EAST HAVEN — It’s been five years in the making, but East Haven wrestling is finally among the Southern Connecticut Conference’s top teams.
The Yellowjackets (2-0) knocked off another one of the league’s perennial powers Wednesday night, dismantling Amity, 43-22. That came just a week after the Yellowjackets defeated Hand, 42-24, and finished third in the Plainville Tournament.
“We’ve been building to this little by little,” said East Haven coach Mark Tolla, who along with Lou Rivellini are in their fifth year coaching the Yellowjackets. “We’ve been increasing the technical ability of the kids and now we can compete with the top teams. We’re very happy with our progress but we’re not satisfied.”
East Haven led wire to wire against Amity Wednesday night. With the match starting with the 120-pound weight class, the Yellowjackets took the first four individual matches and six of the first seven. Those came mostly in the strength of the East Haven lineup.
“From 106 to 138 pounds is the most dominant part of our lineup,” Tolla said. “Our starting lineup is where we can compete with anyone in the state.”
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The DiVito brothers were key in getting East Haven off to a big start, leading 25-4. Matt DiVito beat Brayden Esposito, 3-0 at 120 pounds, while Alec DiVito edged Cole Johnson, 2-0, at 132 pounds and Tanner DiVito took a 14-1 major decision over Mike Widell at 138 pounds. The other big wins came from freshman Dylan Tavarez, who pinned Amir Jarad in 38 seconds at 126 pounds and Fabricio Bugatti with a pin over Aiden Shaffer at 152 pounds in 4:58.
Amity (1-1) closed the gap to 25-16 with a forfeit win at 170 and Simon Flaherty pinned Vincenzo Bunce at 182 pounds in 2:39.
But East Haven clinched the team victory when Josh Rao collected a forfeit win at 195 pounds and Gunner Horton pinned Billy Carroll in just 1:44 at 220 pounds.
East Haven took two of the final three matches. Armando Castaneda took the most exciting match of the night at 285 pounds over Andrew Coscia in overtime. It took three overtimes for Castaneda to barely win it as he held on to Coscia’s ankle as the buzzer expired.
The final two matches were split with East Haven’s D.J. Milano edging Colin Boufford, 7-6, at 106 pounds, while Amity’s Daniel Carlson won the 113-pound match by forfeit.
“We’re a young team and just learning,” Amity coach Todd Patterson said. “I didn’t expect to come in here tonight and do a lot of damage, but I’m happy with the fight the kids gave.”
EAST HAVEN 43, AMITY 22
(at East Haven)
106 pounds: D.J. Milano (EH) dec. Colin Boufford, 7-6; 113: Daniel Carlson (A) won by forfeit; 120: Matt DiVito (EH) dec. Brayden Esposito, 11-4; 126: Dylan Tavarez (EH) pinned Amir Jarad, 0:38; 132: Alec DiVito (EH) dec. Cole Johnson, 2-0; 138: Tanner DiVito (EH) dec. Mike Widell, 14-1; 145: Liam Keylock (A) dec. Albert Dohoney, 15-7; 152: Fabricio Bugatti (EH) pinned Aiden Shaffer, 4:58; 160: Danny Jarrin (EH) dec. Christian Castro, 8-2; 170: Andrew Seaton (A) won by forfeit; 182: Simon Flaherty (A) pinned Vincenzo Bunce, 2:39; 195: Josh Rao (EH) won by forfeit; 220: Gunner Horton (EH) pinned Billy Carroll, 1:44; 285: Armando Castaneda (EH) dec. Andrew Coscia, 2-2 (OT). Records: East Haven, 2-0. Amity, 1-1.