Connecticut wrestlers earned two titles at the New England Championship at the Providence Career and Technical Center in Rhode Island Saturday.
Danbury’s Kevin Jack dominated to repeat as New England champion in the 126-pound division over Trumbull’s Cross Cannone. Windsor Locks’ Khamri Thomas won the 182-pound championship.
With three wrestlers in the final and five in the top six, Danbury’s wrestling team took second place overall, losing the title, and its first New England championship since 1990, to defending champion Mount Anthony (VT) by 13 points.
Elsewhere New Milford’s Kyle Lindner (113), Newtown’s Anthony Falbo (152) and Bacon Academy’s Howard Kilpatrick (145) each won their consolation championships to take third place.
In addition to Cannone, Danbury’s Paulo Freitas (106) and Juan Garcia (170) and Fairfield Warde’s Ahmed Hourani (285) were Connecticut’s four second-place finishers.
106 – Danbury’s Freitas reached the championship of the 106-pound division, but lost to Mike Aquino of Catholic Memorial (Mass.). to finish second. St. Bernard’s Matt Dowler earned a fourth-place finish. Southington’s Zach Murillo wrestled back to a fifth-place finish.
113 – New Milford’s Lindner went 4-1 and wrestled to a 3rd-place finish in the 113-pound division by defeating Danbury’s Jeremy Fields, 3-2, in the consolation final. Fields finished 4-2.
120 – Danbury’s Chris Bryant, the top seed in 120-pounds, lost his first match, but wrestled back to a fourth-place finish, losing in the consolation championship to Peter Robinson of St. John’s-Shrewsbury (Mass.).
126 – Danbury’s Jack ripped through the 126-pound division with three pins and a 15-4 major decision over Trumbull’s Cannone (4-1) in the championship. Fairfield Warde’s Dan Ebert, who lost to Cannone in the semifinals, wrestled back to a fourth-place finish.
132 – Emmett LiCastri of Immaculate/Barlow was 4-2 in the 132-pound division. He reached the winner’s bracket semifinals before losing and eventually wrestled back to take fourth place after a 5-4 loss to Brendan Weir of Hampshire (Mass.).
138 – Xavier’s Will Chowanec finished 3-2 and finished fourth in the 138-pound division, losing to Ryan Peters of Timberlane (N.H.) in the consolation finals. Old Saybrook/Westbrook’s David Colvin was 3-2.
145 – Bacon Academy’s Kilpatrick went 4-1 to win the consolation final of the 145-pound division over Hartford Co-Op’s Favion Williams, 10-3. New Milford’s Brett Leonard was sixth.
152 – Newtown’s Falbo, who was undefeated coming into the meet, finished in third place in the 152-pound division. He went 4-1 and defeated Emmanuel Borsay of Hope (R.I.) 7-3 in the consolation final. Newington’s Christian Zotti, who lost to Falbo twice during the tournament (12-5 and 8-3), eventually took sixth.
160 – Oxford’s Steve Persson was 1-2 and Windham’s Dakota Fleming and Southington’s Alexander Martain were 0-2.
170 – Danbury’s Garcia recorded two falls and a major decision to reach the championship. He lost to Brad Drover or North Andover (Mass.), 6-4 in the final to take second place. Dovydas Simanskis of Farmington also lost his second-round match, but wrestled back with four straight victories before losing the consolation final, 7-5 to Grant Poston of Champlain Valley, VT.
182 – Windsor Locks’ Thomas won the 182-pound championship with a 5-2 decision over Dico Dionsotti of Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.). Middletown’s Cody Carillo lost his second round match, but wrestled back through the consolation bracket to claim fifth place in the 182-pound division, defeating Mike Gallagher of Narragansett (R.I.) 10-2.
195 – State Open champion Zach Maxwell of Southington went 2-2.
220 – Glastonbury’s Andrew Cavanna wrestled back to the consolation finals, where he finished fourth after a 3-2 loss to Imran Gholizadeh (Woburn, Mass.) via ultimate tiebreaker. On the way, he defeated Trumbull’s Andrew Marino who finished fifth.
285 – Hourani of Fairfield Warde was runner-up in the 285-pound division. He defeated John Lachowicz of Hampshire (Mass.) with a pin at 2:38 in the semifinals and lost to Vermont No. 1 seed Jesse Webb of Mount Anthony, 5-3. Fairfield Prep’s Nick Crowle, who lost to Hourani by pin in 46 seconds in the quarterfinals, wrestled back to fourth place, losing the consolation final to Austin Shrewsbury of Westfield (Mass.).