MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier’s wrestling team just might be something special.
The Falcons blasted Fairfield Prep, 65-6, at the Art Kohs gym Wednesday evening to improve to 8-3 – 7-0 against Connecticut competition – and recorded nine pins and two major decisions in the romp.
Coach Mike Cunningham took his time in replying to the overarching question about how good his team might be.
“Right now, we’re progressing at the rate we want to be,” he said. “We’re a lot better this week than we were last week. We have just four seniors out of our top 13 and they’re leading us right now.”
Those seniors are Will Chowanec, Quinn Marino, Brendan Butler and Colin Cunningham. Each of them won by pin.
Chowanec dispatched Ryan Zentner with 38 seconds left in the second period, Marino pinned Tsirannides Yanin with 4.7 seconds left in the first. Butler got his pin with 1:48 left in the second and Cunningham got his with 13.1 seconds left in the first period.
Cunningham offered a caution.
“We went to Pennsylvania [Easton] last week and got our butts kicked,” Cunningham said. “We lost three of four, so that showed us the things we have to improve on.
“Of course, those four teams were some of the best around.”
The key to the success of the team – besides the seniors – is the rapid development of the younger wrestlers.
“The younger kids are getting better all the time,” said Cunningham. “I thought my two freshmen at 106 pounds [Pat Moynihan] and 126 [Jake Holland] both did nice jobs. I was also happy with my 132 guy [Tom Fredericks] who had a really solid match.”
Moynihan pinned Kevin Zentner with 4.2 seconds left in the second period and Holland won a 13-2 major decision over Orlando Sanchez. Fredericks also took down a major decision, 10-1, over Matt Freed.
Farfield Prep (1-4) actually led early. Xavier’s Sam Blank opened the night with a 5-4 win over Dave Martins at 220 pounds to take a 3-0 lead. But Prep’s Nick Crowle pinned Paul Mortorelli at 285 to give Prep a short-lived 6-3 lead.
The Jesuits didn’t score again.
The night ended when Xavier’s Noah Cruz pinned Shawn Leary 10 seconds into match at 195 pounds.
Xavier will host the Xavier Duals at Mercy High School Saturday. Ten teams will compete including Trumbull, Middletown, Norwich Free Academy and Windham.