Wrestling teams boast talent

Fairfield Ludlowe wrestling coach Nick Garoffolo is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“We were 22-3 and placed fourth in FCIAC, sixth in Class L and fifteenth in the Open, our best year ever,” said Garoffolo, whose Falcons graduated Ben Batulanon (120 pounds), Eric Kirchgasser (113 pounds), Jacob Jessen, (220 pounds) and Austin Buongiorno (170 pounds).
“We return a state champion George Wales (106 pounds) and state place winners Marcus Sherrod (126 pounds), Chase Lind (145 pounds) and Bobby Clark (132 pounds).
“This is the highest number of state winners we have ever returned. We are hoping for even a better year this year.
“We return seven starters and have some very good JV wrestlers that will fill the line-up.
“We also will cover every weight with a full JV back-up team. Last year, we forfeited two weights all year.”
Wales, Austin Sherman, Sherrod and Lind are team captains.
Garoffolo, whose teams have posted a 251-176 record (140-126 at Ludlowe) said, “We will have four weights with brand new wrestlers with no prior experience. But they are good athletes. So they should do well.
“We have been steadily improving over the last few years. This year we look for another record-breaking year and a move into the top 10 teams in the State Open.”
The Ludlowe Invitational is Saturday, Dec. 20, with 12 teams scheduled to compete.
The Mustangs will host Wilton High on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 4:30 p.m.
Fairfield Warde
Fairfield Warde enjoyed a 20-3 campaign last season, and coach Jason Shaughnessy’s Mustangs (92) return multiple standouts from last year’s squad that placed a program-best third at the State Open behind Danbury (141) and New Milford (114.5) and in front of Xavier of Middletown (89) and Trumbull (88).
The graduated Ahmed Hourani posted his 102nd career win with a 2:29 pin of Kyle Porter from Bristol Eastern in their heavyweight championship bout at Open Wrestling Championships.
Tim Kane, a freshman, was second at the Open in the 113-pound class and finished with a 40-5 record.
Dan Ebert wrestled back to earn third place at 126 pounds, and in doing so the junior eclipsed the 100-win mark.
Jack Price was 3-2 at 106 pounds as a sophomore, and rising senior Aaron Beintein 0-2 at 132 pounds.
In the FCIACs, then junior Mike Sheets had a solid day with a fourth-place finish. He lost 6-5 in the consolation final.
Warde will be on the road until Tuesday, Dec. 20, when the Mustangs host Darien, Ridgefield, Newtown and Westhill from Norwalk beginning at 10 a.m.

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