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2004 State Open
Stories and results
2004 State Open
At New Haven
Team results  -- 1. Danbury 141½, 2. Windham High 95½, 3. Killingly 70, 4. Glastonbury 63, 5. Amity 56, 6. RHAM 55, 7. Fairfield High 52, 8. Waterford 51, 9. Ledyard 47, 10. Northwestern Regional 41½, 11. Plainville and New Fairfield 40½, 13. St. Bernard's 38½, 14. New Milford 37, 15. Montville 33, 16. Avon 29½, 17. Southington 29, 18, Woodstock Academy 28, 19. Simsbury 26, 20. Trumbull, Morgan and Fitch 22, 23. Berlin 21, 24. Westbrook, Enfield, East Hartford and Bristol Central 20; 28. Suffield, South Windsor, New London and Conard, 19, 32. East Catholic 17, 33. Harding, Nonnewaug, Hartford Public and Guilford 17; 37. Jonathan Law 16, 38, Derby 15½, 39. Newington 15, 40. Windham Tech, Weaver and Seymour 13, 43. Ridgefield 12; 44. Rockville, Platt Tech and Bristol Eastern 11; 47. Newtown 9, 48. Xavier and Farmington 8; 50. Manchester 7; 52. Platt 6, 53. Staples , Rocky Hill, Foran and Bridgeport Central 5, 57. Stamford 4½, 58. Stafford, Middletown, Maloney, Gilbert and Bacon Academy 4, 63. Weston/Barlow, Shelton, Pomperaug, Hand, Bulkeley, McMahon, Branford and Bethel 3; 71. New Canaan, Holy Cross, Darien and Bunnell 2, 75. Ellis Tech, East Windsor, Canton and Brookfield 1

103: 1. Mike Silvestri (Danbury) dec. Tom Phillips (Killingly) 6-1; 3. Chris Fusco (New Fairfield) dec. J.J. Daly (St. Bernard) 3-1; 5. Erte Lara (Avon) dec. Dan McIlrath (Newtown) 8-0.

112: 1. Joey Martin (Simsbury) dec. T.J. Hepburn (Ledyard) 5-1; 3. Zeth Nolda (Waterford) dec. Kevin Horan (Newington) 6-3; 5. Nick Cavallaro (Plainville) major dec. Charlie Isif (Fitch) 11-2.

119: 1. Jesse Cavallaro (Plainville) dec. Nick Miragliuolo (Woodstock Academy) 6-5; 3. Luis Espinosa (Warren Harding) dec. Scott Warren (RHAM) 1-0; 5. Billy Heuschneider (Ledyard) default over Alfredo Fontana (Trumbull).

125: 1. Dylan Tuz (New Milford) dec. Sam Gauvine (Enfield) 8-5; 3. Paul Avena (Westbrook) pin Navarre Jones (Windham) 4:29; 5. Donald Torrenti (Amity) dec. Jose Rivera (Derby) 3-0.

130: 1. Nick Weyer (Danbury) dec. Mike Fiorini (Bristol Central) 8-2; 3. Joel Webster (Northwestern) dec. Nick Newell (Jonathan Law) 6-0; 5. Travis Richards (Windham) default over Pete Stefanatos (New Milford).

135: 1. Brandon Stavola (Amity) dec. Eric Murphy (New London) 9-8; 3. Dan Madey (Berlin) dec. Jesus Kruz (Hartford Public) 6-3; 5. Specer Hennis (Platt Tech) dec. Jeff Larrow (Woodstock Academy) 1-0.

140: Kurtis Strout (Windham) pin Gordon Holden (Glastonbury) :32; 3. Rob Tolk (Avon) dec. Chris Lee (Southington) 5-1; 5. Kevin Turko (RHAM) dec. Chris Lovell (Fermi) 2-1.

145: 1. Bran Crudden (Windham) dec. Jeff Marra (Danbury) 7-0; 3. Jesse Wrubel (Conard) major dec. Ben Lane (Morgan) 12-3; 5. Hazel Evans (Weaver) dec. Jeremy Pavlik (Nonnewaug) 12-6.

152: 1. Greg Dussol (RHAM) dec. Chris Marks (Northwestern) 7-4; 3. Will Esposito (Danbury) dec. Andrew Holden (Glastonbury) 4-2; 5. Dan Strong (Bristol Eastern) default over Billy Leischner (Fitch).

160: 1. Larry Loomis (Killingly) dec. Ryan Quinn (New Fairfield) 7-3; 3. Bryant Reed (South Windsor) dec. Anthony Parrish (Fairfield) 6-4; 5. Andy Liseo (Southington) default over Ryan Shaw (Waterford).

171: 1. Matt Tricarico (Danbury) dec. Ryan Lavalle (Fairfield) 12-7; 3. Nate Shippee (East Catholic) pin Eric Sellers (Ridgefield) 4:44; 5. Adam Collins (Ledyard) major dec. Andrew Waller (Nonnewaug) 9-0.

189: 1. Shawn Karasevicz (Waterford) dec. Tom Kruszewski (Montville) 6-1; 3. Ferdi Cortinhas (Trumbull) dec. Billy Williams (Windham Tech) 10-3; 5. Dan Lyons (Guilford) pin Josh Barreto (Killingly) 1:13.

215: 1. Ross Massey (Glastonbury) dec. Brendan Herlihy (Fairfield) 4-3; 3. Mike LaBeef (Killingly) dec. Willy Brown (Maloney) 5-4; 5. Nick Jubrey (Suffield) pin Joe Taccone (Seymour) 2:51.

275: 1. Tim Ferreira (Danbury) dec. Chris Sullivan (St. Bernard) 10-7; 3. Lou Bruni (Amity) dec. Chris Finnie (Windham) 2-1; 5. Matt Morgan (Montville) dec. Chris Rackliffe (Farmington) 7-2.

Outstanding wrestler: Joey Martin, Simsbury
Fast fall: Nick Jubrey, Suffield 4 pins in 7:26

Connecticut Sports Online
NEW HAVEN, Feb. 28 --- Few Danbury wrestlers were knocked off their feet Saturday at the Hatters 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 where Danbury will try to become the first state team to win a New England title since 1992.

Mike Silvestri (103), Nick Weyer (130), Matt Tricarico (171) and Tim Ferreira (275) each won titles while Dan Marra (145) finished second. The four champions were the most since New Fairfield had four in 1998.

"Most of our guys are good on their feet," Danbury coach Ricky Shook said. "We stress takedowns more than any other position. If we can get the takedowns, we can dictate the pace of matches."

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.

103: Silvestri led 4-0 after two periods and quickly reversed Killingly's Tom Phillips to begin the third period in a dominating 6-1 victory. Silvestri, who had a close 8-6 win over St. Bernard's J.J. Daly in the semifinals improves to 41-2.

112: In easily the most entertaining final of the evening, Martin battled toe-to-toe with Ledyard freshman T.J. Hepburn. Using a double chicken wing, Martin (44-0) was able to score a three-point near fall in the second period to take the lead. Hepburn (41-1) cut the lead to two with an escape but Martin iced the bout with a reversal with 1:11 left in the third period as he won, 5-1. Neither wrestler held anything back and went at each other hard.

119: Plainville's Jesse Cavallaro won his second Open title in three years thanks to a takedown with 11.4 seconds left in regulation to lift him to a 6-5 win over Woodstock Academy's Nick Miragliulolo. With both on their knees, Miragliuolo was driving into Cavallaro and trying to clinch the title with a takedown with 20 seconds left but Cavallaro would not yield. They rolled out of bounds and when they resumed, Cavallaro grabbed Miragliuolo's ankle with a single hand, tripped him and tackled for the takedown.

125: New Milford's Dylan Tuz picked a fine time for his first headlock. Enfield's Sam Gauvine took a 5-4 lead with 44 seconds left in the third period thanks to a takedown and was trying to hold Tuz at bay. But with eight seconds left, Tuz got a reversal and threw in a headlock, throwing Gauvine (42-1) to his back and winning the bout, 8-5. "I had no idea how much time was left," Tuz said. "Coach said do something. I never hit a headlock before. We work on them in practice and I say why do I have to do these? I can never hit them."  Westbrook's Paul Avena, a one-man team, finished third with four straight wins in the consolation round.

130: The ability to hit key takedowns lifted Danbury's Nick Weyer to an Open title. Weyer handed Northwestern's Joel Webster his first loss with a 4-3 victory in the semifinals. In the finals, he handled Bristol Central's Mike Fiorini in an 8-2 victory. In his final two matches, Weyer had four takedowns and didn't allow one. Fiorini advanced to the final with an emotional win over New Milford's Pete Stefanatos with a 3:47 pin after hearing a New Milford coach say that he wasn't any good.

135: Amity's Brandon Stavola hit a key reversal with 10.1 seconds left in regulation to beat New London's Eric Murphy, 9-8. Murphy had taken a 8-7 lead with 38.1 seconds left with a takedown. Murphy had a thrilling semifinal victory with a 5-3 OT win over Hartford Public's Jesus Kruz.

140: Windham's Kurtis Strout handed Glastonbury's Gordon Holden his first loss of the season with a 28-second pin the finals. Strout earned a spot in the finals with a 3-2 win over Avon's Rob Tolk thanks to an escape with 37 seconds left. Tolk took a 2-1 lead on a reversal with 1:08 left but Murphy tied the bout when Tolk was penalized one point for his second incorrect start. Tolk did finished third.

145: Windham's Bran Crudden had a dominating 7-0 win over Danbury's Dan Murra in the finals. In the semifinals, it was much closer. Crudden scored a takedown with five seconds left in the third period to tie his match with Conard's Jesse Wrubel. In overtime, Crudden, now 45-1, scored a takedown with four seconds left to win it, 9-7. Wrubel finished third.

152: RHAM's Greg Dussol won his second straight straight Open championship with a convincing 7-4 win over Northwestern's Chris Marks. Dussol had a nice, sharp single leg takedown to snap a 2-2 tie in the second period and had an timely shot with the final seconds of the match ticking away. Dussol (43-0), who earned two of his three takedowns countering Mark's shot attempts.  "I'm usually best (on my feet). You just do what you have to do to win," Dussol said. Marks (46-1) earned his spot in the finals with a thrilling semifinal victory over Fitch's William Leischner, erasing an 8-3 deficit and winning by pin in 5:49.

160: Killingly's Larry Loomis remained undefeated at 49-0 with a solid 7-3 win over New Fairfield's Ryan Quinn, who stunned Class LL champion Andy Liseo by an 11-3 margin in the quarterfinals.

171: Danbury's Matt Tricarico earned a 12-7 decision over Fairfield's Ryan Lavelle to win the title. East Catholic's Nate Shippee was third with a win over Ridgefield's Eric Sellers, who scored a takedown at the buzzer to win his consolation semifinal over Nonnewaug's Andy Waller., 5-4.

189: Waterford's Shawn Karasevicz outlasted fellow ECC rival Thomas Kruszewski of Montville, 6-1 in the final. Karasevicz, the Class M champion, was the ECC champions while Kruszewski, who won the Class L title was third at the ECC meet.

215: Glastonbury's Ross Massey won his second straight title and remained undefeated (45-0) with a one-point decision over Fairfield's Brendan Herlihy, 4-3. Massey had a tight 2-1 decision in the semifinals over East Hartford's Chris Brown while Herlihy slipped past Killingly's Mike LaBeef, 3-2.

275: Danbury's Tim Ferreira won his 110th match of his career with a 10-7 championship win over St. Bernard's Chris Sullivan.

Another Open title for Danbury
Martin, Dussol, Massey each claim 2nd state crowns