Four Eagles qualify for New England wrestling
Trumbull High had five place-winners at the State Open Wrestling Championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
Tristan Haviland took third at 113 pounds, Mike Mirmina was fourth at 126 pounds, Dante Montanaro was fourth at 138, Desmond Washington was fourth in the heavyweight division and Joey Ryan was sixth at 160 pounds.
Haviland, Mirmina, Montanaro and Washington have qualified for the New England Championships next weekend at the Providence Career and Technical Center in Rhode Island.
New Fairfield won the team title with 115.2 points, followed by Danbury (112.5) and New Milford (111). Foran finished seventh overall with 89 points. Ludlowe was eighth with 87 and Trumbull ninth with 81.5.
Coach Niko Filippakis’ Eagles finished seventh overall in the Norwich Bulletin’s State Coaches final wrestling poll.
Haviland pinned No. 11 seed Jack Pelley of East Windsor in 2:18, before losing a 1-0 decision to third-seeded Gino Esposito of Foran High in the quarterfinals.
Dropping into wrestlebacks, Haviland won three straight decisions; a 14-4 major over ninth-seeded Mark Hartmann of Daniel Hand, 3-1 against Montville’s seventh-seeded Noah Caskey and 3-1 facing fourth-seeded Julio Javier Flores of Windham.
That put the Eagle junior in the third-place bout, where the bested No. 8 seed Nick Arborio of Berlin, 7-3.
After pinning No. 17 seed Nick Demorra of East Haven in 58 seconds in the Round of 32, eventual champion Baltazar Gonzalez of Ellis Tech recorded a fall over Mirmina in 3:14.
The 16th-seeded Mirmina then surged through the consolation bracket, reeling off five wins in a row to reach the consolation final. There, the junior fell 4-2 to fifth-seeded Christopher Schultz of New Milford, but not before knocking off: Garey Mendez of Stamford (7-1), Maloney’s Demetre Carnot (7-5), third-seeded Rodric Grant of Portland (5-2), seventh-seeded Aaron Occhipinti of Newtown (3-0) and Southington’s fourth-seeded Paul Calo (2-1).
Montanaro, a senior, also stormed through the consolation bracket after falling in the Round of 16 to Middletown’s eighth-seeded Jordan Baker, 9-7.
After pinning Foran’s Jubilee Witte in 1:46, Montanaro won a 15-0 technical fall over Northwestern’s Joshua Schwartz and a major decision over third-seeded Joshua Wilson of Bristol Eastern. A 3-2 win over Pomperaug’s Mathew Pangle and 3-1 triumph over fifth-seeded Matt Conte of Westhill set up a rematch with Baker in the consolation final.
This time, Baker captured a narrow 2-1 victory over Montanaro to win the bronze medal.
At 285, Washington defeated No. 9 Nathan Oaks of Windham, 5-2, before losing via fall to eventual champion Luke Edmondson of Foran High, the top seed, in 2:52.
The Eagle senior then beat No. 11 Nick Martone of Platt, 5-3, Nik Photos of Amity, 7-4, and was awarded a forfeit victory over sixth-seeded Shawn Hundley of Ledyard.
In the third-place match, fifth-seeded Josh Angel of Killingly pinned Washington in 1:43.
Joey Ryan was upset in the round of 16 by No. 20 Zach Zeyher of Wilton, then reeled off four straight consolation bracket wins. In the consolation semis, Ludlowe’s fifth-seeded Chase Lind beat Ryan, 8-4. Ryan fell to No. 9 seed Billy Goff of Fitch in the fifth-place bout, 9-3.
Freshman Matt Ryan won a pair of bouts at 106, while Michael Greco competed at 152.