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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

January 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell forces his opponent to his back during the 195 pound bout against Danbury at the SHS Duals on Saturday, Jan. 4. The Knights battled to a 2-2 record as they continue to catch up after their late winter start.

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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Coach Bob Wittneben greets a Blue Knight fan during his team’s 16-2 campaign in 1977. In just his third varsity season, Wittneben’s Knights captured the Colonial Conference title.

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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Brian Solomon was a two-time all-American wrestler at Western New England College and a three-time academic all-American.

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

July 28, 2013
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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.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Murillo grabbed hold of his first opponent, drove him into the mat, and rolled him over and over like an alligator in a death spiral. In each of his first four bouts in the national spotlight the Southington wrestler rolled, flipped, and turned his opponent as officials tried to…

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Maxwell’s House; Zach Maxwell becomes the 3rd Knight to win a state open title

February 27, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer At the midway point in the match, Zach Maxwell trailed, 4-0. As the timer approached the official to signal the end of the bout, Maxwell still trailed, 4-2. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Southington’s 195-pounder was struggling to find a chink in the armor of his all-star opponent in the State…

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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

January 30, 2013
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell overpowers his opponent during the CT Challenge Tournament at Southington High School.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Austin Sullivan was trailing by eight points when Coach Derek Dion made his way to the mat from another Blue Knigth bout. An in-state wrestler was slowly gaining dominance over Sullivan in the 183-pound match, and a red-faced coach bellowed from the sidelines. Sullivan reversed his opponent and planted him…

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Wrestling the flu; Blue Knights plug holes and deck Hall

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington wrestlers scrambled for five pins and a pair of forfeits against Hall’s varsity lineup. Two others battled for hard-fought decisions. Three rookies battled off their backs before finally getting pinned. On Thursday, Jan. 3, Southington entered the match with a number of questions, illnesses, and holes in the lineup.…

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Knights win SHS Duals; Wrestlers rally from behind in the finals

January 4, 2013
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By John Goralski
Nate Solomon battles for position in a 138-pound bout. On Saturday, Dec. 29, Solomon’s 6-0 decision helped fuel Southington’s come-from-behind victory in the final round of the SHS Duals.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The three point lead was more than Derek Dion could have hoped for as his Knights entered the final bout of the championship match. On Saturday, Dec. 29, the Blue Knights trailed Winchester, Mass. by 21 points at the beginning of the final round, but a hard fought decision and…

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Picking up steam; Knights bounce back from slow start

December 19, 2012
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By John Goralski
Tyler Hyde establishes control over Bristol Eastern wrestler Steve Goodrich during a 170-pound bout on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Travis Daly was tossing around his opponent like a cat with a ball of string, but that wasn’t enough. The defending state champion had to score a pin late in the meet if his team had a chance to win. Bristol Eastern was consistently out-wrestling the…

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