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Quibble named top wrestler
Sepko, Dion grab top coaching honors

MARCH 2001 -- Ledyard's Allyn Quibble didn't lose a match in Connecticut this winter and that trend continued at the 7th annual Connecticut High School Coaches Association's wrestling recognition dinner Sunday.

Quibble, who won his second straight State Open and Class L title this year at 140 pounds, was named the Wrestler of the Year. Southington High's Peter Sepko, who led the Knights to a second place finish in Class LL for the third straight year, was named state coach of the year.

Sepko's assistant Derek Dion was named the top assistant coach. Bill Tavares of the New London Day was named the Sportswriter of the Year. For a list of All-State wrestlers and members of the All-Academic All-State team, click on this link.

Quibble finished 43-1 this season with 19 pins, 10 tech falls and nine major decisions. He allowed only one takedown in his first 39 matches. Quibble finished his career with a 162-17 record that included three Eastern Connecticut Conference titles, three Class L titles and consecutive Open crowns. He finished third in the New England championships this winter after dropping a 3-2 decision in the semifinals to eventual New England champion Ben Lackey of Mt. Anthony, Vt.

Sepko and Dion have led Southington to five straight 23-plus win seasons, two straight CCC South titles and a 143-20-1 record in the past five years. The Knights (24-1) finished second in the state coaches poll behind Danbury.

2001 Academic All-State wrestling team

Class S
Josh Kaplan, Canton
Tom Bujold, Canton
Pat McKurdy, Nonnewaug
Eric Murphy, New London
Ramel Murphy, New London
Robert Tolk, Avon
Brendan Roche, Avon
Brian Dubiel, Avon
Don Papio, Avon
Shawn Cavanagh, Griswold
Chris Gebbie, Lyman Memorial
Aaron Cramer, Morgan
J.D. Ingalls, Morgan
Adam Renfrew, Morgan
Kyle Peatfield, Morgan
Chris Scheinberg, East Catholic
Jesse Cavallaro, Plainville
Phil Rothkugel, Plainville

Class M
Kevin Gaughan, New Fairfield
Doug Milburn, Bethel
Gregory Pace, Bethel
Luis Murillo, Platt
Kyle Hayes, Wethersfield
Jeff Oldham, Bethel

Class L
Stephen Masullo, Fitch
Thomas Phillips, Pomperaug
Mac Cook, Simsbury
Paul Bowman, Newington
Matthew Sullivan, Newtown
John Read, Newtown
Daniel Maley, Newtown
Mike Laroche, Berlin
Derek Aivano, Berlin
John Szymanski, Berlin

Class LL
Ross Giovanniello, Xavier
Silver Oghayore, Bridgeport Central
Carlos Valenzuela, Danbury
Christopher Kaplanis, Danbury
Patrick Newkirk, NFA
Joshua Murphy, NFA
Kevin Egolf, Glastonbury
Pat Buth, East Hartford
Paul LeBlanc, East Hartford
Frank Rossi, Bristol Central
Kevin Kozikowski, Bristol Central

2000-01 state awards
Coach of the year
Peter Sepko, Southington

Assistant coach of the year
Derek Dion, Southington

Wrestler of the year
Allyn Quibble, Ledyard

Special Recognition
Ron LaBeef, Killingly

Sportswriter of the year
Bill Tavares, New London Day

2000-01 Divisional awards
Head coach of the year
Class LL: Sepko, Southington
Class L: Frank Chaves, Simsbury
Class M: Bob Owen, Bethel
Class S: John McLaughlin, Avon

Assistant coach of the year
Class LL: Dion, Southington
Class L: John Bennett, Berlin
Class M: Chris Troetti, Bethel
Class S: Tony Baginski, St. Bernard

2000-01 All-State wrestlers
Phil Young (103), Danbury
Fred Ruperto (112), NFA
Kevin Egolf (119), Glastonbury
Brett Piscitello (125), NFA
Lee Mannion (130), Fairfield
Carlos Valenzuela (135), Danbury
Brian Stone (140), Danbury
Steve Scott (145), Danbury
Adam Chenette (152), NFA
Larry Liseo (160), Southington
Colin Sepko (171), Southington
Scott Fay (189), Danbury
Wigberto Diaz (215), Bridgeport Central
John Sullivan (275), Greenwich

Craig Ryan (103), Newington
Nate Russell (112), Bulkeley
Chris Coppolo (119), Fitch
Tim Faucher (125), Newington
Chris Szczsiul (130), Fermi
John Szymanski (135), Berlin
Allyn Quibble (140), Ledyard
Will Deveau (145), Fitch
Jeff Sullivan (152), Guilford
Steve Selezan (160), Newtown
Jim Punkunus (171), Berlin
Mike VonAllman (189), Branford
Greg Robertson (215), Harding
Aaron Trusty (275), Berlin

Ian Kessler (103), New Fairfield
Greg Pace (112), Bethel
Luis Murillo (119), Platt
Kiel St. George (125), Killingly
Doug Milburn (130), Bethel
Ben Oscar-Davis (135), Windham
Matt Cattel (140), Platt
Dan McAveney (145), New Fairfield
Ken Gennet (152), Jonathan Law
Matt Palmero (160), Bethel
Brett Scholnick (171), Hand
Andre Williams (189), Stratford
Justin Lepore (215), Hand
L.J. Spinnatto (275), Hand

Jason Vermes (103), East Windsor
Miguel Encarnacion (112), New London
Matt Morabito (119), Derby
Chris Scheinberg (125), East Catholic
David Stec (130), Derby
Rob French (135), Derby
Sean Smith (140), Bacon Academy
Adam Russell (145), East Windsor
Chris Gebbie (152), Lyman Memorial
Devin Schibi (160), Gilbert
Kevin Cordier (171), Windham Tech
Adam Karasevicz (189), Waterford
Tom Anadore (215), Bacon Academy
Brian Dubiel (275), Avon

Ian Kesser (103), New Fairfield
Greg Pace (112), Bethel
Kevin Egolf (119), Glastonbury
Tim Faucher (125), Newington
Dave Stec (130), Derby
Ben Davis-Oscar (135), Windham
Allyn Quibble (140), Ledyard
Steve Scott (145), Danbury
Jeff Sullivan (152), Guilford
Matt Palermo (160), Bethel
Brett Scholnick (171), Hand
Scott Fay (189), Danbury
Greg Robertson (215), Harding
John Sullivan (275), Greenwich