The Simsbury High and Canton High wrestling teams were scheduled to wrestle big matches on Thursday night. Delayed a day by snow, Canton was supposed to face off with Avon for first place in the NCCC while the last two undefeated teams in the CCC West – Simsbury and Newington – were set to meet on the mat with first place on the line, too.
The Trojans and Warriors turned in good performances last Saturday in preparation for those crucial matches.
Simsbury (10-3) had three individual champions and had 10 of 14 wrestlers finish among the top four in their respective weight classes to win the 7th annual Doc Myers Hartford Brawl tournament for the first time.
Keith Penney (120), Sean Penney (152) and John Daguerre-Bradford (182) each won individual titles as Simsbury outlasted defending Class S champion Windham, 212½ to 189. Farmington, with six finalists, finished third with 186 points.
Keith Penney prevailed in a tight 2-1 decision over Windham’s Sebby Ruffino while Sean Penny prevailed with an 8-0 win over Joseph Adams of Goodwin Tech. Bradford came out on top in another close bout, topping top-seeded Hector Alvarado of Windham, 3-1.
Simsbury had five finalists. James DeMaio lost by injury default at 182 pounds while Jake Feldman dropped a 4-2 decision to Adam Patsun of Somers in the 195 pound final.
John Kowalski (106) pinned Windham’s Julio Flores in 1:38 to finish third while teammate Keith Fernandes outlasted Hartford’s Tracy Trice, 4-3, to capture third at 138 pounds.
Canton went 3-1 last Saturday at the 17th annual Groundhog Duals in South Windsor, losing in the championship match to Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech, 48-33. Dylan Houle (170), Dakota Carey (182) and Trey VandeBogart (113) had victories for the Warriors against Lyman Memorial/WT but it wasn’t enough. The Bulldogs used three pins and two forfeits to pull away for its first Groundhog Duals title since 2005.
Canton (14-8) earned a spot in the championship match thanks to a thrilling 36-34 decision over host South Windsor.
The host Bobcats built a 34-0 lead on the back of three pins, two forfeits and a major decision. Canton received four forfeits worth 24 points but they picked up two crucial pins, worth six points each, from Devin Glasson (195) and Skylar Lang (285) that enabled Canton to earn the two-point victory.
Canton also beat Plainville, 43-33 and East Longmeadow, Mass., 51-12 in the tournament.
Patrick Lawler (152), Houle (170), Glasson (220), Lang (285) and VandeBogart (106) had pins against Plainville. Joey Joslin (138), Jake Allmendinger (145), Houle, Lang and Brian Barger (120) had pins in the victory over East Longmeadow.
Canton has never won a dual meet tournament but it was the fourth time they had earned a spot in the championship match. The last time was in 2009 when the Warriors lost to Gilbert in the final of the Northwestern Regional Duals.
This weekend is the final weekend of the regular season. Canton travels to Bristol Eastern on Saturday where they will be challenged by No. 5 Bristol Eastern and Newington. The Warriors will also get to face New Haven, East Lyme and Masuk.
Granby will participate in a four-team meet, facing Derby and Morgan at Griswold. Avon will be competing at the Woodstock Invitational and Simsbury prepares for its big season finale at Farmington by traveling to Glastonbury to tangle with the Tomahawks, Guilford and Cheshire.
Simsbury will close out the regular season at Farmington on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. A piece of the CCC West championship could be on the line depending on what happened on Thursday between Simsbury and Newington.
If Simsbury won, the Trojans can capture their league title since 2001 with a win over Farmington, which will be looking to win and claim a share of the league title. If Newington won, the CCC West championship race is over and the pennant is going to Newington.