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Max Schwartz’s New England rankings: Feb. 9, 2023

Special to Connecticut Wrestling Online

With the bulk of the dual meet season behind us, the postseason tournaments are getting underway across New England.

In Connecticut, the conference tournaments go full throttle this weekend while in Massachusetts, the sectional tournaments begin. In Vermont, the dual meet state championships will occur and in Maine, the Class A and Class B tournaments are set for this weekend.

There is just one new No. 1 wrestler in this week’s New England public school rankings. Nate Blanchette of Central Catholic in Lawrence, Mass., moved up one spot at 182 pounds after his win over Spencer Fine of Bishop Hendricken in Rhode Island at the 2023 Capital City Classic in Concord, N.H.

With so much talent in the region, the rankings have been expanded to the top 12 wrestlers in each weight class along with a top 20 ranking for teams at the New England tournament in March.

There will be two more editions of the New England top 10 rankings this season on Feb. 23, prior to New England qualifying tournaments around the region and one week later on Thursday, Feb. 2, just prior to the New England championships.


There are a few changes at 106 in this week’s rankings. Brady Oulette (Noble, ME) joining the top 10 rankings for the second time this season at No. 4. He won the 2023 Timberlane tournament in Plaistow, N.H., beating No. 6 Mike Morris (Haverhill, MA), 10-6 and pinning No. 5 Emmet Logan (Lowell, MA).

Thanks to a dominant season in Vermont, No. 10 Coy Lyford (Spaulding, VT) is back in the rankings. He recently avenged a loss to Oulette from earlier in the season. No. 7 Charlie Lussier (Whitman-Hanson, MA) is also new to the rankings. He has been a force in Massachusetts and has a past win over Glynn from 2021 at the Spartan Championships.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Raekwon Shabazz CT Xavier So. 1
2 Cristian Pote CT Danbury Jr. 2
3 Yandel Morales MA Andover Fr. 3
4 Brady Oulette ME Noble Fr. NR
5 Emmet Logan MA Lowell Fr. 4
6 Mike Morris MA Haverhill So. 5
7 Charlie Lussier MA Whitman-Hanson So. NR
8 Cole Glynn MA Central Catholic So. 6
9 William Soe RI North Providence Sr. 7
10 Coy Lyford VT Spaulding Sr. NR
11 Alex Oberc CT New Milford Jr. 8
12 Jack Gedeney CT Lewis Mills Fr. 9



There are no changes at 113 in the top seven spots. No. 8 Braylon Gonzalez (Xavier, CT) debuts at No. 8. He recently beat No. 10 Domenic Gangi (Methuen, MA), 10-4 in the finals of the Methuen Invitational. Gangi also beat No. 11 Shea Morris (Haverhill, MA) 6-2 in the semifinals of the Methuen tournament.

No. 9 Aiden Baum (Milford, MA) is back in the rankings thanks to an outstanding sophomore season. Baum made the New England Tournament last year at 106 and won a match.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Isaiah Adams CT Avon Sr. 1
2 Alex Schaeublin MA St. John’s Prep Sr. 2
3 James Blood ME Sanford Sr. 3
4 Deydon Soto CT Danbury So. 4
5 Jared Hood RI Ponaganset Jr. 5
6 Peter Rincan NH Bedford So. 6
7 Ryan Conlan RI La Salle Academy Sr. 7
8 Braylon Gonzalez CT Xavier Fr. NR
9 Aiden Baum MA Milford So. NR
10 Domenic Gangi MA Methuen Jr. NR
11 Shea Morris MA Haverhill Fr. 8
12 Cahota Lafond VT Colchester Fr. NR



While Peyton Ellis of Coventry, R.I., is firmly in the No. 1 spot, there is a bit of shakeup in the top 10. No. 5 Martim Moniz (East Providence, RI) moved into the top 10 after using three pins to win Connecticut Challenge in Southington that included a 3-2 win over then-No. 3 Cameron Davis (Cranston West, RI) in that tournament. Davis drops out of the top 10 due to Rhode Island qualifying only three wrestlers per weight class. However, it looks like there are not one, not two, not three, but four possible hammers coming out of RI in this weight class, gunning for a spot on the New England podium.

In other action around the region, Peyton Ellis (Coventry, RI) won the Gary Tiger Ridgefield Challenge and had a pin over No. 10 Jerry Hill (Bethel, CT). Hill won the New Milford tournament the week prior. No. 8 Issac Quilles (East Hartford, CT) had three pins and won the Central Connecticut Conference Tournament.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Peyton Ellis RI Coventry Jr. 1
2 Ayden Cofone ME Windham/GNG So. 3
3 David Perez RI Ponaganset Fr. 4
4 Brayton Carbone MA Shawsheen Tech So. 5
5 Martim Moniz RI East Providence Sr. NR
6 Miles Darling MA Essex Tech/Masconomet Jr. 6
7 Joe Mahoney CT New Fairfield So. 7
8 Isaac Quilles CT East Hartford So. 8
9 Caden Brusso NH Hollis-Brookline Jr. 9
10 Jerry Hill CT Bethel Sr. 10
11 Brandon Winn MA Brockton Sr. NR
12 Brodey McDonald NH Salem Jr. NR



The top 10 remained the same. With the expansion to the top 12 wrestlers, No. 11 Jared Managifico (Southington, CT) and No. 12 Alex Perez (Mount Anthony Union, VT) joined the group.

No. 3 Phoenix Gardella (Norwalk, CT) won the New Milford tournament, and No. 8 Dominick Spadaro (Fairfield Warde, CT) won the Gary Tiger Ridgefield Challenge. The two should square off for a rematch this weekend in the FCIAC championship tournament. No. 6 Jack Callahan (Tewksbury, MA) beat No. 10 Nathan Sayers (Xavieran, MA), 13-1

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



Jonah Paulino (Monty Tech, MA) beating James Tildsley (Shawsheen Tech) 14-2 caused a significant change in this weight class. No. 7 Colton Thorpe (Southington, CT) had a dominate performance winning both the Connecticut Challenge and the CCC tournament to come in and earn a spot in the rankings.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Hayden Myers RI Coventry Sr. 1
2 Jonah Paulino MA Monty Tech Jr. 5
3 James Tildsley MA Shawsheen Tech Fr. 2
4 Kaden Ware CT Killingly Sr. 3
5 Kyle Levesque CT Xavier Jr. 4
6 Connor Swaim RI North Kingston Sr. 7
7 Colton Thorpe CT Southington Sr. NR
8 Dylan Davis ME Wells Jr. 8
9 William Leischner RI Ponaganset So. 10
10 Kiaben Kennedy NH Bedford Jr. NR
11 Shaun McLaughlin MA Natick Sr. NR
12 Avery Carl VT Middlebury Sr. NR



The big mover here is No. 3 Jackez Mendez (East Hartford, CT) up five spots from No. 8 in the most recent rankings. Mendez beat No. 9 Josh Howard (Southington, CT) in the finals of the Connecticut Challenge. Mende also beat No. 4 Anthony Basile (Xavier, CT) to win the Colter Abbey Mid-Season Classic. Basile, meanwhile, bested No. 5 Cam Ice (Minnechaug, MA) in double-overtime to win the Methuen Invitational.

No. 12 Jesse DeFonce of Danbury is now up at 138 for the postseason. A loss in last year’s FCIAC finals puts No. 11 Nick Fatone (Norwalk, CT) ahead of him in the rankings. We should hopefully see a rematch come Saturday.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Sidney Tildsley MA Shawsheen Tech So. 1
2 Tyler Kadish MA Newton South Sr. 2
3 Jackez Mendez CT East Hartford So. 8
4 Anthony Basile CT Xavier Jr. 4
5 Cam Ice MA Minnechaug Sr. 3
6 Caleb Whitney VT Otter Valley Sr. 5
7 Joe Joyce RI Ponaganset Fr. 6
8 Edmir Monteiro RI Hope Sr. 7
9 Josh Howard CT Southington Jr. 9 @ 145
10 Jaydin D’Ambrosio MA St. John’s Prep Jr. 9
11 Nick Fatone CT Norwalk Jr. NR
12 Jesse DeFonce CT Danbury Jr. NR


Just a few changes here at 145 pounds. No. 5 Yaxier Rivera (East Hartford, CT) makes his rankings debut after beating then-No. 2 Jonah Weber (Avon, CT) 10-4 in the Central Connecticut Conference finals.

No. 10 Teghan McConnell (Bedford, NH) jumps into the rankings following a pin over No. 11 James Bohenko (Central Catholic, MA) to win the Capital City Classic in Concord. Bohenko beat No. 12 Colby Vital (Bishop Hendricken, RI) in the semifinals in Concord.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Gabriel Bouyssou RI Scituate Jr. 1
2 Elliot Humphries MA Minnechaug Jr. 3
3 Thomas Bock CT New Fairfield Sr. 4
4 Luke Connolly MA Northeast Metro Tech Jr. 7
5 Yaxier Rivera CT East Hartford So. NR
6 Jonah Weber CT Avon Sr. 2
7 Anthony Mann MA Hanover Jr. 5
8 William Smith CT Fairfield Prep Jr. 6
9 Paul Barrett MA Longmeadow Sr. NR
10 Teghan McConnell NH Bedford Sr. NR
11 James Bohenko MA Central Catholic Sr. NR
12 Colby Vital RI Bishop Hendricken Fr. 8


The top 4 doesn’t change at 152 pounds. The Methuen Invitational featured a bunch of the top talent in New England at this weight. No. 5 Luke Montefusco (Cranston West, RI) climbs into the rankings after beating No. 6 David Pento Jr. (Londonderry, NH), 5-4 to win the tournament. He also defeated No. 8 Brock DesMarias (Tyngsborough/Dracut, MA) 10-5 in the semis. DesMarias, however, pinned both No. 9 Matthew Ferruci (Xavier, CT) in the quarterfinals and No. 11 Michael Anniballi (Natick, MA) for third place.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Jack Richardson CT Killingly Sr. 1
2 Jason Hood RI Ponaganset Sr. 2
3 Derek Cote ME Noble Sr. 3
4 Drew McGourty MA Braintree Jr. 4
5 Luke Montefuso RI Cranston West Sr. NR
6 David Pento Jr. NH Londonderry So. 6
7 Donnell Young CT Fairfield Ludlowe Jr. 7
8 Brock DesMarias MA Tyngsborough/Dracut Sr. 8 @ 160
9 Matthew Ferrucci CT Xavier Sr. 5
10 Quin Foyle MA Lowell Sr. 8
11 Michael Anniballi MA Natick Sr. NR
12 Caiden Talento CT Platt Jr. 9


This weight class is chock full of talent. No. 1 Rawson Iwanicki (St. John’s Prep, MA) leads the pack, but the four wrestlers following him are all very talented and hunting for that top spot. The newest of these is No. 5 Drayvn Roberts (East Hartford, CT). The sophomore beat No. 6 Jack Walsh (Chelmsford, MA) 6-4 to win the Colter Abbey Mid-Season Classic.

No. 9 Connor Winfield (Narraganset, RI) jumps into the rankings after dropping down a weight class. He has had a great season in Rhode Island. No. 11 Matteo Mustapa (Salem, NH) makes his first appearance in the rankings after going 4-0 with four pins to win the Capital City Classic.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Rawson Iwanicki MA St. John’s Prep Sr. 1
2 Andrew Reall RI Ponaganset Sr. 2
3 Brent Nicholosi MA Haverhill Jr. 3
4 Khalil Bourjeli CT New Milford Sr. 4
5 Dravyn Roberts CT East Hartford So. NR
6 Jack Walsh MA Chelmsford Sr. 5
7 Joseph Tulley MA Carver Sr. 6
8 Lucas Alvan MA Ludlow So. 7
9 Connor Winfield RI Narragansett Sr. NR
10 Braden Campbell RI Bishop Hendricken So. 9
11 Matteo Mustapha NH Salem Sr. NR
12 Jack Arpey VT Mt. Mansfield Sr. 10


No changes here in the top 10 of this class. No. 11 Amon Khalil (Brockton, MA) joins the rankings with No. 12 Matthew Cleary (Plymouth, NH), who won the Capital City Classic.

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


The finals of the Capital City Classic 182-pound division featured the top two wrestlers in New England. New No. 1 Nate Blanchette (Central Catholic, MA) beat No. 2 Spencer Fine (Bishop Hendricken, RI) 10-5 to win the individual championship.

Other action includes No. 8 Charles Weidman (Xavier, CT) pinning No. 9 Anthony Fernandez (Nashua South, NH). Fernandez was up 9-6 at the time of the pin. We also have No. 7 Brayden Soleau (East Lyme/Norwich Tech, CT) making his rankings debut as he beat Weidman 7-2 in the semifinals of the Colter Abbey Mid-Season Classic. Soleau went on to lose to Fine via pin in the finals.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Rank
1 Nate Blanchette MA Central Catholic Jr. 2
2 Spencer Fine RI Bishop Hendricken Jr. 1
3 Mason Pellegri MA Milton Jr. 3
4 Issac Heiner ME Mattanawcook/Lee Sr. 4
5 Preston Marchessault RI Ponaganset So. 5
6 Dominic Iaquinto CT Danbury Jr. 7
7 Brayden Soleau CT East Lyme/Norwich Tech So. NR
8 Charles Weidman CT Xavier So. 9
9 Anthony Fernandez NH Nashua South Sr. 6
10 Jack Wendel CT Nonnewaug Sr. 8
11 Joshua Nieroda CT Suffield/Windsor Locks Sr. 10
12 Ethan Harris MA Taunton Jr. NR


No changes here in the top 10 except for the additions of No. 11 Michael Toppan (Gloucester, MA) and No. 12 Canton Hill (Sanford, ME).

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


Movement here is subtle as one through seven remain the same. No. 9 Nehemias Petteway enters the rankings for the second time this season after pinning No. 10 Mike Gianetti. (Trumbull, CT) No. 12 Charlie Turner (Portsmouth, NH) also enters the rankings for the first time. Petteway, Gianetti, and No. 11 Jhonneyel Ramierez (Danbury, CT) are all contenders to take the FCIAC tournament title this weekend.

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


A few interesting changes at heavyweight. No. 3 Malaki Colon (Timberlane, NH) moves up after beating No. 4 Nuh Adjunski (Danbury, CT) in a dual meet. No. 7 Alex Bajores (St. John’s Prep, MA) enters the rankings for SJP instead of 2022 New England qualifier Charlie Smith. Bajores has had a great season thus far.

Other action includes No. 1 Thomas Brown (Chelmsford, MA) beating No. 10 Joseph Church (Bishop Hendricken, RI) in the finals of the Colter Abbey Mid-Season Classic and the debut of No. 11 Lucas Cylwick (Trumbull, CT), who won the Connecticut Challenge, and No. 12 Justin Sokol (Hopkinton, MA).

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

Team Race

No. 1 Ponaganset (Glocester, RI), who is ranked No. 49 in the country, still holds a very firm lead as the top team in New England. These ratings are based on the number of wrestlers ranked in the top 12 of the individual weight classes.

No. 2 Xavier, (Middletown, CT) jumps up after winning the Colter Abbey Mid-Season Classic. No. 3 Danbury (CT) went 3-1 in duals, most notably losing to Timberlane (Plasitow, NH). Danbury and Xavier were scheduled to face off in a dual meet last Friday, however, the Hatters canceled due to injuries in the lineup.

No. 4 Coventry (RI) came in second at the Gary Tiger Ridgefield Challenge, No. 6 Shawsheen Tech (Billerica, MA) won the Massachusetts Vocational School state tournament, and No. 7 Norwalk (CT) came in second at the New Milford tournament.

No. 11 East Hartford (CT) is the biggest riser, jumping from unranked all the way to 11. The Hornets won the Central Connecticut Conference tournament beating No. 14 Avon (CT) in the process.

Rank School State Points Ranked Wrestlers Last Rank
1 Ponaganset RI 121.5 10 1
2 Xavier CT 58.5 6 3
3 Danbury CT 53.5 6 2
4 Coventry RI 50 3 4
5 St. Johns Prep MA 46 4 5
6 Shawsheen Tech MA 45.5 3 6
7 Norwalk CT 40.5 4 9
8 Killingly CT 36 3 10
9 Haverhill MA 35 4 8
10 Hope RI 34.5 3 7
11 East Hartford CT 33.5 4 NR
T-12 New Fairfield CT 29 3 13
T-12 Newton South MA 29 2 NR
T-14 Chelmsford MA 28.5 2 14
T-14 Avon CT 28.5 2 11
16 Central Catholic MA 27.5 3 NR
17 Minnechaug MA 26.5 2 15
18 Noble ME 25.5 2 NR
19 Bishop Hendricken RI 25 4 12
20 Milford MA 24.5 3 NR

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 
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