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Coast Guard’s Nate Giorgio (133) is the New England Wrestling Association’s co-wrestler of the week. Giorgio won his second tournament in two weeks by taking the Doug Parker Invitational in Springfield. Coast Guard was fifth in the tournament. … With 11 medalists, Roger Williams won the event. … Former Hand wrestler Jake Savoca (149) is the NEWA rookie of the week with a second place finish at the Doug Parker Invitational. … Johnson & Wales leads the New England Division III coaches poll with Coast Guard and Wesleyan in the top 10. … Former Newington wrestlers Brian Amato (125) and Chris Chorzepa (184) are ranked No. 1 in the latest NEWA Division III rankings. …. Franklin & Marshall spoiled Sacred Heart’s home opener with a 21-13 victory Sunday. … See all of the rankings and additional information in our weekly New England collegiate roundup.
SOUTHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Windham High’s Brian Crudden was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame Thursday at the Aqua Turf. Crudden, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, led Windham to seven state titles and six second place finishes. His career record in wrestling is 371-117-5. “It’s a true honor to be honored with this fine group of inductees,” he said. Crudden, who has had a successful career as the Whippets’ football coach, is just the fourth wrestling coach in the CHSCA Hall of Fame along with Bristol Central’s Dennis Siegmann, Hall’s Frank Robinson and Bob Serranno, who coached at Brookfield and New Fairfield.
Danbury's Garcia ranked No. 8 in the nation
Danbury’s Johnny Garcia is the only Connecticut high school wrestler ranked in the FloWrestling preseason national rankings. Garcia, who won the State Open a year ago and was second in New England, is ranked No. 8 in the country at 170 pounds. Last year, he went 48-8 for the Hatters and took second at the National High School Coaches Association Junior Nationals.
Danbury's Jack wins college tournament
CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 1 – For North Carolina State, the season doesn't open for another two weeks. Kevin Jack, a freshman from Danbury, is wrestling now and winning. Jack won the Citadel Open at 149 pounds Saturday, winning five matches including a 4-1 victory over Tyler Marinelli of Garner Webb in the championship bout. Since the Wolfpack’s season hasn't begun, Jack wrestled unattached in the tournament. Learn more about Jack's big weekend
NEW LONDON -- For the first time in 48 years, Coast Guard has a new head wrestling coach. Kevin Bratland, the head coach at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., the past eight years, was named the new coach over the summer. He replaces Steve Eldridge, who stepped down last January after 47 years on the job and 314 victories.
DANBURY, Sept. 30 – Two-time State Open champion Frank Cammisa of Danbury has been named as the 12th head coach for the Bridgewater State University wrestling team. Cammisa won three New England Wrestling Association titles and qualified for four NCAA Division III tournaments while competing with BSU. He’s been an assistant with the Bears for four years.
FARGO, N.D., July 26 – For the second straight year, Southington’s Zach Murillo has earned All-American honors at the USA Wrestling national championship meet at the Fargo Dome. Murillo finished second in the junior (ages 16-18) freestyle competition and the junior Greco Roman competition, each at 100 pounds.
In both tournaments, he lost to California’s Randon Miranda by technical fall. Miranda was one of two wrestlers to win three USA Wrestling national titles this year. Miranda swept the freestyle and Greco Roman titles in Fargo and won the junior folkstyle national championship in Iowa earlier this year.
Last year, Murillo was second in the Cadet (ages 15-16) freestyle competition at 88 pounds.
Two other Connecticut wrestlers earned All-American honors. Groton’s Jarod Kosman was fourth in the cadet freestyle tournament at 88 pounds while New London’s Alejandro Paulino took fifth at 120 pounds.
Garcia finishes 2nd; Eight wrestlers earn All-American status
VIRGINA BEACH, March 30 -- Danbury junior Juan Garcia fell one point shy of a national championship Sunday night. Ohio’s Ben Schram beat Garcia, 3-2, in the finals at 170 pounds in the National High School Coaches Association’s (NHSCA) Junior National tournament. Garcia had won five consecutive matches and was looking to become the second wrestler in state history to win a NHSCA national championship.
Seven other Connecticut wrestlers earned All-American status. Danbury’s Kevin Jack (126) took third in the Senior National tournament while New Milford’s Kyle Lindner (113) was fifth in the Junior National tournament.
In the Sophomore Nationals, St. Bernard/Norwich Tech’s Matthew Dowler (106) and New Milford’s Brett Leonard (145) each took eighth. East Granby’s William Versallis, who wrestles at Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania, took sixth at 132 pounds. In the Freshman National tournament, Newtown’s Anthony Falbo (152) was fourth along with New Fairfield native Anthony Shay (120).
In the middle school division, Danbury's Jakob Camacho (90 pounds) finished first. Our story has additional details on Connecticut wrestlers in all four tournaments.
Jack wins 2nd New England title; Thomas brings home a title
PROVIDENCE, March 8 – Danbury’s Kevin Jack won his second straight New England championship with a dominating win over Trumbull’s Cross Cannone at 126 pounds while Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby’s Khamri Thomas won his first New England title at 182 pounds Saturday. Danbury finished second with a state-record 108 points to Mt. Anthony, Vt., who won for the second straight year. Jack was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
Danbury’s Paulo Freitas (106) and Juan Garcia (170) finished second along with Fairfield Warde’s Ahmed Houranin (285). New Milford’s Kyle Linder (113), Bacon Academy’s Howard Kilpatrick (145) and Newtown freshman Anthony Falbo (152) each finished third.
Danbury was voted as the No. 1 team in the state in the final high school coaches top 10 poll released Monday by the Norwich Bulletin. Danbury, which won the State Open Saturday, received 10 first place votes. Newtown, which won the Class LL title, received three first place votes and finished third. New Milford, the Class L champion and second place team at the State Open was ranked second. Class S champion Windham was ranked ninth with Class M champion Ledyard at No. 10.
With four individual champions and five medalists, Danbury became the first team in state history to win a State Open championship without winning a Class LL, L, M or S state championship a week earlier, pulling away from New Milford, 141-114½. Danbury’s Kevin Jack became just the 12th wrestler in state history to win three State Open titles.
Newtown wins first state title; Ledyard, New Milford, Windham defend championships
With two individual champions, Newtown beat Xavier by six points to win its first state championship, 213-207 in Class LL. Danbury finished third with 200½ points. … New Milford won its third Class L championship in four years with a solid 215½ to 188 win over Fairfield Warde. The Green Wave had one individual champion and four finalists. … In Class M, Ledyard won for the third straight year with a 25-point win over ECC rival Waterford. The Colonials had two individual champions. … In Class S, Windham High won two matches in the finals to beat Terryville by 10 points.
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Team results – 1. Mt. Anthony (VT) 121, 2. Danbury 108, 3. Exeter/West Greenwich (RI) 71, 3. Londonderry (NH) 67, 5. Timberlane (NH) 56½, 6. Lincoln Sudbury (MA) and Marshwood (MA) 55, 8. Springfield Central (MA) 51, 9. North Andover (MA) 45½, 10. Fairfield Warde 44
Other Connecticut teams
T14. Trumbull 34, t19. New Milford 29, t21. Xavier 27, t26. Southington 25, t28. Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby 24, t34. Newtown 20, t36. Bacon Academy 18, t43. Farmington 16½, t45. Fairfield Prep, Middletown and Immaculate/JB 16, t50. Glastonbury, Hartford 14, t56. Newington 12, 65. Nonnewaug 10½, t67. Old Saybrook/Westbrook 9, t74. Canton and Simsbury 7; t82. South Windsor 6, t92. Holy Cross, Montville, Portland 5; t97. Bristol Central, Ledyard, Windham High 4; t113. Somers 3, t115. Maloney, Oxford 2, t130. Hand, Foran, Haddam-Killingworth 0; t159. Bristol Eastern minus 3
Final: Michael Aquino (Catholic Memorial) dec. Paulo Freitas (Danbury), 6-4, 2 OT; 3. Colin Cardosa (Mt. Hope) dec. Matthew Dowler (St. Bernard) 7-0; 5. Zachary Murillo (Southington) dec. Calvin Call (Mt. Anthony), 10-8
Final: Mac Hamilton (Lincoln-Sudbury) dec. Cam Kelly (Franklin), 4-3; 3. Kyle Lindner (New Milford) dec. Jeremy Fields (Danbury), 3-2; 5. Peter DelGallo (Gardiner) dec. Bradley Beaulieu (Marshwood), 1-0
Final: Troy Gassaway (Mt. Anthony) dec. Nick Derosa (Billerica), 3-1; 3. Peter Robinson (Saint John`s Shrewsbury) dec. Chris Bryant (Danbury), 12-9; Ryan Monteiro (Minnechaug Regional) dec. over Tyler Fitzpatrick (Timberlane), 6-4, 2 OT
Final: Kevin Jack (Danbury) dec. Cross Cannone (Trumbull) 15-4; 3. Jon Ryan (Dracut) dec. Daniel Ebert (Fairfield Warde), 7-0; 5. Nick Widmann (John Stark) dec. Eric Kerr (Lynnfield North Reading), 4-2 OT
Final: Jean-Luc Lemieux (Londonderry) dec. Derek Bohle (Timberlane) 10-0; 3. Brendan Weir (Hampshire) dec. Emmett LiCastri (Immaculate/Joel Barlow) 5-4; 5. Anfernee Green (Lawrence) dec. Andrew Howard (Moses Brown), 4-2, 3 OT
Final: Christian Monserrat (Methuen) dec. Quinn Merrigan (Canton, MA), 9-2 ; 3. Ryan Peters (Timberlane) dec. Will Chowanec (Xavier), 4-3; 5. Max O`Connell (Cranston West) dec. Dominick Day (Biddeford), 3-1
Final: Eric Reyes (Dedham) dec. Jonathan Carrera (Milton), 13-9; 3. Howard Kilpatrick (Bacon Academy) dec. Favion Williams (Hartford), 10-3; 5. Nolan Viens (Bellows Falls/Hartford) pin Brett Leonard (New Milford), 2:23
Final: Christian LaBrie (Exeter/West Greenwich) dec. Rick Viruet (Springfield Central), 6-4; 3. Anthony Falbo (Newtown) dec. Emmanuel Borsay (Hope), 7-3; 5. Jackson Howarth (Marshwood) pin Christian Zotti (Newington), 3:00
Final: Jonathan Viruet (Springfield Central) dec. over Cody Hughes (Marshwood), 2-1, OT; 3. Andrew LaBrie (Exeter/West Greenwich) dec. Fritz Hoehn (North Andover), 6-1; 5. Keegan Pearsall (Vergennes) dec. Will Bean (Londonderry), 2-0
Final: Brad Drover (North Andover) dec. Juan Garcia (Danbury), 6-4; 3. Grant Poston (Champlain Valley) dec. Dovydas Simanskis (Farmington), 7-6; 5. Keaton Peterson (Manchester Central) dec. Dylan Barreiro (Pinkerton), 3-0
Final: Khamri Thomas (Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby) dec. Nico Dionisotti (Lincoln-Sudbury), 5-2; 3. Austin Price (Mt. Anthony) dec. David Burke (Exeter), 5-3; 5. Cody Carrillo (Middletown) dec. Michael Gallagher (Narragansett), 10-2
Final: Joe Chimelski (Nashua North) dec. Tyler Mattison (Mt. Anthony), 7-1; 3. Michael Curtis (Wells) dec. Richard Biladeau (Londonderry), 2-0; 5. Joe Fallon (Winchester) won by injury default over Griffin Tighe (Franklin)
Final: Ian Butterbrodt (St. Johns Prep) dec. Carl Neff (Exeter/West Greenwich), 6-5; 3. Imran Gholizadeh (Woburn) dec. Andrew Cavanna (Glastonbury), 3-2, 3 OT; 5. Andrew Marino (Trumbull) pin Kevin Ell (Pinkerton), 3:36
Final: Jesse Webb (Mt. Anthony) dec. Ahmed Hourani (Fairfield Warde), 5-3; 3. Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield) pin Nicholas Crowle (Fairfield Prep), 2:14; 5. John Lachowicz (Hampshire) dec. Owen Murray (Barnstable), 9-4
Outstanding wrestler: Kevin Jack, Danbury (126)
Best championship final: 152 pounds -- Christian LaBrie (Exeter/West Greenwich) vs. Rick Viruet (Springfield Central)