Chase Lind places fourth in wrestling

Fairfield Warde’s Chase Lind took fourth in the 152-pound class at the State Open wrestling tournament in New Haven on Saturday.

With the finish, Lind advanced to compete in the New England Tournament to be held in North Andover (Mass.) on March 6-7.

Warde’s George Wales (120 pounds) and Lee Stenild-Johnanson (170) also competed at the Open for coach Nick Garoffalo.

Lind, the Class L champion, scored two points late in the second period of his consolation final with New Milford’s Brett Leonard to take a 3-2 lead.

Leonard, the Class LL runner-up, stunned Lind with two points as the match came to a close to win 4-3.

Lind won his first match 14-0 and his second 9-3 to get to the semifinals, where eventual champion and Class LL champion Joe Accousti from Newtown sent him to wrestlebacks with a 4-3 win.

A junior, Lind defeated Newington’s Brendan Zitto, 4-3, to get to the third-place bout.

Wales won his first match at 120 with a 15-4 major decision over Austin Abacheri, the third-seed in Class LL from Southington.
Class M champion and eventual third-place finisher Ryan Luth from Foran-Milford sent Wales to the consolation round with an 8-1 victory.

Wales, a senior, lost to Ryan Angers from Tolland in his first wrestleback. Angers took sixth.

Stenild-Johanson, a junior and the third-place finisher in Class L, defeated Amity-Woodbridge’s Ken Seaton, the third seed from Class LL, 4-3, in his first match.

A 9-2 loss to Class LL runner-up Steve Burgos from Newtown, who took fourth, dropped Stenild-Johanson to the consolation round.

He advanced by forfeit and then an 8-0 major decision over Northwestern’s Gabriel Schwartz.

In the consolation quarterfinals, Stenild-Johnanson scored an 8-2 victory over Windham’s Jorge Hidalgo.

Joey Ryan from Trumbull defeated Stenild-Johnson, 3-2, to keep him from medal contention.

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