PROVIDENCE, R.I. — There’s something about Southington’s Paul Calo and the New England wrestling championships.
In a replay of last year, Calo shrugged off the disappointment of second-place finishes in Connecticut to win a New England title. And Calo didn’t just win over the course of the two-day tournament at Providence Career & Technical Academy. He dominated. The Southington junior won five matches in capturing the 170-pound title and only one of them was close. That came in the semifinals, when Calo erased a 4-3 deficit with a takedown and nearfall in the final 39 seconds to post a 6-3 victory.
In the championship bout, Calo scored a 9-0 major decision over Sam Anderson of Sanford, Maine. It was Calo’s second major decision of the tournament (the first came in the quarterfinals, 14-3). Calo also posted a 17-1 tech fall in his opening match and a second-round pin at 5:52.
Calo was one of four Southington wrestlers in Providence this weekend. He was joined by junior 126 Jacob Cardozo, senior 138 Shaun Wagner and senior 152 Tagan Welch. Wagner, after an opening defeat, won four straight consolation matches, including two by pin, to get into podium contention. He wound up placing fifth.
Meriden had two wrestlers in the hunt, Platt senior 182 Ben Stratton and Maloney senior 136 Demetre Carnot. Stratton, fresh off his State Open championship, reached the semifinals before falling 7-6 on a third-period escape. Stratton ultimately placed fourth. Carnot, fueled by four straight consolation wins, placed sixth.
State Open: Greenwich ended Woodstock Academy’s six-year Open dynasty, out-pointing the Centaurs 143.525 to 138.425 at Pomperuag High School in Southbury.
Greenwich was led by all-around champ Adnerys DeJesus, who won on vault and bars en route to a 37.675.
Southington had three Open qualifiers: seniors Rachel Williams and Katarina Rothstein along with freshman Natalie Reeves. Williams placed 16th on floor with an 8.800. Reeves tied for 30th on bars at 7.850. Rothstein was 32nd on beam at 7.800.
Lyman Hall: Randy McFarline, Blake Jandreau, Jordan Crawford and Matt Nicefaro broken their own school record in the 4x400 while finishing 6th at the New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
The quartet clocked in at 3:28.92. Their previous school record was 3:30.25.
Meriden: Maloney’s Jake Donlon captured the CCC South divisional championship in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.07.
Donlon advances to the Class LL state meet along with two teammates from Platt, Julio Hernandez and Muhammad Hamdan. Hernandez qualified with a 1.54.87 in the 200 freestyle, Hamdan with a 53.15 in the 100 free.