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State championship tournaments conclude today

Wrestlers from Danbury and Glastonbury compete Friday at the Class LL championships in Trumbull. Competition concludes today. (Photo courtesy Leigh Busby)

Trumbull, Xavier, Berlin and Killingly have the lead after day 1 at the CIAC state wrestling tournaments.

On Saturday, action begins at 11 a.m. The semifinals begin Saturday at noon at all four locations with the medal round, including the finals, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Host Trumbull leads the Class LL tournament with co-champion East Hartford in second place. At the Class L meet in Guilford, No. 1 Xavier has a commanding 20½ point lead over No. 2 New Milford and No. 6 Newtown.

At the Class M meet at Jonathan Law in Milford, Berlin has a 6½ point lead over No. 7 RHAM with just 8½ points separating the top four teams.

No. 10 Killingly is hosting the Class S championship meet and Killingly has a two-point lead over ECC rival Windham, 103-101 after day 1. New Fairfield is third with 90½ points followed by defending champion Haddam-Killingworth with 90 points.

In the New England Prep School championships in Andover, Mass., Westport’s Greens Farms Academy leads by six points over defending New England champion Northfield Mt. Hermon, 72-66. The Dragons, who went 14-for-14 in the finals of last week’s Western New England championship tournament, have all 14 wrestlers alive in the championship bracket as wrestling begins today at Phillips Andover.

GFA is looking for their first New England championship.

Tickets for the CIAC tournaments are not available at the door. They must be purchased online. The four CIAC tournaments will be streamed on FloWrestling and through the NFHS network. There are subscription fees for both streaming services.

It was a busy day Friday at the Class LL championship meet in Trumbull. Photographer Leigh Busby caught some of the action. (Photos courtesy Leigh Busby)

Class LL championships
At Trumbull
Top 5 after day 1: Trumbull 118, 2. East Hartford 101, 3. Fairfield Warde 95½, 4. Southington 94, 5. Danbury 91½
Last year: East Hartford and Danbury 232, Fairfield Warde 204
2023 seeds
Class LL brackets and results (FloArena)
Streaming video: FloWrestling and NFHS network.

Class L championships
At Guilford
Top 5 after day 1: Xavier 140½, 2. New Milford 120, 3. Newtown 97, 4. Simsbury 92½, 5. Stratford 68
Last year: Xavier 318½, Simsbury 234½, Newtown 173½
2023 seeds
Class L brackets and results (Flo Arena)
Streaming video: FloWrestling and NFHS network.

Class M championships
At Jonathan Law-Milford
Top 5 after day 1: Berlin 109½, 2. RHAM 103, 3. Avon 102½, 4. Foran 101, 5. Branford 86
Last year:  Branford 261½, Foran 226½, Berlin 155½
2023 seeds
Class M brackets and results (FloArena)
Streaming video: FloWrestling and NFHS network.

Class S championships
At Killingly
Top 5 after day 1: Killingly 103, 2. Windham 101, 3. New Fairfield 90½, 4. Haddam-Killingworth 90, 5. Plainville 78
Last year:
 Haddam-Killingworth 267½, Killingly 184½, Windham 171½
2023 seeds
Class S brackets and results (FloArena)
Streaming video: FloWrestling and NFHS network.

New England Prep School championships
At Andover, Mass.
Top 5 after day 1: Greens Farms Academy 72, 2. Northfield Mt. Hermon 66, 3. Belmont Hill 65, 4. St. Sebastian’s 37, 5. Choate Rosemary Hall 34½
Last year: Northfield Mt. Hermon 260½, 2. GFA 253½, 3. Belmont Hill 194½, 4. Brunswick 120, 5. Nobles 105
NEISWA brackets and results (FloArena)

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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