Wrestling: Weston nails depleted Bobcats

Besides competing hard in a number of matches, the Weston High wrestling team also got some help from its opponent when it hosted Brookfield.

The Trojans also got five victories by forfeit as Brookfield had no eligible wrestlers for a number of weight classes. Between these and some hard-fought wins they were way ahead in a 57-18 victory on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Weston started on the right foot, winning seven of the first eight divisions wrestled. Tim Levene took the 126-pound match in less than a minute when he pinned Jordan Lozada in 56 seconds.

Brookfield’s only win in that stretch was at 132 pounds when Griffin Barbieri pinned Mike Levene in 3:37. The next five all belonged to the Trojans.

The closest match of the night was the 138-pound contest between Weston captain Remy Babson-Smith and Brookfield captain Blaise Boulianne. The former won by a mere point at 2-1.

“Both wrestlers showed heart and both wrestlers can walk off the mat with their heads held high,” said Weston head coach Mario Federici.

Getting the pin at 145 pounds, Geronimo Valin beat Austin Drago in 2:40. The next three classes all went to Weston by forfeit.

Sam Rueben took the 152-pound contest and Sky DeBarger was the winner at 160. Also getting the win was Josh Lachs at 170.

Another pin came at 182 pounds with Ryan O’Connell nailing Stephen Kulawicz in 2:42.

“O’Connell is working hard in practice and now showing signs of improvement,” said Federici, who also felt “Kulawicz showed both teams tonight what it tales to compete in the sport of wrestling and that is never give up.”

The Bobcats stopped Weston’s streak of wins at 195 pounds when Ian Edwards pinned Blake Wertleib late in the match in 5:45. Another forfeit win followed for Weston as Alex Ishin took the 220-pound match. Neither side a had a wrestler for the 285-pound match, resulting in a double forfeit.

The quickest match wrestled was at 106 pounds as Brookfield’s Dustin Fowler pinned Andre Leonard in 22 seconds. The Trojans won the last two contests, including 113 pounds with Rick Prackup pinning Bryan So in 1:21.

“As always he goes out there with the attitiude of ‘nothing to lose,’” said Federici. “If he keeps that up he should have a successful season and be successful after wrestling too.”

The last win came by forfeit with Tim Levene winning at 120 pounds.

Weston, now 2-3 overall, takes part in the Canton Duals on Saturday and visits Newtown on Wednesday.

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