Meeting between state's best teams

Fairfield Prep’s Keith Pettway (3) went 7-for-9 from the foul line in the Jesuits’ 72-62 victory over Hillhouse High. (Photo by David G. Whitham)

Fairfield Prep’s Keith Pettway (3) went 7-for-9 from the foul line in the Jesuits’ 72-62 victory over Hillhouse High.
(Photo by David G. Whitham)

Top-ranked Fairfield Prep defeated second-ranked Hillhouse of New Haven, 72-62, in a Southern Connecticut Conference basketball showdown at Alumni Hall on Jan. 4.
Coach Leo Redgate’s Jesuits improved to 6-0, while coach Renard Sutton’s Academics fell to 3-1.
Prep took a 20-17 lead into the second quarter, but Hillhouse leveled the score at 33 come halftime.
The Jesuits used a 16-8 run in the third quarter to take charge and played the Acs even in the final period.
Tommy Nolan scored 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers to lead Prep.
Ryan Murphy scored 19 points, with two treys, and Paschal Chukwu scored 15 points.
Keith Pettway was 7-of-9 from the foul line to finish with nine points. Prep was 22-for-40 from the stripe to 15-for-22 for Hillhouse.
Wrestling
Fairfield Warde won the  6th annual Warde Invitational on Jan. 4.
Coach Jason Shaughnessy’s fourth-ranked Mustangs (220), outpointed fifth-ranked Simsbury (181) for the title. Mahopac (N.Y.) was third, followed by Montville and Fairfield Ludlowe.
Warde’s Tim Kane was the Invitational Most Outstanding Wrestler after placing first at 113 pounds.
The Mustangs’ Utsav Shrestha (101 pounds), Dan Ebert (126 pounds) and Ahmed Hourani (heavyweight) also won their weight classes.
Dylan Bender placed second, Alex Mayer took third and Anthony Rotz, Phil Neamonitis and Mike Sheets were fourth.
Mike Cerminaro, Colin Ventura, Jordi Proskinitopoulos, and Aaron Beinstein were fifth and Jack Anderson sixth.
Kane and Hourani remain undefeated on the season.
Ice hockey
No. 1 Fairfield Prep took on No. 2 Notre Dame of West Haven in hockey and the SCC rivals played to a 4-4 draw at the Wonderland of Ice on Jan. 4. Prep is 3-2-1 and NDWH 5-1-1.
Kenny Kochiss scored for coach Matt Sathers’ Jesuits at the 6:21 mark of the third period to even the game at 4. Brendan Killoy and Matt Wikman had the assists.
Wikman scored for Prep at 8:56 of the opening period to forge a 1-1 tie. Justin Blanchette had the assist.
Notre Dame’s Ryan Lynch scored his second goal of the game early in the second period for coach Tim Belcher’s Green Knights.
Kochiss from Wikman made it 2-2, and Prep took a 3-2 lead on Wikman’s tally at 12:20 with Dean Lockery and Kochiss earning assists.
Lynch scored at 1:01 and 2:17 of the third to put Notre Dame back on top.
Matt Beck had 37 saves for Prep and Wade Conlan 38 for ND.
Swimming
The Fairfield Prep swimming and diving team defeated Sheehan of Wallingford, 95-70, at the Fairfield University RecPlex on Jan. 7.
Coach Rich Hutchinson’s Jesuits improved to 3-0 with the win over the Titans (1-2).
The 200 medley relay team of Bjorn Davis, Brandon Cole, Jake Hoin and Nick Wargo won with a time of 1:52.59.
Bryce Keblish followed with a victory in 2:03.14 in the 200 freestyle, and Wargo was first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.04.
Cole was best in the 50 freestyle (25.28) before Robert McCrory took first in the diving competition.
Hoin was first in the 100 butterfly (1:00.55) and Keblish took the 100 freestyle (55.51).
Behind Wargo, Cole, Keblish and Hoin, Prep was first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.06).
Davis added an individual first with a win in the 100 backstroke (1:04.88).
Stuart Stritzel touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.04).
The 400 freestyle relay squad of Wargo, Keblish, Cole and Davis won in 3:45.94.
Wrestling
Fairfield Ludlowe finished fifth at the Warde Invitational, won by Warde, who outpointed the 13-team field.
Coach Nick Garoffolo’s Falcons placed 7-of-10 wrestlers entered, with four finalists.
Chase Lind was seeded fourth at 147 pounds and won two matches by fall, before defeating top seed Phil Neamonitis of Warde 9-3 in the semifinals and second seed Chris Mazur of Westhill 11-6 for the title.
“Chase wrestled with amazing toughness athletic ability and smart strategy to win these bouts,” Garoffolo reported. “ As a sophomore he is showing a lot of poise.”
Second-place finishers for Ludlowe were senior Ben Batulanon at 120, junior George Wales at 106 and senior Eric Kirchgasser at 113. Each won two matches before losing in the finals.
Sophomores taking third place were Marcus Sherrod at 126 and Bobby Clark at 132. Each went 3-1 on the day.
Ludlowe won the first eight matches to lead 45-0 against Harding of Bridgeport and Garoffolo’s Falcons went on to defeat the Presidents, 57-18, on Dec. 27.
Ludlowe had pins by Baltulanon (122 pounds), Clark (134), Lind (147) and Konstantin Suvorov (152). Other winners were Austin Sherman 108 with a 14-8 decision, and Wales (115), Sherrod (128), Austin Reid (140), Nate Nelson (197) and Jacob Jessen (285) via forfeit.
Fairfield Ludlowe finished seventh at the Danbury Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 28.
Place winners for Ludlowe were second place Wales at 106, third place Batulanon at 120, third place Lind at 145 and fourth place Sherrod at 126.
Wales was seeded third and pinned Jose Najaro of Stamford in 2:45. Then he decisioned Halim Borjeli of New Milford, 14-8, who was a State Open place winner a year ago. Wales lost to Paulo Freitas of Danbury 8-3 in the finals.
Batulanon was a third seed. In wrestlebacks, he won by fall in 11 seconds and a 4-0 decision before taking third with a 15-5 major decision.
Lind was seeded third, drew a bye, and then won by 1:07 fall and a 6-4 decision to gain the semis.

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