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Max Schwartz’s top 10 New England rankings: Jan. 20, 2023

Special to Connecticut Wrestling Online

With plenty of wrestling around the region, there are a few shakeups in the New England top 10 rankings for public high school wrestling, including three new No. 1 ranked wrestlers.

Three Connecticut wrestlers have moved up to the No. 1 ranking in their respective weight classes. Xavier’s Raekwon Shabazz is No. 1 at 106 pounds, Avon’s Isaiah Adams is No. 1 at 113 and Killingly’s Jack Richardson moves into the top spot at 152 pounds.

The next New England top 10 rankings will be on February 10 with one set on February 24 before the state tournaments begin. One final set will be Thursday, March 2 prior to the start of the New England tournament.

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Raekwon Shabazz (Xavier, CT) is the new No. 1 ranked wrestler in New England after he won the War at the Shore tournament that was held in Berlin, MD. No. 4 Emmet Logan (Lowell, MA) got revenge on No. 3 Yandel Morales (Andover, MA) with a 4-2 decision in a dual meet, avenging a 5-0 loss back at the Lowell Holiday Tournament.

Other action at this weight includes No. 8 Alex Oberc (New Milford, CT) coming away with a close 10-8 decision over No. 9 Jack Gedeney (Lewis Mills, CT). Oberc would go on to lose to No. 7 William Soe (North Providence, RI) in the finals of the John Gorman Tournament in Cumberland Rhode Island.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 2 Raekwon Shabazz CT Xavier So.
2 3 Cristian Pote CT Danbury Jr.
3 1 Yandel Morales MA Andover Fr.
4 –– Emmet Logan MA Lowell Fr.
5 –– Mike Morris MA Haverhill So.
6 –– Cole Glynn MA Central Catholic So.
7 NR William Soe RI North Providence Sr.
8 NR Alex Oberc CT New Milford Jr.
9 7 Jack Gedeney CT Lewis Mills Fr.
10 9 Nick Desisto MA Tewksbury Fr.



No. 1 Isaiah Adams (Avon, CT) dropped down from 120 pounds and took a a 9-4 win over No. 2 Alex Schaeublin (Saint John’s Prep, MA) — a turnaround from when they faced each other back in October at the Journeyman Fall Classic.  No. 4 Deydon Soto (Danbury, CT) and No. 5 Jared Hood (Ponaganset, RI) squared off at the Eastern States Classic with Soto winning the match 10-6.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 2 @ 120 Isaiah Adams CT Avon Sr.
2 1 Alex Schaeublin MA St. John’s Prep Sr.
3 2 James Blood ME Sanford Sr.
4 3 Deydon Soto CT Danbury So.
5 4 Jared Hood RI Ponaganset Jr.
6 –– Peter Rincan NH Bedford So.
7 –– Ryan Conlan RI La Salle Academy Sr.
8 –– Shea Morris MA Haverhill Fr.
9 –– Joseph Hiraldo RI Hope Jr.
10 –– Evan Lynch NH Salem Fr.



With Adams down a weight class, a couple other wrestlers have moved up. A big change is freshmen No. 4 David Perez (Ponaganset, RI), who placed fourth in the very difficult Eastern States Classic a tournament held in Loch Sheldrake, NY.

Other action in this weight includes No. 7 Joe Mahoney (New Fairfield, CT) besting No. 8 Isaac Quiles (East Hartford, CT) 7-5. No. 3 Cameron Davis (Cranston West, RI) beat No. 10 Caden Brusso (Hollis-Brookline, NH) in a close 3-2 match.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Peyton Ellis RI Coventry Jr.
2 3 Cameron Davis RI Cranston West Jr.
3 4 Ayden Cofone ME Windham/GNG So.
4 7 David Perez RI Ponaganset Fr..
5 –– Brayton Carbone MA Shawsheen Tech So.
6 –– Miles Darling MA Essex Tech/Masconomet Jr.
7 8 Joe Mahoney CT New Fairfield So.
8 9 Isaac Quilles CT East Hartford So.
9 10 Caden Brusso NH Hollis-Brookline Jr.
10 NR Jerry Hill CT Bethel Sr.



A big addition here is No. 5 Stone Farnsworth (Coventry, RI), who moves into the top 10 after calculating in past wins against No. 7 Andrew McCarthey (Mt. Hope, RI), No. 9 Michael Boulaunger Jr. (Milford, MA), and No. 10 Nathan Sayers (Xaveiran, MA). No. 4 Dylan Kadish (Newton South, MA) also moves up a little bit as he beat No. 6 Jack Callagan (Tewksbury, MA) 2-1.

Meanwhile, No. 1 Jacob Joyce (Ponaganset, RI) took first place in a very talented 126-pound bracket at Eastern States and won the “Champion of Champions” award. No. 3 Phoenix Gardella (Norwalk, CT) also beat No. 8 Dominick Spadaro (Fairfield Warde, CT) in overtime of the finals of the Warde Invitational.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Jacob Joyce RI Ponaganset Sr.
2 3 Julian Henderson ME Camden Hills Sr.
3 4 Phoenix Gardella CT Norwalk Jr.
4 6 Dylan Kadish MA Newton South Jr.
5 NR Stone Farnsworth RI Coventry Sr.
6 5 Jack Callahan MA Tewksbury Sr.
7 –– Andrew McCarthy RI Mount Hope So.
8 9 Dominick Spadaro CT Fairfield Warde So.
9 10 Michael Boulaunger Jr. MA Milford So.
10 8 Nathan Sayers MA Xaverian So.



A big shake up here comes in the form of No. 2 James Tildsley (Shawsheen Tech, MA) who slides in after bumping up from 126 pounds. Meanwhile, No. 6 Jesse Defonce (Danbury, CT) pinned No. 8 Dylan Davis (Wells, ME) in the finals of the Sanford Wrestling Tournament.

No. 7 Connor Swaim (North Kingston, RI) finds himself just outside the top six as he has been having a dominant season in Rhode Island.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Hayden Myers RI Coventry Sr.
2 2 @ 126 James Tildsley MA Shawsheen Tech Fr.
3 –– Kaden Ware CT Killingly Sr.
4 –– Kyle Levesque CT Xavier Jr.
5 –– Jonah Paulino MA Monty Tech Jr.
6 8 Jesse Defonce CT Danbury Jr.
7 NR Connor Swaim RI North Kingston Sr.
8 3 Dylan Davis ME Wells Sr.
9 6 Gavin Ripley ME Oceanside Sr.
10 –– William Leischner RI Ponaganset So.



Not too many changes in this weight class. No. 1 Sidney Tildsley (Shawsheen Tech, MA) defended his No. 1 ranking by beating No. 3 Cam Ice (Minnechaug, MA) 6-2. No. 4 Anthony Basile (Xavier, CT) took first place at War at the Shore. And No. 10 Kaden Dustin (Noble, ME) makes the top 10 after going 4-2 in the Eastern States Classic.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Sidney Tildsley MA Shawsheen Tech So.
2 –– Tyler Kadish MA Newton South Sr.
3 –– Cam Ice MA Minnechaug Sr.
4 –– Anthony Basile CT Xavier Jr.
5 –– Caleb Whitney VT Otter Valley Sr.
6 –– Joe Joyce RI Ponaganset Fr.
7 8 Edmir Monteiro RI Hope Sr.
8 9 Jackez Mendez CT East Hartford So.
9 10 Jaydin D’Ambrosio MA St. John’s Prep Jr.
10 NR Kaden Dustin ME Noble So.



No. 4 Thomas Bock (New Fairfield, CT) beat No. 2 Jonah Weber (Avon, CT) 6-4 in the finals of the Bristol Central Invitational. However, due to Weber’s win over No. 3 Elliot Humphries (Minnechaug, MA) from the finals of the Lowell tournament, he does not move down and Bock rises to fourth since he was pinned by Humphries back at Lowell. No. 6 William Smith (Fairfield Prep, CT) enters the top 10 after pinning No. 9 Josh Howard (Southington, CT).

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Gabriel Bouysouu RI Scituate Jr.
2 3 Jonah Weber CT Avon Sr.
3 4 Elliot Humphries MA Minnechaug Jr.
4 8 Thomas Bock CT New Fairfield Sr.
5 7 Anthony Mann MA Hanover Jr.
6 NR William Smith CT Fairfield Prep Jr.
7 10 Luca Connolly MA Northeast Metro Tech Jr.
8 5 Colby Vital RI Bishop Hendricken Fr.
9 –– Josh Howard CT Southington Jr.
10 6 Aiden Clark ME Skowhegan Sr.



This weight class got really good, really fast. With No. 1 Jack Richardson (Killingly, CT) coming down from 160 pounds and No. 2 Jason Hood (Ponaganset, RI) moving up from 145 pounds, we are expecting to see fireworks for the first place match in Providence come March. That is, however, if No. 3 Derek Cote (Noble, ME) and No. 4 Drew McGourty (Braintree, MA) don’t beat them to it.

No. 9 Caiden Talento (Platt, CT) comes into the rankings for the first time after beating No. 10 Luca Manfredi (Newtown, CT) 7-1.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 2 @ 160 Jack Richardson CT Killingly Sr.
2 2 @ 145 Jason Hood RI Ponaganset Sr.
3 1 Derek Cote ME Noble Sr.
4 2 Drew McGourty MA Braintree Jr.
5 4 Matthew Ferrucci CT Xavier Sr.
6 5 David Pento Jr. NH Londonderry So.
7 6 Donnell Young CT Fairfield Ludlowe Jr.
8 7 Quin Foyle MA Lowell Sr.
9 NR Caiden Talento CT Platt Jr.
10 8 Luca Manfredi CT Newtown Sr.



With Richardson’s departure to 152 pounds, just about everyone moves up a spot and the top 10 welcomes No. 9 Braden Campbell (Bishop Hendricken, RI) and No. 10 Jack Arpey (Mt. Mansfield, VT). No. 2 Andrew Reall (Ponoganset, RI) placed second at Eastern States; Reall looks to carry that momentum into the last third of the season.

Rank Last Rank Name State School   Grade
1 –– Rawson Iwanicki MA St. John’s Prep Sr.
2 3 Andrew Reall RI Ponaganset Sr.
3 4 Brent Nicholosi MA Haverhill Jr.
4 5 Khalil Bourjeli CT New Milford Sr.
5 6 Jack Walsh MA Chelmsford Sr.
6 7 Joseph Tulley MA Carver Sr.
7 8 Lucas Alvan MA Ludlow So.
8 9 Brock DesMarias MA Tyngsborough Sr.
9 NR Braden Campbell RI Bishop Hendricken So.
10 NR Jack Arpey VT Mt. Mansfield Sr.



No. 2 Isael Perez (Hope, RI) moves up after beating No. 4 Nicholas Baccala (Ponaganset, RI) 8-4 in a dual meet. No. 1 Rafael Knapp, meanwhile, took third place at Eastern States.

It is worth noting that No. 8 Ryan Gilcrhist (Norwalk, CT) beat No. 7 Chad Mairiano (Simsbury, CT) 4-3, However due to Mairiano’s prior victory over Gilchrist (10-3 at Lowell) neither move any spots.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Rafael Knapp MA Algonquin Sr.
2 4 Isael Perez RI Hope Jr.
3 2 Oliver Parker RI Central Falls/Blackstone Sr.
4 3 Nicholas Baccala RI Ponaganset Sr.
5 –– Fisher Stites CT Newtown Jr.
6 –– Aaron Johnson VT Mount Anthony Union Sr.
7 –– Chad Mairiano CT Simsbury Jr.
8 –– Ryan Gilchrist CT Norwalk Sr.
9 –– Dominic Bastianelli MA Billerica Sr.
10 NR Shea Ferrell ME Mt. Arat-Brunswick Sr.



Up in New York for the Eastern States Classic, No. 5 Preston Marchessault (Ponoganset, RI) placed fourth, beating No. 7 Dominic Iaquinto (Danbury, CT) in the process, who would go on to place eighth. Both were wrestling down a weight class at 172 pounds that also included a plus-four weight allowance.

No. 8 Jack Wendell (Nonnewaug, CT) bumps up and has a previous win over No. 10 Joshua Nieroda (Suffield/Windsor Locks, CT). No. 9 Charles Weidman (Xavier, CT), also now at this weight, placed second at War at the Shore.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Spencer Fine RI Bishop Hendricken Jr.
2 –– Nate Blanchette MA Central Catholic Jr.
3 –– Mason Pellegri MA Milton Jr.
4 –– Issac Heiner ME Mattanawcook/Lee Sr.
5 7 Preston Marchessault RI Ponaganset So.
6 5 Anthony Fernandez NH Nashua South Sr.
7 9 Dominic Iaquinto CT Danbury Jr.
8 10 @ 170 Jack Wendell CT Nonnewaug Sr.
9 6 @ 195 Charles Weidman CT Xavier So.
10 8 Joshua Nieroda CT Suffield/Windsor Locks Sr.



No. 3 Nathan Leach (Bridgewater-Raynham, MA) comes back into the rankings after a slight hiatus. No. 5 Bennett Sonneborn (Natick, MA) is still currently out with an injury sustained at the Lowell Holiday Tournament, but he’s hoping to return for the postseason.

No. 8 Shane Raposo (Cumberland, RI) pops in the top 10 after having a tremendous season thus far. No. 6 Sammy Montovani (East Hartford, CT) is now at 195 and he beat No. 10 Soren Reif (Killingly, CT), 5-0. No. 9 Malachi Fowler (Windham, CT) also won over Reif, 4-2.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Brendan Gilchrist CT Norwalk Sr.
2 –– Corbin Maraia RI Chariho Sr.
3 NR Nathan Leach MA Bridgewater-Raynham Sr.
4 3 Imanol Tavares RI Hope Sr.
5 4 Bennett Sonneborn MA Natick Sr.
6 6 @ 182 Sammy Montovani CT East Hartford Jr.
7 –– Jake Kszywanos CT Stratford Sr.
8 NR Shane Raposo RI Cumberland Jr.
9 NR Malachi Fowler CT Windham So.
10 5 Soren Reif CT Killingly So.



No. 2 James Duhancik (Stratford, CT) pinned No. 3 Michael DiOrio (Ponaganset, RI) in the third period, while leading 4-0 at the Eastern States Classic.

No. 7 Kaden Cyr (Bonny Eagle, ME) makes his first appearance in the rankings after winning the Sanford Wrestling Tournament. He beat No. 8 Jared Brenton (Massabassec, ME) in the finals 8-0. Brenton and No. 9 Mike Gianetti (Trumbull, CT) both have won over No. 10 Jhonnyel Ramierez (Danbury, CT) in the past two weeks. Brenton via pin at Sanford and Gianetti with an overtime win in a dual.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Patrick DesLauries MA Ashland Sr.
2 –– James Duhancik CT Stratford Sr.
3 –– Michael DiOrio RI Ponaganset So.
4 5 Jayden Toppan MA Gloucester Jr.
5 7 Matt Harold MA Haverhill Fr.
6 10 Logan Reiner RI South Kingstown Sr.
7 NR Kaden Cyr ME Bonny Eagle Jr.
8 NR Jared Brenton ME Massabassec Sr.
9 NR Mike Gianetti CT Trumbull Sr.
10 4 Jhonnyel Ramierez CT Danbury Sr.



No. 3 Nuh Adjunski (Danbury, CT) rises after beating No. 4 Doug Traynor (New Fairfield, CT) 4-1 at the Eastern States Classic. Adjunski would go on to place fourth in the tournament. No. 10 Joseph Church comes into the rankings after establishing himself in Rhode Island this season.

Rank Last Rank Name State School Grade
1 –– Thomas Brown MA Chelmsford So.
2 –– Hampton Kaye-Kuter MA Milford Sr.
3 5 Nuh Adjunski CT Danbury Sr.
4 3 Doug Traynor CT New Fairfield Sr.
5 4 Brayden Marceau MA Melrose Sr.
6 –– Malaki Colon NH Timberlane Sr.
7 –– Charlie Smith MA St. John’s Prep Sr.
8 –– Don Shivas CT Derby/Oxford/Holy Cross Sr.
9 –– Johnny Letre ME Coney Sr.
10 NR Joseph Church RI Bishop Hendricken Sr.


Team rankings

One team looks like it is clearly pulling away: No. 1 Ponaganset (Glocester, RI). The Chieftains traveled to New York for what they thought would be some tough competition, but little did they know that they were the tough competition.

Ponaganset became not only the first Rhode Island team but the first New England team to ever win the Eastern States Classic tournament. This massive win has catapulted Ponaganset onto the national stage as they are now the No. 50 ranked high school team in the country.

No. 2 Danbury (CT) was also in the tournament, placing eighth. No. 8 Norwalk (CT) and No. 13 New Fairfield (CT) also attended the classic.

No. 3 Xavier (Middletown, CT) took third place at the War at the Shore tournament in Maryland. Meanwhile No. 5 Saint John’s Prep (Danvers, MA) stayed in-state and won the Woburn Invitational. No. 4 Coventry (RI) is this edition’s biggest riser as they add some firepower to their ranks.

The team rankings are calculated using the number of wrestlers ranked in the New England top 10 poll.

Rank Points Last Rank School Ranked Wrestlers State
1 124 –– Ponaganset 10 RI
2 59.5 –– Danbury 6 CT
3 59 –– Xavier 5 CT
4 50 7 Coventry 3 RI
5 46.5 4 St. Johns Prep 4 MA
6 46 5 Shawsheen Tech 3 MA
7 40.5 9 Hope 4 RI
8 40 10 Haverhill 4 MA
9 39 8 Norwalk 3 CT
10 36.5 6 Killingly 3 CT
11 36 12 Avon 2 CT
12 32.5 11 Bishop Hendricken 4 RI
13 31.5 16 New Fairfield 3 CT
14 30 13 Chelmsford 2 MA
15 27 –– Minnechaug 2 MA

Max Schwartz has published multiple pieces with wrestling giant, including pre-covid New England rankings, as well as with up-and-coming Division I wrestling news site Max grew up in Norwalk, Conn., where he wrestled for Norwalk High. This is his second year doing New England rankings for Connecticut Wrestling Online. You can reach Max at [email protected]

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