Wrestling: Longo brothers win titles, Trumbull second at states
TRUMBULL — Sparked by a pair of first-place individual winners and a whopping 10 place finishers, Trumbull High finished second to Danbury in Saturday’s Class LL championships.
Michael Longo won his 106 pound weight division final with a come-from-behind 2-1 decision over Danbury’s Kai O’dell.
At 113 pounds, Travis Longo came out on top, scoring a 6-1 decision over Hall of West Hartford’s Drew Currier in the pinnacle matchup.
As a team, coach Charlie Anderson’s Eagles scored 210.5 points. Danbury had 250.
Trumbull had four finalists, as Matt Ryan went to the finals at 138 and Joe Palmieri advanced to the finals at 182.
Jack Ryan earned fourth in the 120 division and Jonathan Kosak earned fourth at 126.
David Castaldo took fifth at 132. William Holmes took home fifth at 152. George Bomann was sixth at 145 and Jason Mercado earned sixth at 170.
The top six in each bracket qualify for the State Open.
Mike Longo avenged an FCIAC title bout loss to O’dell, overcoming a 1-0 deficit with a late in the third period.
“He made some adjustments. He came back and did a good job,” Anderson said.
“I was losing the whole match,” Mike Longo said. “It feels awesome. I’m really proud of myself and him, too. He wrestled great.”
Mike Longo was referring to his brother who followed with the 113 title, making it two this winter; he captured the FCIAC crown the week before.
“Travis wrestled a very technically-sound match,” Anderson said.
Travis Longo won a Class L state title with Wilton last year before transferring.
Matt Ryan lost a 5-2 title match decision to Manchester’s Shamar Schand.
It was a rematch from last year’s final, won 8-7 by Matt Ryan.
Palmieri pushed Greenwich’s Andrew Nanai to overtime before losing a tough one 6-4.
“We try to meet or beat seed,” said Anderson, whose team had several wrestlers on or about on par for their seeding, while one grappler really climbed the ladder.
“George Bomann exceeded all expectations,” said Anderson, noting that the sixth-place finisher at 145 entered as a 12 seed before upsetting his way to placement.
Another surprise, at least relative to the start of the season, is Mercado who wrestled junior varsity for much of the season before filling in at 170 late in the campaign.
At heavyweight, Matthew Ryan took eventual third-place finisher Matt Weiner of Shelton to overtime to finish among the top eight.
“I think everybody wrestled well,” Anderson said.