New Milford rolls to fourth straight Class L wrestling championship
Published 12:17 pm, Monday, February 22, 2016
BRISTOL — There’s lots left to do for New Milford’s wrestling team and for senior Bryan Rojas, but for the moment Saturday night, there was joy in getting over the top as he helped his team win a fourth straight Class L title.
Rojas was runner-up in Class L at 132 pounds in 2014. He had finished second at 138 last year. Saturday at Bristol Central at 145 pounds, he decisioned Fairfield Ludlowe’s Bobby Clark 9-3 to take his first individual title.
“This is what I’ve worked for,” Rojas said. “I wasn’t going to take second place three times in a row. It just feels great to finally get through.”
But he immediately said he still has goals. The State Open is Friday and Saturday at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.
“Just take a shot at it,” Rojas said. “I’m really excited,” Rojas said.
Classmate Brett Leonard won at 160 pounds, and sophomore Mel Ortiz won at 120 to help the Green Wave win handily over second-place Bristol Eastern, 219-188. Fairfield Ludlowe was third.
“This group that came through, they’ve stuck together,” New Milford coach Chris Piel said. “We’re losing a few really outstanding seniors, Bryan Rojas, Brett Leonard, Evan Colley (who have won all four years).”
The Green Wave, champions five of the past six years, placed three other wrestlers in the finals and had a third- and a fourth-place finisher.
Leonard took an 8-4 decision over Ludlowe’s Chase Lind, who’d been unbeaten, outpointing him 5-1 in the second period and avenging a 3-0 loss to Lind in last year’s 152-pound final.
Ortiz won a majority decision over Wilton’s Nick Rende, a sophomore who came in as the top seed, 13-2. Wilton finished 11th.
“I’m not surprised by the way they wrestled,” Piel said. “They know how to wrestle. They know how to wrestle back. They’re put in awkward situations almost every day.”
Class L wrestling championships
Team scores: 1. New Milford 219; 2. Bristol Eastern 188; 3. Fairfield Ludlowe 180; 4. Middletown 163; 5. Bristol Central 141.5; 6. South Windsor 135,5; 7. East Hartford 132; 8. Hand 118.5; 9. Platt 95.5; 10. Wethersfield 89; 11. Wilton 86; 12. E.O. Smith 81; 13. Fitch 74.5; 14. Pomperaug 65.5; 15. Hall 63; 16. Maloney 55; 17. Masuk 51; 18. Immaculate/Barlow 50; 19. Darien 47; 20. Harding 38; 21. Farmington 31; 22. New Canaan 29; 23. RHAM 23; 24. Newington 20; 25. Notre Dame-West Haven 12; 26. Windsor 4.
Weight-class finals: 106: Robert Hartling (EOS) dec. Jarod Kosman (Fitch) 5-4; 3rd: Brandon Leonard (NM) dec. Connor Sakmar (Hand) 1-0; 5th: Christopher Trelli (Brist Ctrl) pinned Travis Longo (Wilt) 4:21. 113: Devon Schoenberger (SW) maj. dec. Colin Lindner (NM) 16-2; 3rd: Mark Hartmann (Hand) pinned Michael Fedorko (Mas) 1:43; 5th: Zachary Taylor (FL) dec. Noah Corliss (Brist East) 11-8. 120: Mel Ortiz (NM) maj. dec. Nick Rende (Wilt) 13-2; 3rd: Noah Sylvester (M’town) pinned Justin Marshall (Brist East) 1:46; 5th: Marcus Ortiz (Maloney) pinned Enrique Flores (Weth) 1:00. 126: Austin Sherman (FL) dec. Tyler Schultz (NM) 6-0; 3rd: Demetre Carnot (Maloney) dec. Kyle Sheehan (Pomp) 10-6; 5th: Peter Dooley (SW) tech fall Timothy Roberts (EH) 19-3. 132: Liam Sullivan (Hand) dec. C.J. Schultz (NM) 5-4; 3rd: Ben Stratton (Platt) dec. Quinden Bourgeois (EH) 9-3; 5th: Ryan Dopp (Farm) maj. dec. Quinn Reedy (Wilt) 10-2. 138: Joshua Wilson (Brist East) dec. Jordan Baker (M’town) 6-4; 3rd: Mathew Pangle (Pomp) pinned Evan Colley (NM) 47 seconds; 5th: Karol Wroblewski (Weth) maj. dec. Eli Perry (Hall) 14-2. 145: Bryan Rojas (NM) dec. Bobby Clark (FL) 9-3; 3rd: Shane Oxton (Brist Ctrl) pinned Gregory Lozier (Brist East) 2:21; 5th: Austen Appleby (Dar) maj dec. Rasheed Swinton (EH) 10-2. 152: Emmett LiCastri (Imm/Bar) dec. Marcus Sherrod (FL) 1-0; 3rd: Michael Barrett (Brist East) dec. Isaiah Rivera (EOS) 10-5; 5th: Tom Gatti (M’town) dec. Julian Galindez (Brist Ctrl) 8-3. 160: Brett Leonard (NM) dec. Chase Lind (FL) 8-4; 3rd: Billy Goff (Fitch) dec. Zachary Thompson (Brist East) 5-2; 5th. Zach Zeyher (Wilt) pinned Bradley Currier (Hall) 2:27. 170: Max Odell (SW) pinned Christopher Shimwell (Weth) 1:36; 3rd: Isaiah Collins (EH) dec. Muhammed Kuruca (M’town) 6-5; 5th: Clayton Hoskins (Mas) def. Bernard Figueroa-Velez (Platt), forfeit. 182: Demetrius Mariani (EHart) dec. Zachary Marquis (Brist East) 5-4; 3rd: Alper Ozdemir (Hall) pinned Joseph Mwamba (Platt) 3:39; 5th: Eric Lamore (Weth) def. William Foschi (Pomp), forfeit. 195: Xavier Bass (Hard) dec. Lee Stenild-Johansen (FL) 4-3; 3rd: Trent Evans (Fitch) dec. Jordan Yap (M’town) 6-3; 5th: Francisco Jiminian (EH) maj. dec. Ryan Russo (NC) 8-0. 220: Noah Cruz (Brist Ctrl) tech fall Patrick Clarke (EOS) 17-2; 3rd: Michael Burchell (Hand) pinned Dylan Hodge (SW) 1:43; 5th: Tre’Quan Weston (M’town) dec. Luis Rivera Lopez (Brist East) 10-5. 285: Krzysztof Nizielski (Brist Ctrl) dec. Billy Stapleton (FL) 7-4; 3rd: Nicholas Martone (Platt) pinned Spencer Stovall (Dar) 2:05; 5th: Hassan Azeem (SW) dec. Maxwell Cyr (M’town) 5-2.