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State record book 2009
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State wrestling coaches poll
The Norwich Bulletin's state wrestling coaches poll.
FINAL, March 2
  Rec     Pts   Prev
1. Danbury (15)      15-2     300      1
2. So. Windsor       17-1     250      4
3. Fairfield Warde  21-1     231      2
4. Xavier                  21-4     214      8
5. Waterford            18-5    174      8
6. Killingly                20-7    111   NR
7. Bristol Central    22-1    110      3
8. Bacon Acad.       26-3    103      5
9. New Milford        20-3       95      6
10. Hand                 15-2       74      7
Also receiving votes: Jonathan Law (21-5) 59; Southington (16-6) 59; Ledyard (13-8) 47; Amity (17-4) 34; Platt (28-3) 7; Hall (18-6) 7.
n All 2009 polls
2009 in review
Wk. 1: Dec. 17-20
Wk. 2: Dec. 22-27
Wk. 3: D 29 - Jan. 3
Wk. 4: Jan. 5-10
Wk. 5: Jan. 12-17
Wk. 6: Jan. 19-24
Wk. 7: Jan. 26-31
Wk. 8: Feb. 2-7
Wk. 9: Feb. 9-14

CIAC '09:
Class LL, Class L,
Class M, Class S

State Open '09
Other NE qualifers
New Englands '09

NHSCA Nationals '09
Weekly top 10 poll

Latest videos
NHSCA National Tournament
Gillen takes fourth,
Frick wins two bouts
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., April 4 – Shelton sophomore Patrick Gillen (215) finished fourth Friday in the NHSCA’s Sophomore Nationals. Gillen dropped a 5-0 decision to Brian Beattie of Pennsylvania in the semifinals but rebounded to beat New York’s Joe Bilello in the consolation semifinals, 7-0. In the consolation final, Brandon Clark of Pennsylvania beat Gillen, 7-0. Gillen was 3-2 in the tournament and finishes the year at 49-7 and 97-12 career.

At the Senior National tournament, Bristol Central’s Tim Chambers (285) and Danbury’s Humphrey Swift (285) were the only state wrestlers to earn first round wins. However, both lost in the second round to move into the consolation bracket.

In the consolation bracket, New Fairfield's Michael Frick (145) won twice and was the only Connecticut wrestler to win more than one match in the tournament. Bacon Academy's Ryan Quinn (130), Fairfield Warde's Curtis Watkins (135), Windham High's Travis Koch (215) each earned a consolation round victory. Connecticut finished 39th in the Senior Nationals with nine points.
Brackets:  Senior Nationals
Junior Nationals
Sophomore Nationals
Freshman Nationals

NHSCA National Tournament
Gillen wins two, moves into semis
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., April 2 – Shelton sophomore Patrick Gillen (215) won two matches to earn a spot in the semifinals of the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals and earn All-American honors for the second straight year. Gillen beat New Mexico’s Michael Lamb, 4-1 and New York’s Jake Barnhart, 6-4, to earn a spot in the semifinals Friday morning against Brian Beattle of Pennsylvania.

Sean McAllister (112) of Bacon Academy won three straight matches in the consolation round at the Sophomore Nationals but fell one victory shy of earning All-American honors. He finished 3-2 in the tournament with a thrilling 4-2 OT win over Virginia’s Omar Maknassi on Thursday.

Alex Manwaring (140) of Ledyard went 3-2 in the Freshman Nationals with a win in his opening bout and two tight victories in the consolation round over New Jersey’s Tyler Miller, 5-3 and Georgia’s Hunter Gamble, 3-1 in OT. Windham’s Taylor Grauer (119) went 2-2 in the Freshman tournament.

At the Junior Nationals, Bristol Central’s Nick Cyr (130) was the only Connecticut wrestler to win at least two matches with a 4-0 and 3-2 victories in the consolation round. Danbury’s Charlie Costanzo (119), Waterford’s Zac Deer (140), Shane Battista (189), Sheehan’s Nick Giulietti (140) and Bacon Academy’s Danny Thompson (160) each earned one victory.

At the Freshman Nationals, Windham’s Taylor Grauer (119) and Danbury’s Kyle Westerfield (140) each earned victories while Fairfield Warde’s Evan Fraser (119) and Ledyard’s Dean Gilbert (145) earned wins at the Sophomore Nationals.

U.S. Girls Wrestling Association
Carden earns
All-American honors
YPSILANTI, Mich., March 19 – Branford High sophomore Cheyenne Carden finished fourth at the 2009 United States Girls Wrestling Association’s national championships at 128 pounds. After dropping her first match, Carden won three straight bouts with two pins and a forfeit before dropping a 10-9 decision to New York’s Tanya Kruse in the consolation final. Carden earned All-American honors for taking fourth. Cheney Tech’s Taylor Zboray (103) finished ninth at 103.

Web site recognized for excellence
HAMDEN, May 21 -- Connecticut Wrestling Online, the state’s first and oldest high school wrestling Web site, was recently recognized by the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at its annual excellence in journalism award banquet. Connecticut Wrestling Online won first place in the General Excellence, Independent Web site category for its work in 2008.
In April, Connecticut Wrestling Online introduced a new Twitter feed. Follow us at http://twitter.com/CTWrestling

Sunday, March 15
Costanzo named wrestler of the year
SOUTHINGTON, March 15 – Danbury junior Charlie Costanzo (119), who missed several months of off-season wrestling with a broken arm, was named wrestler of the year at the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s 2009 All-State banquet in Southington. This winter, Costanzo (38-5) won his second straight Class LL and State Open championships and finished second in New England.

Wrestlers who won Class LL, L, M, S and State Open championships were honored with All-State recognition. Academic All-State awards were also presented to wrestlers who finished in the top six of the Class LL, L, M and S tournaments while meeting academic requirements.
Update: Five additional names have been added to the Academic All-State list. Download the PDF to see the latest list.
2009 All-State banquet

Saturday, March 7
Bowman wins New England title
NEW HAVEN, March 7 – St. Bernard’s Lucas Bowman (189) hit a reversal with 42 seconds left in the third period and made it stand up to win a New England championship with a 4-2 victory over Travis Spencer of Belfast, Maine at the New haven Athletic Center. Bowman was the only Connecticut wrestler to win a title.

At 119 pounds, Massachusetts champion Miguel Guzman of Greater Lawrence picked up a key takedown with 20 seconds left in the second period to earn a 5-1 win over Danbury’s Charlie Costanzo. At 152 pounds, Bethel’s Andrew Ford slipped trying for a takedown with 26 seconds left and lost to New Hampshire champion Cody Byrd of Londonderry, 5-3. And at 171, Massachusetts’ Mike Wrin got a takedown with two seconds left in regulation to beat Somers’ Tim Vollaro, 5-3.

Simsbury’s Lawton Arnold (215) won six matches in the consolation round to finish third. Timberlane, N.H. won its fourth New England championship in the last five years with a 21.5-point victory over Cranston West, R.I. Danbury led Connecticut schools in sixth place with 47 points while Bethel, Southington and St. Bernard were among five schools tied for 17th place with 31 points.
Connecticut Wrestling Online, March 7: Bowman wins New England, CT has four wrestlers in finals

Final 2009 New England Tournament brackets

VIDEO: 2009 New England finals

2009 New England Tournament brackets

Saturday, Feb. 28
Danbury captures 9th Open title
NEW HAVEN, Feb. 28 -- Danbury had three champions and eight medalists to earn 131 points, well ahead of second place South Windsor with 82½ points for its best-ever showing at the CIAC State Open wrestling championships Saturday. Xavier had its best finish in the tournament by taking third with 68 points. Southington (55½) and Bethel (51½) rounded out the top five. Undefeated East Lyme junior Ross Spencer (103) was named outstanding wrestler. Danbury's Charlie Costanzo (119) and Somers' Tim Vollaro (171) won their second straight Open titles.
Connecticut Wrestling Online, March 1: Schaefer wins 2nd Open title in 3 months as Danbury wins 9th straight Open title

Victories on and off the mat
NEW HAVEN, Feb. 28 -- Amity's Steve Matson won the Class LL title at 103 pounds last week and finished fifth at the State Open. But he has won a larger battle over leukemia. Read about Matson's story in Lori Riley's profile in the Hartford Courant.
Hartford Courant, March 1: Amity's Matson wrestles with leukemia wins, 1st in LL, 5th in Open

Thursday, Feb. 26
Jadach is No. 1 for wins in state history
DERBY, Feb. 26 – The record came quietly on a busy Saturday in Suffield. Buster Jadach’s Derby High wrestling team swept a five-team meet on February 7 beating Morgan, Suffield, Granby and Griswold to give the Raiders their seventh 20-plus win season (20-6). It also gave Jadach the state record for most career wins by a coach in wrestling.

Jadach, who is completing his 29th season with Derby, has 475 career victories, four better than NFA’s Carl Snitkin, who went 471-80-7 from 1975-99. Jadach (475-193-5) has led Derby to 24 winning seasons in 29 years, including a perfect 27-0 campaign in 2000. His Derby teams have won four Class S championships (1984, 2000, 2001, 2004) and finished in the top five 16 times.

Most wins as a coach
Coach                           Years       W-L-T
a-Buster Jadach, Derby       1981-09       475-193-5
Carl Snitkin, NFA          1975-99      471-80-7
a-Steve Konopka, E. Htfd./Penn.  75-09  464-307-6
Frank Chaves, Simsbury      1978-06      452-150-20
Jim Day, Berlin             1982-07       445-132-3
a-Active coaches

Saturday, Feb. 21
New title banners for Danbury, Warde, Waterford, Killingly
Danbury, Fairfield Warde, Waterford and Killingly captured state championships on Saturday. ... Danbury had five individual champions to win its 13th straight Class LL championship with 252½ points. Xavier earned its first CIAC championship trophy ever by taking second with 11 medalwinners and seven wrestlers finishing in the top four.  ...  Fairfield Warde won its second Class L title in four years with a 50-point win over New Milford. Ian McAllister (125) won for Warde with a 9-7 win over Newington’s Nestor Rivera. Ten Warde wrestlers finished in the top six and 13 won at least two matches. … A week after taking third in the ECC championships, Waterford (169) rallied to outlast Jonathan Law (162), Bacon Academy (160) and Ledyard to win the Class M title. … With just nine wrestlers, Somers nearly won the Class S title. But Killingly had more depth and won its second state title in a row by 12 points. Killingly’s Brandon Thuotte (125) won his second straight Class S title and was named outstanding wrestler.

Post-season tournaments
n Brackets: New England, State Open, Class LL, Class L, Class M, Class S

Conference tournaments
n Brackets: FCIAC, NCCC, Berkshire League

Previous years
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Results, 2008-09
Key off-season news

2008-09 highlights
n Shelton's Gillen earns All-American honors, takes 4th at 215
n Danbury's Charlie Costanzo (119) named wrestler of the year
n St. Bernard's Lucas Bowman (189) wins New England title
n Jadach breaks career coaching record; Another Open title for Danbury
n Videos from State Open added to CT videos; final standings posted
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2008-09 CT wrestling videos
2008-09 Tournaments
2009 standings
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Regular season tournaments
Skip Arden Invitational (Manchester)
Shelton/Ludlowe Invitational
Indian Classic (Farmington)
Pomperaug Holiday Tournament
Plainville Invitational
Lancer Invitational (Waterford)
Derby Invitational
East Hartford Invitational
Berlin Invitational
Guilford Invitational
Doug Parker Invitational (Enfield)

RHAM Duals
Fermi Duals
Milford Duals
East Lyme Christmas Duals
Frank Chaves Invitational (Simsbury)
George Kisluk Invitational (Rocky Hill)
Ryan Sabbagh Holiday Classic (Danbury)

Bristol Central Invitational
Killingly New Year's Duals
Blue Knight Duals (Southington)
Rockville Duals
Sachem Duals (RHAM)
Glastonbury Duals
Redskin Invitational (Sanford ME)
Chad Annoch Tourney (Westerly RI)

Northwestern Duals
South Windsor New Year's Classic
Fairfield Warde Invitational
Eastern States Classic
West Side Duals (West Springfield, Mass.)

Art Powers Duals (Berlin)
Dragon Duals (Middletown)
Griswold Mid-Season Invitational
Greater Hartford Invitational (Hftd. Public)
Mt. Anthony (VT) Invitational
Natick (MA) Invitational
Schenectady (NY) Invitational

Eagle Classic
New Milford Invitational
Morgan Duals
Charter Oak Classic (Wethersfield)
Duals on the Farmington River

John Williams Duals (Rockville)
Legends Duals (Staples)
Portland Duals
Hartford Classical Duals
Killingly Duals
Northeast Duals (Springfield, MA)
Platt Tech/West Haven Duals
Ridgefield Challenge
Rodney Smith Classic (E. Windsor)
Minisink Invitational (State Hill NY)

New Fairfield Duals
John Chacho Duals (Staples)
Pat Welkey Duals (Avon)
Groundhog Duals (South Windsor)
Centaur Invitational (Woodstock Acad)
Brawl at the Pub (Hartford Public)
Tourney of the Independents

Conference Tournaments
SWC Tournament
FCIAC Tournament
ECC Tournament
Berkshire Tournament
SCC Tournament
NCCC Tournament
NWC Tournament
CSC Tournament
CCC West Tournament

State and regional tournaments
CIAC Class S
CIAC Class M
CIAC Class L
CIAC State Open
New England
Other New England states

Summer tournaments
2009 national tournaments, including NHSCA

2009 All-State banquet
Final '09 standings
The final league standings for this season have been posted. If there is something that needs to be changed, please e-mail us at CTwrestling7@yahoo.com.
2009 CT league standings

Paulish is Div. 3
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Sophomore Corey Paulish, the former Ridgefield High standout, earned All-American honors at the recent NCAA Division III national wrestling championships in Iowa. Paulish advanced to the semifinals and finished fourth at 141 pounds. He finished 40-9 and grabbed Williams’ single season record for wins. With a 3.78 GPA, he also earned Scholar All-American honors.
Williams College press release

Huge turnout for Battle in Valley FARMINGTON, May 24 -- Wrestlers representing seven states competed in the first Battle in the Valley tournament in Farmington Sunday. There were over 150 walk-in registrations for the tournament, which sponsored competition in elementary, middle school, high school and open divisions. Click on this link for the results.