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Henckel wins another medal at Super 32 Challenge

Southbury’s Sarah Henckel finished fifth at the Super 32 Classic on Sunday.  (Photo courtesy Sam Janicki /

For the second consecutive year, Southbury’s Sarah Henckel finished fifth at the Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, N.C.

Henckel, who will be a sophomore at Blair Academy in Blair, N.J., went 3-2 and finished fifth at 160 pounds. A year ago, she finished fourth at 148 pounds.

Henckel was one of two Connecticut wrestlers to come home with a medal. She lost in the quarterfinals to eventual finalist Matilda Hruby of Colorado, who had pins in each of her first four matches.

Henckel had a pair of technical fall victories and finished fifth with a medical default win over Ugochi Anunobi of Maryland.

In the high school division, Xavier’s Raekwon Shabazz (113) and Canton’s Colby Houle (132) each won four matches in the tournament. Shabazz finished with a pin and an overtime win in the tournament. Houle, who will be attending Northfield Mt. Hermon this fall, lost his first match of the tournament before winning four consecutive bouts in the consolation round with two pins.

Fairfield’s Charles Weidman (215), who attends Xavier, and New Fairfield’s Joe Mahoney (126) each won three matches and were 3-2. In the tournament. Fairfield’s Ben Zuckerman (133) went 2-2 in the tournament.

In the middle school division, Joseph Pellicci (112) was the only state wrestler with multiple wins going 2-2.

In the elementary school division, Woodbridge’s Ty Silverstrim finished sixth in the 80 pound weight class in the 8-and-under division.

2023 Super 32 Classic results

Super 32 medalists from Connecticut
2003: Alex Cournoyer, Suffield Academy, 112
2017: Jakob Camacho, Danbury, 126
2017: Joanne Ortiz, New Milford, 106
Second place
2017: Cara Broadus, Plymouth, 139
2018: Ryan Jack, Danbury, 126
2019: Nico Provo, Stratford (Greens Farms Academy), 113
2020: Dakota-Marie Dinelli, Plainville, 148
Third place
2019: Ella Nichols, Bristol Eastern, 160
2021: Julianna Morris, Pomperaug, 130
Fourth place
2016: Jacob Camacho, Danbury, 120
2022: Sarah Henckel, Southbury (Blair Academy), 148

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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