MIDDLETOWN >> The beat goes on for Middletown High’s undefeated wrestling team.
The Blue Dragons, ranked sixth in the latest statewide Top 10 poll, dispatched Platt of Meriden 51-12 Thursday evening at Keigwin Middle School to improve to 16-0. Middletown recorded six pins and won 11 of the 14 matches in leading from start to finish.
“I thought we wrestled really tough tonight and I was happy with our effort,” Middletown coach Mark Fong said. “Platt is a tough team and I thought that even our kids who lost wrestled very well.”
The match began with pins by Jordan Baker over Platt’s Dante Morris at 138 pounds and Isaiah King over Damian Morris at 145 pounds. When Middletown’s Tom Gatti won a 5-2 decision over Tayvon Hudson at 142 pounds, Middletown had a 15-0 lead.
Platt (11-4) got on the board when Zavian Arroyo won a 5-4 decision over Chris Tewksbury and Barnard Figueroa got a 7-4 win over Baki Kuroca to cut the lead to 15-6. Middletown got back on track with Jayden Rodriquez’ sudden victory in overtime, 3-1, over Joseph Mwamba at 182 pounds.
When Jordan Yap pinned Chris Bonilla at 195 and Tre’quan Weston beat James Burrus 9-2 at 220 pounds, the Dragons were home free.
The most exciting match — and the one that impressed Fong the most — was T.J. Pawlak’s come-from-behind 10-5 decision over Jeremy Polanco at 106 pounds.
“T.J. pulled out a big win,” Fong said. “He was down all night, then came back strong in the third period to win. I also thought that Rodriguez and [Andre] Rogers did very well against tough opponents and came out with wins.”
Rogers’ win was the last event of the match, a 6-3 decision over Ben Stratton at 132 pounds.
Other MHS wins were recorded by Tino Rusz, who pinned Anthony Melendez (113 pounds) with 48.9 seconds to go in the second period; Noah Sylvester, who pinned Jasson Roman (120 pounds) with 14.7 seconds left in the first; and John Grasis, who pinned Emmanuel Rivera (126 pounds) with 49.5 seconds left in the second period.
Platt’s third win was Nick Martone’s pin over Max Cyr with 58.7 seconds left in the match at 285 pounds.
“We’re building towards the state tournament,” Fong said. “The kids keep improving, which is what I like to see.”
Platt showed its youth.
“We are a sophomore-laden team that wrestled against a senior-laden team,” Platt coach Bryan McCarty said. “It’s good for us to be on the mat with a team of better quality than us. Middletown frustrates you because they are so solid throughout. Mark [Fong] is getting them ready for the state tournament.
“There have been some bright spots for us this season, but tonight we wrestled more tough than technical, that is, we weren’t very smart on the mat. We have a lot to improve upon.”
Middletown is scheduled to participate in the Morgan Duals in Clinton Saturday. Its next home match is Wednesday with Bristol Central which will likely decide the Central Connecticut Conference South Division regular season crown.