SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Platt wrestlers third at Casey Yates; Maloney 3-2 at Hand Duals; Southington’s Calo second at Eastern States

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Platt wrestlers third at Casey Yates; Maloney 3-2 at Hand Duals; Southington’s Calo second at Eastern States



Record-Journal staff

LEBANON – Three Platt wrestlers won titles, four finished second and two placed third Saturday as the Panthers nabbed third place as a team at the Casey Yates Invitational Tournament at Lyman Memorial.

Isaiah Ross (120-pound weight class), Mahmoud Hassan (160) and Ben Stratton (182) mounted the top step of the podium. James Rondini (113), Zavian Arroyo (170), Ryan Greene (195) and Cesar Flores (220) finished second. Damian Morris (145) and Andre Barnes (285) were third.

Stratton defeated Isaiah Rivera of E.O. Smith 5-3 in his final. Rivera was second in Class L at 182 last year. Stratton was secondin Class M at 160.

Hassan scored a major decision (15-1) over Zack Navarette of Montville. Ross defeated Jayden Colon of Montville, 9-6.

“I was most impressed with Mahmoud in neutral and riding on top,” Platt coach Bryan McCarty said. “His positioning was good today. Ross is a high-energy kid. He’s doing a tremendous job filling in for (starting 120-pounder Victor Rivera).”

McCarty said Barnes competed well substituting for heavyweight starter Luke Fuerstenberg, who missed the event due to injury.

Montville won the tournament.

Maloney: The Spartans went 3-2 at the Daniel Hand Duals, defeating the Alternate All-Stars team (59-18), Newington (54-24) and Fairfield Ludlowe (42-36) with losses to East Haven (46-30) and Mount Anthony Union of Vermont (64-18).

Maloney (7-4) was led by Jayden Robles at 120. He went 5-0 on the day with four pins.

Demetre Carnot (138) went 4-1 with four pins. Markeese Thompson (160) and R.J. Plumberg (145) also went 4-1 for Maloney.

Jocelyn Rodriguez (106, 3-2), Gehad Saleh (113, 2-1), Marcos Ortiz (126, 3-2), Tanner Raymond (152, 2 wins), Andy Cruz (170, win), Nick DeBaise (182, 2 wins) and Tyler Ware (220, 2 wins) all contributed to a strong day for the Spartans.

Calo takes 2nd: Southington junior Paul Calo settled for second place at the ultra-competitive Eastern States Classic in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.

Calo, seeded third at 170 pounds, lost an 8-2 decision to Tyler Barnes of Ballston Spa (N.Y.) in the final. Barnes, who won the ESC 170-pound title last year, came into the tournament ranked 17th in the nation.

Calo advanced in the Round of 16 by injury default. He pinned Ty Rifanburg of Norwich (N.Y.) in 5:49 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Calo scored a 7-6 decision over second seed and two-time state fialist Ross McFarland of Phoenix (N.Y.).

Tagan Welch went 2-2 on the day at 152 for the Blue Knights. He lost by fall at 5:09 to Warren McDougald of Niagara, N.Y., but wrestled back with pins of Steven Kane of Eastport-South Manor (2:17) and Nick Albornoz of Minisink (N.Y.) Valley (3:30). He lost by fall to Connor Kievman of Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, Pa.) in his final bout.

Jacob Cardozo (126) lost by fall to Justin Mastroianni of New Canaan and by 6-1 decision to Matt Patrizio of Commack, N.Y.

The remainder of the Southington team competed in the Greater Hartford Open at Hall-West Hartford. The Eastern States Classic included 159 schools from New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Shaun Wagner, seeded seventh at 145, went 2-2 on the day. 

Boys swimming

Lyman Hall Co-op 93, Foran 73: The Trojans improved to 2-1 with a SCC Division II win in Milford.

Earning individual wins for LH were Nick Motmans (200 IM, 2:23.82), Connor Tsolis (50 free, 25.14) and Josh Ramirez (500 free, 5:41.45).

The Trojans won the 200 medley relay with Motmans, Ramirez, Tsolis and Colin Kelly (2:02.09). They took the 200 free relay with Kelly, Tsolis, Motmans and Cam Baker (1:46.48).

Amity 95, Cheshire 85: The Rams suffered their first defeat of the season in a SCC Division I battle of unbeatens in Orange.

Ben Brewer won two individual events and swam a leg in a victorious relay for the Rams (3-1).

Brewer won the 100 freestyle (50.70) and the 200 free (1:50.70). He teamed with Sam Hanke, Peter Levens and Joseph Cannata on the first-place 400 free relay (3:32.79).

Hanke also claimed gold in 500 free (5:03.82). Cannata was tops in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.67).

Amity improved to 5-0.


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