Cross Cannone captures State Open wrestling title—updated
Cross Cannone from Trumbull High captured the 132-pound wrestling title at the State Open Tournament in New Haven on Feb.28.
Cannone will be joined by Tristan Haviland (106 pounds) and Stephen Briganti (160 pounds) at the New England Tournament to be held in North Andover (Mass.) on March 6-7.
Coach Niko Filippakis’ Eagles placed sixth. Newtown High (159) won the team title, followed by Danbury (112.5), New Milford (110.5), Simsbury (100), Fairfield Warde (98) and Trumbull (88).
Cannone, the Class LL champion and top seed, brought a 38-1 record into the final and won his first State Open title with a pin in 2:55 over Southington’s Zach Bylykbashi.
Cannone got the early takedown and added two back points on two occasions in the first period to lead 6-0. After stretching his advantage to 8-0, Cannone got the second-period pin.
Haviland, wrestled back to take third place after a 5-4 semifinal loss to Danbury’s Jakob Camacho, the eventual runner-up to Southington’s Zach Murillo, 10-2.
Haviland, a sophomore and the third-place finisher in Class LL, met Alex Starr from Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech, the Class M champion and second overall seed in the consolation finals.
Haviland took a 3-0 lead in the second period, before Starr got a point back. In the final frame, Haviland made it 4-1 and tacked on two crucial points late in the match to emerge with a 6-1 victory.
“Everyone here is a great wrestler and what I need to do is stay confident and be aggressive,” Haviland said. “I’ve been wrestling since sixth grade. I need to get better at technique and still be aggressive.”
Briganti, the Class LL champion, met Bristol Central’s Josh Nelson, the third-place finisher in Class L, in his consolation final.
Briganti took a 2-0 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the first period. A senior, Briganti went ahead for good, 3-2, with 27 seconds left and carried that advantage to the end.
Briganti had advanced to the semifinals before losing a 3-2 decision to Somers’ Class S champion Jacob Parker Berry, who went on to take second to South Windsor’s Class L champion Max Odell by a score of 3-0.
The Eagles’ Joey Ryan placed sixth at 170 pounds in a most unusual way.
A junior, Ryan advanced to the consolation semifinals. After a scoreless first period, Ryan saw the match tied at 2-2 before Burgos was injured on a takedown attempt and couldn’t continue.
Burgos, the Class LL runner-up, advanced by injury default to the third-place match, where he lost 4-2 to Berlin’s Jeremy Elides, the Class M runner-up
The setback dropped Ryan, the fourth-place finisher in Class LL, into the bout for fifth place with Simsbury’s Steve Penney, the third-place finisher in Class LL.
The score was 2-1 Penney in the third, when Ryan was hurt and he couldn’t continue.
Dante Montanaro, a junior and fourth-place finisher in Class LL at 126 pounds, defeated Class S runner-up Cooper Fleming from Granby Memorial, 7-5, in his first match.
Class M champion and eventual third-place finisher Alejandro Paulino from New London pinned Montanaro in the second period of their quarterfinal bout.
In wrestlebacks, Montanaro defeated Xavier-Middletown’s Class L fourth seed by a score of 3-0.
Newtown’s Ed Lovely, the Class LL third seed who went on to place third, ousted Montanaro from medal contention, 4-1.
Adam Angelucci, a senior, was the Class LL runner-up at 152 pounds and defeated Anthony Ryan, the third-plsce finisher in Class L from Pomperaug-Southbury, 8-4, in his first match.
Grayson DeLuca the top seed and Class M champion, won the quarterfinal bout 6-0 on his way to placing second.
Newington’s Brandon Zotti, the fourth seed from Class L who took fifth, defeated Angelucci, 7-4, in the next match.
Michael Mirmina, a fifth-place finsher in Class LL at 120 pounds, won two matches.
The junior defeated Stratford High’s Class M fourth-place finisher Will McCallister, 2-0, in his first match.
After losing to Class S champion Jacob Martin from Windham, the eventual runner-up, Mirmina dropped to consolations.
He defeated Norwalk’s Luke Schwartz, the fourth seed from Class LL, 5-3, before losing by fall to Joe Briganti from Newington, the third seed from Class L.