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Warde ranked fifth

Fairfield Warde’s Dylan Bender turns his rival from Trumbull’s back to the mat. The Mustangs are ranked fifth in the state after sweeping a quad-match at home on Friday. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

The Fairfield Warde varsity wrestling team recently captured the Hall of Fame Tournament title in Merrimack N.H., while the Mustang junior varsity sent two squads to the Trumbull Jayvee Tournament, with Warde A winning its pool and Warde B going 1-3 on the day.
Coach Jason Shaughnessy’s Warde varsity had five finalists and four champions on its way to outscoring the 16-team field.
Warde was first at 203.5 and Noble, Maine was second at 155.5.
Charlie Kane, 126 pounds, Pharaoh Eaton, 132, Thomas Anania, 182 and Ahmed Hourani, 285 brought home titles.
Dan Ebert was second at 120, Dylan Bender third at 138, Colin Ventura third at 220, Anthony Rotz fourth at 160 and Gabe Dias fourth at 220.
Ebert went 2-1 with two major decisions before losing in the finals to the tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Kane had a dominant performance, going 3-0 with two pins and a technical fall.
Eaton was 4-0 with three pins and an 11-4 decision in the finals. He is the first four-time Merrimack Tournament champion.
Anania had a strong day going 4-0 with three pins and a 6-0 decision in the finals.
Hourani dispatched his three opponents in total of 2:30 to become champion.
Kane, Eaton and Anania remain undefeated on the season.
Ventura and Bender each battled back after tough losses to take thirds.
Rotz and Dias also wrestled back to the consolation finals before placing fourth.
Warde A jayvees won the first three matches in their pool, scoring over 70 points and only losing one individual match in each.
They wrestled Danbury in the finals. The match went back and forth and was tied 33 going into the final match, where Danbury won by fall.

Sweep quad
Warde wrestling team posted victories over Fairfield Prep, Westhill of Stamford and Bristol Central on Friday.
In the 45-18 win over Bristol Central, the Mustangs (13-0) dominated.
Utsav Stretcha won an 8-4 decision from Joe Cherwinski at 106 pounds and Jack Anderson followed with a 3-2 decision over the Rams’ Breck Conlon at 113.
At 120, Ebert won by 15-0 technical fall and Kane followed with a pin in 1:30 of his 126-pound bout with Kadeem Richards.
Eaton scored a 15-0 win by tech fall at 132 pounds before Bender took his 138-pound match with a 9-3 decision.
Phil Neomonitis earned a 13-0 major decision from Sean Ziogas at 145.
Rotz major decisioned Andrew Martin, 14-4, at 152, but Ventura had to default his 160-pound bout to Glen Pierce because of injury.
Anania won 4-1 at 160,  before Bristol Central showed off its upper weights with Gino Rafaniello pinning Alex Lobsenz in 1:07 at 182 and 195-pound Cy McIntosh scoring a 57-second fall over Jordi Proskinopolous.
Dias won an 8-3 decision at 220 pounds and Hourani pinned Troy Maldonado in 32 seconds in the heavyweight division.
Warde will host East Windsor on Wednesday.

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