FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Meriden Co-op continues to ride the winning tide; Platt puts five wrestlers in Class M semis; Maloney trio vying in Class L

FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Meriden Co-op continues to ride the winning tide; Platt puts five wrestlers in Class M semis; Maloney trio vying in Class L

MERIDEN — Put another W in the books for the Meriden Co-op.

The Silver City swim squad improved to 7-6 on Friday with an 85-50 victory over Hartford Public at the Platt pool.

Meriden got some first-place performances from some new faces. David Chaparro touched first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:22.44, while fellow freshman Shiv Patel captured both the 100 freestyle (1:05.58) and the 200 free (2:28.45).

Patel also teamed with sophomores Chris Lema, Jack Fitzgerald and Spencer Studley to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.36).

Studley was also a double-winner. He brought home the 200 IM (2:33.88) and 500 freestyle (6:23.79).

Lema and Fitzgerald combined with Joe Peralta and Indus Khuc on the first-place 200 medley relay (2:10.56)

Also for Meriden, senior Matt Desimone had a fast time of 59.92 in the 100 butterfly. Freshman diver Cohen Bruenn won his event with 116.35 points. 

North Haven Co-op 98, Lyman Hall/Coginchaug 80: The lone win for the Trojans in this SCC Division II meet at Gawrych Community Pool came in diving, where Elyse Boothroyd scored a 208.35.


Platt: The Panthers have five wrestlers in the semifinals of the Class M Tournament in Guilford. That includes unbeaten top seed James Rondini, who was cleared to wrestle on the eve of the tournament.

Rondini, coming off a dislocated elbow, notched two pins to reach the semifinals in the 132-pound bracket. Rondini (36-0) pinned in 1:19 in the Round of 16 and in 5:50 in the quarterfinals leading 8-4.

Another Platt No. 1 seed, heavyweight Luke Fuerstenberg, also pinned twice to reach the semifinals. Both of his pins came in the first period after quick takedowns. In the process, Fuerstenberg extended his school record for pins in a season to 32.

Also for the Panthers, No. 2 Mathew Merrigan (152) and No. 4 Cristian Calero (170) held seed to gain the semis. 

Merrigan, after pinning in the Round of 16 in 55 seconds, survived a quarterfinal deficit against New London’s Max Commander. Down 4-3 going into the third period, Merrigan escaped, scored a takedown and two nearfalls to pull away to an 11-5 decision.

Calero pinned in 2:41 in the Round of 16 and pitched a 6-0 shutout in the quarterfinals. He’ll face top-seeded Colman Doucette of New Fairfield in the semifinals.

The fifth Platt semifinalst is Tristyn D’Aniello at 138 pounds. D’Aniello was involved in two wild matches on Friday. He pulled out an 11-10 decision in the Round of 16 on a reversal with 46 seconds left, then broke a 12-12 tie with an escape and takedown in the final seven seconds of his quarterfinal bout.

The 15-12 decision puts D’Aniello in the semis against No. 1 seed Tanner DeVito of East Haven.

While Rondini returned to the mat on Friday, his fellow senior, Isaiah Ross, did not. He is out with a knee injury.

Maloney: The Class L Tournament at Bristol Central has reached the quarterfinal round and the Spartans have three of their number still alive in the championship brackets.

Kody Talento, the No. 1 seed at 160, pinned in 56 seconds in his Round of 16 match.

Darel Rivera, the No. 3 at 220, also scored a first-period pin, stopping the clock in 1:44 after building a 5-0 lead.

Then there’s Gehad Saleh. The No. 11 seed at 126, Saleh scored a 9-7 decision to move into the quarterfinals.

Southington: The Class LL Tournament in Trumbull also resumes at the quarterfinal stage on Saturday morning. The Blue Knights have seven who will open the day vying to gain the semifinals.

That includes defending state champ Billy Carr at 182, who tallied a 6-3 decision in the Round of 16.

Advancing with pins were 126 Ben Gorr (1:40), 145 Caleb Brick (3:10), 160 Josh Vitti (2:58) and 220 Jacob Vecchio (1:39).

Dawsen Welch scored an 8-0 major decision at 152. Colton Thorpe’s takedown with 16 seconds left gave him a 6-4 minor decision at 106.