WEDNESDAY WRESTLING: Panthers, Spartans on short end of CCC South decisions; Platt honors its 2018 State Open champion

WEDNESDAY WRESTLING: Panthers, Spartans on short end of CCC South decisions; Platt honors its 2018 State Open champion



MERIDEN — Turns out that ranking in the Connecticut Wrestling Online’s Top 10 high school wrestling poll is no fluke for the Middletown Blue Dragons.

Invading the West Side for a match with Platt, Middletown opened the night with three pins and steamed on to a 61-9 CCC South decision.

The bright spot for the Panthers was Ryan Greene, who registered a pin with 32 seconds left in the 182-pound match. Tristyn D'Aniello received a forfeit win at 138 pounds.

Other than that, it was all Middletown, which pinned to win in eight matches.

“We are a young team; Middletown is very good,” said Platt coach Bryan McCarty. “They definitely are more advanced than we are at this stage.”

One thing the Panthers didn’t do Wednesday night was shy away from matches. McCarty set his lineup and let it ride, opting not to jockey on the fly for more favorable matchups. 

“Our kids are fighting and trying,” he said. “A couple of kids I could’ve bumped up and we could have ended with a better score. However, I wanted our kids to have quality matches, so I left them there.”

As for Greene, he is continuing Platt excellence at the 182-pound weight class. Last year’s 182, Ben Stratton, won Class M and State Open championships in 2018. On Wednesday night, Stratton was honored for the accomplishment in a ring ceremony prior to the match.

Berlin 48, Maloney 30: Berlin, like Middletown, jumped out to an early lead to gain the upper hand on a Meriden opponent.

This CCC South match was contested in Berlin. Maloney’s wins all came by pin. Onil Carrion got one at 113 pounds and he was followed by 138 Gustavo Martinez, 152 R.J. Plumberg, 160 Kody Talento and 195 Darel Rivera.

Talento and Rivera took care of business inside of one minute. Talento won in 41 seconds and Rivera in 0:55.

Carrion (4:28) and Martinez (3:27) had second-period pins. Plumberg brought down the curtain in the final minute (5:07).


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