Welcome to the home of the Connecticut Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Who we are
Connecticut Wrestling, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and promotion of the sport of wrestling in Connecticut. Connecticut Wrestling, Inc., (CWI) sponsors the Connecticut Wrestling Hall of Fame, hosts a youth wrestling tournament, instructional clinics and other initiatives.
Six individuals inducted into Connecticut Wrestling
Hall of Fame
Six individuals were inducted into the newly-formed Connecticut Wrestling Hall of Fame in April 2016.
• The late Steve Fernandes of Southington, a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and 1982 Division III national champion at Trenton State, now called the College of New Jersey. He won a Class LL championship at Southington.
• Former Norwich Free Academy wrestler Tony Gizio, who won two New England titles in 1993 and 1994. He also won two State Open titles in 1994 and 1992 and three straight Class LL crowns from 1992-94. Gizio was a National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) All-American in 1994.
• Former Hand High wrestler Jim Guzzio, who won two New England titles in high school in 1991 and 1992 and a State Open title in 1991. He earned NHSCA All-American honors in 1992. Guzzio became just the second Connecticut native to earn NCAA Division I All-American honors at the University of Maryland in 1997.
• Brendan Harris, one of just two men in Connecticut to win four State Open titles from 1995-98 and 155 matches at Somers High School. Harris won a New England championship in 1998.
• T.J. MarcAurele, the NFA and Ledyard High wrestler, who won three New England titles, four State Open championships (1989-92) and went 171-1 in high school. In 1989, he won the Cadet Division (ages 15-16) world championship in Greco-Roman. In 1993, he was second in the NCJAA national championships wrestling for Kansas’ Garden City Community College, helping Garden City win the national title.
• Former Waterford High wrestler Stefenie Shaw, who twice finished fourth at the U.S. Olympic trials, won a bronze medal for the U.S. at the 2004 Pan-American Games, won a U.S. national championship in 2008 and captured a collegiate national title for Oklahoma City University in 2009.
Sponsored by Connecticut Wrestling, Inc., the Connecticut Wrestling Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding wrestlers from the state for their achievements in the sport, character and leadership. Candidates must have been out of high school for 10 years or college for five years to be eligible for consideration.