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2003 Class LL wrestling tournament
Stories & results
2003 Class LL
At Bristol Central
Team results: 1. Danbury 271, 2. Glastonbury 192; 3. Southington183; 4. Conard 172.5; 5. Fairfield 154; 6. Simsbury 111; 7.Bridgeport Central 110.5; 8. Amity 100.5; 9. NFA 96; 10. Stamford83; 11. East Hartford 78; 12. Xavier 72; 13. Bristol Central 66;14. Hall 59; 15. New Britain 53; 16. Trumbull 50; 17. Westhill 48;18. Greenwich 38; 19. Manchester 35; 20. Fairfield Prep 32.5; 21.Bulkeley and Cheshire 32; 23. Windsor 23.5; 24. Shelton 15; 25.Norwalk 9; 26. West Haven 6.

Individual results
103- Final: Joseph Martin, Simsbury dec. Mike Silvestri, Danbury,9-4; 3. Hector Garcia, New Britian pinned Jeff Fontaine,Southington, 4:28; 5. Kyle Dess, Bristol Central pinned EricWarren, Trumbull, 4:20.

112- Final: Brandon Taricani, Southington dec. Frank Cammisa,Danbury, 4-2; 3. Yujia Zhai, Conard dec. Joshua Trujillo,Bridgeport Central, 4-0; 5. Andrew Durand, East Hartford dec.Louis Cofrancesco, Amity, 9-4.

119- Final: Pat Newkirk, Norwich Free Academy pinned Nick Weyer,Danbury, 3:14; 3. Tyler LeBlanc, East Hartford dec. Jared Schlar,Conard, 4-0; 5. Donald Torrenti, Amity dec. Dan Wojnarski,Fairfield, 3-0.

125- Final: Daniel Zachs, Simsbury dec. William Young, Danbury,7-6; 3. Peter DeCoteau, Conard dec. Michael Fiorini, BristolCentral, 10-0.; 5. Jeffrey Paragone, Glastonbury dec. Shawn Howey,East Hartford, 3-0.

130- Final: Bill St. Pierre, Southington dec. Brandon Stavola,Amity, 5-4; 3. Doug Paragone, Glastonbury pinned Chris Kaplanis,Danbury, 3:28; 5. Chris Gotay, Conard pinned Daniel Kiebish,Windsor, 2:51.

135- Final: Jeff Marra, Danbury dec. Chris Lee, Southington, 6-4;3. Andrew Holden, Glastonbury pinned Mike Ocone, Cheshire, 4:53;5. Jeff Levene, Stamford pinned Patrick Fanelli, Bristol Central,3:28.

140- Final: Anthony Hayes, Danbury dec. Gordon Holden,Glastonbury, 6-1; 3. Will Carballo, Hall dec. Jed Sosnowitz,Stamford, 4-0; 5. Jesse Wrubel , Conard dec. Charlie Price,Shelton.

145- Final: Trevor Howe, Danbury pinned Michael Cobb, BridgeportCentral, 5:33; 3. Matt McLinskey, Glastonbury dec. JonathanWrubel, Conard, 3-0; 5. Anthony Parrish, Fairfield dec. DanVitale, Cheshire, 13-0.

152- Final: Matt Tricarico, Danbury dec. William White, BridgeportCentral, 10-8; 3. James Moreno, Glastonbury dec. SamuelMcGrathMeehan, Simsbury, 6-0; 5. Justin Territo, East Hartforddec. Barett Risley, Fairfield, 8-1.

160- Final: Andy Liseo, Southington dec. Charles Cycon, Westhill,3-2; 3. Joseph Machowski, Conard dec. Terry Flanagan, Glastonbury,7-0; 5. Zach Wagner, Fairfield dec. Paul Ciarcia, Xavier, 2-1.

171- Final: Tim Donnelly, Stamford dec. Ryan Lavelle, Fairfield,10-2; 3. Chris Oghayore, Bridgeport Central dec. Nick Woodward,Hall, 8-0; 5. Joseph Kay, Westhill dec. Benjamin Bolt,Glastonbury, 7-4.

189- Final: Max Pazdan, Fairfield dec. Joshua Murphy, Norwich FreeAcademy, 9-5; 3. Chris D'Angelo, Southington pinned FerdiCortinhas, Trumbull, 0:58; 5. Peter Shreckengast, Conard pinnedDavid Jalette, Amity, 1:29.

215- Final: Ross Massey, Glastonbury dec. Jon Vose, Southington,4-1; 3. Brendan Herlihy, Fairfield dec. Christopher Bepko, Xavier,6-0; 5. Bruce Guilmette, Bristol Central dec. Christopher Brown,East Hartford, 11-0.

275- Final: John Sullivan, Greenwich pinned Louis Bruni, Amity,2:13; 3. Tim Ferreira, Danbury pinned Juan Carrion, Bulkeley,4:39; 5. Anell Montanez, Bridgeport Central dec. Manuel Medina,Manchester, 15-8.

Outstanding Wrestler: Bill St. Pierre, Southington
Fast Fall: John Sullivan, Greenwich, 5 pins in 4:37

Connecticut Wrestling Online
BRISTOL, Feb. 16, 2003 -- For the sake of its own sanity, the Southington High wrestling team isn't going to waste any more time trying to plot ways to beat perennial champion Danbury in Class LL and focus on the positive aspects of the Hatters' domination.

"Danbury is really the team to beat these days and when there is a team like that, it really forces everyone elese to raise the level of their program and that is good for every wrestling program," Southington coach Pete Sepko told the New Britain Herald.

Danbury put eight wrestlers in the finals with four earning titles  Jeff Marra (135), Anthony Hayes (140), Trevor Howe (145) and Matt Tricarico (160)  as the Hatters set a new state record with their 7th straight Class LL championship with a whopping 79-point win over Glastonbury, 271-192. NFA won six straight titles from 1983-88.

Ten of the 14 wrestlers entered in the tournament finished among the top 4 and earned berths to the State Open and coach Ricky Shook already has eyes on the New England Championships. A year ago, Danbury finished in the top five in New England with only three wrestlers.

Howe erased three years of frustration to win his first Class LL title with a pin over Bridgeport Central's Michael Cobb with 27 seconds left in the bout. Howe had lost in the semifinals the previous three seasons.

Hayes (41-0) won his second straight Class LL title while Marra nipped Southington's Chris Lee, 6-4. Tricarico had a close bout in the finals with a 10-8 win over Bridgeport Central's William White.

Southington's Bill St. Pierre (130) earned the tournament's outstanding wrestler award, thanks in part to a thrilling 5-4 decision over Amity's Brandon Stavola, who had reached the finals with three straight pins. Stavola had not practiced in 2½ weeks and missed last week's SCC Tournament battling the effects of pneumonia.

Stavola beat St. Pierre earlier this season by a 5-0 score. But in the final, St. Pierre got a key takedown with 40 seconds remaining to earn the victory. "Stamina was a factor but I made too many mistakes out there," Stavola told the New Haven Register.

Two other Southington wrestlers had tight victories in the finals. Brandon Taricani (112) earned a title with a 3-2 win over Frank Cammisa of Danbury while Andy Liseo (160) outlasted Westhill's Charles Cycon, 3-2. The Blue Knights finished third with 183 points.

"This year, we stressed for each wrestler to do what they needed to do to be a champion," Sepko told the New Britain Herald. "If they did that, the (team) points would come."

Simsbury freshman Joey Martin (103) remained undefeated with a 9-4 win over Danbury's Mike Silvestri in the finals. Teammate Daniel Zachs (125) earned a 7-6 win over Danbury's William Young to win a state title.

Material in this report was gathered from several state newspapers, including the Danbury News Times, New Britain Herald and New Haven Register along with personal notes and interviews.
Danbury dominant in earning record 7th straight Class LL title