2010 CIAC Class L championships                         Complete brackets
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Danbury News Times, Feb. 21: Fairfield Warde takes down another giant with win over New Fairfield

Hartford Courant, Feb. 21:  Late takedown lifts Vose to title

Bristol Press, Feb. 21:  Central’s Vose captures state title at 135 pounds

2010 Class L
At Bristol Central
Team results -- 1. Fairfield Warde 207; 2. New Milford 201½; 3. Hand 178; 4. Bristol Central 147½; 5. Bristol Eastern 128½; 6. Conard 115; 7. Middletown 108; 8. E.O. Smith 93½; 9. Newington 90; 10. Masuk 89; 11. New Canaan 79½; 12. Farmington 79; 13. Hall 77; 14. Maloney 75; 15. Pomperaug 73; 16. Fitch 71½; 17. East Lyme 65½; 18. Darien 59½; 19. Woodstock Academy 52; 20. Fairfield Ludlowe 51; 21. Wethersfield 47½; 22. Wilton 32; 23. Norwalk 30; 24. Bunnell 30; 25. Torrington 16; 26. Notre Dame 5½; 27. Windsor 0.
Individual results
Championship: Connor Kirkegard, New Milford def. Andrew Chase, Bristol Eastern, 4-2; Third: Pharoh Eaton, Fairfield Warde def. Brian Amato, Newington, Default; Fifth: Andrew Carignan, Middletown def. Kareem Small, East Lyme, pin, 4:02
Championship: Victor Ekpenyong, Middletown def. Ross Spencer, East Lyme, 14-2; Third: Josh Dess, Bristol Eastern def. Alex Thalassinos, New Milford, 9-1; Fifth: Mike Pokorny, Bristol Central def. Chan Keoveunexay, Farmington, pin, 4:25
Championship: Nick Amorando, New Milford def. Cody Hawley, Fitch, pin, 1:42; Third: Jake Savoca, Hand def. Joe Galvin, Bristol Central, pin, 4:38; Fifth: Danny Almeida, Fairfield Warde def. Connor Flynn, New Canaan, pin, 2:50
Championship: Ed Carroll, Hand def. Evan Fraser, Fairfield Warde, 5-4; Third: Chris Chorzepa, Newington def. Devin Murphy, E.O. Smith, 8-2; Fifth: Fred Reisch, Norwalk def. Colin Lombardi, Bristol Central, pin, 1:59
Championship: Brenden Quinn, Pomperaug def. Nick Cyr, Bristol Central, 5-3; Third: Andrew Gotowala, Newington def. Jesse Lusa, Eo Smith, pin, 2:10; Fifth: Max Flanagan, Hand def. Andrew Golden, New Milford, 11-2
Championship: Seth Vose, Bristol Central def. John Jongbloed, Hand, 3-2; Third: Ian Mcallister, Fairfield Warde def. Johnny Bello, Conard, 8-0; Fifth: Kevin Hein, Masuk def. Hunter Eldred, New Canaan, 10-1
Championship: Aaron Cardona, Maloney def. Lucas Muntz, Conard, 6-5; Third: Lars Remole, Darien def. Anthony Terlizzi, New Milford, 4-2; Fifth: Luke Allen, Fairfield Warde def. Henry Nickerson, Woodstock Academy, 18-10
Championship: Cameron Gonzalez, Fitch def. Bobby Rigilano, Fairfield Warde, 7-2; Third: Antonio Squirewell, Conard def. Matt Marquis, Bristol Eastern, 7-4; Fifth: John Corcoran, Darien def. Tyler Strauss, Farmington, 3-1
Championship: Brian Onofrio, Hand def. Thomas Anania, Fairfield Warde, pin, 0:34; Third: Karl Bradshaw, New Milford def. Matt Flader, Masuk, 4-3; Fifth: Malik Mcgarrah, Wethersfield def. Zach Garoffolo, Fairfield Ludlowe, 5-2
Championship: Justin Scalise, Hall def. Brohen Krsulic, Woodstock Academy, 4-0; Third: Mike Sullivan, Fairfield Warde def. Rafael Dominguez, Maloney, 15-0; Fifth: Mike Lipka, Bristol Eastern def. Liam Fitzpatrick, Darien, 10-3
Championship: Devon Carrillo, Middletown def. Mike Sheehan, Fairfield Ludlowe, 6-0; Third: Terrence Reedy, Wilton def. Kevin Wilcoxson, Bunnell, 3-1; Fifth: Adam Misiorski, Hall def. Matt Saraceno, New Milford, 9-0
Championship: Sean O'Connell, Farmington def. Tom Clarke, E.O. Smith, 25-8; Third: William Lerner, Hall def. Brian Richman, New Milford, 7-2; Fifth: Matt Piazza, Bristol Eastern def. Jordan Tharp, Middletown, 7-0
Championship: Adam Lynch, New Milford def. Erik Tucker, Masuk, pin, 3:02; Third: Chris White, New Canaan def. Marcio Ventra, Fairfield Warde, pin, 4:35; Fifth: Alex Sorvillo, E.O. Smith def. Dylan Lindahl, Hand, pin, 1:24
Championship: Larry Burns, Conard def. Joe Dimichele, Hand, 3-1; Third: Dean Tsopanides, Torrington def. D.J. Sanderson, Bristol Central, 4-3; Fifth: Dan Minardi, Masuk def. Ian Jones, Pomperaug, Default
Outstanding wrestler: Brian Onofrio, Hand
Fast fall: Brian Onofrio (152), Hand 4 pins in 3:41
This week, Warde beats top-ranked Wave to win L title
Connecticut Wrestling Online
BRISTOL, February 20 – Another week and another tough tournament for the Fairfield Warde wrestling team.

A week ago, Fairfield Warde was basking in the glow of a stunning but hard-fought victory over Danbury in the FCIAC Tournament. The Mustangs became the first team in 23 years to beat Danbury and win the tournament.

On Saturday, the Mustangs won their second straight Class L championship, beating New Milford, the No. 1 ranked team in the latest state coaches poll, by 5½ points, 207 to 201½. The Mustangs didn’t have a single state champion but they had three wrestlers who finished second and nine that finished in the top five of their respective weight class.

"I always told the kids that tournaments like this are won in wrestle-backs," Fairfield Warde coach Jason Shaughnessy told the Connecticut Post. "We wrestle back well. It was a team effort and our depth really helped us out today."

Evan Fraser (125), Bobby Rigliano (145) and Thomas Anania (152) each finished second. Pharoh Eaton (103) Mike Sullivan (130) and Ian McAllister (135) each finished third while Marcio Ventura (215) took fourth. Danny Almeida (119) and Luke Allen (140) each finished fifth.

Fraser dropped a 5-4 decision to Hand’s Ed Carroll in the 125-pound final as Carroll scored five straight points to seize command of the bout. At 152, Anania was pinned in 44 seconds by Hand’s Brian Onofrio. Rigliano dropped a 5-2 decision to Fitch’s Cameron Gonzalez.

New Milford finished second for the second year in a row. Three Green Wave wrestlers won championships – Conor Kirkegard (103), Nick Amarando (119) and Adam Lynch (215). Kirkegard got a takedown in the final 15 seconds to beat Bristol Eastern’s Andrew Chase, 4-2 and win the championship.

Lynch wrestled all year at 189 but moved up a weight class. He beat SWC champion Erik Turner of Masuk in the championship by pin in 3:02. "We moved a lot of guys around and we thought we had a chance to win this thing," New Milford coach Chris Piel told the Connecticut Post. "Most of the moves worked out, but we didn't place as high as we thought we would."

QUINN WINS: Pomperaug’s Brendan Quinn (40-1) won his first state championship with a 5-3 victory in overtime over top-seeded Nick Cyr of Bristol Central at 130 pounds. “He wrestled well,” Pomperaug coach Mike O’Keefe said. “He has been wrestling well the past few weeks.”

Quinn won the Southwest Conference title at 130 pounds with a 13-9 win over New Milford’s Andrew Golden. Quinn followed that with four straight wins, including two pins, in the Class L tournament.

Quinn had to erase a 3-0 deficit to win. Cyr took the lead with a first period takedown and second period escape. But a reversal helped Quinn cut the lead to one, 3-2. With 15 seconds left in the third period, Quinn escaped to send the match in overtime.

Near the end of the one-minute OT, Quinn secured the takedown to hand Cyr his first loss of the season and earn his first state title.
“Brendan is peaking at the right time,” O’Keefe said. “He is wrestling very aggressively.”

AROUND THE MAT: Torrington’s Dean Tsopanides (285) is the first Raider to qualify for the State Open with a third place finish in the Class L tournament. Tsopanides (19-5) had four victories, all by one point. He had 4-3 decisions in back-to-back matches over New Milford’s John Burns and Bristol Central’s D.J. Sanderson, respectively, in the consolation round to finish third. Tsopanides, a one-man team, trains with Wolcott Tech.

RECALLING LAST WEEK: Fairfield Warde picked up two crucial victories in the finals to end Danbury’s 23-year hold on the FCIAC Tournament with a stunning eight-point victory over the Hatters, 260.5 to 252.5.  Warde led by two going into the finals. With the score tied, Warde’s Mike Sullivan (160) tied his championship match with Danbury’s John Smith with a takedown with 21 seconds left. Sullivan won with a takedown in OT. With Warde leading by four, Warde’s Marcio Ventura (215) and Danbury’s Dylan Hancock met with the title on the line. Ventura’s reversal with 27 seconds left gave him a 5-3 victory and the Outstanding Wrestler award and Warde its first FCIAC crown.