Reynolds prevails in
opening round match
at NCAA Tournament
ALBANY, N.Y., March 22, 2002 --- Connecticut's three former high school wrestling stars had some close battles but earned only one win on day 1 of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships.
Berlin's Anthony Reynolds, the 12th seed at 197 pounds, won his opening round match in the 2002 NCAA championships Thursday with a 8-5 win over Michigan State's John Weschler. Reynolds wrestles for Sacred Heart University. However, in the second round, fifth-seeded Missouri State's Scott Barker beat Reynolds, 16-1 by technical fall to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Reynolds was eliminated from the tournament with an 8-7 loss to Oklahoma State's Willie Gruenwald in the second round of the consolation bracket.
Reynolds' teammate Jason Cucolo (133 pounds) lost his first match to Jordan Webster of Central Michigan, 6-3 in action. In the consolation round, Cucolo dropped a 7-5 OT decision to Drexel's Joe Cristaldi.
Brown's Nick Ciarcia (197 pounds) lost his opening round match to third-seeded Owen Elzen of Minnesota, 14-3. In the consolation round, Ciarcia dropped a 6-5 decision to Lock Haven's Avery Zerkle.
Three former Connecticut wrestlers qualify for
NCAA Div. I tournament
Three former Connecticut high school wrestling stars have qualified for the NCAA Division I wrestling championships on March 20-22 in Albany, N.Y.
Sacred Heart University's Anthony Reynolds and Jason Cuccolo each won a Colonial Athletic Association championship to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament. Brown University's Nick Ciarcia (197) finished third in the EIWA Tournament to earn a NCAA berth.
Reynolds upset top-seeded Chris Skretowicz, 7-2 in the 197-pound final. Top-seeded Cucolo outlasted Joe Cristaldi of Drexel, 8-7 in his 133-pound final. The top two wresters in each weight class qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Reynolds wrestled at Berlin High while Cuccolo wrestled at Darien. Sacred Heart was sixth in the tournament, which was won by No. 21 Hofstra. Click on this link for results from the 2002 CAA tournament and this link for more on
In the EIWA Tournament, Brown sophomore Nick Ciarcia finished third at 197 pounds and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Ciarcia, who lost by tiebreaker in the EIWA semifinals, was a State Open champion from Xavier-Middletown.