Wrestling: Longo wins Wilton's first state title in 12 years
Travis Longo became the first Wilton High wrestler to win a state title in 12 years on Saturday, at the Class L championships at Bristol Central High School.
Longo, a junior who was the top seed at 106 pounds, cruised to the finals with a technical fall and two pins, before scoring a 5-0 decision over Bryce Beebe of Bristol Eastern to win the title.
The last Warrior to win a state title was Andy Drummond in 2006.
Wilton finished ninth with 100.5 points, which was the team’s second-best showing at the state class championships. The 1994 team totaled 107 points at the Class M state meet.
Seniors Nick Rende and Zach Zeyher both finished third and also qualified for next week’s State Open.
Rende, wrestling at 126 pounds, suffered his second heartbreaking loss to New Canaan’s Justin Mastroianni in a week, falling 6–4 in overtime in the semifinals. He had lost to Mastroianni by a point in the FCIAC finals.
Rende came back strong in the wrestlebacks with a major decision and then a pin of Bristol Eastern’s Carson Sassu (at 4:08) in the third-place match. He was 4-1 for the tourney with three pins.
Zeyher also advanced to the semifinals, at 170 pounds, before losing to top-seeded Rya Devivo of Xavier. He pinned his next opponent to advance to the third-place match, where he notched a come-from-behind 8-5 win over Cooper Nodden of South Windsor.
Zeyher was down 4-3 late in the match but got a reversal and three back points to pull out the win. He was 4-1 on the day with two pins.
The Warriors got a strong tournament from senior Seth Warren, who finished 3-2 at 152 pounds. He fell one win short of qualifying for the Open, with a 5-3 loss that was decided by a late takedown.
Notching one win each were Finn McGovern at 120 pounds; Trey Harris at 132 pounds; Dom Caratozzolo at 138; Jacob Robb at 182; Stephen Kendra at 220; and Ethan Helman at 295.
Class L results
Results for Wilton were:
Travis Longo (4-0, Class L champ) — won by tech. fall over Aiden Carriveau of Newington, 16-0; pinned Jacob Aldi of Bristol Central, 3:08; semifinals : pinned Drew Currier of Hall, 1:01; finals : won by decision over Bryce Beebe of Bristol Eastern, 5-0;
Finn McGovern (1-2) — pinned Jason Scalora Wethersfield, 1:05; lost by pin to Thomas Nichols of Bristol Eastern; lost by decision to Kyle Davern of Daniel Hand, 14-7;
Nick Rende (4-1, third place) — pinned Riley Feldblum of Newington, 1:49; pinned Carson Sassu of Bristol Eastern, 2:48; semifinals : lost overtime decision to Justin Mastroianni of New Canaan, 6-4; won major decision over Ronan Marino of Xavier, 12-0: third-place match : pinned Carson Sassu of Bristol Eastern, at 4:08;
Trey Harris (1-2) — pinned David Ervin of Fitch, 3:21; pinned by Colin Lindner of New Milford, 1:15; lost by maj. dec. to Gabe Soucy of Bristol Eastern, 9-1;
Dom Caratozzolo (1-2) — pinned Claire Jackson of Amity, 3:25; lost by pin to Martino Pusz of Middletown, 0:42; lost by decision to John Harron of Darien, 8-4;
Seth Warren (3-2) — won by decision over Brandon Yarish of Darien, 5-1; won by decision over Eric Emmendorfer of Fairfield Ludlowe, 3-1; lost by pin to Luke Popolizio of Farmington, 1:44; won by decision over Mark Manson of Pomperaug, 7-2; lost by decision to Jason Lobdell of Masuk, 5-3;
Zach Zeyher (4-1, third place) — pinned Alexander Richardson of New Milford, 2:27; won by decision over Damian Mahaffy of Bristol Central, 3-1; semifinals : lost by tech. fall to Ryan Devivo of Xavier, 16-0; pinned Justin Hathaway of Fairfield Ludlowe, 4:38; third-place match : won by decision over Cooper Nodden of South Windsor, 8-5;
Jacob Robb (1-2) — lost by decision to Michael Reilly of Pomperaug, 6-0; pinned Jackson Paulishen of Notre Dame West Haven, 3:00; lost by decision to Andrew Smikle of Middletown, 10-7;
Stephen Kendra (1-2) — pinned Ryan Phillips of E.O. Smith, 1:05; lost by pin to Nick Kortman of New Canaan, 1:26; lost by decision to Van Docker of Hand, 10-4;
Ethan Helman (1-2) — pinned Nick Greco of Farmington, 1:49; lost by pin to Justin Griffin of Amity, 2:27; lost by pin to Andrew Cercone of Bristol Eastern, 1:15.