2010 Class S
(Sports Medicine Science Academy)
Team results -- 1. Somers 160; 2. Nonnewaug 155½; 3. Killingly 149; 4. Derby 145½; 5. Old Saybrook/Westbrook 127; 6. Thomaston, 123½; 7. Griswold 117; 8. Seymour 111; 9. Gilbert 111; 10. Canton 97½; 11. Terryville 95; 12. Stafford 80½; 13. Haddam Killingworth 75½; 14. Classical 75½; 15. Housatonic 69½; 16. Immaculate 55; 17. Oxford 51; 18. East Catholic 48½; 19. Suffield 47; 20. Weston 46; 21. Rocky Hill 41; 22. Northwestern 41; 23. Morgan 41; 24. St Bernard 38½; 25. University/SMSA 32; 26. East Windsor 32; 27. Ansonia 26; 28. Ellington 24; 29. Coventry 24; 30. Portland 23; 31. Old Lyme 18; 32. Windham Tech 14; 33. Granby 12; 34. Grasso Tech 10; 35. St Paul Catholic 8; 36. Lyman Memorial 3; 37. Norwich Tech 0.
Championship: Josh Hoxie, Gilbert def. Alex Paparazzo, Nonnewaug, pin, 1:23; Third: Nick Zachary, Somers def. Dylan Martel, Griswold, 2-0; Fifth: Brandon Straborny, Seymour def. Clifal Aquino, Thomaston, pin, 4:36
Championship: Thomas Lombardi, Killingly def. Carlos Vidal, Seymour, 8-3; Third: Eric Manuel, Old Saybrook/Westbrook def. Anthony Andrade, Somers, 4-1; Fifth: James Hicks, Classical def. Matthew Revis, Haddam Killingworth, 3-0
Championship: Alan Sanford, Thomaston def. D.J. Russo, Terryville, 12-4; Third: Dominic Ghi, Housatonic def. Matt White, Canton, 4-3; Fifth: Dustin Falco, Griswold def. Andrew Suh, St Bernard, Default
Championship: Tyler Tilbe, Nonnewaug def. Steven Carpenter, Canton, 14-1; Third: Scott Gonzalez, East Catholic def. David Monserrate, Classical, 8-0; Fifth: Paul Chavez, Oxford def. Bill Novack, Seymour, pin, 4:49
Championship: Tylor Herrick, Killingly def. Tyler O’Connor, Derby, pin, 5:19; Third: Alek Smith, Gilbert def. Brian Reilly, Nonnewaug, 7-5, OT; Fifth: Michael Avena, Old Saybrook/Westbrook def. Christopher Hannon, Seymour, 4-1
Championship: Brandon Walsh, Griswold def. Dalton Ahern, Westbrook Old Sayb, 4-0; Third: Nate Getler, Canton def. Evan Frassinelli, Stafford, 11-3; Fifth: Kyle Oldham, Thomaston def. Donnel Lewis, Seymour, 9-8
Championship: Linbert Cousley, Derby def. Troy Zachary, Somers, 5-3 OT; Third: Mark Gonzalez, East Catholic def. Eddie Loomis, Killingly, 12-9; Fifth: Brandon McNeil, Griswold def. Seth Miller, East Windsor, 5-3
Championship: Zachary Cooke, Killingly def. Matthew Janiga, Ellington, 10-2; Third: Nicholas Boots, Griswold def. Brian Dobek, Derby, 4-0; Fifth: Alfons Krivickas, Seymour def. Dominic Folino, Terryville, pin, 7:04, OT
Championship: Robert Garlick, Somers def. Bryan Cryder, Westbrook Old Sayb, 7-1; Third: Stephen German, Coventry def. Xavier Dubois, Gilbert, pin, 2:55; Fifth: Nicholas Slowik, Derby def. Jon Hutter, Nonnewaug, 7-3
Championship: Michael Zabala, Classical def. Nicholas O’Connor, Ansonia, 5-1; Third: D.J. Hardisty, Nonnewaug def. Steven Wingard, Housatonic, 3-2, 2 OT; Fifth: Rich Jones, Canton def. Lucas Romaldini, Weston, pin, 0:34
Championship: Mark Dilley, Thomaston def. Ross Lopardo, Gilbert, pin, 1:17; Third: Dane Pallotto, Old Saybrook/Westbrook def. Alex Bozenhard, Old Lyme, 8-6; Fifth: Kyle Foster, Somers def. Tucker Fontanella, Stafford, 11-2
Championship: Colin Beloin, Killingly def. Carmine Magnoli, Weston, pin, 1:32; Third: John Draper, Terryville def. William Baklik, Haddam Killingworth, 12-3; Fifth: Nick Bastarache, Somers def. Jeffrey Talbot, Griswold, pin, 0:40
Championship: Kenneth Vollaro, Somers def. Brandon Mcdowell, Morgan, 7-1; Third: Jesse Gilbert, Derby def. Dennis Martel, Stafford, pin, 2:50; Fifth: Eric Gamberdella, Haddam Killingworth def. Saviel Lopez, University/SMSA, 10-7
Championship: Ronnie Walter, Nonnewaug def. Tim Zeitler, Northwestern, pin, 4:42; Third: Justin Waltzer, Immaculate def. Tyler Margison, Thomaston, pin, 0:39; Fifth: Brandon Kumm, Classical def. Javier Collado, Rocky Hill, pin, 0:55
Outstanding wrester: Tyler TIlbe, Nonnewaug
Fast fall: Justin Waltzer (285), Immaculate, 4 Pins, 2:33
Somers prevails to win first-ever title
By GERRY deSIMAS, JR.
Connecticut Wrestling Online
HARTFORD, February 20 – Nonnewaug High coach David Green has been involved in enough Class S wrestling tournaments to know his team had a chance to win it. There wasn’t a dominant team in Saturday’s tournament at Sports Medicine Science Academy but there were plenty of good ones, including the Chiefs.
After the semifinals, the Chiefs were tied for the lead with Somers. After the next round, Somers opened up a half-point lead. Going into the finals, the lead for Somers was eight points.
Nonnewaug had two wrestlers win titles – junior Tyler Tilbe (125 pounds), who won his second consecutive Class S championship and Ronnie Walters (285) and four others finish in the top six and earn medals.
It wasn’t quite enough to catch Somers but enough to help the Chiefs earn a second place trophy for the second time in school history. Somers won its first-ever state title with 160 points with the Chiefs 4.5 points behind.
Thomaston, with a pair of championships from Alan Sanford (119) and Marcus Dilley (171), finished sixth with 123.5 points. Gilbert’s Josh Hoxie won a title at 103 pounds to lead the Yellowjackets to a ninth place finish.
Ansonia’s Nick O’Connor (160) finished second for the second year in a row and Seymour had six wrestlers win medals, including senior Carlos Vidal, who finished second at 112 pounds.
“It’s like being in an ocean, ebb and flow. (The score) was going back and forth all the time,” Green said. “We just tried to chip away at it. The kids did a great job.”
Nonnewaug was one or two more wins away from its sixth state championship and first since 2004. But Green was pleased with the effort.
Alex Paparazzo (103) finished second, losing in the final in a rematch of last week’s BL Tournament. For the second straight week, Hoxie won by a pin. Nonnewaug’s D.J. Hardisty (160) finished third with a win in double overtime, Brian Reilly (130) finished fourth and Jon Hutter (152) took sixth.
Tilbe (39-1) won his second straight title with a 14-1 win over Canton’s Stephen Carpenter and wasn’t really challenged much in the tournament with three other wins by pin. “I was happy with it. I’m peaking at the right time,” he said.
Walters (36-1) won his first state title by pinning Northwestern’s Tim Zeitler in 4:42. A week earlier, he pinned Zeitler in double OT to win the BL Tournament.
Sanford (38-2) won his second straight title with a 12-4 win over Terryville’s D.J. Russo. His biggest scare came in a 2-1 semifinal win over St. Bernard’s Andrew Suh. A third period escape tied the score at 1-1 and Sanford took the lead when Suh was penalized one point for stalling in the final minute. He is the first Thomaston wrestler to win back-to-back titles.
A week after losing to top-seeded Ross Lopardo of Gilbert (171) by six points in the BL Tournament final, Dilley stunned Lopardo by throwing him to his back in the first period and earning a pin in 1:17, sparking a wild celebration among the Bear wrestlers and their fans.
Lopardo was 38-1 and had beaten Dilley twice this year. Dilley also avenged a loss earlier this season with a 11-5 win over Dane Pallotto of Old Saybrook/Westbrook in the semifinals.
Thomaston co-coach John Perrucci said the Bears have worked with Dilley on his confidence. “He went in scared last time (against Lopardo) and it impacted how he wrestled,” Perrucci said. “He didn’t believe he could do this but I think he has turned the corner.”
Hoxie (103) earned a spot in the final by surviving an overtime match with Somers’ Nick Zachary in the semifinals, earning a pin in 6:30. He finished with four pins on the day. Gilbert teammate Alek Smith (130) finished third with an OT victory and Xavier Dubois (152) was fourth.
O’Connor earned a spot in the final with a tough 10-5 win over Canton’s Rich Jones but Hartford Classical’s top-seeded Michael Zabela was too strong in a 5-1 victory. O’Connor escaped with 47 seconds left in the third period to cut the lead to two but Zabela clinched the bout with his second takedown.
The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for next week’s State Open championships in New Haven.
SOMERS TEAM EFFORT: Senior Robert Garlick (152) and sophomore Ken Vollaro (185) each won championships to lift Somers to its first-ever Class S championship. The Spartans outlasted Nonnewaug, 160-155½ with Killingly finishing a close third. "I couldn't be prouder for this group of guys and the town of Somers," Somers coach Scott Zachary told the Hartford Courant. "Eight years ago, they were getting rid of us and we said, 'Give us another shot.' The parents, the school, the town all started to believe after a while."
Troy Zachary (140, 2nd), Nick Zachary (103, 3rd) and Anthony Andrade (112, 4th) each earned berths to the State Open. Kyle Foster and Nick Bastarache each finished fifth.
"This was a collective team effort," Scott Zachary told the Manchester Journal Inquirer. "We had two individuals -- senior Joe Bailey and freshman Eric Trombley -- who got us seven points. We won the championship by five points."
QUICK LEARNER: Seymour senior Carlos Vidal (32-8, 112) earned a spot in the final in his second year of wrestling. Coach Joe Perrucci said him the hallway one day and encouraged him to try the sport. He won his first match after about three weeks of practice. “Once he got that first taste, that was it. He never looked back,” Perrucci said. “He has a big heart and never stops. He is a tough, tough kid.” Vidal had three pins in the Class S tournament before losing to Killingly’s Thomas Lombardi, 8-3 in the final at 112.