Amassing pins has been one of Trumbull’s trademarks so far this season and it continued its trend of putting its foes shoulders on the mat Wednesday in Greenwich.
Winnings six matches by pinfall, Trumbull showed why it was ranked fifth in the state’s latest wrestling poll, registering an impressive 44-33 win over host Greenwich in an FCIAC matchup.
Victorious in eight of the 14 matches, the Eagles improved their record to 18-3 in a dual meet involving a pair of tough FCIAC squads.
“So far, we have been doing really well,” Trumbull senior 132-pounder Jonathan Kosak said. “We are 18-3 on the season, with a couple of losses coming against really good teams. For the most part, we have been able to stay off our backs, but we still have to continue to work hard to get bonus points.”
The loss was the first of the season for a Greenwich team that won its first five matches of the winter. The Cardinals ended the match with a flurry, winning the final four matchups.
“Trumbull is very good, especially at the light weights,” Greenwich first-year coach Jere Petersen said. “The difference ended up being a couple of pins. If we stayed off our backs and don’t get pinned, we had a chance at winning a couple of the close matches. The heavy weights really came through. All those guys came through with pins, which was very good to see.”
The match began with a 106-pound bout between Trumbull’s Andy Grabinski and Javier Serra. Leading 6-0, Grabinski pinned Serra in 2:48.
In a hard-fought 113-pound match, Eagles freshman Michael Longo won by an 11-6 decision against GHS sophomore Carlos DeWinter. Ahead 8-6, Longo increased his lead late in the third period with a three-point near fall.
Greenwich’s first victory of the evening came at 120, where sophomore Will Grimes pinned Aidan Burns in 49 seconds. The locals proceeded to win the next five matches to seize control.
Jack Ryan pinned in 2:24 at 126 pounds, Kosak won his decision, and David Castaldo earned a fall at 4:43 of his 138-pound bout.
George Bomann pinned in 3:59 at 145 pounds and Matt Ryan pinned at 152.
Jason Mercado’s pin in 3:27 at 171 pounds gave Trumbull a 42-9 lead.
David Castaldo, left and Jonathan Kosak each won their matches for the Trumbull wrestling team Wednesday against Greenwich.