Eagles soar to three FCIAC wrestling titles
Trumbull wrestlers took home three individual titles at the 2015 FCIAC Wrestling Championships, held Saturday, Feb. 14, at New Canaan High School. Here's a recap of all the title matches.
Victoria Goncalves of Danbury became the first girl to win an FCIAC wrestling title. The freshman, ranked No. 1 in the 99-pound class, beat No. 3 Finn McGovern of Wilton, with a 14-1 decision.
Goncalves controlled the three-round match, going up 5-0 in the first, then 9-1 in the second and secured her win with five more points in the third to make it 14-1.
Jacob Camacho didn't take long to win the 106-pound FCIAC wrestling title.
The Danbury grappler, ranked No. 2 in the weight class, pinned No. 1 Tristan Haviland of Trumbull in 1:16 of the opening round in the championship at New Canaan High School on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Danbury won its third straight individual title of the day in Saturday's FCIAC wrestling championships. After securing the 99-pound and 106-pound titles, Aarin Occhipinti of Danbury beat Fairfield Ludlowe's Austin Sherman, 6-3.
The first round of the 113-pound title match ended with a 2-2 tie. The No. 5 Occhipinti then took the lead 4-3 in the second and never looked back. He secured the 6-3 win over the second-ranked wrestler with two more points in the final round.
A hat trick wasn't enough for the Hatters at the 2015 FCIAC wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 14. After winning the first three championship matches, Jeremy Fields made it four-for-four for Danbury.
The No. 4 ranked Fields took a 2-0 lead over No. 2 George Wales of Fairfield Ludlowe. That would end up being all Fields needed. Neither wrestler scored a point in the second round before Fields added three more points in the final round to secure the 5-0 victory and Danbury's fourth championship of the day.
Fairfield Warde's Tim Kane stopped Danbury's streak of winning the first four FCIAC wrestling championship matches on Saturday, Feb. 14.
In the 126-pound class final, No. 2 Kane and Danbury's top-ranked Paulo Freitas finished the first round scoreless. Freitas opened the second round with a point but Kane fought back to finish the round up 2-1. He then secured his title with another point in the third for a 3-1 win, making him the first non-Hatter to win a title on Saturday at New Canaan High School.
Trumbull's Cross Cannone won the 132-pound FCIAC wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 14, over Danbury's Justin Peterson.
After the Hatters won the first four of four individual title matches at New Canaan High School, they couldn't secure the next two.
Top-ranked Cannone cruised to victory over No. 3 Justin Peterson of Danbury, 9-0. Cannone took a 5-0 lead in the first, and added two more points in each of the next two rounds for the title.
In the first wrestling final to not feature a Danbury grappler, Fairfield Warde won its second individual championship.
No. 1 seed Charlie Kane dominated the 138-pound class final with a 5-1 win over Ridgefield's Kevin Side, who was ranked third. Kane took a 2-0 lead in the first round and added three more points in the second round. Side picked up one point in the final round but it wasn't enough.
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the 145-pound FCIAC wrestling championship, Fairfield Warde's top-ranked Dan Ebert didn't drag things out in the second round.
At 3:09, he pinned Danbury's Will Mills (No. 2) for Warde's third individual championship of the day. After Danbury won the first four title bouts, the Hatters have lost three finals — appearing in all but one championship match so far.
Only Trumbull had also won a championship match so far at New Canaan High School on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Fairfield Ludlowe's Chase Lind won his school's first FCIAC wrestling title on Saturday with a 5-3 decision over Trumbull's Adam Angelucci.
The No. 1 Lind took a 2-1 lead in the first round. Neither wrestler scored a point in the second. No. 2 Angelucci scored two in the third but Lind scored three to win the title.
Stephen Briganti pinned down Trumbull's second FCIAC wrestling title of the day in the second round of the 160-pound class final.
No. 1 Briganti led 2-0 over Staples' second-ranked Charles Lomanto at the end of the first round. The pin came at 3:31 in the match to give Briganti the title.
With the score tied as the final seconds were ticking away in the final round of the 170-pound FCIAC Wrestling championship, Trumbull's Joey Ryan got a takedown of Lee Stenlid-Johansen of Fairfield Ludlowe.
The two grapplers were tied 0-0 at the end of the first round. Top-ranked Ryan took a 3-2 lead into the 3rd period before No. 2 Stenlid-Johansen tied it up. And just before the buzzer sounded, Ryan was credited with a takedown for the 5-2 win.
Danbury picked up its fifth championship of the day thanks to No. 1 Johnny Garcia. The Hatters' 182 pounder dominated Harding's Xavier Bass, 6-2, for the title.
Garcia took a 2-0 lead in the first period then added four more in the second. No. 2 Bass got a point in the third but it wasn't enough as yet another Danbury Hatter had his hand raised high.
Fairfield Warde secured its fourth and final individual wrestling title on Saturday as No. 1 Alex Lobsenz defeated Danbury's No. 3 Eric Henry, 2-0, in the 195-pound championship.
Neither grappler scored a point in the first round. Lobsenz picked up one in the second and another in the third to secure the title.
The Danbury Hatters took home their sixth and final weight class title in the penultimate FCIAC wrestling championship match.
No. 1 ranked Marcus Joyner took at 2-1 lead in the first round against No. 3 Erik Menchaca of Greenwich. That would be all Joyner needed. He added another point in the second and held on in the third for a 3-1 win.
The final match the FCIAC championships didn't last long — as snow began falling harder outside New Canaan High School. Greenwich won its only title of the day thanks to No. 3 Chris Fischer's pin of Trumbull's No. 4 Steve D'Amato just 1:08 into the match.
Danbury took home the most championships Saturday with six title wins. Fairfield Warde won four championship matches, followed by Trumbull's three. Fairfield Ludlowe and Greenwich each won one title.