Posts Tagged ‘ wrestling ’

Knights battle at CT Challenge

February 4, 2016
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Richard Rivera tries to take down his opponent during the 220 pound championship bout of the CT Challenge tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (8-2) welcomed some of the best talent in the state to the Walt Lozoski Gymnasium when they hosted the seventh annual Connecticut Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 30. Trumbull captured the CT Challenge title for the first time with six finalists and three individual champions. Cumberland (R.I.) finished 18…

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Knights finish 4th at Timberlane

January 27, 2016
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Logan LaRosa wrestles his opponent to the mat during a win at Hall High School. LaRosa went on to become one of six Southington wrestlers to medal at the Timberlane Invitational.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER 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…

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Wrestlers hold off Platt; Knights battle at Eastern States

January 22, 2016
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Tagan Welch looks for points during a bout against Platt on Jan. 13.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Tagan Welch (113) threw his opponent down to the mat to score the takedown and crawled up his back to position himself for a pin. Welch strangled his opponent’s arms towards his body and shifted forward. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Welch couldn’t quite score the pin, but the referee signaled three…

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Knights crown 2 champs: Abacherli, Calo win in Hartford

January 13, 2016
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Austin Abacherli takes down an opponent during the Greater Hartford Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9. Abacherli was one of two division champions for the Knights.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Austin Abacherli grabbed his opponent in a bear hug and slammed him to the mat, locking onto his arms and legs to make sure that he had nowhere to go. The result was another Southington pin. Team co-captain Abacherli and freshman sensation Paul Calo made all the right moves over the…

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Wrestlers survive marathon week

January 6, 2016
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Jason Calvi-Rogers (160) scores a 45-second pin during Southington’s victory over Ridgefield at the annual Blue Knight Duals.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights wrestling team (4-2) kept busy over the week, wrestling in two tournaments, while gaining exposure and experience for the state meet…as well as a few bumps and bruises along the way. Southington wrestled some of the best talent in New England when they competed in the 49th annual…

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Welch leads the Knights at the Lancer Invite

December 24, 2015
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Tagan Welch, above, secured the victory in the 113 pound bracket of the 2015 Lancer Invitational.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights wrestling team grappled with some of the best competition around the state and a couple teams from Rhode Island when they competed at the Lancer Invitation in Waterford on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Knights scored eight medals, including one division title. Southington finished fourth (142.5) out of 12…

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The waiting is finally over: Knights looking for build on first New England title

December 16, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Blue Knights coach Derek Dion sat in an empty room in the high school that the Southington wrestling program likes to call “The Pit.” He was suited up in a t-shirt to wrestling shoes, waiting to see if any new kids would show up. As football and wrestling are very similar…

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Blue Knight wrestlers commit to next level

May 1, 2015
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Blue Knight coach Derek Dion surveys his senior trio as they commit to wrestle at the next level during a ceremony on April 24 at the high school. From left, Zach Bylykbashi, Shawn Devin, and Zack Murillo.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Three Southington Blue Knights wrestlers signed their college letters of intent at the high school to wrestle at the next level. On Friday, April 24, Zack Murillo, Zach Bylykbashi, and Shawn Devin committed to grapple for four more years. “Really, the story of all three of them starts with the parents…

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Wrestlers storm into Mid-Atlantic tourney

March 23, 2015
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Four Southington High School wrestlers clawed their way into the medal round at the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Tournament held at Windham High School in Willimantic on Saturday, March 21. Paul Callo powered his way to the top of the podium as a division champion. Julian Robles wrestled into the finals for a second place finish. Austin…

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Our first King of New England: Zack Murillo is crowned as the first Blue Knight regional champ

March 12, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR On Saturday, Feb. 7, Zack Murillo deflected his opponent’s first attack with the flair of a bullfighter and countered with a move of his own. Southington’s 106-pounder pushed his opponent face first into the mat and started to apply a relentless pressure. It didn’t seem to matter that the New England…

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