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2014 Wrestling Preview

December 20, 2014
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2014 Wrestling Preview

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

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

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

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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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

January 10, 2014
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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

By John Goralski Sports Writer The tournament field read like a Who’s Who with top teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont crammed into the Southington High School gym. In most years, the powerhouse field would have been a welcomed challenge for Derek Dion and his Blue Knight wrestlers. But this is no typical year. Scheduling…

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Wrestlers grapple for tournament medals; Murillo claims 2 tournament titles; Southington athletes go 9-0 in the medal rounds

January 3, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The scramble has already begun to overcome a late start, but Southington wrestlers have already shown a hint of what’s in store. The Blue Knights only sent eight wrestlers to the annual Lancer Tournament in Waterford as they continue to play catch-up following football’s run to a Class LL title.…

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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

September 13, 2013
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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Bob Wittneben entered the high school in 1973, the Blue Knights were already established as a baseball and football power. Golf had already claimed its first state title, and softball was ready to launch a dynasty. Sports were already well-established in the blue collar town, but Wittneben had something…

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King Solomon; Brian Solomon launched a Southington wrestling dynasty

August 9, 2013
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King Solomon; Brian Solomon launched a Southington wrestling dynasty

By John Goralski Sports Writer More than three decades have passed since Gary Solomon sat at the head of his kitchen table to celebrate his second state title in wrestling, and the story of that party has become a sort of legend in the Solomon family. The high school senior had finally arrived. He’d finally…

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