Wilton youth wrestlers garner two state titles

Following successful qualifying tournaments, Wilton sent 18 youth wrestlers to the state championships in New Haven this past weekend.

Joe McGuire led the way for Wilton Youth Wrestling, winning the state championship at 120 pounds in the Novice division with a thrilling come-from-behind flurry to force overtime against Kody Talento of Meriden. In overtime, Mc

Guire scored the winning takedown with two seconds left in the period.

Evan Helman took second place at 175 pounds in the Middle School division. After dominating several opponents to reach the finals, he faced off against Clyde Auby from Milford, his finals opponent in the last three tournaments. Auby prevailed, but Helman wrestled well to take second place.

Max Mannino took fourth place in a strong 65-pound weight class in the Novice division.

Other Novice wrestlers who qualified but did not place included Ben Leung, Caleb Forland, Andrew Prackup and Dan McGuire.

In the Intermediate division, Jimmy Luce led WYW with a fourth-place finish at 105 pounds, and teammate Ryan Leung took fifth place with a fall over the Ridgefield wrestler. Dave Sylvester took sixth place at 55 pounds in the same division.

Other Intermediate division wrestlers included Max Mercado and Luke Pagano-Whalley.

In the Middle School division, Nick Rende took fifth place in a very tough weight class. Other qualifiers included Finn McGovern and Ethan Helman.

In addition, several Wilton wrestlers representing other clubs turned in great performances.

Mikey Longo, representing Beast Training of Danbury, avenged his only loss of last season in the Novice 60 pound finals against Evan Lindner of New Milford. Longo dominated the match from start to finish, posting an 11-2 win over the defending state champ to win the state title.

Travis Longo also turned out a strong performance at 70 pounds in the Middle School division, placing third in a tough weight class.

Zach Zeyher, representing KT Kidz, took third place in dominant fashion at 136 pounds in the Middle School division, following a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in the semifinals.

Chris  went 2-2 at 120 pounds in the Middle School division.

Rende, Helman, McGovern, Zeyher and Sweeney are all eighth graders are will form the core of a promising freshman class for the Wilton High School wrestling team.