2009 CIAC Class LL championships                        Complete brackets
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Meriden Record Journal, Feb. 22: Monson wins title for Southington

Danbury News Times, Feb. 22: Danbury wins 13th straight Class LL championship

Greenwich Times, Feb. 22: No. 19 seed finishes fourth at 119 pounds

VIDEO: Class LL final, 140 pounds -- Thomas Abbate, Xavier pins Michael Vernik, Amity, 3:36
2009 Class LL championships
At Trumbull
1. Danbury 252.5; 2. Xavier 218; 3. South Windsor 206; 4. Amity 171; 5. Shelton 137; 6. Southington 134; 7. Stamford 96; 8. Glastonbury 88; 9. NFA 81.5; 10. Simsbury 78; 11. Greenwich 75; 12. Manchester 70; 13. Cheshire 63.5; 14. McMahon 59.5; 15. Westhill 53.5; 16. Fairfield Prep 48; 17. Newtown 46; 18. Staples 44; 19. Platt Tech/W Haven 44; 20. East Hartford 41; 21. Ridgefield 37; 22. Trumbull 36; 23. Windsor 33; 24. NewBritian 32.5; 25. NewHaven 20; 26. Bridgeport Co-op 9.5; 27. Hartford Public 0
Individual results
Championship: Steve Matson, Amity def. Tyler Keane, Glastonbury, 2-1; 3rd Place: Dylan Bryant, Danbury def. Sean Kellet, Shelton, 16-0; Fifth Place: Joey Battinelli, Stamford def. Johnny D'Elia, Greenwich, 2-0
Championship: Brian Jennings, Danbury def. Jed Cervero, Cheshire, 6-1; 3rd Place: Doug Fontaine, Southington def. Ricky Jorge, Xavier, Pin  4:53; Fifth Place: Peter Litwin, Amity def. Audrow Nash, South Windsor, 4-3
Championship: Charles Costanzo, Danbury def. Nicholas Healy, South Windsor, 7-0; 3rd Place: Anthony Pedraza, Manchester def. Victor Cerio, Greenwich, 11-1; Fifth Place: Spencer Ciancola, Amity def. Andrew Vanam, Fairfield Prep, Pin  0:26
Championship: John Damici, Danbury def. Robert Ferrante, Shelton, 4-2; 3rd Place: Dylan Rinker, South Windsor def. Blake Summers, Glastonbury, 3-0; Fifth Place: Travis Tiger, Ridgefield def. Dylan Lamo, Xavier, Pin  2:14
Championship: Eliot Lopez, South Windsor def. John Gouveia, Newtown, 9-5; 3rd Place: Jason Camacho, Stamford def. Tyler Cunningham, Xavier, 10-2; Fifth Place: Daniel Matson, Amity def. Sean Marren, Shelton, 19-3
Championship: Joseph Sargenti, South Windsor def. Alex Camacho, Stamford, 6-3; 3rd Place: Kane Jarmon, NFA def. Gordon Zachs, Simsbury, 10-4; Fifth Place: Tim Lincoln, Fairfield Prep def. Mark Membrino, Southington, 6-2
Championship: Thomas Abbate, Xavier def. Michael Vernik, Amity, Pin  3:36; 3rd Place: Zach Napalitano, Westhill def. Cory Seeger, Southington, 8-4; Fifth Place: Thiago Goncalves, Danbury def. Joshua Gowdy, Simsbury, 14-7
Championship: Tucker Schaefer, Danbury def. Jake Odell, South Windsor, Pin  4:35; 3rd Place: Ryan Scott, Xavier def. Sean Fields, McMahon, 7-1; Fifth Place: Nick Gialluca, NewBritian def. Justin Summers, Trumbull, 10-9
Championship: Damien Winters, Danbury def. Chris Emanuelson, Xavier, 3-1; 3rd Place: Alex Carpenter, Amity def. Chris Sheehan, Manchester, 3-0; Fifth Place: Pat Riera, Southington def. Kyle Lancaster, NFA, 11-3
Championship: Mike Monson, Southington def. Kyle Copes, Cheshire, 9-7; 3rd Place: John Smith, Danbury def. Andrew Nederlof, Staples, 11-1; Fifth Place: Dillon Carter, Xavier def. William Pogacsas, Shelton, 8-7
Championship: Patrick Sawyer, NFA def. Dan Thompson, Xavier, 9-3; 3rd Place: Dylan Hancock, Danbury def. D'Mel Williams, Stamford, 5-4; Fifth Place: Michael Frizinia, Shelton def. Ben Pennant, Glastonbury, 4-3
Championship: Michael Ingalls, South Windsor def. Dillon Ritchie, Southington, 5-3; 3rd Place: Tito Slaughter, NewHaven def. Cosmo Iadanza, Westhill, 4-1; Fifth Place: Colter Abely, Xavier def. Chris Casaccio, Fairfield Prep, 8-2
Championship: Lawton Arnold, Simsbury def. Patrick Gillen, Shelton, 6-1; 3rd Place: Matthew Gillespie, Amity def. Steve Wojcik, Manchester, 6-2; Fifth Place: Douglas Robinson, Windsor def. Ryan Kelly, Xavier, 5-3
Championship: Seth Rothberg, South Windsor def. Humphrey Swift, Danbury, 3-2; 3rd Place: Mohamed Chater, Xavier def. Jeff Starr, McMahon, Pin  3:17; Fifth Place: Lloyd Brown, East Hartford def. Jonathan Ramsey, Windsor, Pin  4:54
Fast fall: Lloyd Brown from East Hartford, 285 lbs, 4 pins,  9:08
Most Outstanding: Tom Abbate, Xavier
Connecticut Wrestling Online
TRUMBULL, Feb. 21 – The results were similar but the way that the top-ranked Danbury High wrestling team won a record 13th straight Class LL championship was a bit different. The Hatters won this tournament in the consolation round with solid wrestling. Dylan Bryant (103), Dylan Hancock (171) and John Smith (160) each lost early in the tournament but battled back to take third place.

Danbury had five individual champions and earned 252½ points while Xavier earned its first-ever CIAC championship trophy of any kind by taking second place with 218 points. South Windsor, with four individual champions, took third with 206 points.

Brian Jennings (112), Charlie Costanzo (119), Tucker Schaefer (145), Damien Winters (152) and J.D. Damici (125) won titles for Danbury. "We told them this week that this tournament was going to be won in how we wrestled back," Danbury coach Ricky Shook told the Danbury News Times. "That is what we did and that is what helped us win this tournament."

Jennings, who was seeded fourth, beat defending Class LL champion and top-seeded Doug Fontaine of Southington the semifinals with a solid 5-1 victory. In the finals, he beat No. 2 seed Jed Cervero of Cheshire, 6-1. At 125, Damici led 4-0 against Shelton’s Robert Ferrante but Ferrante’s reversal with 30 seconds left cut the lead to two but Ferrante couldn’t turn Damici to score any more points.

Schafer won his second straight Class LL title with a pin over No. 2 seed Jake O’Dell of South Windsor.

Xavier had 11 wrestlers earn medals by finishing in the top six and seven finished in the top four to earn berths at the State Open.

Abbatte won his second straight championship by pinning Amity's Michael Vernik at 140 pounds while Dan Thompson (171) dropped a 9-3 decision to two-time champion Patrick Sawyer of NFA. Chris Emanuelson (152) lost a tight 3-1 bout to Danbury's Winters.

Mohamed Chater (285) finished third while Ricky Jorge (112) and Tyler Cunningham (112) each took fourth.

South Windsor had five individual champions. Eliot Lopez (130), Joseph Sargenti (135), Michael Ingalls (189) and Seth Rothberg (275) won for the Bobcats.

Ingalls won a tight match to win his championship. He gave up a point for stalling with one second left in regulation to force overtime in his Class LL championship match with Southington’s Dillon Ritchie. But Ingalls didn’t panic and took Richie down 13 seconds into OT to earn a 5-3 victory.

Top-seeded Mike Monson of Southington remained undefeated (33-0) with a 9-7 win over Cheshire’s Kyle Copes to win the 160-pound weight class. … NFA’s Patrick Sawyer (171) also won his second straight Class LL championship.

TWO FOR ARNOLD: Simsbury High’s Lawton Arnold turned in a dominating performance to win his second straight Class LL championship at 215 pounds. Arnold earned a spot in the final with three straight pins (26 seconds, 40 seconds, 1:23). In the final, he beat Shelton’s Patrick Gillen, 6-1. Teammate Gordon Zachs (135) finished fourth while Josh Gowdy (140) was sixth. Simsbury finished 10th.

Personal research and information from the Danbury News TImes used to compile this report.

Danbury wins 13th straight LL crown, Xavier takes 2nd