Morris, Mannino fourth at youth wrestling state meet

The Wilton Youth Wrestling program participated in the CT State Wrestling Tournament held in New Haven on March 1.

The team qualified a total of nine wrestlers for the event and placed two wrestlers in the top four in the state.

Middle School grappler Griffin Morris placed fourth at 152 pounds while Novice Division wrestler Max Mannino also placed fourth at 75 pounds. Both wrestlers posted 3-2 records on the day against the best wrestling competition the state has to offer.

“Max and Griffin really wrestled well today,” said head coach Brian McGovern. “Each had a pin amongst their victories, along with two other close wins. To walk away with a winning record against that type of competition is fantastic. What a great way for each of them to finish off their wrestling season. Top four in the state — awesome.”

Coach Ted Young concurred.

“Griff went out and beat some tough kids today. He saved his best wrestling for the state tournament. What a breakthrough performance. We will be expecting big things from him next year,” Young said. “As for Max, he went out for the second year in a row and became a top four place winner. Kudos to him. His dedication and focus in practice are really paying off for him as he is becoming a strong technical wrestler.”

Also winning matches on the day were Dave Sylvester, Dan Maguire and Joe Maguire. Both Sylvester and Dan Maguire finished the tournament with 1-2 records, while Joe Maguire finished just off the medal stand with a top eight finish and 2-2 record.

Other WYW state qualifiers included Johnny Wu, Luke Pagano, and Kyle Jordan. Intermediate Division wrestler Lorenzo , a first-year wrestler, also qualified for states but was unable to participate due to an injury.

Coach C.J. Sylvester believes WYW is on the rise.

“All of our kids did a great job competing today. The team is poised for even more success next year as eight of our nine state qualifiers will be back next year. Best of luck to Johnny Wu as he joins the Wilton High School program next year.”