MERIDEN — Maloney wrestler Jayden Robles will continue his athletic and academic career at New England College, a Division III school in Henniker, N.H.
Robles was 75-29 during his four years wrestling with the Spartans. A senior captain this past winter, he won 10 his first 14 matches before suffering a season-ending concussion.
”Although that set him back, he still came to practice everyday and attended every match,” Maloney coach Joe Winoski noted. “He was consistently one of the hardest workers in the room and always wanted the best kids in the gym as his drilling partners while also taking the time to walk around the wrestling room and help his new and less-experienced teammates learn the proper techniques to help them succeed.”
Robles should fare well wrestling at Division III. While at Maloney, he sought out the best matches.
Jayden is just a pure competitor and shows great passion for the sport and the desire to challenge himself in every match,” Winoski said. “Any time there was a tough opponent in his weight class he would always get excited to battle it out and go toe to toe with the best.
“He would even ask to bump up a weight class here and there if he thought that that particular opponent would be a greater challenge for him,” Winoski added. “Not everyone is built that way. His mentality on the mat is a coaches dream. He not only wants so badly to win every time he goes out on the mat, but he refuses to take the easier path.”
At New England College, Robles will join another Meriden wrestler, Platt grad Mannash Carlson, who just completed his sophomore season with the Pilgrims.Berlin’s Marzi is back with Bees
NEW BRITAIN — Looking to extend his professional baseball career, pitcher Anthony Marzi of Berlin has signed with the New Britain Bees.
This wil be Marzi’s third campaign in the independent Atlantic League and fifth pro season overall.
The left-hander was initially signed by the New York Yankees as an undrafted free agent out of UConn in 2015.
Marzi was in the Atlantic League in 2016 and 2017 before having his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins. He was with that organization’s Single-A (Fort Myers) and Double-A (Chattanooga) teams in 2018, making 28 appearances — 16 of them starts — with a 4.62 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 109 innings.
For his career, Marzi has made 92 appearances (42 starts). He’s won 18 games and owns a 3.25 ERA.
In 48 combined appearances with the Bees, he’s 10-6 with a 2.94 ERA and 95 strikeouts over 147 innings.
In New Britain, Marzi rejoins a franchise now managed by Berlin native and Wallingford resident Mauro “Goose” Gozzo.