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Xavier remains No. 1 in top 10 poll

Xavier, which has won five tournaments this year, is ranked No. 1 in the most recent top 10 poll as the dual meet portion of the schedule concludes . (Photo courtesy Mike Cunningham)

With the dual meet season behind us, teams across Connecticut are preparing for the upcoming state championship tournaments this weekend.

As championship weekend approaches, Xavier (15-2) remains the unanimous choice as the No. 1 ranked team in the state in the most recent Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 poll as voted by state coaches and media members.

The Falcons won their seventh straight Southern Connecticut Conference championship on Saturday and will be defending their state championship in Class L.

The top 10 teams in the state remained the same but there was some movement within the top 10. Fairfield Warde (22-2) made the biggest move, leaping three spots from No. 5 to No. 2 after they won their second straight FCIAC championship on Saturday.

New Milford (10-3) also jumped three spots to No. 3 after they beat then-No. 2 Newtown to win the Southwest Conference for the seventh time in the last eight years.

Newtown (16-0) had the most points ever for a second-place team at the SWC Tournament and the Nighthawks slipped two spots to No. 4.

Danbury (14-0) finished second in the FCIAC championships and dropped three spots to No. 6. East Hartford had only match this week and the Hornets beat Manchester, 64-18 to finish undefeated for the second time in program history. The Hornets slipped one spots to No. 5.

Simsbury (13-4) won the CCC West title this week and remains at No. 7.

Killingly (30-0) won the Eastern Connectiut Conference championship for the fifth time in the last six events and remains at No. 8. Killingly has won seven tournaments — dual meet and individual — so far this season.

Ridgefield (20-2) moved up one spot to No.9 after their third place finish at the FCIAC championships with Trumbull (27-3) dropping one spot to No. 10.

The final poll of the 2023-24 season will be in two weeks following the State Open championships.

This week’s poll

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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (Week 7)

Team Rec. TW Pts LW Class
1. Xavier (17) 15-2 5 510 1 L
2. Fairfield Warde 22-2 3 442 5 LL
3. New Milford 11-3 4 402 6 L
4. Newtown 16-0 5 394 2 L
5. East Hartford 15-0 4 380 4 LL
6. Danbury 14-0 1 378 3 LL
7. Simsbury 13-4 2 298 7 L
8. Killingly 30-0 7 295 8 S
9. Ridgefield 20-2 1 209 10 LL
10. Trumbull 27-3 2 177 9 LL
Also receiving votes: Platt (23-4) 120, RHAM (18-3) 97, Foran (31-8) 87, NFA (22-4) 80, Southington (10-2) 57, Berlin (13-9) 33, Fairfield Ludlowe (15-4) 27, Notre Dame-West Haven (22-10) 11, Bristol Eastern (15-2) 11, Avon 9, Guilford (17-9) 7, Windham 7
TW: Wins in dual meet or individual tournaments as a team
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; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; David Stewart,, Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Paul Musso, New Fairfield

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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