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2001-02 review
2001-02 news in review
Murillo named state winner of Schultz Award
MERIDEN, May 10 -- Platt High's Luis Murillo, a three-time Class M champion and the 2002 State Open champion at 119, has been selected as the Connecticut winner of the Dave Schultz Excellence Award by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Murillo was honored for his wrestling excellence, scholastic achievement and citizenship.

Mannion named top wrestler in the state
Fairfield High's Lee Mannion (145 pounds) was named wrestler of the year at the Connecticut High School Wrestling Coaches Association's annual All-State banquet. Mannion went 43-0 in Connecticut, winning his first State Open championship and earning his second straight Class LL championship. Click here for the All-State and Academic All-State rosters.

Bridgeport Central coach Ted Oczkowski was named state coach of the year after leading the Hilltoppers to a 32-1 record and fourth in Class LL. Danbury's Gary Tilbe was named assistant coach of the year, Ledyard's Mike Quibble received the special recognition award for his work as chairman of USA Wrestling in the state while Gerry deSimas, Jr., freelance writer and editor of Connecticut Wrestling Online was named sportswriter of the year.

Scoring error costs RHAM share of Open title
A scoring error at the State Open cost RHAM two points and possible share of the State Open championship with Danbury. Unfortunately for RHAM, the error wasn't caught until the Tuesday after the meet. National Federation guidelines call for scoring errors to be corrected within 48 hours of the event. Danbury nipped RHAM, 94-92 to win the Open championship.

Danbury holds off RHAM to win 2nd straight
State Open crown
Danbury received pins from Dennis Stone and Anthony Hayes in the finals to slip past upstart RHAM, 94-92, and win its second straight State Open championship in the closest finish in state history. Platt's Luis Murillo earned outstanding wrestler honors

NFA's Pagan claims a New England title
BRISTOL, R.I., March 3 -- Jason Pagan (145 pounds) earned the first New England championship at NFA since 1994 with a 3-0 win over Brendan Mance of Mt. Anthony, Vt., in the finals of the New England Championships Saturday night. Connecticut had six wrestlers in the finals but only came home with one title. Five state wrestlers finished third. For tournament results, click on this link.  Danbury was the top state school in 7th place. Mt. Anthony, Vt. won the team title.

Click on this link for results of each New England tournament match.

Wright stripped of title,
MAU placed on probation
Mt. Anthony wrestler Ron Wright (160 pounds) who used an illegal chokehold has been stripped of his 2002 Vermont state championship and the Mt. Anthony wrestling program has been placed on probation for one year in a decision by the Vermont Principals Association. Wright was disqualified and thrown out of the New England Tournament for his illegal front headlock against John Goss of St. John's-Shrewsbury that forced Goss to pass out. The 20 team points that Wright had earned were taken away from Mt. Anthony.

State college wrestling
Four state wrestlers earn
All-America honors
EVANSTON, Ill., May 5 -- Sacred Heart's Anthony Reynolds (Berlin) and Jason Cucolo (Darien) earned All-American status at the 2002 University Freestyle National Championships on May 5 while Southington's Patrick McCaffrey, Bethel's Doug Milburn earned All-American honors at the FILA Cadet Freestyle Nationals. Finishing among the top eight in a weight class earns All-America honors.

Wrestling Greco-Roman, Cucolo was 7th at 60 kilograms while Reynolds was third at 96 kg. McCaffrey was sixth at 42 kg in the Greco-Roman division while Milburn was fifth at 63 kg. Click here for more results from The Mat.

Reynolds wins match in NCAA Tournament
Former Berlin High star Anthony Reynolds (197 pounds) of Sacred Heart University won his opening round match in the 2002 NCAA Division I wrestling championships but lost in the second round to 5th-seeded Scott Barker of Missouri State. For more information, click on the link.

Spring tournaments
Danbury's Hayes earns All-American honors
NORFOLK, Va., July 3, 2002  -- Danbury's Anthony Hayes earned All-American honors by finishing seventh at 135 pounds in the 5th annual National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Open wrestling tournament in Norfolk, Va. Hayes beat Wisconsin's Nathan Chambers, 2-0 to place seventh.

Pennsylvania won the tournament by 13 points over Virginia. Vermont was the top New England school in 13th place. Massachusetts was 22nd with 90 points while Connecticut was 22nd with 55 points. New Hampshire was 23rd with 54½ points. Other state winners included Barrett St. George, who finished fourth at 95 pounds in the elementary division (grades 4-6) and Manchester's Maurice Scott, who was fifth in the college division at 149 pounds.

The National Open Wrestling Championships is the only national tournament in the nation which allows wrestlers in all four high school grades, 9 through 12, to compete in scholastic-style competition, as well as the other three age groups. More on NHSCA wrestling.

Murillo leads Connecticut at national tourney, Hayes is fourth in U.S. Open
Platt's Luis Murillo won three matchesand finished in the top 12 to lead Connecticut in the 13th annual National High School Coaches Association senior championships in Cleveland . Connecticut finished 31st in the tournament. Danbury's Anthony Hayes finished fourth in the U.S. Open tournament in Newark, Delaware.

For updated coverage on the 2002 National High School Coaches Association wrestling championship in Cleveland, click on the link.

Canton's Josh Kaplan and Avon coach John McLaughlin each finished second in the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association (MAWA) Eastern Regional qualifying tournament.

State goes 0-5 in duals
NORFOLK, Va., May 27, 2002 -- Connecticut went 0-5 in the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) wrestling duals tournament in Norfolk, Va. in late May. Connecticut had only nine wrestlers competing and only six wrestled in more than three matches. Ryan Murphy (130), Jeremy Matag (125), Kyle Trotta (152) and Southington's Bill St. Pierre (135) earned wins for Connecticut.

State high school coaches
Thanks from Orzkowski
Bridgeport Central coach Ted Orzkowski, who was named state coach of the year Sunday, wrote a note thanking many people including his coaching staff, his high school coach and his family.

Parente resigns as coach at Bristol Central
Bristol Central High wrestling coach Pat Parente has resigned as coach of the Rams after the season. Parente has been with the program for over 20 years. He will continue to direct the CIAC state wrestling tournaments and the Bristol Central Invitational.

Jadach nominated
Derby wrestling coach Walt Jadach is one of 17 state coaches to be nominated by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for 2002-03 national coach of the year honors. The winners will be announced at the National High School Coaches Association convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Prep school results
Loomis wins New England prep title
NORTHAMPTON, Mass., March 3  --- While none of the three wrestlers that Loomis Chaffee had in the championship matches earned New England titles, Loomis won the New England Prep School championship with an 12-point win over host Northfield-Mt. Hermon Saturday.

Wildes, Piselli finish in top 10 in National Prep School Tournament
Pomfret School's Joshua Wildes (112) finished fourth in the 2002 National Prep School Tournament. Matt Piselli from Hamden Hall took 8th at 140 pounds. Click on the link for 2002 tournament results.

2002 Connecticut Prep Schools

2002 spring stories
Connecticut Post, May 2: Plea bargain keeps former coach out of jail

Bennington Banner, April 10: Wright stripped of Vermont title, MAU placed on probation

New London Day, April 4: Day names Fitch's Kosman Coach of the Year

New London Day, April 4: New London Day names All-Area wrestling team

New London Day, April 4: Day names NFA's Pagan its wrestler of the year

Meriden Record Journal, April 3: Murillo honored by city of Meriden

Bennington Banner, March 16: No win scenario continues for Mt. Anthony

Bennington Banner, March 16: OPINION: Rulebook says Wright move was legal

Bennington Banner, March 12: Some residents call for Wright to apologize for hold that won him Vt. title

Bennington Banner, March 13: EDITORIAL: Talk about illegal hold is excessive

New Britain Herald, March 6: Cavallaro rallied in consolation round to finish fourth in New England

Associated Press, Charleston (WV) Gazette, Feb. 24: Girl takes 2nd in West Virginia state tournament

New England Championships
Bennington Banner, March 5: Fifth New England title for Mt. Anthony

Norwich Bulletin, March 3: Pagan wins NFA's first NE title since 1994

Boston Globe, March 3: Three Bay State wrestlers beat Connecticut wrestlers for NE titles

Providence Record Journal, March 3: Two Rhode Island wrestlers bring home titles

Lawrence Eagle Tribune, March 3: Timberlane's Matt Smith becomes 2nd wrestler to win four straight New England titles

Lawrence Eagle Tribune, March 3: Salem, N.H. takes second in New England Tourney

New Britain Herald, March 1: Liseo, Cavallaro take shot at New England titles

Connecticut Wrestling Online, Feb. 28: Schibi challenges himself to prepare for Open, New England Tournament

Norwich Bulletin, Feb. 27: NFA's Open champion Pagan honored as Athlete of the Week

New Haven Register, Feb. 25: Bill may force CIAC to align leagues by enrollment

New Britain Herald, Feb. 25: Wins by Cavallaro, Liseo bright spots for Plainville, Southington

State Open
Connecticut Wrestling Online, Feb. 24: Danbury holds off RHAM to win State Open championship

Danbury News-Times, Feb. 24:
Stone clinches Open title for Danbury

Norwich Bulletin, Feb. 24: Pagan claims a title for NFA

Connecticut Post, Feb. 24:
Fairfield's Mannion (45-0) wins at State Open; Stratford's Corvino backs up his claims

New Britain Herald, Feb. 24:
Southington's Liseo, Plainville's Cavallaro earn State Open titles

Connecticut Wrestling Online, Feb. 24: Schibi, Feldman qualify for the New England Tournament.

New Britain Herald, Dec. 28: Fitch wins Farmington Valley Tournament; Unique start for Newington

Conn. Wrestling Online
Dec. 20 weekly notebook
Holy Cross wins 1st title since 1984; Will Skip Arden Tourney survive?, Founder of Gilbert program steps down

Dec. 27 weekly notebook
Montville overcomes distractions, Mt. Anthony beats Danbury, Conard starts well

Jan. 1 weekly notebook
Fitch makes its mark, Thomaston is no rookie team, Newington remains positive

Jan. 24 weekly notebook
Nonnewaug savors competition, Young Pomperaug learns in SWC, Bridgeport Central closes in on record, Lackey joins elite group

Feb. 4 weekly notebook
Nonnewaug works together to climb to top of BL; Growth at Housatonic; Solo wrestlers from Wamogo, Torrington

Feb. 13 weekly notebook
Mat time helps Bridgeport Central improve; Feldman has plenty of experience, Notes on Gilbert, Thomaston, Northwestern
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Review the 2002 campaign
Stories and results from the entire 2001-02 wrestling season can be found at the respective links.
Week 1: Dec. 13-15
Week 2: Dec. 19-22  
Week 3: Dec. 26-29
Week 4: Jan. 2-5
Week 5: Jan. 9-12
Week 6: Jan. 16-19
Week 7: Jan. 23-26
Week 8: Jan. 30-Feb. 2
Week 9: Feb. 6-11
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The Norwich Bulletin's state wrestling coaches poll.
Final, Feb. 18, 2002
No. Team         Rec.   Pts.   LW
1. Danbury (11)   20-1    220     1
2. Fairfield High   22-4    169     7
3. Southington     32-1    167     2
4. Derby           23-0-1    163     3
5. Fitch            20-5-1    135     5
6. Bridgprt Cen.   32-1    117     4
6. RHAM          24-2-1    117   10
8. Killingly        18-2-1    105     6
9. Berlin              18-5      84     9
10. NFA              20-5      61     8
Also receiving votes: Windham High (22-8) 23; Glastonbury (25-4) and Waterford (20-9) 7.
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2001-02 Year in Review
2001-02 tournaments
2002 regular season tournaments
Berlin Invitational
East Hartford Tournament
Doug Parker Invitational
Derby Invitational
Indian Invitational (Montville)
NFA Invitational
Guilford Invitational
Pomperaug Invitational
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Lancer Invitational
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Hartford City Series
Art Powers Duals
Tournament of Champions
Mt. Anthony Tournament
Eagle Classic
New Milford Tournament
Griswold Midseason Invitational
Rodney Smith Classic (East Windsor)
Ridgefield Challenge

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SWC Tournament
SCC Tournament
NCCC Tournament
NWC Tournament
COC Tournament
FCIAC Tournament
ECC Tournament

2002 CIAC state tournaments
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2002 State Open championships
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2002 New England Tournament
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Guzzio named to All-ACC squad
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 2002 -- Jim Guzzio, who wrestled at Hand-Madison, has been named to the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) 50th anniversary wresting team. Guzzio wrestled at 134 pounds for the University of Maryland, where he was an All-American, ACC wrestler of the year and the Maryland male athlete of the year in 1997. His career record in college was 122-40. A former assistant coach at North Carolina-Greensboro, he is now a futures and options analyst for a Charlotte, N.C. bank.

Quibble steps down
LEDYARD, Sept. 10 -- Mike Quibble has stepped down as chairman of USA Wrestling in Connecticut. Read here for more information on Quibble's departure.

State gets new editor for Wrestling USA
HARTFORD, Sept. 2002 -- Bryan McCarty, coach at Platt High in Meriden since 1991-92, has been named as the new Connecticut editor of Wrestling USA. His job will include submitting articles on wrestling news in the state, recommending All-American and Academic All-American candidates to the magazine. "My main goal is to increase Connecticut's exposure on the national level," he said. Teams can mail information to McCarty at Platt High, 220 Coe Avenue, Meriden, Conn., 06450.