SOUTHINGTON — Powered by five pins and five forfeits, the Southington wrestling team made quick work of Farmingon, 67-9, in a CCC West match Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Knights (1-1) were coming off a team championship at the Lancer Invitational in Waterford. That tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, Paul Calo, kept his junior season cooking Wednesday with a pin 46 seconds into his match at 195 pounds.
Jacob Cardozo was even quicker off the whistle, pinning in 18 seconds at 132.
Also pinning to win for the Blue Knights were Shaun Wagner (1:17 at 145), Josh Vitti (2:54 at 160) and Emmitt Vitti (2:25 at 106).
Dawsen Welch chalked up a 13-0 major decision at 126. Jason Brault posted a 4-1 minor at 138.
Accepting forfeits were Caleb Brick (113), Devin Lord (120), Tagan Welch (152), Billy Carr (170) and Kaleb Chesanow (182).
Platt 63, Berlin 13: The Panthers powered past an understaffed Berlin team, taking eight forfeits and improving to 2-0 with the CCC South win in Meriden.
Not that the Panthers needed help. They got pins from James Rondini at 113 pounds (1:48), Jeremy Polanco at 126 (2:36) and Mahmoud Hassan at 160 (1:15). Isaiah Ross scored a 13-6 decision at 120.
Accepting forfeits were Noah Cintron (106), Jalen Rojas (132), Damian Morris (145), Andrew McCarthy (152), Ben Stratton (182), Ryan Greene (195), Cesar Flores (220) and Luke Fuerstenberg (280).
Middletown 37, Maloney 36: The Spartans got pins in the last two matches of the night, but they weren’t enough to catch the Blue Dragons in a CCC South contest in Meriden.
R.J. Plumberg (160 pounds) and Markeese Thompson (170) had those final two pins for Maloney (1-1).
Andy Cruz (182) and Demetre Carnot (145) also had pins for the Spartans. Nick DeBaise rallied for a 9-8 come-from-behind win at 195 pounds. Tyler Ware upped the drama by winning the 220 bout 7-6 on a last-minute takedown.
Jocelyn Rodriguez received a forfeit at 106.
"I feel as though this was a great test for us as a team and I know we will continue to learn and work hard,” remarked Maloney coach Eric Bergeron. “It’s always tough to lose a close one in conference, but this shows me that we are closing the gap on teams and can go out and compete every night.”
Lyman Hall 61, Branford 37: The Trojans made it 2-for-2 to start the season, racing past the Hornets in a SCC crossover in Wallingford.
The Trojans put three players in double figures, led by Kevin Ransom’s 18. Shakespeare Rodriguez finished with 13. Cameron Regan had 10.
Wilcox Tech 42, Goodwin Tech 23:Sam Petro single-handedly outscored the Gladiator, piling up 25 points to lead the host Indians to their first win of the season.
Petro hit for 10 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, and was 3-for-5 from the line.
Kayla Ransom added six points for the Tribe (1-1). Paula Barbosa had 14 for Goodwin (1-3).