 7 Shea Morris (Haverhill, MA), No. 8 Joseph Hiraldo (Hope, RI), No. 9 Evan Lynch (Salem, NH), and No. 10 Talon Oljey (Timberlane, NH) finished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, at Lowell.
|1||––||Alex Schaeublin||MA||St. John’s Prep||Sr.|
|6||––||Ryan Conlan||RI||La Salle Academy||Sr.|
At the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational, there were fireworks at 120 pounds. It ended with No. 2 Isaiah Adams (Avon, CT) overtaking No. 5 Brayton Carbone (Shawsheen Tech, MA) 7-3 in the finals. Carbone meanwhile knocked off No. 6 Miles Darling (Essex Tech/Masconomet, MA) in a close 6-5 match. Freshman and No. 7 David Perez (Ponaganset, RI) slide into the top 10 rankings after a very close 8-6 sudden victory loss to No. 1 Peyton Ellis (Coventry, RI).
|3||3 @ 113||Cameron Davis||RI||Cranston West||Jr.|
|5||8||Brayton Carbone||MA||Shawsheen Tech||So.|
|6||2||Miles Darling||MA||Essex Tech/Masconomet||Jr.|
|8||5||Joe Mahoney||CT||New Fairfield||So.|
|9||7||Isaac Quilles||CT||East Hartford||So.|
No. 4 Phoenix Gardella (Norwalk, CT) moves up two spots after placing second at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational. Gardella pinned No. 5 Jack Callahan (Tewksbury, MA) and beat No. 10 Michael Boulaunger Jr. (Milford, MA) with a major decision. Gardella lost to No. 2 James Tildsley (Shawsheen Tech, MA) in the finals.
No. 6 Dylan Kadish (Newton South, MA) finds himself in the top 10 after victories over No. 8 Dominic Spadaro (Fairfield Warde, CT) and No. 9 Nathan Sayers (Xavieran, MA). Kadish, Spadaro, and Sayers placed fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, in Lowell. No. 3 Julian Henderson went 5-0 to win the Noble (Maine) Invitational with five pins and he didn’t allow a single point.
|2||––||James Tildsley||MA||Shawsheen Tech||Fr.|
|3||4||Julian Henderson||ME||Camden Hills||Sr.|
|6||NR||Dylan Kadish||MA||Newton South||Jr.|
|7||9||Andrew McCarthy||RI||Mount Hope||So.|
|8||8||Dominick Spadaro||CT||Fairfield Warde||So.|
|10||3||Michael Boulaunger Jr.||MA||Milford||So.|
Not many changes at 132 pounds except that No. 4 Kyle Levesque (Xavier, CT) came down a weight for the Mid-Hudson Classic tournament in New York State, where he placed third. No. 10 Shaun McLaughlin (Natick, MA) enters the top 10 after he placed third at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitiational, only losing to No. 7 Kiaben Kennedy (Bedford, NH).
|4||5 @ 138||Kyle Levesque||CT||Xavier||Jr.|
|5||––||Jonah Paulino||MA||Monty Tech||Jr.|
This week No. 2 Tyler Kadish (Newton South, MA) and No. 3 Cam Ice (Minnechaug, MA) move around after Kadish beat Ice, 3-2 in the semifinals of the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational. Ice would go on to place third, beating No. 8 Edmir Monteiro (Hope, RI) and No. 7 Colton Thorpe (Southington, CT). No. 4 Anthony Basile (Xavier, CT) switched weights with his teammate Levesque (see above) and placed third at the Mid-Hudson Classic in New York State.
|1||––||Sidney Tildsley||MA||Shawsheen Tech||So.|
|2||4||Tyler Kadish||MA||Newton South||Sr.|
|4||4 @ 132||Anthony Basile||CT||Xavier||Jr.|
|5||6||Caleb Whitney||VT||Otter Valley||Sr.|
|9||8||Jackez Mendez||CT||East Hartford||So.|
|10||9||Jaydin D’Ambrosio||MA||St. John’s Prep||Jr.|
Some big changes at 145 pounds as No. 3 Jonah Weber (Avon, CT) jumps up four spots after winning the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational. On his way to the title, Weber beat No. 10 Luca Connolly (Northeast Metro Tech, MA) and bested No. 4 Elliot Humphries (Minnechaug, MA) in the championship match. No. 6 Aiden Clark (Skowhegan, ME) came down a weight class and lost 6-4 to No. 5 Colby Vital (Bishop Hendricken, RI) in the semifinals of the Noble (Maine) Invitational.
|5||NR||Colby Vital||RI||Bishop Hendricken||Fr.|
|6||1 @ 152||Aiden Clark||ME||Skowhegan||Sr.|
|8||3||Thomas Bock||CT||New Fairfield||Sr.|
|10||NR||Luca Connolly||MA||Northeast Metro Tech||Jr.|
Major changes across the board as Derek Cote (Noble, ME) moved into the top spot at 152 pounds. Cote outscored five opponents 40-7 with four pins and one technical fall to win the Noble Invitational. No. 5 David Pento Jr. (Londonderry, NH) jumped into the top 10 after winning the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational, beating No. 6 Donnell Young (Fairfield Ludlowe, CT) in the finals 9-7.
No. 4 Matthew Ferruci (Xavier, CT) is up four spots after winning the Mid-Hudson Classic in New York State, while No. 7 Quin Foyle (Lowell, MA) and No. 8 Luca Manfredi (Newtown, CT) took third and fourth in Lowell. No. 10 Adrian Guzman (Ashland, MA) took fifth in Lowell.
|1||3 @ 138||Derek Cote||ME||Noble||Sr.|
|5||NR||David Pento Jr.||NH||Londonderry||So.|
|6||NR||Donnell Young||CT||Fairfield Ludlowe||Jr.|
|9||6||Lucas Libby||ME||Mountain Valley||Jr.|
No. 2 Jack Richardson (Killingly CT) moves up one spot after calculating a missed result. No. 4 Brent Nicholosi (Haverhill, MA) won the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational beating No. 6 Jack Walsh (Chelmsford, MA) in the finals. No. 8 Lucas Alvan (Ludlow, MA) took third in Lowell, beating No. 9 Brock DesMarias (Tyngsborough, MA) at Lowell. Alvan pinned DesMarias while trailing 4-1.
|1||––||Rawson Iwanicki||MA||St. John’s Prep||Sr.|
|5||––||Khalil Bourjeli||CT||New Milford||Sr.|
|10||7||Lucas Coleman||CT||Fairfield Warde||Sr.|
Isal Perez (Hope, RI) moved up four spots to No. 2 after finishing second at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational, losing only to No. 1 Rafael Knapp (Algonquin, MA) in the finals. Perez beat No. 7 Chad Mairano (Simsbury, CT), in the quarterfinals and No. 5 Fisher Stites (Newtown, CT) in the semifinals. Mairano bounced back to finish fifth in Lowell, beating No. 8 Ryan Gilchrist (Norwalk, CT)
|2||––||Oliver Parker||RI||Central Falls/Blackstone||Sr.|
|6||6||Aaron Johnson||VT||Mount Anthony Union||Sr.|
No. 1 Spencer Fine (Bishop Hendricken, RI) beat No. 4 Isaac Heiner (Mattanawcook/Lee, ME) 10-3 in the finals of the Noble (Maine) Invitational, while No. 2 Nate Blanchette (Central Catholic, MA) beat No. 3 Mason Pellegri 6-4 in the finals of the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational. No. 5 Anthony Fernandez (Nashua South, NH) was winning 3-2 in his semis match against Pellegri before he was pinned and ended up taking third.
|1||––||Spencer Fine||RI||Bishop Hendricken||Jr.|
|2||––||Nate Blanchette||MA||Central Catholic||Jr.|
|5||9 (170)||Anthony Fernandez||NH||Nashua South||Sr.|
|6||5||Sammy Montovani||CT||East Hartford||Jr.|
|8||7||Joshua Nieroda||CT||Suffield/Windsor Locks||Sr.|
In this group, Imanol Tavares (Hope, RI) moves up three spots to No. 3. Tavares lost a hard fought 7-5 decision to No. 1 Brendan Gilchrist (Norwalk, CT) in the finals of of the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational. No. 7 Jake Kszywanos (Stratford, CT) joins the top 10 after comes into the rankings after pinning No. 9 Michael Toppan (Gloucester, MA) in overtime in Lowell to win bronze. No. 6 Charles Weidman (Xavier, CT) and No. 10 Canton Hill (Sanford) each won gold — Weidman winning the Mid-Hudson Classic in New York State and Hill winning the Noble (Maine) Invitational with five pins, the last of which came in the finals when he was down 10-2.
|8||7||James Wright||VT||Burr & Burton||Jr.|
The top two ranked wrestlers at 220 met in the finals at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational with No. 1 Patrick DesLauries (Ashland, MA) defended his higher ranking with a pin over No. 2 James Duhancik (Stratford, CT). No. 5 Jayden Toppan (Gloucester, MA) beat No. 6 Matt Harold (Haverhill, MA) in the third-place match at Lowell. No. 4 Jhonnyel Ramierez (Danbury, CT) won the Ryan Sabbagh Tournament in Danbury, beating No. 7 Christopher Reiss (New Milford, CT) and No. 10 Gilbert Clay (New Caanan, CT) — both by a score of 4-2.
|7||8||Christopher Reiss||CT||New Milford||Sr.|
|8||––||Logan Reiner||RI||South Kingstown||Sr.|
|9||NR||Kaden Cyr||ME||Bonny Eagle||Jr.|
|10||NR||GIlbert Clay||CT||New Cannan||Sr.|
What an incredible performance No. 1 Thomas Brown (Chelmsford, MA) had during the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Invitational. He dethroned No. 2 Hampton Kaye-Kuter (Milford, MA) 4-1 in the finals in a clash of titans. No. 3 Doug Traynor (New Fairfield, CT) finished third in Lowell while No. 4 Brayden Marceau (Melrose, MA) placed fourth. No. 5 Malaki Colon (Timberlane, NH) and No. 10 Justin Sokol (Hopkinton, MA) find themselves in the top 10 rankings for the first time after placing fifth and sixth, respectively, at Lowell.
|3||5||Doug Traynor||CT||New Fairfield||Sr.|
|7||8||Charlie Smith||MA||St. John’s Prep||Sr.|
|8||9||Don Shivas||CT||Derby/Oxford/Holy Cross||Sr.|
The team race remains very interesting. No. 1 Ponaganset (Scituate, RI) has a very large lead over the rest of the field, but it’s a close fight for all the other spots. No. 2 Danbury (Danbury, CT) won their own Ryan Sabbagh Holliday tournament. No. 3 Xavier (Middletown, CT) went west to New York and won the Mid-Hudson Classic for the second time in three years. No. 4 St. John’s Prep (Danvers, MA) attended the George Bossi Lowell Holiday tournament last year but this year they opted to attend the Marshfield (Mass.) Holiday Tournament and won that. That opened the door for No. 5 Shawsheen Tech (Billerica, MA), which won the team title in Lowell. No. 8 Norwalk (Norwalk, CT) took 15th only bringing four wrestlers. Likewise, No. 12 Avon (Avon, CT) placed 25th bringing only three wrestlers to Lowell. Tied for No. 9 is Haverhill (Haverhill, MA) and Hope (Providence, RI), No. 11 Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, RI) ventured north and captured the team title at the Noble Invitational, while No. 14 Wells (Wells, ME) placed fourth as a team.
The team rankings are based on the number of wrestlers ranked on the respective team.
|Rank||School||Ranked Wrestlers||Points||Last Rank||State|
|4||St. Johns Prep||4||49.5||—||MA|
Max Schwartz is a sports journalist specializing in wrestling. He’s published multiple pieces with wrestling giant Flowrestling.com, including pre-covid New England rankings, as well as with up-and-coming Division I wrestling news site Fancowrestling.com. Max grew up in Norwalk, Conn., where he was a member of the wrestling team at Norwalk High. This is his second year doing New England rankings for Connecticut Wrestling Online. You can reach Max at [email protected].