NEW HAVEN, Feb. 25 – Senior Matt White won a pair of matches at the State Open before losing in the quarterfinals by one pound at 138 pounds. He dropped a two-point decision in his first consolation round match and was eliminated. “Matt wrestled pretty well,” Canton coach Josh Kaplan said. “It’s tough here. Everyone is good. There are no easy matches.”
Skylar Lang (182) and Chris Mutch (195) also participated at the State Open, dropping their two bouts. Canton earned six points and finished in a tie for 68th out of 95 teams.
White, who strained muscles in his neck in practice in the week before the NCCC tournament, won his opening round match by beating Windham High’s Dakota Fleming, 6-3. White (25-8) got the first takedown for a 2-0. With a two-point near fall and another takedown in the second period, he built a 6-1 lead.
White moved into the quarterfinals with a satisfying win over Gilbert’s Dylan Jefferis, who had three wins over White this season. White trailed 3-0 in the third period but he got a two-point reversal to cut the lead to one, 3-2. He intentionally let Jefferis escape but took him down again in the final seconds to tie the bout at 4-4 and force overtime. In OT, White threw Jefferis to his back and pinned him in 6:27. “He felt good about that,” Kaplan said. “That was the match he really wanted.”
On Saturday’s quarterfinals, Glastonbury’s Dan Heckler took a 6-5 lead after two periods. White was on top in the third period but couldn’t turn him to score any points. In a 3-1 loss to Hand’s Tucker MacGregor, White gave up an escape and takedown in the second period. He cut the lead to two with a third period escape but couldn’t get the tying takedown.
Lang (24-15) lost to Farmington’s Harry Pacheco, 9-0 at 182 pounds and South Windsor’s Matt Braddock by pin in 0:34 seconds. Mutch (16-16) was pinned by Bristol Central’s Cy McIntosh and was eliminated by Suffield’s Matt Nardi by tech fall, 16-0.
Three Warriors win medals at Class S
HIGGNAUM, Feb. 18 – Canton High had three wrestlers earn medals and qualify for the State Open was the Warriors finished 13h out of 37 teams at the CIAC Class S wrestling championships. Skylar Lang took fifth at 182 pounds while Chris Mutch (195) and Matt White (138) each finished sixth.
Lang (24-13) won his first match by pin before losing to eventual Class S champion Steve Wingard of Housatonic in the quarterfinals. In the consolation round, Lang won three of four matches. He pinned Nonnewaug’s Fjorabl Cekici in the fifth place bout in 3:45. Every match he won, Lang won by pin.
White (23-6) missed the NCCC tournament after getting hurt in practice a few days earlier. But he was healthy enough to compete in the Class S tournament where he won his first two matches by pin. In the semifinals against Gilbert’s Dylan Jefferis, White got the first takedown but Jefferis began to seize control, building an 11-4 lead before White had to retire when he re-aggravated his injury.
“He had a great tournament,” Canton coach Josh Kaplan said. “He pinned a kid from Derby in the first period. He gave it his all today.”
Mutch (16-14) won his first match by pin before getting pinned by eventual champion Kyle Foster of Somers. But Mutch won a pair of hard-earned decisions to get into medal contention. He finished 3-3 on the day.
Bryan Fitzpatrick (132) was in a tough weight class at 132. He won his first match but slipped in a 7-2 quarterfinal loss to No. 4 Paul Chavez of Oxford. In the consolation round, he slipped past Terryville’s Dan Folino, 2-0 but was eliminated in a 7-3 loss to Plainfield’s Nick Devanny, who trains with Griswold. He finishes the year at 30-6.
Ben Corbett (160) went 3-2 in the tournament while Chris Van deBogart (145), Konnor Claywell (152), Devin Glasson (170) and Hunter Lang (220) also earned wins in the tournament.
Canton is 4th at NCCC Tourney
Fitzpatrick rallies to win 2nd NCCC title
SUFFIELD, Feb. 12 – Senior Bryan Fitzpatrick scored five unanswered points in the third period to beat Avon’s Peter Suter, 9-4, win a NCCC championship at 132 pounds and help the Warriors finish fourth Sunday at the NCCC Tournament. It was Fitzpatrick’s second straight league title. He won at 135 pounds a year ago.
Patrick Lawler, filling in for the injured Matt White, took second at 138 pounds while Chris Van deBogart (145), Konnor Claywell (152) and Chris Mutch (195) each finished third. White, who had won three NCCC titles, got hurt in practice earlier this week. White hopes to be healthy enough to participate in next week’s Class S tournament.
Avon won the tournament for the seventh time in eight years with a dominating performance. The Falcons scored 257½ points, just 3½ points shy of its league record mark of 261 set in 1989. Avon had seven finalists and six individual champions, including Jessica McCamish (106), the first girl to win a NCCC title. Canton was fourth with 108½ points behind Avon, Suffield (148) and East Windsor (120).
Fitzpatrick (28-4) and Suter were tied 2-2 after one period. Fitzpatrick took a 4-2 lead in the second period after a quick reversal to begin the period. In the third, Suter tied the match at 4-4 with 37 seconds left. That simply energized Fitzpatrick, who hit a reversal and put Suter on his back. “He was hungry (for the title) more than anything else,” Canton coach Josh Kaplan said. “He did pretty well.”
Lawler (11-6) earned a shot at the title with a 15-5 win over Avon’s Jamie Dlugulecki in the semifinals. But he was overwhelmed in the finals by Enfield’s Jarrett Maloney, getting turned to his back three times before getting pinned.
“All the kids who came back to wrestle for third place wrestled real tough and did a nice job,” Kaplan said.
Van deBogart (14-15) finished third by tilting his opponent for a two-point near fall late in the third period and riding out the match for a 6-4 win over Avon’s Brennan Neserella. At 152, Claywell (13-5) prevailed in two tight consolation round bouts, winning in the consolation semifinals 6-4 and beating East Windsor’s Richard Jarnot, 7-6 to finish third.
Mutch (14-11) dropped a one-point decision to East Windsor’s Jacob West in the first round but rebounded with a 6-1 win over Avon’s Nick Zacchio and pinned West in 2:51 to finish third.
CANTON, Feb. 8 – In his final match at home, senior Bryan Fitzpatrick (132) picked up his 10th pin and earned a team-high 26th victory of the season but Canton fell to Suffield, 41-27 on Senior Night. Fitzpatrick, Matt White (21-3) and Hunter Lang were recognized. Lang lost in his bout at 220 pounds while White missed the match. White got banged up in practice earlier in the week but expects to compete in Saturday’s NCCC Tournament.
After Skylar Lang (182) earned a 10-3 decision, Canton cut the Suffield lead to one point. But the visiting Wildcats (9-6, 6-2 NCCC) picked up a forfeit and five straight wins to seize control of the match. Patrick Lawler (138) also won with a pin for the Warriors, who finish the season at 11-14 and 4-4 in the league.
Warriors top Lyman, East Catholic at Groundhog Duals
SOUTH WINDSOR, Feb. 4 – Canton went 2-2 to finish third at Saturday’s 15th annual Groundhog Duals with victories over Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech, 50-28 and East Catholic, 48-30. The Warriors (11-13) fell to South Windsor, 53-22 and Portland, 50-27.
South Windsor won the tournament for the third time in the last four years with a 5-0 record while Portland was second with a 4-1 mark.
Canton was third with a 2-2 record with the win over Lyman giving the Warriors third place. In the victory over Lyman Memorial, the Warriors had four pins from Matt White (138), Chris Van deBogart (145), Dylan Houle (160) and Joe Joslin (125).
Against South Windsor, Devin Glasson (170) and White had pins while Skylar Lang (182), Chris Mutch (195), Van deBogart and White had pins in the loss to Portland.
Bryan Fitzpatrick (132) went 4-1 on the day with 1 pin while White (138) was 4-0 with four pins. Fitzpatrick improves to 25-4 on the year with nine pins while White improves to 21-3 with a team-high 17 pins.
Since there were just seven teams in the field, each team wrestled five teams but one team had to wrestle just four times and Canton drew the short straw.
Canton earns ninth win
STAFFORD, Feb. 1 – Canton took advantage of six Stafford forfeits to earn a 39-24 victory. The Warriors improve to 8-11 and 4-3 in the NCCC. Bryan Fitzpatrick earned a tough 5-4 decision at 132 pounds for the Warriors.
to beat Warriors
SOMERS, Jan. 25 – Somers had five pins and two forfeits to hold off Canton, 45-36 in a NCCC meet Wednesday. Canton (7-8, 3-3 NCCC) led 18-3 after four matches but Somers (15-3, 5-1) won the next seven straight matches to seize control of the bout. Chris Van deBogart (152), Devin Glasson (170), Skylar Lang (182), Bryan Fitzpatrick (132), Matt White (138) and Patrick Lawler (145) had pins for the Warriors.
Snow keeps Canton, others home
MANCHESTER, Jan. 21 -- Due to Saturday morning's snowstorm, Canton was unable to attend the Eagle Classic tournament. Canton was one of 10 teams that did not attend due to the weather. Only four teams and several wrestlers from three one-man teams participated in the tournament.
Tigerhawks catch Canton at the end
CANTON, Jan. 21 -- Canton (7-7, 3-2 NCCC) dropped a five-point decision to the co-op team from Hartford’s Sport Medicine Science Academy and University High School, 41-36 last week in Canton. The visiting Tigerhawks won three of the final four matches, two by pin to earn the victory.
Canton had a four-point lead, 30-26, with four matches to go after Chris Vandebogart (145) won by pin. But SMSA’s Kiante Macon (152) wore down Dylan Houle and won by pin in 5:42. SMSA’s Bryan Knighton prevailed in a 7-3 decision over Ben Corbett at 160 pounds to extend their lead to five, 35-30. SMSA clinched the match with a pin from Ken Prigodich at 170 pounds over Devin Glasson in 2:39. Skylar Lang (182) picked up a forfeit at 182 to cut the final margin to five points.
Joey Joslin (126) also had a pin for the Warriors.
Warriors win 2 of 3
SEYMOUR, Jan. 14 -- The Warriors won two of three matches in a four-team match with Derby, Seymour and Gilbert. Host Derby beat Canton, 53-23 but the Warriors earned wins over Seymour, 39-33 and Gilbert, 42-27
Against Derby, Corbett had a hard-fought 8-6 win over Mike Nicolari. Lang and Patrick Lawler (138) had pins.
Against Seymour, Bryan Fitzpatrick (132) picked up a key 7-3 victory over John Reilly to secure the win. Seymour forfeited six weight classes against Canton. Canton had six forfeits. Against Gilbert, the Warriors received pins from Joey Joslin (126), Dylan Houle (145), Chris VandeBogart (152), Devin Glasson (170) and Skylar Lang (182) to earn the victory.
Canton wins for fourth time in last five matches
GRANBY, Jan. 11 – With four pins, Canton won for the fourth time in the last five matches with a 54-24 victory over winless Granby. The Warriors improve to 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the league. Canton received four pins from Matt White (152), Konner Claywell (160), Ben Corbett (180) and Chris Mutch (195) to secure the win. The Bears also forfeited five weight classes.
Canton tops depleted Northwestern, Gilbert
BARKHAMSTED, Jan. 7 -- Canton won two of three bouts in a four-team meet Saturday. The Warriors earned a 48-18 victory over a depleted Northwestern Regional squad and a 42-33 win over Gilbert.
Northwestern had just four wrestlers and Canton (4-5) benefited by picking up seven forfeits. Canton’s Ben Corbett (170) won by pin. Against Gilbert, there were just five bouts and Canton again took advantage with five forfeits. Corbett and Skylar Lang (182) each won by pin. Gilbert’s Dylan Jefferies outdueled Matt White at 145 pounds with a 10-8 decision.
Wolcott Tech (9-4) had five pins and took advantage of three forfeits to beat the Warriors, 45-27 and sweep the quad meet. Bryan Fitzpatrick (138) outlasted Jason Chamis, 10-8 while Patrick Lawler (145), Matt White (152), Corbett and Devin Glasson (182) won with pins. The schedule originally had Canton participating in the Northwestern Duals but not enough teams committed to the event so it was turned in a normal four-team meet.
Warriors win 2nd straight match
CANTON, Jan. 4 -- With four pins and victories in six of the eight matches contested on the mat, Canton won its second straight match with a 54-18 victory over Enfield in its home opener. Bryan Fitzpatrick (132 pounds) and Matt White (145) each won by pin to lead the Warriors (2-4, 2-1 NCCC).
Fitzpatrick pinned Dominic Vaughn in 29 seconds and improved to 8-2 on the year with his team-leading sixth pin. White, who also has six pins, weighed in at 138 where he would have received a forfeit. He moved up to 145 pounds looking for some competition and won for the seventh time in nine matches with a pin in 1:15.
“We went out and wrestled real well on the mat today,” Canton coach Josh Kaplan said. “Every kid who had a match wrestled well.”
Konnor Claywell (160) improved to 8-3 with his fourth pin of the season. Ben Corbett (170) got a two-point takedown in the second period and a one-point escape in the third period to earn a 3-1 win over Jack Cimino.
At 195 pounds, Canton’s Chris Mutch put Enfield’s Kyle Federssen on his back late in the second period only to get rolled to his back. But Mutch didn’t get pinned and trailed by two points going into the third period.
The match was tied after Mutch escaped and Federssen was penalized one point for stalling. Mutch’s takedown with 20 seconds left in regulation gave him the 7-5 victory.
Hunter Lang, who weight about 198 pounds, wrestled at 220 but was able to earn his second win of the season with a second period pin.
Seven pins help Canton earn 1st win
EAST WINDSOR, Dec. 28 -- Canton earned its first victory under first-year head coach Josh Kaplan with a 51-23 decision over East Windsor. “We wrestled pretty well,” Kaplan said. “We had a few guys who weren’t here due to vacation. But with the two-pound weight allowance, we had guys on weight. That made a difference.”
Konnor Claywell (152), Skylar Lang (182), Hunter Lange (220), Bryan Fitzpatrick (132), Patrick Lawler (138), Matt White (145) and Chris Van deBogart (152) all had pins for the Warriors while Chris Mutch (192) earned a 5-2 victory over Jacob West. Four of Canton’s seven pins came in less than a minute.
White, Corbett, Lang take 2nd at Derby
DERBY, Dec. 17 -- Canton looked sharp in its first tournament of the season, taking fifth at the Derby Invitational with six wrestlers finishing in the top four of their respective weight classes.
Three Canton wrestlers finished second, led by Matt White (145 pounds), Ben Corbett (171) and Skylar Lang (182). Bryan Fitzpatrick (138) and Chris Mutch (195) each finished third while Konnor Claywell (160) grabbed a fourth place finish. The Warriors were just a half point behind Darien, who finished fourth.
“We have a mixture of kids with lots of experience and kids with two weeks of wrestling experience,” said Canton coach Josh Kaplan. “They have all improved since the beginning of the season and they’re working hard to get better.”
To ensure he would be challenged, White jumped up two weight classes. He may finish the season at 132 pounds. “The more tougher matches we can get him the better,” Kaplan said.
White had a pair of second period pins to earn a spot in the final against Gilbert’s Dylan Jefferies. It was Jefferies who earned a 5-2 decision and the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler award.
Corbett (171) had a nice tournament, getting a pair of pins in 48 seconds and 3:49 to earn a spot in the championship bout. But Darien’s John Forlivio earned a 11-1 decision in the final. Corbett also moved up a weight class after losing a wrestleoff for the 160 pound weight class to Claywell, who finished fourth.
At 182, Lang had two pins but was pinned quickly in the final by top-seeded Kyle Wing of Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech.
Mutch (195) blanked Branford’s Alex Rasmus in his first bout, 9-0 before losing to eventual champion Steven Wingard of Housatonic by pin. But in the consolation round, Mutch had a pin and earned a 6-1 win over Morgan’s Riley Cronan to finish third.
Fitzpatrick (138) had three pins to take third. He was seeded first but made a mistake in the third period and was pinned in a semifinal loss to Derby’s Bryan Chervony late in the third period.
White, Fitzpatrick, Claywell pin in loss
AVON, Dec. 14 – Matt White (138), Brian Fitzpatrick (145) and Konner Claywell (160) won by pin but it wasn’t enough as Avon outlasted Canton, 57-21 in the season opener for both teams. Chris VandeBogart (152) also earned a decision for the Warriors, who forfeited three of 14 weight classes. Avon won its 28th straight NCCC match, dating back to 2007.
CANTON, Dec. 7 -- With only 15 wrestlers in the program, the Warriors will have a difficult time earning dual meet wins. Canton (6-19, 1-6 NCCC) looks as they may forfeit up to four of 14 weight classes, giving up to 24 points a match.
But Canton has a pair of seniors who should do well this season in Matt White (132 pounds) and Bryan Fitzpatrick (138 pounds).
White (34-5) won his third straight NCCC title at 125 pounds a year ago and has the opportunity to join a unique group of wrestlers with a fourth conference title in February. Only four wrestlers in league history have won four NCCC titles. White also finished second in Class S to State Open champion Tyler Tilbe of Nonnewaug. Fitzpatrick (25-12) won his first NCCC championship last winter and finished fifth in Class S.
Other returning wrestlers for the Warriors include juniors Ben Corbett (15-12 at 152), Chris Van deBogart and Chris Mutch (9-9 at 171). Only one senior graduated from last year’s team, Nate Getler, who won a Class S championship at 135 pounds. But the remainder of the team is relatively inexperienced.
Josh Kaplan, a former Class S champion at Canton in 2001, takes over as head coach this winter, succeeding Mario Bonito, who coached just one year. Rich Van deBogart will be Kaplan’s assistant coach.
New weight classes this year in state
There will be 10 new weight classes this winter after the wrestling rules committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved 17 wrestling rules revisions last April. The lightest weight class will rise from 103 pounds to 106 pounds. By the end of the season, it will be up to 108 pounds.
The new weight classifications have just three weight classes from 125 to 145 pounds when there used to be four and there will be five weight classes from 171 to 285 instead of four. The new weight classes will be 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.
“The change in weight classes resulted from a three-to-four year process,” said Dale Pleimann, chair of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee. “The rules committee was able to analyze data from almost 200,000 wrestlers across the country, with the goal to create weight classes that have approximately 7 percent of the wrestlers in each weight class.”
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145: Dan D’Ostuni (S) dec. Chris Van deBogart, 2-1; 152: Konnor Klaywell (C) forfeit; 160: Ben Corbett (C) forfeit; 170: Paul Grimard (S) pin Devin Glasson, 0:45; 182: Skylar Lang (C) dec. Tim Pinto, 10-3; 195: Matt Nardi (S) dec. Chris Mutch, 12-3; 220: Sean Kucia (S) pin Hunter Lang, 0:50; 285: Will Szozda (S) forfeit; 106: double forfeit; 113: Joe Ferari (S) dec. Ja’Kai Bennett, 20-10; 120: Matt Guilmatte (S) pin Noah Korner, 1:24; 126: Kevin Bentz (S) pin Joey Joslin, 0:38; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) pin Ryan Hunihan, 1:56; 138: Patrick Lawler (C) pin Jake Velasco, 1:19
Records: Canton 11-14, 4-4 NCCC; Suffield 9-6, 6-2 NCCC
At South Windsor
South Windsor def. Stafford
South Windsor 52, Portland 30
South Windsor 53, Canton 22
South Windsor def. Plainville
South Windsor def. East Catholic
Portland 50, Canton 27
Portland 56, Plainville 24
Portland 59, Lyman Memorial/WT 21
Portland 55, Stafford 21
Lyman Memorial def. East Catholic
Lyman Memorial def. Stafford
Lyman Memorial def. Plainville
Canton 50, Lyman Memorial/WT 28
Canton 48, East Catholic 30
Plainville def. Stafford
Plainville def. East Catholic
East Catholic def. Stafford
Final results: 1. South Windsor 5-0, 2. Portland 4-1, 3. Canton 2-2, 4. Lyman Memorial 3-2, 5. Plainville 2-3, 6. East Catholic 1-4, 7. Stafford 0-5
NOTE: Lyman takes fourth because they lost to both Canton and Portland
Canton 50, Lyman Memorial/ Windham Tech 28
At South Windsor
138: Matt White (C) pin Anthony Benigno, 1:57; 145: Chris VandeBogart (C) pin Collin Maynard, 4:43; 152: Jonah Swett (L/WT) maj dec. Patrick Lawler, 16-8; 160: Dylan Houle (C) pin Ben Kohn, 3:56; 170: Devin Glasson (C) forfeit; 182: Kyle Wing (L/WT) pin Skylar Lang, 0:15; 195: Chris Much (C) forfeit; 220: Hunter Lang (C) forfeit; 285: Darick Orange (L/WT) forfeit; 106: Brandon Bentley (L/WT) forfeit; 113: Ja'Kai Bennet (C) dec. Myriah Shepaum, 19-5; 120: Cody Lohbush (L/WT) pin Noah Korner, 5:00; 126: Joe Joslin (C) pin Jonathan Gallegher, 0:24; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) maj dec. David Johnston, 11-0
Record: Lyman Memorial 10-15
South Windsor 53, Canton 22
At South Windsor
145: Sam Odell (SW) pin Chris VandeBogart, 2:54; 152: Casey Mitchell (SW) pin Patrick Lawler, 1:34; 160: John LaBonte (SW) tech fall Dylan Houle, 16-0; 170: Devin Glasson (C) pin Nick Dubreuil, 1:50; 182: Matt Braddock (SW) pin Skylar Lang, 1:13; 195: Thomas Anderson (SW) pin Chris Mutch, 1:49; 220: Hunter Lang (C) forfeit; 285: Double forfeit; 106: Austin Mongeon (SW) forfeit; 113: Connor Caffrey (SW) pin Ja'Kai Bennet, 2:34; 120: Justin Mealy (SW) pin Noah Korner, 0:55; 126: Hunter Rich (SW) pin Joe Joslin, 0:40; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) dec Xavier Arroyo, 12-3; 138: Matt White (C) pin Alan Panciera, 3:07
Record: South WIndsor 13-3
Portland 50, Canton 27
At South Windsor
152: Patrick Lawler (C) dec James PLaneta, 11-5; 160: Emanuel Cruz (P) dec Dylan Houle, 11-0; 170: Jon Planeta (P) pin Devin Glasson, 3:14; 182: Skylar Lang (C) pin Tim Caplan, 1:34; 195: Chris Mutch (C) pin Spencer Ravagnani, 1:14; 220: Tyler Stebbins (P) pin Hunter Lang, 1:10; 285: Richard Lee (P) forfeit; 106: Connor Reinsch (P) forfeit; 113: Brandon Morris (P) pin Ja'Kai Bennet, 5:00; 120: Nikki Otake (P) pin Noah Korner, 3:12; 126: Mike Bordonaro (P) pin Joe Joslin, 4:33; 132: Josh Fontanez (P) dec. Bryan Fitzpatrick, 7-1; 138: Matt White (C) pin Christian Smith, 5:11; 145: Chris VandeBogart (C) pin Ian Gotta, 1:11
Record: Portland 18-9
Canton 48, East Catholic 30
At South Windsor
170: Dimitri Vernadakis (EC) dec. Devin Glasson, 14-9; 182: Skylar Lang (C) forfeit; 195: Chris Mutch (C) forfeit; 220: Hunter Lang (C) forfeit; 285: Double forfeit; 106: Jacquis Morreou (EC) forfeit; 113: Ja'Kai Bennet (C) forfeit; 120: Sean Mooney (EC) pin Noah Korner, 2:31; 126: Max Alosky (EC) pin Joe Joslin, 2:31; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) pin Harrison Davis, 1:34; 138: Matt White (C) pin Tommy Fan, 2:31; 145: Jake Gonzalez (EC) dec. Chris VandeBogart, 6-4; 152: Patrick Lawler (C) forfeit; 160: Mike Ragazzi (EC) pin Dylan Houle, 1:42
132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) dec. Matthew Cadiz (Cheney Tech), 10-5
Record: Canton 11-13, East Catholic 3-11
Canton 39, Stafford 24
182: Kevin Yang (S) pin Skylar Lang, 3:07; 195: Chris Mutch (C) forfeit; 220: Hunter Lang (C) forfeit; 285: Shane McCuen (S) forfeit; 106: Double forfeit; 113: Alan Baker (S) forfeit; 120: Ja'Kai Bennet (C) forfeit; 126: Double forfeit; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) dec. Roshawn Rehman, 5-4; 138: Matt White (C) forfeit; 145: Mark Otero (S) dec. Chris VandeBogart, 11-9; 152: Patrick Lawler (C) forfeit; 160: Ethan Pace (S) dec. Ben Corbett, 13-4; 170: Devin Glasson (C) forfeit
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 62, Canton 12
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 70, Trumbull B 11
Canton 45, Trumbull B 27
Portland 57, Bacon Academy B 18
Portland def. Wethersfield
Bacon Academy B def. Wethersfield
Oxford def. New London
Oxford 58, Gilbert 18
New London 46, Gilbert 24
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 49, Oxford 21
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 54, Portland 18
Portland 42, Oxford 41
Consolation Pool A
Bacon Academy B 43, Canton 42, criteria
Bacon Academy B def. New London
New London 41, Canton 22
Consolation Pool B
Wethersfield 33 Gilbert 21
Trumbull B 48, GIlbert 30
Wethersfield vs. Trumbull B
Final results: 1. Old Saybrook (4-0), 2. Portland (3-1), 3. Oxford (2-2), 4. Bacon Academy B (3-1), 5. New London (2-2), 6. Canton (1-3)
Somers 45, Canton 36
152 Chris VanDeBogart (C) pin Eric Trombly (S) 3:59; 160 Ryan Mailhot (S) dec Ben Corbett (C) 6-4; 170 Devin Glasson (C) pin Ryan Connor (S) 5:55; 182 Skylar Lang (C) pin Tom Conlon (S) 2:21; 195 Kyler Foster (S) pin Chris Mutch (C) 1:41; 220 Chris Mendez (S) pin Hunter Lang (C) 1:03; 285 Adam Patsun (S) forfeit; 106 Christian Andrade (S) forfeit; 113 Hunter Frasca (S) pin JaKai Bennett (C) 0:41; 120 Anthony Andrade (S) pin Noah Korner (C) 0:40; 126 Nick Zachary (S) pin Joe Joslin (C) 1:11; 132 Brian Fitzpatrick (C) pin Aaron Fay (S) 1:40; 138 Matt White (C) pin Mike Sazarulo (S) 2:47; 145 Patrick Lawler (C) pin Brick Palazzo (S) 0:54
Records: Somers 15-3, 5-1 NCCC; Canton 7-8, 3-3 NCCC
SMSA/University 41, Canton 36
195: Kayron Macon (SMSA) maj dec. Chris Mutch, 11-3; 220: Quintin Reed (SMSA) maj dec. Hunter Lang, 11-2; 285: Kyree Dawson (SMSA) forfeit; 106: Danny Dolnick (SMSA) forfeit; 113: Ja'Kai Bennet (C) forfeit; 120: Christian Echevarria (SMSA) pin Noah Korner, 0:54; 126: Joey Joslin (C) pin Antonio Lamontagne, 2:27; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) forfeit; 138: Matt White (C) forfeit; 145: Chris VandeBogart (C) pin Milagros Nieves, 0:29; 152: Kiante Macon (SMSA) pin Dylan Houle, 5:42; 160: Bryan Knighton (SMSA) dec. Ben Corbett, 7-3; 170: Kenneth Prigodich (SMSA) pin Devin Glasson, 2:39; 182: Skylar Lang (C) forfeit
Derby 53, Canton 23
170: Devin Glasson (C) TF Jonathan Delarosa, 24-9; 182: Skylar Lang (C) pin Anthony Cardillo, 1:15; 195: Luis Casco (D) pin Chris Mutch, 1:25; 220: Juan Paez (D) pin Hunter Lang, 1:57; 285: Manny Colazzo (D) forfeit; 106: Patrick Miko (D) forfeit; 113: Josh Russell (D) pin Ja'Kai Bennett, 1:01; 120: Tylert Gilbert (D) pin Noah Korner, 2:35; 126: Ryan Landona (D) pin Joe Joslin, 0:59; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) dec. Sebby Hernandez, 10-4; 138: Patrick Lawler (C) pin Mike Mauro, 3:00; 145: Brian Dobek (D) tech fall Chris VandeBogart, 17-0; 152: Phil Landona (D) pin Dylan Houle, 1:52; 160: Ben Corbett (C) dec. Mike Nicolari, 8-6
Canton 39, Seymour 33
182: Skylar Lang (C) forfeit; 195: Chris Mutch (C) forfeit; 220: Hunter Lang (C) forfeit; 285: Double forfeit; 106: PJ Barto (S) forfeit; 113: Steven Betts (S) pin Ja'Kai Bennett, 3:59; 120: Xavier Vidal (S) pin Noah Korner, 0:48; 126: Brendan Straborny (S) pin Joe Joslin, 1:07; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) dec. John Reily, 7-3; 138: Ben Urbano (S) dec. Patrick Lawler, 11-9 OT; 145: Billy Novak (S) pin Dylan Houle, 1:41; 152: Chris VandeBogart (C) forfeit; 160: Ben Corbett (C) forfeit; 170: Devin Glasson (C) forfeit
Other Matches: 182: Devon Glasson (C) pin Jacob Henry-Parks (O'Brien Tech), 2:54; 126: Nathan Hodge (O'Brien Tech) pin Joe Joslin (C) 2:26
Canton 42, Gilbert 27
195: Chris Mutch (C) forfeit; 220: Mike Kampartas (G) pin Hunter Lang, 1:09; 285: Double forfeit; 106: Double forfeit; 113: Moonis Ansari (G) pin Ja'Kai Bennett, 3:41; 120: Tyler Zani (G) forfeit; 126: Joe Joslin (C) pin Luis Sanchez, 1:07; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) forfeit; 138: Dylan Jefferies (G) pin Patrick Lawler, 0:34; 145: Dylan Houle (C) pin Alan Vertido, 0:31; 152: Chris VandeBogart (C) pin Greg Pakowski, 0:38; 160: Grant Dzeidzic (G) dec. Ben Corbett, 15-11; 170: Devin Glasson (C) pin Ian Wilson, 1:53; 182: Skylar Lang (C) pin Joel Jarvis, 1:01
Canton 54, Granby 24
106: Double forfeit; 113: Ja'Kai Bennet (C) forfeit; 120: Noah Korner (C) forfeit; 126: Nick Paolino (G) pin Joe Joslin 1:22; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) forfeit; 138: Patrick Lawler (C) forfeit; 145: Dylan Houle (C) forfeit; 152: Matt White (C) pin Zach Rivera 3:06; 160: Konner Claywell (C) pin Anthony Williams 1:23; 170: Ben Corbett (C) pin Steffen Jenser 3:50; 182: Jodan Hurley (G) pin Skylar Lang 1:17; 195: Chris Mutch (C) pin Matt Selander 1:22; 220: Sean Coyle (G) pin Hunter Lang 1:32; 285: Ben Mattingly (G) forfeit
Records: Canton 5-5, 3-1 NCCC; Granby 0-8, 0-5 NCCC
Canton 48, Northwestern 18
106: Double forfeit; 113: Chaz Hamel (N) pin Ja'Kai Bennet 1:30; 120: Dan McCotter (N) pin Noah Korner 0:57; 126: Joe Joslin (C) forfeit; 132: double forfeit; 138: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) forfeit; 145: Matt White (C) forfeit; 152: Chris VanDeBogart (C) forfeit; 160: Wayne Ivitz (N) injury default Konner Claywell; 170: Ben Corbett (C) pin Darien DeGregorio 2:32; 182: Skylar Lang (C) forfeit; 195: Devin Glasson (C) forfeit; 220: Hunter Lang (C) forfeit; 285: double forfeit
Canton 42, Gilbert 33
113: Ja'Kai Bennet (C) forfeit; 120: Noah Korner (C) forfeit; 126: Joe Joslin (C) forfeit; 132: Robert Weiss (G) forfeit; 138: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) forfeit; 145: Dylan Jefferies (G) dec. Matt White 10-8 (OT); 152: Grant Dziedzic (G) pin Chris VanDeBogart 4:41; 160: Ben Corbett (C) pin Greg Rutkowski 5:37; 170: Ian Wilson (G) forfeit; 182: Skylar Lang (C) pin Joel Jarvis 0:52; 195: Devin Glasson (C) forfeit; 220: Mike Kampartas (G) pin Hunter Lang 2:15; 285: double forfeit; 106: Moonis Ansari (G) forfeit
Wolcott Tech 45, Canton 27
120: Oliver Greco (WT) pin Noah Korner 1:47; 126: Sam William (WT) pin Joe Joslin 1:45; 132: Derek Zenobia (WT) forfeit; 138: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) dec. Jason Chamis 10-8; 145: Patrick Lawler (C) pin Chris Fredsall 1:58; 152: Matt White (C) pin Tyler Spurosky 0:27; 160: Kevin Crispin (WT) dec. Chris VanDeBogart 10-6; 170: Ben Corbett (C) pin Mitch Billingsly 1:19; 182: Devin Glasson (C) pin Jake Fuller 1:15; 195: Dan Fortier (WT) pin Skylar Lang 1:25; 220: Dustin Chang (WT) pin Hunter Lang 0:58; 285: double forfeit; 106: Adam Breezy forfeit; 113: Elyssa Irwin (WT) pin Ja'Kai Bennet 2:53
Canton 54, Enfield 18
126: Jacob Swols (E) dec. Joe Joslin, 11-7; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) pin Dominic Vaughn, 0:29; 138: Patrick Lawler (C) forfeit; 145: Matt White (C) pin Bryan Murphy, 1:15; 152: Anthony Perrone (E) dec. Chris Van deBogart, 9-5; 160: Konner Claywell (C) pin Richard Wages, 1:09; 170: Ben Corbett (C) dec. Jack Cimino, 3-1; 182: Skylar Lang (C) forfeit; 195 Chris Mutch (C) dec. Kyle Federssen, 7-5; 220: Hunter Lang (C) pin Joseph Ortiz, 2:40; 285: Enriquie Mejia (E) forfeit; 106: Ryan Therrian (E) forfeit; 113: Ja'Kai Bennet (C) forfeit; 120: Noah Korner (C) forfeit
Records: Canton 2-4, 2-1 NCCC; Enfield 3-12, 1-3 NCCC
Canton 51, East Windsor 30
At East Windsor
160: Konnor Claywell (C) pin Joshua Zeiler 0:29; 170: Paul Kluk (EW) pin Devin Glasson 3:52; 182: Skylar Lang (C) pin Kyle Conley 0:58; 195: Chris Mutch (C) dec. Jacob West 5-2; 220: Hunter Lang (C) pin Tyrone Oqundo 0:41; 285: Nicholas Fernandez (EW) forfeit; 106: Matt Swieca (EW) forfeit; 113: Vathanu Chaleunphone (EW) pin Ja'Kai Bennett 2:19; 120: Noah Korner (C) forfeit; 126: Sonny Chaleunphone (EW) pin Joe Joslin 0:24; 132: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) pin Damien Swieca 1:10; 138: Patrick Lawler (C) pin Isaiah Davies 5:34; 145: Matt White (C) pin Jimmy Boyle 2:22; 152: Chris VanDeBogart (C) pin Robert Grundman 0:31
Nonnewaug 55, Canton 9
106: double forfeit; 113: Quentin Mylie (N) forfeit; 120: Ian Pedroza (N) pin Noah Korner, 2:18; 126: Ehtan Yates (N) forfeit; 132: Will Heilshorn (N) pin Joe Joslin, 0:53; 138: Austin Hodges (N) dec. Matt White, 6-4, OT; 145: Brian Fitzpatrick (C) dec. Matt Bucci, 12-7; 152: John D'Agostino (N) dec. Chris VanDeBogart, 9-2; 160: Shaughn Peck (N) pin Konnor Claywell, 3:19; 170: Matt Giuffre (N) dec. Ben Corbett, 9-4; 182: Skylar Lang (C) pin Albi Cekici, 0:57; 195: Dylan Rutigliano (N) dec. Chris Mutch; 220: Sal Longo (N) pin Hunter Lang, 2:18; 285: Josh Zitnay (N) forfeit.
Haddam Killingworth 69, CHS 12
160: Konnor Claywell (C) pin Kevin Rand 4:30; 170: Zach Roth (HK) pin Ben Corbett 3:24; 182: Joe Lanosa (HK) pin Skylar Lang 0:32; 195: Ty Sabitsky (HK) pin Chris Mutch 3:54; 220: Ryan Silas (HK) pin Hunter Lang 0:51; 285: Gregory Murray (HK) forfeit; 106: Jackson Hines (HK) forfeit; 113: Nathan Fair (HK) forfeit; 120: Matt Revis (HK) pin Noah Korner 0:52; 126: David Parmelee (HK) forfeit; 132: Ryan Henderson (HK) pin Joe Joslin 0:17; 138: Matt White (C) pin Taylor Kruck 1:33; 145: Taylor Jacobs (HK) pin Bryan Fitzpatrick 3:40; 152: Tim LaFleur (HK) dec. Chris Van de Bogart 10-3
Other matches: 152: Anthony (Lyme-Old Lyme) dec. Patrick Lawler (C) 10-5
Holy Cross 39, Canton 21
170: Ben Corbett (C) dec. Nick Millite 10-9; 182: Andrew Pennacchio (HC) pin Skylar Lang 0:09; 195: Rourke Phalon (HC) dec. Chris Mutch 6-4; 220: Nick Palmeri (HC) pin Hunter Lang 1:35; 285: Chris Grimshaw (HC) forfeit; 106: Double FFT; 113: Double forfeit; 120: Jeff Meehan (HC) pin Noah Korner 1:08; 126: Double FFT; 132: Eric Czapor (HC) pin Joe Joslin 0:18; 138: Matt White (C) forfeit; 145: Bryan Fitzpatrick (C) forfeit; 152: Rhys Fabiani pin Chris Van de Bogart 1:33
Avon 57, Canton 21
220: Nick Zaccio (A) pin Hunter Lang, 4:44; 285: Ryan Rogers (A) forfeit, 106: Kiely Quijao (A) forfeit, 113: Tyler Mattioda (A) forfeit, 120: Puck Quijano (A) pin Noah Korner, 0:50; 126: Alex Heston (A) pin Joe Joslin, 1:00; 132: Peter Suter (A) forfeit, 138: Matt White (C) pin Jamie Dluglocki, 3:04; 145: Brian Fitzpatrick (C) pin Nick Gerali, 1:07; 152: Chris VandeBogart (C) dec. Brennan Neserella, 5-1, 160 Konner Claywell (C) pin Dan Rodriguez, 4:16; 170: Joey Murphy (A) pin Ben Corbett, 0:35; 182: Jeremy Goldman (A) pin Skylar Lang, 1:03; 195: Alberto Borstein (A) dec. Chris Mutch 13-7
170 – Final: Joey Murphy, Avon, pin Paul Grimard, Somers, 0:43; 3. Kenneth Prigodich, SMSA/Univ. dec. Paul Kluk, East Windsor, 5-0
182 – Final: Kayron Macon, SMSA/Univ. dec. Jordyn Hurley, Granby, 7-5; 3. Kevin Yang, Stafford dec. Jeremy Goldman, Avon, 3-0
195 – Final: Kyle Fosters, Somers pin Matt Nardi, Suffield, 1:40; 3. Chris Mutch, Canton, pin Jacob West, East Windsor, 2:51
220 – Final: Alberto Borstein, Avon pin Sean Kucia, Suffield, 3:18; 3. Chris Mendez, Somers, pin Abiola Oretade, SMSA/Univ. 4:28
285 – Final: Shane McQuen, Stafford pin Dashua Roldan, SMSA/Univ., 3:44; 3. Nick Ferendez, East Windsor pin Adam Patsun, Somers, 2:04
Outstanding wrestler: Joey Murphy (170), Avon; Fast fall award: Murphy (170), Avon, 3 pins in 2:29
Final team standings. One point for each dual meet win, ½ point for each team defeated at the league tournament – 1. Avon 12, 2. Suffield 9½, 3. Somers 8½, 4. East Windsor 7, 5. Canton 6½, 6. SMSA/University 5, 7. Stafford 3, 8. Enfield 2½, 9. Granby 0
Team results – 1. Derby 154, 2. Branford 137, 3. Lyman/Windham Tech 123, 4. Darien 90½ .5. Canton 90, 6. Morgan 77, 7. Gilbert 75, 8. Hamden Hall 73, 9. Housatonic 47, 10. Parish Hill 16,
106 – 1. Patrick Miko (Derby) pin Darius Sanchez (Housatonic), 0:49; 3. Nick Kelsey (Branford) dec. Brandon Bentley (Lyman/WT) 12-0
Top photo, senior Bryan Fitzpatrick puts the squeeze on Avon's Peter Suter in the final at 132 pounds in the 2012 NCCC Tournament. Below, the Warriors pose for a team photo after taking fourth with 5 medalwinners.
Former Canton wrestler dies in bicyling accident
Alex Motsenigos, who graduated from Canton High in 1988, died on Friday, Aug. 24, after being hit by a car riding his bicycle near his home in Wellesley, Mass. Motsenigos, 41, leaves behind a wife and a six-year-old son.
Motsenigos graduated from Trinity College and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He was a program vice president in Global Services Markets and Trends at IDC, an analyst firm based in Framingham. A co-worker said he was an expert in computer services research.
Visiting hours will Thursday, Aug. 30 at the Faggas Funeral Home, located at 551 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown, Mass., from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. in the Greek Orthodox Church Taxiache at 25 Bigelow Ave. in Watertown.
Motsenigos family came to the U.S. from Greece when his was 15 years old. After being cut from the basketball team as a sophomore, Motsenigos joined the Canton High wrestling team. He wrestled on the varsity for two years in 1987 and 1988, winning 29 matches and pinning 16 opponents. He was part of a 1988 Warrior team that went 15-3, the best record in the team’s history at that time.
“He was a very tough wrestler,” said Ed deSimas, an assistant coach at Canton when Motsenigos wrestled. “In his senior year, Alex was very intense and worked hard during and after practice so he was ready for anything he faced on the mat. He told me that he wished he had started wrestling earlier.”
According to his family,it wasn’t until he began wrestling in high school and playing rugby in college that he found a passion for athletics. A former marathon runner, Motsenigos competed in three triathlons this spring.