Xavier jumps over Danbury to No. 1 in Connecticut wrestling poll (Jan. 10)

Xavier's Max Morse (top) wrestles Simsbury's Griffin DeVivo in the 113-pound weight class final at the Class L wrestling tournament in Wilton on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022.

Xavier's Max Morse (top) wrestles Simsbury's Griffin DeVivo in the 113-pound weight class final at the Class L wrestling tournament in Wilton on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022.

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There's a change at the top of the Connecticut Wrestling Online top 10 poll as defending Class L and State Open champion Xavier jumped to No. 1, a mere four points ahead of No. 2 Danbury.

Xavier actually received fewer first-place votes this week, taking 10 as opposed to 12 last week, but was able to edge ahead of Danbury, which earned six first-place votes. 

Xavier went 2-4 competing in the National High School Duals in Wisconsin last weekend, while Danbury won the Sanford Wrestling Annual Tournament in Maine.

Xavier and Danbury will go head to head in a dual meet on Friday, Feb. 3 in Danbury.

New Milford, which won the Bristol Central Invitational, earned one first-place vote and finished in the No. 3 spot.

No. 4 Warde won its own invitational tournament this weekend, and No. 5 East Hartford was the runner-up at Bristol Central.

The CCC leads conferences with four teams in the top 10, while the FCIAC and SWC have two apiece.

Connecticut Wrestling Online Top 10 Poll (Jan. 10)

Team (1st place votes) REC PTS LAST CLASS
1 Xavier (10) 6-4 490 2 L
2 Danbury (6) 6-0 486 1 LL
3 New Milford (1) 3-0 436 3 L
4 Warde 3-1 400 4 LL
5 East Hartford 2-0 352 5 LL
6 Newtown 10-1 262 8 L
7 Killingly 11-0 256 6 S
8 Simsbury 2-1 243 7 L
9 RHAM 9-1 212 NR M
10 Southington 5-2 201 10 LL

Also receiving votes: Berlin (9-2) 165, Trumbull (14-2) 154, Ludlowe 140, Avon (5-3) 135, Hall (2-1) 81, New Fairfield (2-1) 75,  Windham (7-1) 64,  Norwalk (7-1) 40, Haddam-Killingworth (8-2) 21, Platt (11-1) 15, Branford (5-3) 14. Bristol Central (7-1) 10, Staples (4-1) 9, Foran (12-5) 8, Nonnewaug (7-1) 7.

Voting this week: Charlie Anderson, Trumbull; Matt Boissonneault, Bristol Central; Mike Cunningham, Xavier; Gerry deSimas, Jr., Connecticut Wrestling Online; Derek Dion, Southington; Chris Gamble, Waterford; David Green, Nonnewaug; Tim Jensen, Patch Media; Chris Piel, New Milford; Paul Musso, New Fairfield; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; Dave Stewart, GameTimeCT.com, Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin.

David.Stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports