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Roundup: Xavier wins Mid-Hudson Tournament for second time

Xavier’s Charles Weidman, right, won the Mid-Hudson Tournament at 189 pounds last week to help the Falcons win the event for the second time.

Eleven Xavier wrestlers earned medals with Matt Ferrucci (152) and Charles Weidman (189) winning individual championships as Xavier won the 56th annual Mid-Hudson Tournament in Larangeville, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 28, for the second time in three years.

The Falcons won by nearly 70 points with 253 points as Longwood, N.Y. finished second with 184 points and Newburgh Free Academy taking third with 182 points.

Xavier (4-0) also won the tournament in 2021 and is the only Connecticut team to have won this tournament. The Mid-Hudson tournament began in 1965 and is the longest running high school tournament in New York history.

The two-day event is not a typical tournament. On day one, wrestlers compete in pools wrestling four or five times to advance to the finals with an eight-wrestler bracket to determine the medalists on day two.

Ferrucci (11-2) and Weidman (11-2) won individual titles with teammates Raekwon Schabazz (110), Kyle Levesque (132), Anthony Basile (138) and Vin Schileppi (215) each finishing third. Seamus Hallian (110), Carl Loria (126) and John Lagana (145) each finished fourth with Zachary Fong (160, fifth) and Kevin Kasperowski (118, sixth) also earning medals.

Results: Wednesday, Dec. 28

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Berlin’s Caleb Orde (120) and Conlan Smiard (160) earned tough decisions to help Berlin beat Trumbull, 39-30 to win the Trumbull Duals for the first time on Dec. 30.

Orde beat Trumbull’s Shane Ryan, 9-5 with Simard outlasting Alex Sparks-Bakota, 10-7 to help lift the Redcoats (8-2). Trumbull is 10-1. Minnechaug Regional from Wilbraham, Mass., finished third with a 43-33 win over Foran-Milford.

Results, Friday, Dec. 30

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With nine pins in the championship final, Windham earned a solid 58-19 victory over Guilford to capture the Whippet Duals on Dec. 30 in Willimantic. Fitch finished third with a 48-34 win over Rockville.

Windham (6-0) won the tournament for a record eighth time and for the first time since 2018. Guilford (4-2) had won the last two tournaments in 2022 and 2020. It was cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic.

Results, Friday, Dec. 30

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Killingly (10-0) gave up just 12 points in three victories in pool play and outlasted RHAM, 48-37 in the championship match to win the Killingly New Year’s Duals on Dec. 30, in Danielson. It was the first loss of the season for the Raptors (8-1).

Killingly won the tournament for the fifth straight time. It was the first time since 2011 that the tournament had enough teams to form pools with the winners squaring off for the championship.

Results, Friday, Dec. 30

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Newtown beat Norwalk, 57-21 in the championship match to win the second annual Nighthawk Invitational Duals title on Dec. 30. The Nighthawks (6-0) erased an early 12-3 deficit with four straight pins to take a 27-12 lead. Newtown had eight pins in the title match.

Results, Friday, Dec. 30

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NFA won the Guardian Duals in Glastonbury for the first time with victories over Glastonbury, Hand, Amity, Newington and New Britain on Dec. 29. NFA (10-1) beat host Glastonbury, 39-32 and handed New Britain their first loss of the season, 46-29. The Hurricanes (8-1) won their first eight matches of the season, including an exciting 39-36 win over Glastonbury.

It was the first duals tournament in Glastonbury since 2020. It was the first round-robin tournament since 2016.

Results: Thursday, Dec. 29

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In Avon, Bristol Central went home with five victories on Dec. 29 after beating host Avon, 40-39. The Rams (6-1) also beat Canton, Foran, Haddam-Killingworth and Conard.

Results: Thursday, Dec. 29

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With six champions and nine finalists, Danbury (5-0) won their own Ryan Sabbagh Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28 with a 261-200 win over New Milford. It was the first Sabbagh tournament since 2020. The last two were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results: Wednesday, Dec. 28

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At the Joe Beler Duals at Jonathan Law in Milford, Platt and Plainville each went 5-0 to win their respective pools in the tournament. Platt (10-0) won the tournament by scoring more team points than Plainville. Ridgefield finished third with Law taking fourth.

Earlier in December, the Skip Ardan Invitational in Manchester was cancelled. … At the Phil Tomkeil Tournament in Agawam, Mass., on Dec. 30, Enfield finished third for the second straight year. Agawam won the title for the second year in a row. … North Haven (1-5) won their first match in team history on Dec. 27 with a 48-36 win over Morgan. North Haven is fielding a varsity team for the first time this season. … The first top 10 coaches poll of the season will be released this week.

Results, Friday, Dec. 30
Results. Thursday, Dec. 29
Results, Wednesday, Dec. 28
Results, Tuesday, Dec. 27

 

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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