Wrestling: Trumbull sending three to New Englands

Trumbull High’s Travis Longo took second, Joe Palmieri placed fourth, and Matt Ryan was fifth at the State Open Wrestling Championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Saturday. 

Coach Charlie Anderson’s trio will next compete in the New England Champions in Providence. (R.I.). 

Trumbull placed fifth, behind Danbury, Xavier-Middletown, Warde and Bristol Eastern. 

Travis Longo 

Longo lost a 3-2 decision to top-seeded Elijah Cyr from Middletown in the 113-pound final.  

After a scoreless first period, Cyr executed an escape and the Class L champion then scored a late two-point takedown for a 3-0 lead. 

Longo, the LL champ, escaped 1:37 into the third to make it 3-1. 

The senior them looked for a tying takedown, but Cyr stayed on his feet until a late stalling point made it a 3-2 final. 

Longo used three takedowns, an escape, a two-point near fall and a three-point near fall to defeat No. 3 seed Mike Charron from Killingly, 12-1 in his semifinal. 

He opened on Friday with a pin in 4:24 and then earned a 10-0 major decision in the quarterfinals. 

Joe Palmieri 

At 182 pounds, Palmieri dropped a 9-4 decision to No. 1 seed Jacob Commander from New London in the consolation finals. 

Palmieri had opened with a 7-4 decision over Pat Brogan from Foran, then upset Commander, 9-7, in Friday’s quarterfinal round. 

Class S champion Matt Cronin from Nonnewaug rallied from a 6-2 deficit with an escape, takedown and win by fall in the third period to send Palmieri to wrestle backs. 

Palmieri had a third-period takedown to win a 3-2 decision over Branford’s Justin Osler to gain the consolation finals and a rematch with Commander. 

Matt Ryan 

Ryan won a 12-1 major decision over Cole Dirico from Ledyard, in his 138-pound bout for fifth. 

Seeded eighth, Ryan won by 15-0 technical fall in 2:38 over Andrew Oken from Simsbury in his opener. 

Top seed and four-time Class M champion Sean Johnson from Ellis Tech defeated Ryan, 7-2 in Friday’s quarterfinals. 

Ryan defeated Louis Stabile from Brookfield in his first consolation round bout, and then pinned Quinn Moynihan from Xavier in 53 seconds to earn a spot in the medal round. 

Shamar Schand, third-seeded Class LL champion from Manchester, defeated Ryan 6-3. 

Eagle update 

Michael Longo was seeded fourth at 106 pounds and the freshman won two matches, with loses to third-place finisher Trent Thompson from Bristol Eastern and sixth-place finisher Evan Lindner from New Milford. 

Jack Ryan was seeded 15th at 120 pounds. A junior, he won two matches after losing to Class L champion and third-place finisher Ty Finn from Simsbury. Class LL champ Tyler Johnson from Danbury gave Ryan his second loss. 

David Castaldo was the 20th seed in the 132-pound class and the senior pinned Matt Durant from East Catholic in 1:04 of his opener. Sent to wrestle backs (5-2) by No. 4 seed Eamon Tolland-Matos from Bethel, Castaldo won a consolation match from Dominic Renfree from Norwich Free Academy before losing to fourth-place finisher Saul Pera from Simsbury. 

George Bomann was the 24th seed at 145 pounds. A junior, he defeated No. 9 seed Curtis Fedorko from Masuk, 5-2, then lost by fall to Warde’s Cole Shaughnessy, the third-place finisher. Benjamin Niez-Charest ousted Boman by third-period fall. 

William Holmes was seeded 18th at 152 pounds. The senior opened with a 6-3 victory over St. Joseph’s Curtis Smith.  After a loss to eventual champion Hunter Adams from Suffield/Windsor Locks, Holmes scored a consolation win over Ryan Miner from Xavier-Middletown. The senior then lost to Zahir McLean-Felix from Brookfield.