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Ludlowe continues climb

Bobby Clark (top) is one of Ludlowe’s top wrestlers. The Falcons have 17 wins and are looking to break the 20-win mark.

The Fairfield Ludlowe wrestling team placed second at the Ludlowe Duals on Saturday.
Coach Nick Garoffolo’s Falcons won 4-of-5 matches, losing only to team champion Trumbull High, which won all five of its matches.
The other teams were Norwich Free Academy, which took third with a 3-2 record, Greenwich, who went 2-3, Platt Tech of Milford, who went 1-5, and East Lyme who lost all 5 matches.
Ludlowe, which has 17 wins on the season and eight matches remaining, has  an opportunity to break the program mark of 20 victories.
Matt Garoffolo, Marcus Sherrod and Jacob Jessen led the team with five wins each.
Wrestlers that won four matches were Bobby Clark, Chase Lind, Ben Brzoski, Ben Batulanon, Kyle DeCruccio and Joe Sokolski.
Ludlowe took the first seven matches in its’ 54-17 win over Greenwich to start the Duals.
This was the first time Ludlowe has ever defeated Greenwich.
George Wales scored an 8-4 victory Greenwich senior Mark Chien at 106 pounds, and Batulanon at 113 and Sherrod at 120 followed with wins by fall.
Bobby Clark at 126 and DeCruccio at 132 joined the pin parade before Lind won a 9-3 decision in his 138-pound bout to up Ludlowe’s lead to 30-0.
Peter Clark won by third-period fall at 145 and the score had ballooned to 36-0 before Greenwich’s Eric Tack and Mike Gestal posted wins by technical fall and via pin at 152 and 160, respectively.
Sokolski righted the ship with a second-period pin at 170 and Brzoski won a 13-9 decision at 220.
After the Cards’ Adam Williams scored a pin at 195, Matt Garoffolo won a hard-fought 2-1 triple-overtime decision at 220 and Jacob Jessen rallied back to win by second-period fall in the heavyweight division.
Ludlowe next defeated Platt Tech, 67-6.
DeCruccio (132), Lind (138), Alex Sullivan (160), Sokolski (170), Brzoski (182) and Wales (106) won by fall.
Sherrod (120) and Angel Bauro (152) won major decisions.
Ludlowe met Trumbull in the third round and the Eagles posted a 43-18 decision.
Sherrod won a 10-5 decision from Dylan Haviland at 120 to give Ludlowe the lead before Trumbull won nine straight bouts.
Matt Garoffolo ended the skein with a 2-1 decision  over John Miolene at 220.
Jessen followed with a 1:28 pin over Ryan Moulton at heavyweight and Wales was awarded a forfeit at 106 to complete the scoring for the Falcons.
Ludlowe bounced back with an 81-0 shutout of East Lyme.
Winning on the mat were Bobby Clark (pin), Peter Clark (pin), Brzoski (pin), Kyle Pietrzak (pin at 195) and Wales (decision).
Next to fall to Ludlowe was NFA, as the Falcons bested the Wildcats 44-21.
DeCruccio won by 1:46 fall and Lind scored a 12-8 decision for a 9-0 lead.
NFA countered with a pair of decisions and a pin to go up 12-9 before Sokolski earned a 15-0 win by technical fall and Brzoski took a 6-4 decision.
A pin at 195 gave NFA an 18-17 lead, but Matt Garoffolo put Ludlowe back in front for good with a pin in 4:29.
Jessen was awarded a forfeit, Batulanon won a 2-1 decision, Sherrod pinned in 2:58 and Bobby Clark pinned in 5:00 to close out the match.
Ludlowe lost to eighth-ranked New Milford, 46-16, on Thursday.
Bauro won a 13-6 decision at 152 pounds, Sokolski won by 19-2 technical fall at 182, Brzoski won by 18-1 technical fall at 195 and Batulanon won a 3-2 decision at 113.

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