WRESTLING: Platt’s Martone, Maloney’s Carnot, Southington’s Abacherli bring home class championships

WRESTLING: Platt’s Martone, Maloney’s Carnot, Southington’s Abacherli bring home class championships


Three local wrestlers won state championships and 17 advanced to the State Open in Saturday’s divisional championships.

Maloney’s Demetre Carnot won the Class L title at 132 pounds, Southington’s Austin Abacherli won the Class LL title at 152 and Platt’s Nick Martone won the Class M heavyweight crown.

The trio will lead the local contingent to next weekend’s CIAC State Open at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Abacherli’s 3-2 win over Newtown’s Alex Stavola in the 152-pound Class LL final paced Southington’s eight place-winners. The others were Paul Calo (2nd, 160); Tagan Welch (3rd, 138); Jacob Cardozo (4th, 113); Shaun Wagner (4th, 132); Julian Robles (4th, 195); Rich Rivera (4th, 220); James Starr (6th, 285).

Platt had seven place-winners led by Martone. Ben Stratton (160) took second and Mannash Carlson (145) third. James Rondini (106) took fourth. Victor Torres (113) and Jeremy Polanco (120) were fifth and Zavian Arroyo (152) sixth.

Carnot, Maloney’s lone place-winner, won his Class L title at 132 pounds with a 3-2 win over New Milford’s Christopher-Tyler Schultz.

In the team standings, the Blue Knights (179.5 points) finished third to Danbury (264.5) and Xavier in Class LL. Platt secured fourth in Class M with 158 points. Ellis Tech was first (197.5), Foran second and tourney host Guilford third.

Top seeded Martone (35-2), with a 3-2 win over No. 2 Sergio Ferreira in the final, gained his 100th career victory.

Stratton, third at 132 last season, racked up two first-period pins and a 5-1 decision to advance to the final against No. 3 McKayd LaRose of Guilford. LaRose escaped with 1:17 left to earn the 1-0 win.

No. 3 seed Carlson (36-5) rolled into the championship semifinals with a first-period pin and a decision but ran into second seed Ryan Luth of Foran, who pinned him in 5:26. The senior beat No. 7 John Nieroda of Suffield, 9-2, for third.

Fourth-seeded Rondini pinned No. 5 Gavin Rickaby of Ellis Tech in 5:34 in the quarterfinals before losing to the top seed, 10-0. Rondini (28-11) began the consolations by fall in 27 seconds but lost a 12-2 decision in the rematch against Rickaby for third place.

Torres, a sixth-seeded junior, beat the 11th seed 4-3 in the round of 16 and lost by first-period fall to No. 3 Antonio Lieto of East Haven in the quarters, but rebounded in the wrestlebacks. He defeated No. 4 Troy Anderson of Jonathan Law 8-5 for fifth. No. 7 Polanco followed a similar path. His big win came in the consolation round of four when he beat No. 6 Jackson Archer of Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech, 6-1. He wrapped up fifth place with a 6-0 verdict over Tanner DeVito of East Haven.

Arroyo, also a seventh seed, advanced with a 7-4 win in the consolation round of four. He fell to Berlin’s fourth seed Josh Veleas and to No. 5 Cole Davidson of Lyman/Windham Tech to settle for sixth.

For Southington, Calo lost to Xavier’s Ryan Devivo in his final.

No. 9 Welch (25-11) streaked through the wrestlebacks after No. 1 seed Tim Kane of Fairfield Warde pinned him in the quarters. Along the way, he pinned No. 5 Nahsahn Roberts of East Hartford, shut out No. 7 Owen Walsh of Newtown and nipped Cheshire’s lone place-winner Sean Black (24-4), 8-7, for third place.

Robles (15-11) outpaced his No. 9 seed with a consolation run after losing to the top seed. He defeated two higher seeds but lost 3-2 to No. 4 Alexander Nanai of Greenwich for third place.

Rivera (25-6) lost to top seed Thomas Long of Newtown in a 6-5 overtime verdict in the championship semifinals. He won by fall in the consolation semifinals but was relegated to fourth by Dillon Forstberg of Conard, 6-2. Sixth-seeded Cardozo (27-12) surged into the championship semifinals but lost to the second seed. He dropped an 8-0 decision to No.. 3 Samuel White of Norwalk, whom he upset 4-2 in the quarters.

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