Xavier, New Milford hold top two spots, Warde leaps to No. 3 in CT wrestling poll

Fairfield-Warde won the 2023 Joe Sikorski FCIAC Wrestling Tourmament championship in New Canaan on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023.

Fairfield-Warde won the 2023 Joe Sikorski FCIAC Wrestling Tourmament championship in New Canaan on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023.

Dave Stewart

There was plenty of movement in the Connecticut Wresting Online poll this week as the conference championships included several repeat titles, and one historic victory.

Fairfield-Warde made the biggest upward move, jumping three three spots up the ladder to No. 3 after winning the FCIAC championship for the first time since 2010. The Mustangs, who had medalists in every weight class, kept runner-up Danbury from the conbference title for just the second time since 1987.

Xavier remained in the poll's No. 1 spot for the sixth consecutive week following a dominating performance in the SCC tourmament. The Falcons, who earned 15 of the 17 first-place votes this week, had nine weight class champions, and more than doubled the point total of runner-up Fairfield Prep.

New Milford held at No. 2 and had one first-place vote. The Green Wave won the SWC championship for the third straight season and has 14 titles in the last 16 tournaments.

East Hartford, the CCC champion, held at No. 4, with Danbury, the FCIAC runner-up, falling two spots to No. 5.

Entering the top 10 this week are No. 8 Windham, which won the ECC championship, and No. 9 Ludlowe, which defeated Warde for the FCIAC East title last Tuesday and finished third in the conference tournament.

Team (1st place votes) REC PTS LAST CLASS
1 Xavier (15) 10-4 506 1 L
2 New Milford (1) 8-0 466 2 L
3 Warde 16-2 406 6 LL
4 East Hartford 10-1 398 4 LL
5 Danbury (1) 12-1 390 3 LL
6 Newtown 17-2 368 5 L
7 RHAM 27-2 243 8 M
8 Windham 19-4 231 NR S
9 Ludlowe 18-3 228 NR LL
10 Killingly 25-0 174 7 S

Also receiving votes: Simsbury (7-3) and Trumbull (24-3) 183, Southington (10-2) 154, Berlin (18-4) 82, Avon (14-6) 80, Norwalk (13-3) 56, New Fairfield (21-4) 45, Foran (28-9) 33, NFA (17-7) 20, Branford (23-8) 16, Hall (6-2) 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; Patrick Risley, Windham High; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; T.J. Silva, Simsbury; David Stewart, GameTimeCT.com, Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Paul Musso, New Fairfield.

David.Stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports