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Dozen grapplers heading to State Open

Only a freshman, Fairfield Warde’s Charlie Kane has put together a 35-0 season. The Class L 126-pound champion, Kane later saw junior teammate Ahmed Hourani’s hand raised as the state heavyweight champion on Saturday in Milford.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Fairfield Warde had a strong showing at the Class L Wrestling Championships in Bristol on Saturday, missing out on the team title to New Milford by 3.5 points.
“We placed six wrestlers in the finals and two wrestlers were crowned state champions,” Warde coach Jason Shaughnessy said after freshman Charlie Kane improved to 35-0 by winning the 126-pound championship and junior heavyweight Ahmed Hourani winning his division to go to 35-2.
“We qualified seven wrestlers for the State Open this weekend.”
State Open wrestling begins with three rounds at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven beginning at 4:30 on Friday.
The championship quarterfinals are at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with championship semifinals (1:30) and consolation rounds to follow. Finals are slated to begin at 6:15.
Fairfield Warde placed second to New Milford and Fairfield Ludlowe took the eighth spot in Class L.
Shaughnessy said:
“Our state runner-ups include: 120 sophomore Dan Ebert (31-5), 138 junior Dylan Bender (36-4), 145 sophomore Philip Neamonitis (17-5) and 170 senior Thomas Anania (32-1).
“Senior Pharaoh Eaton (37-1) was upset in the semis but wrestled back hard to come back and pin his way to third at 132.
“Other wrestlers who contributed 106 freshman Jack Price 1-2, 113 junior Jack Anderson 1-2, 152 junior Anthony Rotz 2-2 (one win away from placing), 160 sophomore Mike Sheets 1-2, 195 junior Alex Mayer 2-2 (one win away from placing) and 220 senior Gabe Dias 1-2.
Kane won a 6-3 decision over Peyton Soucy from Bristol Eastern in his final.
Hourani won a 7-3 decision from Farmington’s Brandon Marquis in his title bout.
Ludlowe will send three to the Open, as coach Nick Garoffolo’s Falcons saw Ben Batulanon place third at 113 pounds, George Wales take fourth at 106 and Ben Brzoski was sixth at 182 pounds.
“We had a very good tournament, but faded a little during the consolation rounds,” Garoffolo said of his Falcons.
“Placing eighth was are second-best finish. The only time we did better was sixth four years ago. I thought we could match the same result as sixth, but we came up a little short.
“We had several winners in the consolations, but we also had some tough losses. Marcus Sherrod, Chase Lind and Bobby Clark are three starting freshman, and all won a match then lost later by just a point.
“George Wales, Ben Batulanon and Brozski were all in the semis, one more win and they would be in the finals.
“Ben Batulanon had the closest match and lost 1-0 to the tournament champion (Kyle) Linder from New Milford.
“Other wrestlers that won matches in the consolations were Kyle Decruccio, Peter Clark, Matt Garoffolo and Jacob Jessen.
“Peter was one win away from placing, but lost his final match, the same was true for Jacob Jessen.”Fairfield Prep’s Conor Ward placed second in the 152-pound weight class at the Class LL Wrestling Championships at Trumbull High on Saturday.
Ward was seeded third and won a 15-1 major decision over sixth-seeded Alexander Martin from Southington and then took a 6-1 decision from Trumbull High’s seventh-seeded David Briganti in the semifinals.
Ward lost in the finals by a 10-2 score to top-seeded Sam Odell from South Windsor.
Nick Crowle wrestled back to earn third place in the heavyweight division and will has qualified with Ward to compete in this weekend’s State Open in New Haven.
Crowle pinned Brien McMahon of Norwalk’s Andrew Starr in 1:13 of their consolation final.
With four pins in 6:26, Crowle earned the Fastest Fall Award.
Danbury (215.5) won the team title, followed by Trumbull (172), South Windsor (160) and Simsbury (159).
State Open seeding
(regular season records)
Wales (32-6) is seeded 15th at 106 pounds.
Batulanon (35-3) is seeded 11th at 113 pounds.
Ebert (28-4) is seeded fifth at 120 pounds
Kane (31-0) is seeded second at 126 pounds
Eaton (33-0) and seeded 12th at 132 pounds
Bender (33-3) is seeded eighth at 132 pounds
Neamontis (14-4) is seeded seventh at 138 pounds

Ward (12-2) is seeded sixth at 152 pounds.
Anania (29-0) is seeded sixth at 170 pounds
Brzoski (33-5) is seeded 22nd at 182 pounds
Crowle (17-2) is seeded ninth at heavyweight

Hourani (29-2) is seeded third at heavyweight

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