Southington’s all-American boy; Zac Murillo places 2nd at national wrestling meet in Fargo, ND

For two years, Murillo has been forced to wrestle bigger kids. As a freshman, Murillo battled to a 7-7 record in Connecticut’s 106 pound high school varsity division but struggled to make the minimum weight against opponents that out-weighed him by almost 20 percent. Last year, as a sophomore, Murillo battled to a 21-14 record and earned a sixth place finish at the Class L tournament against his heavier competition.

In Fargo, he finally entered a tournament on a level playing field, and Murillo took advantage of the opportunity.

“It was an advantage at this tournament because all of the kids just seemed lighter than what I’m used to,” he said. “I’ve learned over the last four months about wrestling guys my size, and to be able to out-muscle kids was a great feeling.”

“Now you can see how good he really is,” said Dion. “He’s so aggressive. He continues to attack. His positions are fantastic, and his changes of direction are just his natural movement. He does it at the right time in the right situation. He flows with the action, and he stays on top of it.”

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Zac Murillo, right, stands alongside his father, Luis Murillo, with his second place trophy from the 88-pound freestyle division of the ASICS Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

Zac Murillo, right, stands alongside his father, Luis Murillo, with his second place trophy from the 88-pound freestyle division of the ASICS Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

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