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Wrestlers beat Newington; Murillo wins at Eagle Classic

January 22, 2015
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  By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Four Blue Knights muscled into the medal round at the Eagle Classic High School Wrestling Tournament on Saturday Jan. 17 in Manchester, finishing fifth overall out of 18 schools. Southington finished with a score of 110.5, behind South Windsor (145.0), Berlin (181.0), Windham (220.0), and Newtown (293.5). Zack Murillo led…

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Wrestlers take their lumps against Simsbury

January 16, 2015
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Wrestlers take their lumps against Simsbury

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR When Austin Abacherli (120) drove his opponent off his feet in overtime, it was like a hungry shark sensing blood. The Southington sophomore scrambled over the top to score the takedown. He scored three more points trying to wrench his foe onto his back. “I always say that you’re just sort of…

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Wrestling wake up: Knights bounce back at SHS Duals

January 9, 2015
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Zack Murillo ties up an opponent at the SHS Duals on Jan. 3.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Derek Dion had already done the calculations long before the final bout on Saturday, Jan. 3. The coach had already predicted Zack Murillo’s technical fall in the second to the last match, and the decision by Shawn Wagner in the final match was a good finish, but the three-point loss to Branford…

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Knights pin Cats: Wrestlers win opener and place 4th at Lancer Invite

December 25, 2014
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Gabe Purpura handles the baton in the 4x400m at the New Haven Invitational.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Kyle Solomon toyed with his South Windsor opponent like a cat with a ball of string. Southington’s 126-pounder matched the Bobcat’s 132-pounder through two rounds as the pair grappled under the heat of the light in the Southington gym. They were tied at the first whistle. Solomon trailed by one point after…

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2014 Wrestling Preview

December 20, 2014
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Zach Bylykbashi

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR When last year’s football championship dragged into mid-December, it put an early strain on the Blue Knight wrestling team. Some decided to skip wrestling altogether. Injuries plagued some others, and Southington’s preseason hopes seemed to dwindle further and further with every passing week. Coaches emptied the benches. Freshmen were thrust into…

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Wrestling the nation’s top talent; Murillo finishes 2nd in the nation; Bylykbashi just misses all-American

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Murillo attacked his opponent’s leg in the national freestyle semifinals like a hungry crocodile attacking his prey. Murrillo latched onto his foe and began to spin him across the mat in a dizzying death roll. His all-American opponent was helpless against Murillo’s grip, and officials counted out the score…

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Murillo makes the medal round; Knights battle at NE Championship; Maxwell limited by injuries

March 14, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zack Murillo capped his junior season with a New England medal. Above, Murillo studies his opponent at the Class LL finals.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zack Murillo was under the radar at the start of the New England wrestling championship. Sure, the Southington junior had clawed his way up to second place at the Class LL championships. Sure, Murillo battled to fourth place at the Connecticut State Open the following week, but that didn’t put…

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2 down, 1 to go; Maxwell wins 2nd state open title; Bylykbashi reaches the final round

March 7, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell tangles up his opponent during an early match at the CT State Opens. With his victory in the 195 pound division, Maxwell became Southington’s first two-time winner at the State Open.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Derek Dion didn’t have a lot to smile about during the regular season. A football championship delayed the start to his winter season, and his wrestlers battled through early losses as they scrambled to get into fighting shape. But that has all changed in the postseason. For the second…

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Maxwell claims 2nd Class LL title; 3 Knights advance to finals, 6 claim medals, 6 advance to state open

February 28, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell (195) dominates his opponent during his Class LL finals bout. Maxwell scored his second straight Class LL title and was named as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zach Maxwell was already leading, 4-1, when officials restarted his championship match after a short conference, and the Southington senior went right back to work. He circled his opponent like a cat measuring his prey. Slowly, surely, Maxwell crept around the mat, looking for another chance to attack. When he…

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Murillo, Maxwell win at Timberlane; Four Knights win in the medal round at the elite New Hampshire meet

January 31, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two Knights finished the weekend undefeated. Two more scored medals with victories in the consolation finals. One would have been able to wrestle a fifth place bout, but tournament officials limited the medal rounds to just four places. On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Knights took only nine wrestlers to the…

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