By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights (8-1) spent some time away from home, but still managed to find success while out in the road, finishing in the top five at the Timberlane Invitational over the weekend, as well as cruising to a comfortable win over a divisional opponent during the week.
Southington scored 121 points to place fourth out of about 17 schools at the Timberlane Invitational in Plaistow, N.H. on Saturday, Jan. 23. Timberlane (241) won easily as host team. Newtown (173) paced the Connecticut schools for second place with five individual champions and eight wrestlers in the top four of their respective weight classes to finish as the runner-ups. Londonderry, N.H. (133) edged the Knights for third place.
Just like at the Eastern States Wrestling Classic a week earlier, Paul Calo (126) and Austin Abacherli (132) led the Knights, going 3-1 for the day to place second in their respective weight classes. Shaun Wagner (120) and Logan LaRosa (160) went 3-2 for the tournament, while Tagan Welch (106) and Jimmy Starr (285) went 2-2, and the four clamored to fourth place finishes.
“It was a decent weekend,” said Southington coach Derek Dion. The kids had fun and there was some good wrestling. We lost a lot of one-point matches, so it was good and bad. It reveals some things that we need to work on. We’re just trying to get a little better everyday.”
Knights squash Hall
Southington started their week on Wednesday when they traveled to West Hartford to defeat the Warriors of Hall with ease, 63-12.
Wagner landed the team’s fastest pin in the match, defeating his opponent in 19 seconds into the bout. Abacherli recorded the team’s second fastest pin, holding his opponent down a minute and 12 seconds into the bout. Richard Rivera (220), Starr, Jason Brault (113), James Ringrose (152), and LaRosa won their bouts with pins as well.
The Knights are currently tied with Conard (3-0 in division) the CCC West in front of Farmington (2-2 in division). The Knights will look to stay strong when they return home on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to host Newington in their sixth dual meet of the season (third home dual meet).
The Knights are also set to host their second tournament of the season in the CT Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 30.
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