Wrestling: Wilton fifth at Warde tourney, three win titles
The Wilton High wrestling team had its best showing ever at the Fairfield Warde Invitational, with three champions and six place winners on Saturday.
The Warriors also placed fifth out of 24 teams in the overall standings, the best finish in their 10 years of attending the tournament. Wilton was just one point behind fourth-place Simsbury.
All in all, the Warriors set team records for the tournament for champions (3), finalists (4), place winners (6) and overall finish (fifth).
Travis Longo, Nick Rende and Zach Zeyher all won championships in their weight classes, while Jacob Robb was a finalist and placed second.
It was the third year in a row that Rende has won the Warde tourney, and the second straight title for Longo.
Rende won a 6-2 decision over Tommy Mazor of Westhill in the finals at 126 pounds, finishing the tourney with a 3-0 record and two pins.
Longo pulled out an 8-6 overtime win over Ty Finn of Simsbury in the 106-pound championship match. He was 3-0 on the day with a pin.
Rende and Longo were both seeded first in their weight classes.
At 170 pounds, Zeyher — the second seed — won a 12-5 decision over top-seeded Adam Hendrick of Daniel Hand in the finals. He was 4-0 on the day with two pins and two lopsided decisions.
Robb also wrestled above his seed (third) to reach the championship match at 182 pounds, where he lost by pin to top-seeded Dane Concascia of Montville. Robb finished the tourney 2-1 with a pin.
Also placing at the tourney were Finn McGovern, who was fourth at 120 pounds; and Ethan Helman, who finished fifth in the 285-pound weight class.
Results for Wilton wrestlers were:
Travis Longo (3-0, first place) — won by pin over Jocelynn Rodrigues (Maloney), 1:04; semifinals: won by decision over Michael Rapuano (Hale Ray), 7-1; finals: won by decision in overtime over Ty Finn (Simsbury), 8-6;
Finn McGovern (3-2, fourth place) — won by pin over Jeff Bracale (Notre Dame-WH), :20; lost by decision to Cole Shaughnessy (Warde), 3-2; won by decision over TJ Pawak (Middletown), 3-2; won by pin over Sam White (Norwalk), 1:06; third-place match: lost by decision to Cole Shaughnessy (Warde), 3-0;
Nick Rende (3-0, first place) — won by pin over Mich Wynosky (Montville), :43; semifinals: won by pin over Kalil Shabazz (Middletown), 5:29; finals: won by decision over Tommy Mazor (Westhill), 6-2;
Trey Harris (0-1) — lost by pin to Kyle Hammel (Westhill), 1:01;
Dom Caratozzolo (0-1) — lost by pin to Noah Zuckerman, 2:46;
Zach Zeyher (4-0, first place) — won by pin over Andy Cruz (Maloney), :15; won by decision over Justin Hathaway (Ludlowe), 12-0; semifinals: won by pin over Jake Heerma (Stamford), 2:40; finals: won by decision over Adam Hendrick (Han), 12-5;
Jacob Robb (2-1, second place) — won by pins over Alec Dube (Hand), 5:48; semifinals: won by decision over Nick DeBaise (Maloney), 19-10; finals: lost by pin to Dane Concascia (Montville), 4:40;
Stephen Kendra (0-1) — lost by pins to Dante Solano (Norwalk), 5:17;
Ethan Helman (2-2, fifth place) — lost by pin to Alex Nardone (Warde), 1:19; won by pin over Brendan Farrell (Norwalk), 1:16; lost by pin to Derrick Deveau (Montville), 2:08; fifth-place match: won by decision over Khorbin Kern (Notre Dame-WH), 8-0.