SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Wrestlers, track athletes get an early jump on state title aspirations

Area wrestlers and indoor track athletes started laying the foundation for the fast-approaching state championships with some impressive performances on Saturday.

Platt and Southington both had multiple weight class champions at invitational wrestling tournaments, while Lyman Hall, Sheehan and Cheshire indoor track each had a champion at the SCC East Sectional at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New  Haven.

At the CCC Championships, held earlier in the day in New Haven, Southington had a conference king in the long jump, while Maloney rewrote pages of its school record book multiple events in piecing together the best performance among teams from the CCC South Division.

Here are the details.


Southington: Playing host to the Connecticut Challenge, the Blue Knights had divisional winners in 126-pounder Jared Mangiafico, 132 Colton Thorpe and 138 Josh Howard.

It was the same trio that won class titles at last week’s Timberlane Invitational in New Hampshire.

Thorpe was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler on the day after pinning his way into the finals, where he won on a 15-0 technical fall in 3:56.

Mangiafico’s title at 126 came against a teammate, Jay Chase of Sheehan, who wrestles with the Blue Knights as an independent along with Lyman Hall’s Gavin Janowski.

Platt: The Panthers finished first as a team at the Jonathan Law Invitational powered by division title runs from Caiden Talento at 152 pounds and Ahmed Hernandez at 170.

Talento was named the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

The Panthers also got a second-place finish from Cesar Rodriguez. Joel Yapport, Darren Gibbons, Mike Melendez and Emmanuel Lugo all wrestled back to place third.

Maloney: The Spartans went 3-2 at the Hastings Duals in Newington and now stand 19-11 on the season.

Maloney defeated Newington (66-13), Bacon Academy (66-14) and Wethersfield (78-3) and lost to RHAM (41-36) and Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech (39-36).

Logan Gagne (106/113), Deshaun Williams (195) and Luis Delgado (220) all went 5-0 on the day. Gagne registered four pins. Delgado had three.

Cheshire: Rome Smtih was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Doc Meyers Invitational in Rocky Hill after winnign the 170-pound division.

Jake Tierney captured the crown at 138.

Indoor track

CCC Championships: Southington’s Rashard Williams landed 21 feet, 9½ inches to capture the conference crown in the the long jump. The junior also finished third in the 55 meters in 6.63.

The 4x800 team of Bill Liebler, Chris Regalbuti, Tim Terry and Ethan Giordano was third in its event in 8:31.87.

As for Maloney, Bria Benigni placed second in the 1600 meters and Shaelyn Murphy was third in the high jump. Benigni crossed in 5:18.45 and Murphy cleared 5 feet, 2 inches.

The Spartans got school-record performances from Kiariana Williams in the 55 (7.75), Mia Carbone in the 600 (1:44.82) and Lyric Knight in the long jump (15-2½).

SCC East Sectional: It was a Wallingford sweep in the pole vault. Lyman Hall’s Chance DeCrescenzo out-soared the boys with a vault of 12-6 and Sheehan’s Savanna Bauman was tops among the girls at 9-6.

The Cheshire girls 4x800 finished first in 10:22.69. That team featured Sarah Goldstein, Eva Curran, Julia Rubin and Alexa Ciccone.

Girls basketball

Simsbury 49, Southington 44 (3OT): The Blue Knights nearly took down the top team in the Central Connecticut Conference, rallying in the fourth quarter to force overtime and hanging tough through two extra periods before falling short in the third late Friday night in Simsbury.

Simsbury, behind Amanda Gallagher’s game-high 25 points, improved to 13-2. Southington (7-8) got 16 points from Gabby Dangelo and 9 apiece from Lily Cooper and Allison Mikosz.


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