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2003-04 in review
2003-04 news
2003-04 stories
New Haven Register, March 24: Stavola named MVP in greater New Haven

New Haven Register, March 8: New Haven a big winner at New England meet

Connecticut Sports Online, March 7: Connecticut places nine wrestlers in New England finals, Stavola brings home a title

New Haven Register, March 7: Stavola brings home a championship

New Haven Register, March 5: Stavola happy to have teammate with him at tourney

State Open 2004
Danbury News Times, Feb. 29: Danbury wins 4th straight title

Waterbury Republican American, Feb. 29: Marks stopped by Dussol in final

New Britain Herald, Feb. 29: Cavallaro rallies to win 2nd Open crown

Open previews
Danbury News Times, Feb. 27: Even at Open, Danbury has eyes on New England

New Britain Herald, Feb. 27: Tran hopes to add Open title to his collection

Bristol Press, Feb. 27: Fiorini aims for an Open title

New Haven Register, Feb. 27: Open comes to New Haven

Class LL
New Haven Register, Feb. 22: Stavola wins a Class LL title

Class L
Norwich Bulletin, Feb. 22: Record 14th title for Ledyard

Class M
Norwich Bulletin, Feb. 22: Windham wins first title since 1994

Class S
Connecticut Wrestling Online, Feb. 22: Nonnewaug wins 5th state title

The Herald Press, Feb. 22: Plainville second in Class S

Other stories
New Britain Herald, Feb. 20: Plainville looks to bring home a title, Berlin hopes to contend in Class L

Bristol Press, Feb. 20: Eastern hopes to bring home a title in Class L

Middletown Press, Feb. 20: Morgan among contenders in Class S

Waterbury Republican American, Feb. 19: Nonnewaug hopes to contend in Class S

Valley News, Feb. 19: Granby wins 1st NCCC championship

Weekly notebooks
Week 4, Jan. 28: Windham is top state team at Silk City, Mentally tough Mt. Anthony, Tran on the mat, Dual Meet Championship proposal

Week 3, Jan. 8: Greater Hartford Tournament debut, Can Northwestern top Nonnewaug; Injured Therrien; Danbury repels Fairfield;  Ledyard has high expectations; Undefeated Rockville; Streak for Southington

Week 2, Jan. 1: Glastonbury rebounds to win Farmington Valley Tournament, Ridgefield wins in Vermont, matches on Web, Northwestern doing well in year 3

Week 1, Dec. 17: Silk City Classic survives; Chaves closes in on 400 wins; switching conferences; missing Bo
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2002-03 season
2001-02 season
2000-01 season
The Norwich Bulletin's state wrestling coaches poll.
Wk. 10, Feb. 23, 2004 (FINAL)
No. Team          Rec.  Pts.   LW
1. Danbury (10)   17-1   200      1
2. Windham        28-1   176      2
3. Ledyard          19-2   164      3
4. Glastonbury    21-2   120      5
5. Rockville         23-3   103      6
6. Amity             24-3   102      7
7. Killingly          21-5     77    10
8. Fairfield          27-3     64      4
9. Nonnewaug     21-3     58    nr
10. New Milford   23-3     57      9
Also receiving votes: Plainville (18-4) 46, Berlin (22-7) 39, Montville (31-3) 16, Xavier (26-6) 8.
State wrestling coaches poll
Your source for the latest results, stories about Connecticut high school wrestling
2004 in review
Wk. 1 thru Dec. 20
Wk. 2 (Dec. 22-27)
Wk. 3
(Dec. 30-Jan. 3)
Week 4 (Jan. 5-10)
Wk. 5 (Jan. 12-17)
Wk. 6 (Jan. 19-24)
Wk. 7 (Jan. 26-31)
Week 8 (Feb. 1-7)
Week 9 (Feb. 8-14)

CIAC '04:
Class LL, Class L,
Class M, Class S

State Open '04
Other NE qualifers
New Englands '04

Sr. Nationals '04

2004 final top 10 poll
Dual meet state power rankings
2004 league standings, final

Four state wrestlers earn All-America honors
MANHEIM, Pa., April 5 -- Four Connecticut wrestlers earned All-American honors at the third annual National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)'s U.S. High School Open tournament at Delaware State University.

Wrestlers in grades 9-12 were eligible to compete. Norfolk's Joel Webster (130), Waterford's Shawn Karasavicz (194), Fairfield's Brendan Herlihy (220) and Meriden's Willie Brown (280) earned All-America honors by finishing in the top eight of their respective weight class. Herlihy was sixth and Brown was eighth while Webster and Karasavicz each finished seventh. All four also wrestled on Team New England that took fifth in the 10th annual Brute Scholastic Duals.
U.S. Open 2004 index of results

Senior Nationals
Phillips earns All-America honors at nationals
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 4 -- Killingly's Tom Phillips won three matches including a quarterfinal bout in overtime to finish fourth at the National High School Coaches Senior Tournament and earn All-America honors at 103 pounds. Phillips (3-2) lost to Tennessee's Blake Tinsley by pin for third place.

He is the 14th state wrestler to earn All-America honors at the tournament and the first from Killingly. It is the best finish since New Canaan's Brett Wilderman took fourth at 189 in 1995.

Twelve state wrestlers competed in the tournament. Danbury's Mike Silvestri (103), Brandon Stavola of Amity (135), RHAM's Greg Dussol (152) and Danbury's Tim Ferreira (275) each earned one victory each. Connecticut finished 38th in the field with 17 points.
See all the Connecticut results

Shaw takes fourth in
U.S. Olympic trials
INDIANAPOLIS, May 23 -- Waterford High junior Stefanie Shaw, 17, finished fourth in the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials at 138.75 pounds (63 kilograms). Shaw beat top-seeded Sally Roberts, a bronze medalist at last year's World Championships, 4-2 in the semifinals. But Shaw lost in the challenge tournament finals to No. 2 seed Alaina Berube, 5-4. In the consolation round, Shaw fell to No. 3 Kaci Lyle by technical fall. "I got caught a couple of times when I shouldn't have," Shaw told the New London Day. "She got me. I've got to find out what works and what doesn't and what I need to work on." Click on the link for more compete trials results from The

Tribute to courage
LEDYARD, April 27 -- USA Wrestling Connecticut is collecting donations for the Jeffrey Braun Foundation to pay tribute to Braun, a former Stafford High wrestler who died in Iraq at the age of 19 serving his country last December. Contributors will be proudly listed at USA Wrestling Connecticut's Web site. Click here for a special message from Mike Quibble, director of USA Wrestling Connecticut.

USGWA nationals
Perry wins national title,
Shaw takes second
LAKE ORION, Mich. -- NFA's Jade Perry won a national championship at 138 pounds at the U.S. Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA) national tournament on March 27-28 while Waterford's Stefenie Shaw (144) finished second. The two top finishes helped Connecticut to an seventh place finish in the tournament. Other state girls in the high school division earning All-America honors (top 8) included Danbury's Susie Levitt (4th, 105) and Woodstock's Megan Corden (7th, 122). Trinity College's Melyssa Fuqua won a national title in the University Folkstyle Division at 165 pounds. In the junior high division, Uncasville's Jessica Bennett (4th, 180) and Brooklyn's Spirit Souza (6th, 144) earned All-America honors.
USGWA national results

Shaw earns spot on U.S. team
WATERFORD -- Waterford High Junior Stefenie Shaw has been named to the U.S. Pan-American wrestling team at 63 Kg (kilograms) or 138.75 pounds. She will wrestle for the U.S. team at the Pan-Am Games on May 7-9.

All-State banquet
Stavola, Dussol share Wrestler of the Year honor
Amity's Brandon Stavola (135) and RHAM's Greg Dussol (152) shared the state wrestler of the year award, it was announced at the Connecticut High School Coaches Association's annual All-State and Academic All-State wrestling banquet. Stavola, who won the Class LL and State Open title, was the only state wrestler to win a New England title. Dussol, a two-time State Open and Class M champion, finished second in New England to Maine's Decota Cotton, who earned the tournament's outstanding wrestler award.

Bristol Central's Pat Parente was honored for his many contributions to wrestling while the coaching staffs from Danbury, Rockville, Windham and Nonnewaug were honored with the coach of the year awards. Gerry deSimas, Jr., editor of Connecticut Wrestling Online and wrestling writer for the Waterbury Republican-American was named sportswriter of the year.
Click here for the All-State and Academic All-State lists.

Berlin's Ciarcia wins three
at NCAA Div. I tournament
ST. LOUIS, March 20 -- Brown University's Nick Ciarcia (184) was the only Connecticut native competing in the 2004 NCAA Division I wrestling tournament and finished one win shy of qualifying for a medal. Ciarcia dropped his first bout losing to sophomore Dan Pitsch of Oregon State, 8-6. In his first consolation round bout, Ciarcia beat Wyoming sophomore Sam Wendland, 9-4. He beat Wisconsin's Brady Reinke in 1:16 and beat No. 6 seed Nick Frost of Arizona State, 3-1. But he fell to Lehigh's Travis Frick, 2-1 in the fifth round of the consolation round. Ciarcia finished 3-2 in the tournament.

Ciarcia, a Berlin resident, was seeded 17th in the tournament. Ciarcia was upset in the second round of the 100th EIWA championships but rallied in the consolation bracket to take fourth and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. He finished the regular season at 24-11.
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New England Tournament
Stavola wins crown, Danbury takes third
NEW HAVEN, March 6 -- Connecticut had a tournament-high nine wrestlers in the finals but only Amity's Brandon Stavola (130) came home with a victory. Plainville's Jesse Cavallaro (119) lost in 2 OT, Glastonbury's Gordon Holden (140) lost in OT while Killingly's Larry Loomis (160) lost by 1 on a reversal with four seconds left. Vermont's Mt. Anthony Union won the New England title for the fourth time in eight years while Danbury finished third -- the best finish by a state school since 1997.
Click here for some Connecticut highlights.
Top 6 results in each weight class

Three state coaches were inducted into the New England Wrestling Council's Hall of Fame -- New Fairfield/Brookfield coach Bob Serrano, Simsbury's Frank Chaves and Berlin's Jim Day.
2004 New England Tournament facts:
Tournament history (1997-03)

N. England video and photos
NEW HAVEN, March 6 -- Video of the New England finals is available at Pin to Win. Photos from the entire New England Tournament are available for viewing from Zdrada Photos.

Other competitors qualify
Results and stories from the state championship tournaments in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine are available. The top six from Massachusetts and top three from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island qualify.

State Open
Record-breaking effort
for Danbury grapplers
NEW HAVEN, Feb. 28 -- Danbury won their fourth straight State Open championship by a tournament-record 46 points over Windham, 141.5 to 95.5. Killingly was a distant third with 70 points. Four Danbury wrestlers won titles and six out of seven that competed finished among the top four to earn berths to next weekend's New England Championships. RHAM's Greg Dussol (152) and Glastonbury's Ross Massey (215) successfully defended their titles while Simsbury sophomore Joey Martin earned the tournament's outstanding wrestler award by winning at 112 by winning his second straight title.
Read a quick summary of the tournament and see the team scores.

Video of State Open finals
NEW HAVEN, Feb. 28 -- Ron LaBeef and Jim Day provide play-by-play and color commentary.

State championship weekend
Danbury, Ledyard, Windham, Nonnewaug win state titles
Danbury claimed a record 8th straight Class LL championship with a 64-point win over Glastonbury as the Tomahawks finished second for the second year in a row. ... In Class L, moving up helped Ledyard as they won their record 14th state championship and first since 2000 with a 63½ point win over Rockville. It was the best-ever finish by the Rams. Montville, which won the Class S title a year ago, finished third. ... Windham High won its first state title since 1994 with a 59½ point victory over defending Class M champion Killingly. .. Nonnewaug won its fifth Class S title and the first since 1997 by beating host Plainville by 21 points.  Plainville had four individual champions and its best-ever team finish.

Hatters top coaches poll
Danbury was voted No. 1 in the final state coaches poll for the eighth straight year. Class M champion Windham was voted No. 2 with Class L champion Ledyard at No. 3. Class S champion Nonnewaug made its season debut at No. 8.
2003-04 tournaments
2004 regular season
Farmington Invitational
Plainville Invitational
Berlin Invitational
Lancer Invitational (Waterford)
Doug Parker Invitational
East Hartford Tournament
Guilford Tournament
Cardinals Coaches Classic (Greenwich)
Derby Invitational
Pomperaug Invitational
Wildcat Invitational (NFA)
Longmeadow Early Bird Tourney
Danbury Holiday Tournament
Middlebury Vt. Tournament
Bristol Eastern Duals
Fermi Duals
Conn. Vo-Tech Tournament
Bristol Central Invitational
Glastonbury Duals
Redskin Invitational
South Windsor Duals
Spartan Duals (Maloney)
Lawless Duals (Nonnewaug)
Wethersfield Duals
Tournament of Champions
Chelmsford Invitational
Trumbull Duals
Art Powers Duals (Berlin)
Eastern States Classic
Mt. Anthony Tournament
Greater Hartford Tournament
Griswold Mid-Season Invitational
Silk City Classic
New Milford Tournament
North Fork Invitational
Portland Duals
John Williams Duals (Rockville)
Killingly Duals
Northeast Duals (Springfield)
Rodney Smith Classic (East Windsor)
Ridgefield Challenge
Groundhog Duals
New Milford Duals

2004 league tournaments
Berkshire League
Charter Oak (COC)
Southwest (SWC)
Fairfield County (FCIAC)
Southern CT (SCC)
North Central CT (NCCC)
Northwest (NWC)
Eastern CT (ECC)

2004 CIAC state tournaments
Class LL
Class L
Class M
Class S
State Open

2004 New England Tournament
Other state champions

Summer Tournaments
2004 spring/summer
2004 standings
2004 final poll
Spring/summer tournaments
2004 Connecticut Wrestling Online weekly notebooks