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Xavier slips past Danbury into top spot of Connecticut Wrestling Online’s top 10 poll

Newtown moved up two spots in this week’s top 10 wrestling poll. Above, Newtown’s Charlie Dunn (220) works to pin Ridgefield’s Jaidyn Change in Saturday’s Ray Southland Duals. (Photo courtesy Newtown wrestling)

A week ago, Xavier received 12 of 16 votes in the first Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 wrestling poll of the season but was ranked No. 2 behind Danbury in balloting by state coaches and members of the media.

This week, Xavier got fewer first place votes (10) while Danbury got more – six, up from three a week ago.

But it is Xavier that moves into first place in the poll this week with a four-point lead over the Hatters, who drop one spot to No. 2.

Sixteen of 17 votes had Danbury in the top two while 14 of 17 voters had Xavier in the top two spots. Neither team was ranked lower than third. The big reason that Xavier was No. 2 a week ago was that one voted had the Falcons ranked tenth.

RHAM, which won the Casey Dane Yates Invitational at Lyman Memorial on Saturday, is the only new team in the top 10 at No. 9. Berlin slipped out of the top 10, slipping to No. 11.

Xavier (6-4) spent two days in Wisconsin last weekend at the 32-team National High School Duals going 2-4 against teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.

Danbury (6-0) beat FCIAC rival Trumbull last week and won the Sanford Annual Wrestling Tournament (SWAT) in Sanford, Maine, on Saturday for the fourth time with two individual champions and five finalists.

No. 3 New Milford (3-0) won the Bristol Central Tournament for the third time with a two-point win over No. 5 East Hartford (2-0), the second-closest finish in the tournament’s 40-year history. The Green Wave got four pins from five wrestlers that won in the final round to win the title.

The tournament was the first big meet of the year for the Hornets, who had three individual champions.

Fairfield Warde (3-1) remained at No. 4 after beating Darien last week and winning their own Warde Invitational for the 11th time. New Milford and East Hartford were also No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, a week ago.

Newtown (10-1) moved up two spots to No. 6. The Nighthawks finished third at the Ray Southerland Memorial Duals in Southington on Saturday, going 3-1. In the semifinals, Newtown dropped a 40-37 decision to eventual winner Melrose, Mass., losing in the final bout. The Nighthawks recovered to beat Branford, 51-27 to finish third.

No. 7 Killingly (11-0) slipped one spot. Killingly beat Ledyard last week and finished second behind No. 9 RHAM (9-1) at the Casey Yates Invitational.

Simsbury (2-1) dropped one spot to No. 8. After beating Bristol Eastern on Wednesday, the Trojans took third at the Warde Invitational behind Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe.

Southington (5-2) remains at No. 10 for a second straight week. The Blue Knights went 3-1 at their own Ray Southland Memorial Duals, dropping a 50-27 decision to Melrose, Mass., in the finals.


Connecticut Wrestling Online’s top 10 high school wrestling poll for the 2022-23 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 2, January 10, 2023

Team Rec. Pts. LW Class
1. Xavier (10) 6-4 490 2 L
2. Danbury (6) 6-0 486 1 LL
3. New Milford (1) 3-0 436 3 L
4. Fairfield Warde 3-1 400 4 LL
5. East Hartford 2-0 352 5 LL
6. Newtown 10-1 262 8 L
7. Killingly 11-0 256 6 S
8. Simsbury 2-1 243 7 L
9. RHAM 9-1 212 nr M
10. Southington 5-2 201 10 LL
Also receiving votes: Berlin (9-2) 165, Trumbull (14-2) 154, Fairfield Ludlowe 140, Avon (5-3) 135, Hall (2-1) 81, New Fairfield (2-1) 75, Windham (7-1) 64, Norwalk (7-1) 40, Haddam-Killingworth (8-2) 21, Platt High (11-1) 15, Branford (5-3) 14, Bristol Central (7-1) 10, Staples (4-1) 9, Foran (12-5) 8, Nonnewaug (7-1) 7
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; Paul Musso, New Fairfield; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; David Stewart, GameTimeCT.com, Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin

 

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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