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Class L championships
At Bristol Central
Team results -- 1. Bristol Eastern 231; 2. New Milford 230; 3. Daniel Hand 143½; 4. New London 127½; 5. Hall 117; 6. Simsbury 113; 7. Middletown 107; 8. Fitch 95; 9. Wilton 85; 10. New Canaan 84; 11. E.O. Smith 83½; 11. Pomperaug 83½; 13. Masuk 76; 14. South Windsor 74; 15. Immaculate/Joel Barlow 69; 16. Bristol Central 66½; 17. Wethersfield 60; 18. Fairfield Ludlowe 59; 19. Maloney 58; 20. Manchester 54; 21. Farmington 41; 21. Newington 41; 23. Darien 26; 24. Notre Dame-West Haven 22; 25. Windsor 11
106: Final -- Jarod Kosman (Fitch) dec. Christopher Trelli (Bristol Central), 1-0; 3. Travis Longo (Wilton) dec. Bryce Beebe (Bristol Eastern), 6-0; 5. Steven Brooks (New Milford) dec. Nick Khzouz (New Canaan), 8-2
113: Final -- Devon Schoenberger (South Windsor) pin Robert Hartling (E.O. Smith), 3:25; 3. Brandon Leonard (New Milford) dec. Jordon Champagne (Bristol Eastern), 3-1; 5. Finnegan Mcgovern (Wilton) dec. Dylan Brochard (Daniel Hand), 3-2
120: Final -- Collin Lindner (New Milford) dec. Mark Hartmann (Daniel Hand), 13-3; 3. Michael Fedorko (Masuk) dec. Noah Sylvester (Middletown), 10-7; 5. Carson Sassu (Bristol Eastern) pin Kyle Wolkner (Farmington), 3:16
126: Final -- Mel Ortiz (New Milford) dec. Tyler Sung (New Canaan), 7-3; 3. Nicholas Rende (Wilton) dec. Austin Robertson (Fitch), 9-2; 5. Tyler Savluk (Newington) dec. Connor Massey (Notre Dame-West Haven), 6-4
132: Final -- Demetre Carnot (Maloney) dec. Christopher-tyler Schultz (New Milford), 5-4; 3. Kyle Sheehan (Pomperaug) dec. Shamar Schand (Manchester), 10-9; 5. John Kachidurian (Bristol Eastern) pin Jacob Hill (South Windsor), 2:16
138: Final -- Joshua Kowalski (Simsbury) dec. Charles Schultz (New Milford), 7-4; 3. Michelangelo Bolorin (Wethersfield) FOR Nate Sibbett (New Canaan); 5. Curtis Fedorko (Masuk) dec. Daniel Germain (Pomperaug), 10-5
145: Final -- Carson Licastri (Immaculate/Joel Barlow) dec. Eli Perry (Hall), 7-2; 3. Zakery Santoemma (Daniel Hand) dec. Anthony Lozier (Bristol Eastern), 2-1; 5. Nickolas Richardson (E.O. Smith) pin Jason Lobdell (Masuk), 2:51
152: Final -- Mathew Pangle (Pomperaug) pin Tom Gatti (Middletown), 3:29; 3. Ben Coppock (Immaculate/Joel Barlow) dec. Justin Marshall (Bristol Eastern), 4-2; 5. Alex Richardson (New Milford) FOR Afran Ali (Manchester)
160: Final -- Michael Barrett (Bristol Eastern) pin Jacob Commander (New London), 5:05; 3. Cameron Berger (New Milford) dec. Bradley Currier (Hall), 7-6; 5. Tadeusz Godlewski (Fairfield Ludlowe) dec. Adam Hendrick (Daniel Hand), 6-5
170: Final -- Trinadad Gonzalez (Bristol Eastern) pin Okotie Ikani (Hall), 4:44; 3. Nick Garoffolo (Immaculate/Joel Barlow) dec. Zachary Zeyher (Wilton), 2-1; 5. Luis Rodriguez-veras (New London) pin Kyle Fabich (New Milford), 1:51
195: Final -- Dakota Grover (Fitch) dec. David Angulo (New Milford), 4-3; 3. Justin Searls (Hall) dec. Jackson King (Simsbury), 4-3; 5. Austin Harnish (Wethersfield) pin James Johnson (Middletown), 1:35
220: Final -- Renelson Michel (New London) dec. Granit Hoti (Darien), 4-3; 3. Robert Krajewski (Masuk) pin Michael Guzman (Bristol Central), 1:00; 5. Christian Westphal (Daniel Hand) pin Hidekel Mangual (Bristol Eastern), 1:45
285: Final -- Michael Burchell (Daniel Hand) dec. Jasper Stone (Simsbury), 3-1; 3. Renel Michel (New London) pin Jack Stewart (New Canaan), 4:19; 5. Maxwell Cyr (Middletown) dec. Nicholas Haviland (Manchester), 4-1
Outstanding wrestler: Devon Schoenberger (113), South Windsor
Every point matters as Eastern wins first state title since 1996
Connecticut Wrestling Online
BRISTOL, Feb. 18 -- Bristol Eastern had three individual champions and 10 medalists to nip four-time defending champion New Milford to win the Class L championship Saturday night at Bristol Central, 231-230.
It was the closest finish in the history of the Class L tournament, eclipsing the 1½ point win by the Green Wave over Hand in 2011.
New Milford had five finalists and 10 medalists but had just two individual champions. In the race for a championship, every point gained or lost was significant.
The Green Wave lost two matches in the finals by one point while Eastern had pins in two of their three finals matches to pick up four extra bonus points.
In the final at 132 pounds, Maloney’s Demetre Carnot had a two-point reversal with 33 seconds remaining in a 5-4 win over New Milford’s Christopher Tyler-Schultz. In the final at 195 pounds, Fitch’s Dakota Grover had a takedown against New Milford’s David Angulo with 21 seconds remaining to snap a 2-2 tie. Angulo escaped with a second remaining but it wasn’t enough in a 4-3 decision.
Eastern, meanwhile, got pins from Michael Barrett (160) and Trinidad Gonzalez (170) to pick up four extra points for pins. In Barrett’s win over top-seeded Jacob Commander of New London, the match was scoreless after two periods when Barrett got a two-point reversal to take command.
In the match between the two top seeds, No. 1 seed Zachary Marquis of Bristol Eastern took a 6-0 lead after one period and beat No. 2 Isaiah Rivera of E.O. Smith, 9-4.
As crucial as the victories in the finals were for Bristol Eastern, the Lancers got some big wins in the medal round, too. Carson Sassu (120) pinned Farmington’s Kyle Wolkner in the fifth place match while Eastern’s John Kachidurian (132) got a pin over South Windsor’s Jacob Hill in a fifth place bout. Both picked up extra points for pinning that were key to the Lancers’ victory.
New Milford was seeking to become the first team to win five straight Class L titles. The Green Wave is the only program to win four consecutive Class L crowns.
Eastern won its second state championship and first since 1996. A year ago, Eastern was second, 27 points behind New Milford.
The closest state tournament in state history came in the Class M tournament when Berlin beat Bunnell by a half point in 1991, 149½ to 149.
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Jarod Kosman beat Bristol Central’s Christopher Trelli for the championship at 106 thanks to a single escape with 1:10 remaining in the second period.
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The championship final at 113 pitted a pair of two-time Class L champions – South Windsor’s Devon Schoenberger and E.O. Smith’s Robert Hartling. Schoenberger had won his two previous titles at 113 while Hartling had won his two Class M crowns at 106 pounds.
Schoenberger took an early 5-0 lead with a takedown and near fall but Hartling got a reversal to cut the lead to 5-2 before Schoenberger escaped with 33 seconds left in the first period for a 6-2 lead after two minutes.
In the second period, Schoenberger extended his lead to 9-2 on an escape and takedown. He pinned Hartling in 3:25 to win his third straight Class L championship. Schoenberger, named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler, had four pins in the tournament. His first three pins came in the first period.
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Carson LiCastri of Joel Barlow/Immaculate had an outstanding tournament. Seeded sixth at 145, he went 4-0 and beat top-seeded Eli Perry of Hall, 7-2 in the finals. A three-point near fall in the second period and an escape and takedown in the third period gave LiCastri a 7-0 lead.
In the semifinals, LiCastri jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on to beat No. 2 seed Zakery Santoemma of Hand, 4-2. LiCastri’s brother, Emmett, won a pair of Class L titles for Joel Barlow/Immaculate in 2015 and 2016.
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Pomperaug senior Matthew Pangle won the first state championship for the Panthers since 2010 with his pin of top-seeded Tom Gatti of Middletown in the final at 152 pounds. Pangle advanced to the final with two pins and a medical forfeit in the semifinal when Manchester’s Afran Ali got hurt in the first period and couldn’t continue.
Gatti led 4-2 in the final before Pangle escaped with 29 seconds left in the first period to cut the lead to one. In the second period, Pangle escaped to tie the match and got a takedown to take his first lead of the bout, 6-4. That led to the pin of Gatti.