Matt Weiner State Open runner-up, Mike Monaco splits bouts
Shelton’s Matt Weiner placed second in the heavyweight division at the State Open wrestling championships held in the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Saturday.
A sophomore, Weiner dropped a 5-1 decision to New Haven senior Jaylin Houston in the final.
“He beat me once before and I beat him twice,” said Weiner, who will take SCC and Class LL titles along with a 37-2 record to the New England Championships this coming weekend. “When I wrestle, I take what I can. I’ve done a better job this season scoring points in the first period. Any pressure I fell is what I put on myself. Sports should be fun and that’s how I go about it.”
Weiner pinned his way to the title match in 3:13, 5:23 and 1:46
Mike Monaco, a junior, split his four matches at 160 pounds.
Monaco lost 7-1 in his opener. He then posted a 3-2 win over Andrew Oken from Simsbury and a 7-6 decision against Andrew Robinson from Branford, before losing to sixth-place finisher Xavier Powell from Watertown 5-3.
“Last year, I didn’t even place in states,” said Monaco, who finished fifth in Class LL. “To get to the Open and have 40 wins feels great. I’m excited and want to get working on getting better.”
In the inaugural Girls Wrestling Invitational, Shelton sophomore Anala Smith placed sixth.
“This is great experience for Anala,” Shelton wrestling coach Bill Maloney said. “To be a sophomore and to medal could be just the beginning for her.”
Notes: The top finishers in each weight class will compete at the 56th annual New England Wrestling Championships scheduled for March 7 and 8, at Methuen High School in Methuen, Mass.
CIAC STATE OPEN TEAM RESULTS
1. Danbury 193, 2. Fairfield Warde 146, 3. Xavier 127, 4. Simsbury 99, 5. Barlow 88.5, 6. Bristol Eastern 69.5, 7. Southington 61, 8. New Milford 60, 9. Killingly 55, 10, Suffield/Windsor Locks 53.5; 11. Foran 53, 11. Haddam-Killingworth 53, 11. Trumbull 53, 14. Glastonbury 49.5, 15. New Haven 47, 16. Gilbert 46, 17. Ledyard 45.5, 18. Bristol Central 40, 19. Middletown 39.5, 20. Branford 39, 21. Avon 35.5, 22. Wethersfield 35, 23. Lyman Memorial/Windhan Tech 33, 24. Amity 31, 24. Fairfield Prep 31, 24. Newtown 31, 27. Shelton 30, 27. Westhill 30, 29. New London 29, 30. Brookfield 28, 31. Hall 27, 31. Staples 27, 33. New Canaan 26, 34. Greenwich 24, 35. New Fairfield 24, 36. New Britain, 23.5, 36. North Haven 23.5, 36. Windham 23.5, 39. East Lyme/Norwich Tech 21, 39. Stafford
106 LBS—1st Josh Brault (Joel Barlow) DEC Michael Longo (Trumbull), 6-3; 3rd Evan Lindner (New Milford) MD Will Hamilton (Bristol Central), 10-0; 5th Kaden Ware (Killingly) MD Cameron Hines (Haddam-Killingworth), 13-4;
113 LBS—1st Michael Rapuano (Xavier) DEC Kailan O’Dell (Danbury), 7-0; 3rd Bryce Arnold (Wethersfield) F Lucas Coleman (Fairfield Warde), 4:35; 5th Connor Doran (Ledyard) MD Nicholas Urso (Conard), 12-2
120 LBS—1st Drew Currier (Hall) DEC Joe Iamunno (North Haven), 5-0; 3rd Dylan Levesque (East Hampton) DEC Carlos Dewinter (Greenwich), 8-4; 5th Martial Sutton (Glastonbury) DEC Mason Lishness (Bristol Eastern), 1-0
126 LBS—1st Kalil Shabazz (Middletown) DEC Tyler Johnson (Danbury), 12-6; 3rd David Charron (Killingly) DEC Zachary Johns (Suffield/Windsor Locks), 3-0; 5th Parker Sutton (Glastonbury) DEC Michael Carpenter (Pomperaug), 5-0
132 LBS—1st Thomas Finn (Simsbury) DEC Devin Matthews (Gilbert), 3-0; 3rd Jack Ryan (Trumbull) F Peter Coniglio (New Milford), 1:33; 5th Nathan Cuoco (Fairfield Warde) DEC Braeden O’Brien (Bacon Academy), 3-2
138 LBS—1st Ryan Jack (Danbury) MD Thomas Nichols (Bristol Eastern), 13-5; 3rd Tristan Julian (Stafford) MD John Mairano (Simsbury), 12-3; 5th Khalil Bourjelli (New Milford) DEC Devin Anderson (New Fairfield), 5-2
145 LBS—1st James Lunt (Xavier) MD Will Ebert (Fairfield Warde), 14-4; 3rd Saul Pera (Simsbury) DEC Ben Richardson (Killingly), 3-1 SV; 5th Logan Kovacs (Danbury) DEC Dylan Washburn (Suffield/Windsor Locks), 3-0
152 LBS—1st Tyler Sung (New Canaan) DEC Cole Shaughnessy (Fairfield Warde), 6-0; 3rd Kyle Matthews (Gilbert) DEC Alex Klein-Wassink (Joel Barlow), 10-3; 5th Breon Phifer (Weston) MD Alexander Marshall (Bristol Eastern), 12-4
160 LBS—1st George Tsiranides (Fairfield Prep) DEC Zahir Mclean-Felix (Brookfield), 4-3; 3rd Brayden Grim (Ledyard) DEC Luke Tischio (Xavier), 9-3; 5th Yarian Grant (New Haven Wrestling) F Xavier Powell (Watertown), 2:05;
170 LBS—1st Tommy Mazur (Westhill) MD Ryan Powers (Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech), 14-4; 3rd Jaylen Hawkins (Danbury) MD Frankie McNeary (Joel Barlow), 9-0; 5th Hunter Rasmussen (Fairfield Warde) DEC Colman Doucette (New Fairfield), 5-4
182 LBS—1st Billy Carr (Southington) DEC Simon Flaherty (Amity), 4-3; 3rd Tyrell Jones (Danbury) DEC John Summers (Fairfield Warde), 2-1; 5th Isaiah Medina (New Britain) DEC Aidan Lozada (Newington), 4-1
195 LBS—1st Carson Licastri (Joel Barlow) TF Jadian Mackenzie (New London), 17-2 4:38; 3rd Jamikael Lytle (Northwestern) MD Cody McHenry (Branford), 10-1; 5th Griffin Gallati (Fairfield Warde) F Marcelius Ruiz (Xavier), 4:07;
220 LBS—1st Christopher Gens (Avon) DEC D.J. Donovan (Danbury), 3-0; 3rd Jacob Vecchio (Southington) F Roark Ryan (East Lyme/Norwich Tech), 3:37; 5th Kirill Fioletov (Glastonbury) DEC Alec Nardone (Fairfield Warde), 9-5;
285 LBS—1st Jaylin Houston (New Haven Wrestling) DEC Matt Weiner (Shelton), 5-1; 3rd Thomas Perry (Haddam-Killingworth) DEC Jordan Agosto (Danbury), 3-1; 5th Pat Rescanski (Foran) F Jacob Rizy (Staples), 2:43.