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2006 Class S wrestling tournament
Team results – 1. Griswold 200.5, 2. Avon 188, 3. Bacon Academy 175.5, 4. Morgan, Granby and Derby 125, 7. Suffield 98, 8. St. Bernard 85.5, 9. Plainville 84.5, 10. East Windsor 84, 11. Stafford 79.5, 12. Gilbert 73, 13. Terryville 72, 14. Holy Cross 70, 15. Portland 69, 16. Nonnewaug 68, 17. Weston 60, 18. East Catholic 58, 19. Canton 56.5, 20. Housatonic 54, 21. Lyman Memorial, Somers and Rocky Hill 49, 24. Thomaston 43, 25. Northwestern Regional 33, 26. Greater Hartford Classical 32, 27. Immaculate 27, 28. Haddam-Killingworth 24, 29. Woodland 22, 30. Windham Tech 19, 31. Shepaug 16, 32. N.W. Catholic 9, 33. Old Saybrook 8, 34. Hale-Ray 5, 35. Ellington 4, 36. O’Brien Tech and New London 0
Championship – Youngin Lim (Avon) dec. Ryan Quinn (Bacon Academy), 9-7, 2 OT; 3rd – John Miller (Stafford) dec. Ben Arel (Housatonic), 7-0; 5th – Michael Daly (St. Bernard) default over Anthony Delprete (Derby)
Championship – Tyler Banks (Griswold) dec. Tim Mandel (Northwestern), 12-3; 3rd – Jake Miller (East Windsor) dec. Joseph Reisman (Shepaug), 4-0; 5th – Lou Piscottano (Somers) pin Jason Kirschebaum (Weston), 4:54
Championship – Nick Cavallaro (Plainville) dec. Greg Martel (Stafford), 4-2; 3rd – Brock Coutu (Griswold) pin Louis Diaz (Terryville), 1:44; 5th – Alex Deltgen (St. Bernard) pin Mike Angelillo (Nonnewaug), 2:54
Championship – Dale Rollet (Suffield) dec. Sam Wilcox (Griswold), 16-5; 3rd – Matt Broulliard (Holy Cross) dec. T.J. Magnoli (Rocky Hill), 8-6; 5th – Rob Butcher (Morgan) win by default over Nick Pantuosco (Somers)
Championship – Nick Watson (Granby) dec. Phil Strobel (Nonnewaug), 12-5; 3rd – Adam Twitchell (Avon) tech fall Tony Blekis (Terryville), 18-1; 5th – Julian Christie (Immaculate) pin Chad Verbitsky (Plainville), 3:23
Championship – Sean Fisher (Griswold) pin John McLaughlin (Stafford), 3:37; 3rd – Nick Bristol (Canton) dec. Andy Dionne (Portland), 10-8, OT; 5th – Ryan Van Nostrand (Granby) pin Jared Marshall (Avon), 4:37
Championship – James Gladue (Griswold) dec. Ryan Mednick (Bacon Academy), 9-0; 3rd – J.P. Roesler (St. Bernard) tech fall John Stroud (Portland), 22-6; 5th – Mike Cobuzzi (Plainville) pin Ryan Plourde (Thomaston), 1:34
Championship – Sam Smith (Bacon Academy) dec. Andrew Dahlman (Granby), 3-2; 3rd – Tim Vollaro (Somers) dec. Evan Huddy (Avon), 3-1; 5th – Brandon Macarz (Morgan) dec. Lucas Clunan (Terryville), 7-2
Championship – Chris Nadeau (Granby) pin Fred Parlos (East Windsor), 5:25; 3rd – John Groth (Gilbert) dec. Sam Cox (Bacon Academy), 9-3; 5th – Richard Bailey (Derby) pin Justin Chapman (Thomaston), 3:20
Championship – Eric Bottomley (East Windsor) dec. William Sedlmeier (Lyman Memorial), 4-3; 3rd – Edward Ortiz (Derby) dec. Tom Clarke (East Catholic), 3-2; 5th – Jerry Thompson (Bacon Academy) dec. Will Vallee (Avon), 5-3
Championship – Nate Shippee (East Catholic) dec. Brian Cramer (Morgan), 9-2; 3rd – Sean Burgess (Bacon Academy) dec. David Rodrigues (Avon), 6-3; 5th – Kevin Blanchard (Holy Cross) pin T.J. Warren (East Windsor), 4:20
Championship – Brian McNeil (Griswold) pin Kyle Kiaunis (Morgan), 3:43; 3rd – Matt Chalmers (Bacon Academy) dec. Andy St. Onge (Avon), 5-0; 5th – Jimmy Haring (Haddam-Killingworth) win by default over Steve Rodriguez (Derby)
Championship – Thomas Izzo (Derby) pin Tim Rustek (Portland), 2:18; 3rd – Ben Kendrick (Gilbert) dec. Adam Shortell (Woodland), 3-0; 5th – A.J. Mancini (Avon) dec. Jamell Stevenson (Suffield), 13-2
Planning pays off as Griswold wins first Class S championship
By GERRY deSIMAS, JR.
Connecticut Wrestling Online
MONTVILLE, Feb. 18, 2006 – For Griswold coach Dana Cooke and his coaching staff, preparations for the 2006 campaign began in a manner of minutes in February 2005 after Northwestern Regional had outlasted the Wolverines for the Class S championship by a mere two points – the closest finish in Class S history.
“Since last year, our focus has been this tournament,” Cooke said. “We wrestled in a lot of tournaments so the guys would know what they had to do.”
He wanted his wrestlers to learn the importance of scoring points in a tournament atmosphere even after they had lost one match. In preparation for this year’s event, he held out two wrestlers from last week’s ECC Tournament just to keep them as fresh as possible.
With four individual champions, the Wolverines pulled away from upstart Avon in the final round to win the first state championship in the program’s history by a 200-188 margin. ECC rival Bacon Academy was third with 175½ points.
Avon, which last won a state title in 1995, led by 1½ points going into the finals and extended its lead to 4½ points after sophomore Youngin Lim (103) rallied a thrilling match in OT and Este Lara (119) won his first state title with a hard-fought 2-1 win over top seed Tucker Grass of Morgan.
But the Wolverine express had too much power, especially in the finals, winning four of five bouts. Tyler Banks (112) dominated Northwestern’s Tim Mandel, 12-3, Sean Fisher (140) clinched the title by pinning Stafford’s John McLaughlin, James Gladue (145) blanked Bacon’s Ryan Mednick, 9-0 and Brian McNeil (215) put a perfect ending to the Griswold evening by pinning Morgan’s Kyle Kiaunis in 3:43.
Sam Wilcox (130), one of two wrestlers that skipped last week’s ECC Tournament while nursing injuries, finished second dropping a 16-5 decision to Suffield’s Dale Rollet, who was voted the outstanding wrestler. But Wilcox had three wins, including two pins. Griswold’s Fernando Reynoso (189) was the other wrestler who skipped the ECCs and he picked up two wins by pin before being eliminated.
“It was all of the guys in the wrestlebacks,” Cooke said. “We told them they would have to score points. They did and more. Every one (in the consolation round) won one more match.”
Brock Coutu (125) also won a medal for Griswold, taking third.
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FALCONS FLY: Avon had nine wrestlers earn medals as they had their best finish since winning the last of three straight titles in 1995. “The young kids stepped up to bring us where we are today,” Avon coach John McLaughlin said.
Lim, who was seeded seventh, easily pinned No. 2 seed Andrew Duncan of Thomaston in 52 seconds in the quarterfinals and pinned Housatonic’s Ben Arel in 5:32 in the semifinals.
In the final against Bacon Academy freshman Ryan Quinn, Lim trailed 6-2 in the third period. He cut the lead to three with an escape. With 27 seconds left, Lim took down Quinn to pull within one, 6-5. He let Quinn intentionally escape with 18 seconds and threw Quinn to his back as time expired to get a takedown and tie the match, 7-7.
In the second OT, Lim prevailed, 9-7.
“Mentally, he is so tough,” McLaughlin said. “He slowly crept back into the match and waited for his opportunity.”
Este, who finished second in last year’s State Open and lost in the semifinals of the Class M tournament to eventual New England champion Ken Fratus of Waterford, won his first state title with a 2-1 win thanks to a reversal with 48 seconds left.
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It wasn’t as dominant as other performances that Plainville’s Nick Cavallaro (125) has turned in this season. But it didn’t matter.
Winning for the first time by decision this season, Cavallaro beat Stafford’s Greg Martel, 4-2 to win the Class S championship for the second time in three years.
Cavallaro is now 43-0 with 36 pins, four tech falls, two major decisions and a decision. “We both wanted it just as much,” Cavallaro explained. “We both went after each other.”
The bout was six minutes of attempted takedowns, counter moves and two wrestlers going full speed at each other.
A takedown with 32 seconds left in the second period gave Cavallaro a 3-0 lead. Martel cut the lead to 3-2 with 1:39 left in the bout. Martel felt his best chance to win was to try and take Cavallaro down and let him escape a few seconds later.
But Cavallaro fended off Martel’s attack to win the title.
Cavallaro beat Martel at 112 in the 2004 Class S final, 11-4. Martel won a Class S title at 119 a year ago.
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Granby’s Nick Watson (135) won the first Class S title in the school’s history with a 12-5 win over Nonnewaug’s Phil Strobel. Watson stunned Avon’s Adam Twitchell in the semifinals, 6-3. Strobel erased a 5-0 deficit and beat top-seeded Tony Bleskis of Terryville with a takedown in the final 10 seconds in their semifinal match. … Griswold’s James Gladue (145) won his second straight Class S championship. … Bacon Academy’s Sam Smith held off Granby’s top-seeded Andrew Dahlman, 3-2 to win at 152 pounds. … Granby’s Chris Nadeau (160) pinned East Windsor’s Fred Parlos in 5:25 to win a state title. Parlos had upset previously unbeaten John Groth of Gilbert in the semifinals, 4-3. Groth (31-1) finished third. … East Windsor’s Eric Bottomley (171) beat Lyman Memorial’s Eric Sedlmeier, 4-3, when Sedlmeier was penalized one point for locking hands as time expired in the 171 final. … For the second time in three years, East Catholic’s Nate Shippee (189) won a state title with a 9-2 win over Morgan’s Brian Cramer. Shippee won at 171 in 2004. … With a pin, Derby’s Tom Izzo (275) won his second straight Class S crown. ... Three defending champions lost in the finals -- Northwestern's TIm Mandel (112), Morgan's Tucker Grass (119) and Stafford's Greg Martel (125).