Wilton wrestling team has best finish at FCIACs in 13 years

It was the best showing in more than a decade for the Wilton High wrestling team, as the Warriors had two finalists, along with two other place winners, at the FCIAC championships on Saturday in New Canaan.

Wilton finished ninth with 75 points. It was the team’s best showing at FCIACs in 13 years, since finishing sixth in 2001.

“It was the best finish we’ve had in my tenure,” said head coach John Foldeak, who’s in his eighth season with the team. “I’m very proud of my kids and hope to ride our success to the Class L tourney and beyond.”

Wilton had two finalists for the first time since 2004, as Andrew ‘Ace’ Sakamoto and Joey Fraccaroli both finished second. Two others made it to the consolation finals, with Ken Pokora placing third and Dan Hollard fourth.

At 152 pounds, Sakamoto, the third seed, made it to the finals with two pins and an 8-3 decision over second-seeded Jack Freihert of Greenwich. He lost to top-seeded Steve Briganti of Trumbull in the finals, 7-0.

At 285 pounds, second-seeded Fraccaroli lost in the finals by pin to top-seeded Ahmed Hourani of Warde. He pinned Chris Fischer of Greenwich in the semifinals.

Pokora was the big surprise, moving up from his fifth seed to finish third at 160 pounds, winning three straight matches in the wrestlebacks. Pokora opened the tourney by pinning Connor Halloran of Norwalk, before losing 4-1 decision to Jarek LaPlant of Danbury. He came back with a 2-1 decision over Jeff Capone of McMahon and pin of Yovanny Gorris of Westhill to reach the consolation finals, where he won by default over LaPlant.

At 182 pounds, Holland also reached the third-place match, losing a tough 3-2 decision to Isaac Chevron of Westhill. Seeded second, he had a first-round bye and then pinned Aidan Donovan of New Canaan to reach the semifinals, where he lost a 7-2 decision to eventual champ Joey Raverta of Trumbull. He came back with an 8-4 decision over Jason Taylor of Harding to reach the third-place match.

The only other Warriors to notch a win was Jeramy Jeffereis, who was seeded sixth at 145 pounds. After opening with an 8-4 decision over Carlos Ramano of Stamford, Jeffereis gave third-seeded Tyler Hill of Darien all he could handle in a tough 2-1 loss in the quarterfinals. In his first wrestleback match, he suffered another one-point loss, this time 3-2 to Manny Colon of Warde.

Notes: The last time Wilton had four or more wrestlers finish in the top four at FCIACs was in 2001, when they had five (one second, two thirds, two fourths).

The last time Wilton had two finalists was 2004, with Frank DiPaola and Jesse Koproski.

Wilton’s last FCIAC champ was Ian MaCallum in 2003.