NEW HAVEN, Dec. 3 -- Brunswick School in Greenwich opened the season with a dominating 310 to 154½ victory over Trinity-Pawling to win the Rumble on the Hill at the Hopkins School in New Haven. The Bruins had five individual champions and 11 wrestlers in the finals. Andrew Hennessey (126), Brooks Hennessy (132), Nadji Ngbokoli (138), John DeLucia (145) and Aiden Reynolds (182) each won for Brunswick. Rishi Das (113), McLain Kingery (138), Emmett Bell (152), Tim Saunders (170), Jack Ocken (195) and Lachlan Rosato (220) each finished second.
Rumble on the Hill
At New Haven (Hopkins School)
Team results – 1. Brunswick 310, 2. Trinity-Pawling 154½, 3. Avon Old Farms 133, 4. Hopkins 96, 5. Taft 92, 6. Marvelwood 90, 7. Wilbraham & Monson 81, 8. Rye Country Day 76½, 9. Canterbury 74, 9. Greem Farms Academy 74, 11. Chase Collegiate 73, 12. Marianapolis Prep 63
College campaign off and running
The collegiate wrestling season is well underway. Danbury junior Kevin Jack (141) is off to a 10-1 start with No. 9 North Carolina State. Freshman Alex Opsal (125) has seven pins at 125 for Air Force. In New England, Springfield won their own Doug Parker Invitational as the Division III campaign is off and running across New England. Highlights from recent action in our college roundup.
Danbury wrestling program inducted into Hall of Fame
DANBURY – There are plenty of teams that have been inducted into athletic Hall of Fames at schools around Connecticut. In Danbury, they recently inducted the entire wrestling program – all 50 years – into the Danbury Athletic Hall of Fame. Every member of the wrestling program from that first day in December 1966 through today will be a part of the Danbury Athletic Hall of Fame.
GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 16 – Danbury’s Jakob Camacho finished fourth at 120 pounds at the Super 32 preseason tournament in Greensboro on Sunday, losing with four seconds left in overtime.
After four straight wins on Saturday, Camacho lost in Sunday’s quarterfinals, 8-2 to Missouri’s Joshua Saunders.
But Camacho won two straight to earn a spot in the consolation final. Camacho got a takedown and near fall with 21 seconds left in the third period to beat Zurich Storm of Pennsylvania, 5-3. After advancing with a forfeit, Camacho beat Virginia’s Killian Cardinale, 3-1 in overtime. A takedown with 35 seconds left in OT lifted Camacho to the win.
In the consolation final, Camacho lost in overtime, 4-2 to Julian Chlebore of Northampton, Pennsylvania. Camacho used escapes with 49 seconds left in the second period and 1:45 remaining in the third period to battle to a 2-2 tie after regulation. Chlebore got a takedown with four seconds left in OT to win.
Newtown’s Joseph Accousti (170) lost on Sunday and went 5-2 in the tournament. Somers’ Jackson Rheault (195) also lost Sunday in the consolation round. Rheault went 4-2 in the tournament.
Several Connecticut wrestlers participated in the tournament, considered to be one of the toughest tournaments in the country for high school wrestlers. New Milford’s Mel Ortiz (126) went 5-2 in the tournament with five straight wins in the consolation round. Newtown’s Ed Lovely (145) also went 5-2 with five consecutive wins in the consolation round.
Foran’s Michael Ross (152), Fairfield Warde’s Tim Kane (138), Foran’s Gino Esposito (132) and Haddam-Killingworth’s Grayson Adler (160) each went 3-2 in the tournament.
In the middle school division, New Canaan’s Justin Mastrioanni (100) went 4-2 and finished fourth. He advanced to the semifinals before falling to Issac Sales of California, 4-2.
Wrestlers have to finish among the top four in their state championship tournament, be an All-American from a USA Wrestling national tournament in Fargo or qualify through an early entry tournament.
Ahmadi wins 13th world title at World Veterans tourney
COVENTRY, Oct. 8 -- Coventry’s Shirzad Ahmadi won his 13th career gold medal at the Veterans World Championships on Saturday in Poland with a victory in freestyle at 63 kilograms (138½ pounds) in the Division G age category (ages 66-70). Ahmadi had two wins to win the world title, beating silver medalist Viktor Chirkov of Russia by technical fall, 12-2. The win is the fourth straight freestyle crown for Ahmadi, who won freestyle titles at the Veterans World Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Ahmadi, 67, is currently an assistant coach at Trinity College. He will begin his third season with the Bantams this winter. Ahmadi was a long-time wrestling coach at Stafford High School and has also coached at the University of Hartford (NCAA Div. I), American International College (Div. II) and Western New England College (Div. III).
BRIDGEPORT, Aug. 18 -- A Go Fund Me campaign has been established to help raise money to save the wrestling program at Bridgeport’s Warren Harding High School. Organizers are trying to raise $18,000 in the next eight weeks. The Bridgeport Board of Education recently eliminated funding for wrestling at Harding, according to a recent story in the Connecticut Post. To help raise awareness of the sport and the fundraising effort, a free, three-day clinic was held at the Harding gym earlier this week with the help of the Bridgeport Police Department.
Falbo earns All-American honors for 2nd time in Fargo
FARGO, N.D., July 24 – Newtown’s Anthony Falbo earned his second career All-American medal at the USA Wrestling national championships with a fourth place finish in the Junior Freestyle division at 182 pounds.
Falbo, who will be a senior at Newtown this fall, went 8-2 in the tournament. He dropped a 15-13 decision to Indiana’s Jacob Gray in the third round but rebounded to win seven straight bouts in the consolation bracket to earn a spot in the consolation final. Falbo had a 17-second pin and four technical falls in his run.
Broadus earns All-American honors for fourth time in career
FARGO, North Dakota, July 19 – Plymouth’s Cara Broadus became the most decorated Connecticut female wrestler at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior national championship tournament on Wednesday.
Broadus earned her fourth career All-American medal by taking fifth in the women’s freestyle competition at 112 pounds. She ties the state record established by Simsbury’s Joey Martin, who earned four All-American medals from 2003-05. Trumbull's Matt Ryan (113) fell one win shy of earning All-American honors in the Cadet Greco-Roman competition.
Broadus went 4-2 on the day in the women’s freestyle, winning her first three matches before being defeated by Pennsylvania’s Amanda Walker in the semifinals by technical fall, 11-0. Click on the link for more CT results
Newtown's Falbo wins 2nd straight NHSCA national title
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., April 4 – Newtown’s Anthony Falbo became the first Connecticut wrestler to win back-to-back National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) national championships when he beat Nevada’s Andrew Berreyesa, 4-3 to win at 170 pounds in the NHSCA Junior National tournament on Sunday.
Falbo (56-0, 6-0 NHSCA) was one of eight Connecticut wrestlers to win All-American honors.
Jon Errico, a senior at Brunswick School in Greenwich, finished second in the Senior Nationals at 145. In the Junior Nationals, E.O. Smith’s Robert Hartling (106) was fourth while Newtown’s Joseph Accousti (160) was sixth. In the Sophomore Nationals, Danbury’s Jakob Camacho (113) finished fourth while at the Freshman Nationals, Xavier’s Jesse Polansky (285) was fifth while Danbury’s Kyle Fields (120) finished eighth.
Record 9 state wrestlers capture New England titles
PROVIDENCE, March 5 – In a dominating performance Saturday, Connecticut had a record nine wrestlers win New England titles and five of the top six teams were from Connecticut. There were 14 CT finalists in 10 of 14 weight classes. Four championship finals consisted of two Connecticut wrestlers. Fairfield Warde’s Charles Kane (145) won his second New England title and he was joined on the victory podium by his younger brother, Tim (132). It’s the first time that two CT brothers have won a New England championship on the same day.
Other CT wrestlers to win championships included Trumbull’s Tristian Haviland (113), Ellis Tech’s Jo Jo Gonzalez (126), Danbury’s Jeremy Fields (138), Nonnewaug’s Kieran Duggan (152), New Milford’s Brett Leonard (160), Newtown’s Anthony Falbo (182) and Notre Dame-Fairfield’s Hakim Fleming (285). Newtown was second for the second year in a row. Bishop Hendricken from Warwick, R.I. won the championship.
DANBURY, Feb. 29 -- For the third time in four years, the Danbury High wrestling team has been voted the No. 1 team in the state in the final Norwich Bulletin state coaches poll. Danbury (18-0), which won the Class LL title and was three points shy of winning the State Open championship, received 13 first place votes. New Milford (19-1), the Class L champion who was third at the State Open, finished second for the third time since 2011.
New Fairfield (10-2), which won its first State Open championship Saturday night, was third in the poll and received three first place votes. It was the best finish for the Rebels since finishing second in 1998. Class S champion Windham High (20-0), who has won 56 straight dual meets back to the 2014 season, was ranked fourth and Fairfield Warde was fifth. Foran-Milford, with its state record 35 dual meet victories and a Class M championship, is ranked No. 6 and is the final top 10 poll for the first time in school history. Trumbull, Newtown, Bristol Eastern and Ledyard rounded out the top 10.
NEW HAVEN, Feb. 27 – Every match and every point mattered Saturday at the State Open championships for Danbury, New Milford and New Fairfield. The three teams were locked in a battle for the tournament championship. In the end, it was New Fairfield with two individual champions and four medalists that edged Danbury by three points for its first-ever State Open title, 115½ to 112½. New Milford, which led going into the finals, was right there with 111 points. Newtown was fourth with 104½ points while Windham was fifth with 102 points.
Newtown’s Anthony Falbo (182) won a third State Open title while New Fairfield’s Alec Opsal (120), Warde’s Tim Kane (132), Charles Kane (145) and South Windsor’s Max Odell (182) won for a second time. The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for the upcoming New England championships in Providence.
Danbury dominates in Class LL; Foran wins in dramatic fashion
Top-ranked Danbury returned to the top of the podium with a dominating victory at the CIAC Class LL championship meet. The Hatters put 10 wrestlers in the finals and won the title with a comfortable lead over second place Fairfield Warde, 268 ½ to 202. For the second time, two brothers won state titles for the second straight year. Warde’s Charlie and Tim Kane each won. A year ago, they both won Class L titles. Newtown was led by junior Anthony Falbo, who won his third straight Class LL title. … With three individual champions, New Milford won its fourth straight Class L championship with a 219-188 win over Bristol Eastern. Fairfield Ludlowe finished third. … In Class M, Foran-Milford got a pin from Luke Edmondson in the final match of the tournament to slip past Ledyard and win its first-ever state championship. Foran won by 2½ points over Ledyard, 209½ to 206 with New Fairfield third with 198½. …Windham had five individual champions and 13 wrestlers finish in the top six of their respective weight classes as the Whippets easily won the Class S title for the fourth straight year. The Whippets set a new Class S tournament record. … The top six finishes in each weight class qualify for the State Open in New Haven which begins Friday and concludes on Saturday. … Brunswick School of Greenwich was the top Connecticut school at the New England Independent School Wrestling Association (NEISWA) championships at Avon Old Farms, finishing third behind Belmont Hill (NY) and Philips Exeter Academy from New Hampshire. Senior captains Jon Errico (145) and Joe Fervil (285) both finished second. Hotchkiss was the next Connecticut school at No. 8. Former NFA wrestler Khaled Exum-Strong won a New England title at 220 for Trinity-Pawling.
Top 25 team scores -- 1. Bishop Hendricken-Warwick, RI 89; 2. Newtown 60½; 3. New Fairfield 58½; 4. Danbury 57; 5. New Milford 54½; 6. Fairfield Warde 53; 7. Skowhegan, ME 48; 8. Chelmsford, MA 44½; 9. Foran-Milford 43½; 10. Trumbull 42, 11. Killingly 37, 12. Nashoba Regional-Bolton MA 36½, 13. Mt. Anthony, Bennington, VT and South Windsor 36, 15. Haverhill MA and Timberlane NH 35, 17. Pinkerton Academy-Derry NH, Fairfield Ludlowe, Noble-North Berwick, ME and Shawsheen Valley Tech-Billerica, MA 31½; 21. Central Catholic, MA and Ellis Tech-Danielson 30; 23. St. John’s Prep-Danvers, MA 29 ½, 24. Dedham MA and Marshwood, ME 29.
Other Connecticut schools: 26. Nonnewaug 27, 30. Notre Dame-Fairfield 24, t36. Joel Barlow/Immaculate and Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech 18, t47. Berlin and E.O. Smith 16, t57. Fitch 15, t64. Somers 11, t71. Middletown 9, t 75. Windham 8, t82. Montville and Warren Harding 7, t89. Hand, Haddam-Killingworth, Tolland 5. No score: East Hartford, Ledyard, Portland, Simsbury
Final: Jake Ferri (Shawsheen) dec. Cody Craig (Skowhegan), 8-5; 3. Andy Richard (Lincoln-Sudbury) dec. Robert Hartling (E.O. Smith), 6-5; 5. Jarod Kosman (Fitch) pin Jack Darling (Masconomet), 6:00
Final: Tristan Haviland (Trumbull) dec. Cole Wyman (Brockton), 3-2; 3. Jakob Camacho (Danbury) dec. Tristan Stetson (Keene), 8-4; 5. Nick Arborio (Berlin) win by medical forfeit over Devon Schoenberger (South Windsor)
Final: Peter Delgallo (Gardiner) dec. Connor McGonagle (Timberlane), 7-2; 3. Austin Shorey (Noble) dec. Alec Opsal (New Fairfield), 5-2; 5. Mel Ortiz (New Milford) win by medical forfeit over Chris Derosa (Billerica)
Final: Jo Jo Gonzalez (Ellis Tech) pin Dylan Disano (Bishop Hendricken), 4:18; 3. Matt Kelley (Foxboro) dec. Austin Sherman (Fairfield Ludlowe), 3-1; 5. Billy Wehring (Methuen) dec. Seth Brown (Coventry RI), 5-1
Final: Timmy Kane (Fairfield Warde) dec. Ryan Luth (Foran), 8-4; 3. Bradley Beaulieau (Marshwood) dec. Abe Bloom (Moses Brown), 5-2; 5. Jonathan Celico (Bishop Hendricken) pin Kevin Thomas (Natick), 4:08
Final: Jeremy Fields (Danbury) dec. Avery Shay (New Fairfield), 3-2, 3 OT; 3. Devin Rivet (Bishop Hendricken) dec. Jonathan Soto (Johnston), 4-3; 5. Tyler Raetz (Mt. Anthony) dec. Jordan Baker (Middletown CT), 4-3
Final: Charles Kane (Fairfield Warde) dec. Lucas Cordio (Nashoba Regional), 5-4; 3. Michael Ross (Foran) dec. Julian Jerez (Woonsocket), 3-2; 5. Bryan Rojas (New Milford) dec. Zach Allen (Mill River), 5-3
Final: Brett Leonard (New Milford) dec. Andrew D'Amico (New Fairfield), 3-1; 3. Anthony Fraumeni (Winchester) dec. Kameron Doucette (Skowhegan), 4-3; 5. Devin Pelletier (Mount Greylock) win by medical forfeit over Austin Cooley (Somerset)
Final: Eric Reyes (Dedham) pin Max Odell (South Windsor), 2:46; 3. Joe Accousti (Newtown) dec. Robert Heatherman (Mt Ararat/Brunswick), 6-4; 5. Kyle McQuaide (Chelmsford) dec. Kolby Smith (Sabis), 4-2
Final: Anthony Falbo (Newtown) dec. Austin Caffrey (Killingly), 3-2; 3. James Sauro (Bishop Hendricken) dec. Sam Lundsten (East Providence), 5-3; 5. Mitchell LaFlam (Lyman/Windham) dec. Brandon Cousino (Vergennes), 5-3
Final: Dylan Barreiro (Pinkerton) dec. Benton Whitley (Minnechaug), 8-2; 3. Christopher Wilson (Nokomis) dec. Nathan Skawinski (Cumberland), 6-1; 5. Mark Gentile (Scituate) dec. Dakota King (Mt. Anthony), 6-0
Final: Tylor Fenwick (Central) dec. Lucien Chretien (Haverhill), 10-5; 3. Nicholas Martino (Bishop Hendricken) dec. Dan Gioioso (Xaverian), 3-1; 5. Broc Dokos (Tewksbury) pin Michael Pendriss (Foxcroft Academy), 2:36
Final: Hakim Fleming (Notre Dame-Fairfield) dec. Josh Sokol (Hopkinton), 3-1, OT; 3. Jay Carnevale (St. Johns Prep) pin Josh Angel (Killingly), 3:22; 5. Brennan Sankey (North Attleboro) dec. Bobby Heald (Bedford), 1-0
Outstanding final: 285 pounds
Outstanding wrestler: Peter Delgallo (120), Gardiner, Maine
Team results – 1. New Fairfield 115½; 2. Danbury 112½; 3. New Milford 111; 4. Newtown 104½; 5. Windham 102; 6. Fairfield Warde 91; 7. Foran 89; 8. Fairfield Ludlowe 87; 9. Trumbull 81½; 10. Killingly 63½; 11. South Windsor 56½; 12. Ledyard 54; 13. New London and Somers 53; 15. Ellis Tech 49; 16. Montville 47; 17. Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech and Manchester 44; 19. Simsbury 39; 20. Southington and East Hartford 38½; 22. Fitch 38; 23. E.O. Smith 36; 24. Shelton 33½; 25. Middletown 30; 26. Daniel Hand 29½; 27. Joel Barlow/Immaculate 29; 28. Berlin and Bristol Eastern 27½; 30. Haddam-Killingworth 25; 31. Notre Dame-Fairfield 24; 32. Northwestern and Branford 23½; 34. Tolland 23; 35. Ridgefield 22; 36. Waterford and Nonnewaug 21; 38. Bristol Central, Guilford and Harding 18; 41. Wilton 17; 42. Stratford 15½; 43. St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 15; 44. East Haven and Fairfield Prep 13; 46. Wolcott Tech 12; 47. Gilbert 11; 48. Granby Memorial, Griswold, Wethersfield and Platt High 10; 52. Westhill 9; 53. St. Paul, Pomperaug and Xavier 8; 56. Greenwich, Avon, Bethel and Plainville 7; 60. East Lyme 6½; 61. East Windsor, Masuk, Staples and New Haven 6; 65. Amity and Fermi 5; 67. Rocky Hill, Terryville, Portland, Conard, Derby and Seymour 4; 73. Norwich Free Academy, Maloney, Farmington and Weston 3; 77. Norwalk, Glastonbury, Enfield, Hall, Canton, and New Britain 2; 83. Morgan, East Catholic, Bacon Academy, Stamford, Cheshire, Darien, Oxford, Woodstock Academy, Holy Cross and Jonathan Law 0
Final -- Robert Hartling (E.O. Smith) dec. Jarod Kosman (Fitch), 7-5; 3. Julio Anthony Flores (Windham) dec. Connor Sakmar (Daniel Hand), 2-1, 2nd OT; 5th Sean Johnson (Ellis Tech) dec. Brandon Leonard (New Milford), 9-0
Final -- Jakob Camacho (Danbury) dec. Devon Schoenberger (South Windsor), 3-1; 3. Tristan Haviland (Trumbull) dec. Nick Arborio (Berlin), 7-3; 5. Gino Esposito (Foran) dec. Julio Javier Flores (Windham), 3-1
Final -- Alec Opsal (New Fairfield) pin Melquisedec Ortiz (New Milford), 2:58; 3. Kyle Fields (Danbury) pin Alex Starr (Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech), 4:09; 5. Shaun Wagner (Southington) dec. Willie Gambardella (Branford), 4-2
Final -- Baltazar Gonzalez (Ellis Tech) dec. Austin Sherman (Fairfield Ludlowe), 15-5; 3. Christopher Schultz (New Milford) dec. Michael Mirmina (Trumbull), 4-2; 5. Paul Calo (Southington) pin Alex Steele (Fairfield Warde), 1:41
Final -- Timmy Kane (Fairfield Warde) dec. Joel Morth (Montville), 9-3; 3. Ryan Luth (Foran) dec. Ryan Angers (Tolland), 7-1; 5. Alejandro Paulino (New London) dec. Charles Schultz (New Milford), 5-2
Final -- Avery Shay (New Fairfield) dec. Jeremy Fields (Danbury), 3-1, OT; 3. Jordan Baker (Middletown) dec. Dante Montanaro (Trumbull), 2-1; 5. Matthew Dowler (St. Bernard/Norwich Tech) dec. Matthew Conte (Westhill), 4-3
Final -- Charles Kane (Fairfield Warde) dec. Bryan Rojas (New Milford), 13-6; 3. Michael Ross (Foran) dec. Edward Lovely (Newtown), 4-3; 5. Bobby Clark (Fairfield Ludlowe) dec. Cullan Contos (Windham), 4-2
Final -- Emmett LiCastri (Joel Barlow/Immaculate) dec. Marcus Sherrod (Fairfield Ludlowe), 1-0; 3. Kieran Duggan (Nonnewaug) dec. Grayson Adler (Haddam-Killingworth), 10-3; 5. Samuel Lindblom (Waterford) pin Anton Dzeidzic (Wolcott Tech), 2:57
Final -- Jacob Berry Parker (Somers) dec. Andrew D'Amico (New Fairfield), 3-2; 3. Chase Lind (Fairfield Ludlowe) dec. Brett Leonard (New Milford), 8-6, OT; 5. Billy Goff (Fitch) dec. Joseph Ryan (Trumbull), 9-3
Final -- Max Odell (South Windsor) dec. Joe Accousti (Newtown), 3-1; 3. Tyler Burlinson (New Fairfield) dec. Alex Perez (Windham), 6-5; 5. Christopher Shimwell (Wethersfield) win by forfeit over Logan Smith (Gilbert)
Final -- Anthony Falbo (Newtown) dec. Austin Caffrey (Killingly), 6-4; 3. Mitchell LaFlam (Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech) dec. Demetrius Mariani (East Hartford), 6-5; 5. Jorge Hidalgo (New London) dec. Daniel Persson (Shelton), 9-0
Final -- Jackson Rheault (Somers) dec. Daniel Contino (Ledyard), 3-1; 3. Xavier Bass (Harding) pin Andrew Marquis (Danbury), 2:13; 5. Lee Stenild-Johanson (Fairfield Ludlowe) dec. Gabriel Schwartz (Northwestern), 4-1
Final -- Jordan Fletcher (Manchester) dec. Seiji Arzuaga (Windham), 3-2, 2 OT; 3. Thomas Long (Newtown) dec. Jasper Stone (Simsbury), 3-2; 5. John Ocana (Fairfield Warde) win by forfeit over Renelson Michel (New London)
Final -- Luke Edmondson (Foran) dec. Hakim Fleming (Notre Dame-Fairfield), 2-1; 3. Josh Angel (Killingly) pin Desmond Washington (Trumbull), 1:43; 5. Edward Fountain (Manchester) win by forfeit over Shawn Hundley (Ledyard)