Wrestling: Longo captures FCIAC crown; Wilton fifth
Wilton High junior Travis Longo won the FCIAC wrestling championship at 106 pounds on Saturday at New Canaan High School, scoring a 6-0 win over Tyler Johnson of Danbury in the finals.
Longo, who improved to 25-0 on the season, advanced to the finals with a pair of first-period pins.
Two other Warriors reached the finals, but suffered heartbreaking losses.
Despite those disappointments, its was another historic day for Wilton, which finished fifth in the team standings with 116 points — its second-best finish ever at FCIACs. (The 1985 team finished fourth).
The three finalists tied the school record for FCIACs, and the team's seven place winners was another team record.
At 126 pounds, senior captain Nick Rende lost to New Canaan’s Justin Mastroianni, 3-2; and at 170 pounds, senior captain Zach Zeyher lost to Danbury’s Gino Baratta in triple overtime, 3-2.
Rende, the second seed, had a pair of decisions to make the finals, while Zeyher had a pin and then a 4-2 decision in the semifinals over Jake Heerman of Stamford.
The Warriors also got a third-place finish by Jacob Robb at 182 pounds. The junior reached the semifinals with a pair of first-period pins, before dropping to the consolation bracket. He won his first wrestleback match by pin, before scoring an 8-6 decision over Stan Godlewski of Fairfield Ludlowe in the third-place match.
At 99 pounds, freshman Max Mannino was also third, going 3-1 with two pins. In the third-place match, he won a 6-4 decision over Yuri Case of Ludlowe.
At 195 pounds, junior Tyler Previte placed fourth, going 3-2 on the day with two pins.
Senior captain Finn McGovern placed at 120 pounds, finishing sixth with a 2-3 record.
Wilton finished fifth in the team standings with 116 points.