SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Knights second, Platt third at Ray Southland Memorial Duals; Bjornberg breaks Sheehan track mark; Hall-Southington hockey moves atop D-III

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Knights second, Platt third at Ray Southland Memorial Duals; Bjornberg breaks Sheehan track mark; Hall-Southington hockey moves atop D-III



SOUTHINGTON — As a referee and an adminstrator, late Washington Middle School principal Ray Southland was a giant figure in Connecticut wrestling.

The programs at Maloney, Platt and Southington knew that perhaps better than anyone. So, on Saturday, they all participated in the inaugural Ray Southland Memorial Duals, hosted by the Blue Knights at Southington High.

The Blue Knights wound up placing second after falling in the championship match to Vermont powerhouse Mount Anthony Union.

Platt went 3-1 to place third. The Panthers were led by 126-pounder Isaiah Ross, 132-pounder James Rondini and heavyweight Luke Fuerstenberg. The three seniors, undefeated on the season, all went 4-0.

Tristyn D'aniello, Cristian Calero, Evean Oquendo and Ommy Velez were all 3-1 on the day for Platt.

On the scoreboard, the Panthers beat Hall (44-34) and Lyman Memorial (49-28) before falling to Mount Anthony Union (54-27).

Platt rebounded to beat Greenwich 45-33 in the third-place bout. The Panthers are now 10-1 season.

Maloney went 2-2 to move to 7-2 on the campaign. The Spartans beat Ridgefield (54-28) and NFA (42-30). They lost to Southington (53-18) and Nashua South, N.H. (44-33).

Senior 160-pounder Kody Talento and junior 220 Darel Rivera both went 4-0 for the East Siders. Rivera is unbeaten on the year at 14-0.

Maloney also got 3-1 performances from Onil Carrion (120), R.J Plumberg (152), Nick Gural (182) and Elijah Stevenson (195).

Indoor track

Sheehan: Riley Bjornberg’s school-record time of 23.20 in the 200 meters highlighted a day in the Big Apple for the Titans, who journeyed to the New York City Armory to compete in The Hispainc Games.

Ice hockey

Hall-Southington 7, Northeastern 1: The Warrior Knights stormed to 5-1 with the Division III rout on the road at the Bolton Ice Palace. Northeastern fell to 0-4.

Cam Perez staked Hall-Southington to a 1-0 lead in the first period. Goals by Mason Woods, Duncan Hollander and Finn McHugh extended the lead to 4-1 in the second.

The third period saw curtain-closing tallies by Woods, James Lynch and Christian Mohr.

With the win, Hall-Southington moved atop the Division III playoff rankings ahead of Sheehan (3-1-1).

WMRP 2, Cheshire 0: The Wethersfield-Middletown-Rocky Hill-Plainville co-op scored a key Division II victory over the Rams at Newington Ice Arena despite more excellent goaltending from Cheshire senior Nick Maringola.

For a second straight game, Maringola made 48 saves.

WMRP, off to its best start ever at 7-0, scored a power-play goal 39 seconds into the second period.

That was the only goal Maringola allowed. WMRP added an empty-net goal on the power play with 28 seconds left in the game.

Cheshire (4-2) did score on a man-advantage with 6:47 left, but the goal was waived off because the net had come off its moorings.


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