Wrestling: Weston starts with victory

Weston High’s Sam Rueben, right, squares off against Masuk’s Otto Valez during a wrestling match last Wednesday, Dec. 12. Weston won its season-opener 43-34.—Scott Mullin photo

Some strong performances in the lighter weight groups put the Weston High wreslting team on course for victory in its opening meet of the season on Wednesday. Dec. 12.

Hosting Masuk, the Trojans posted four victories from the 106 to 138-pound weight divisions. A few more in the heavier ones were enough for a 43-34 victory to start the season.

“They all worked hard for this team win,” said Weston head coach Mario Federici.

Weston had to forfeit two weight classes it was not able to fill. One was at 106 pounds.

However, the Trojans then claimed two straight pins, including at 113 pounds when Rich Prackup beat Anthony Pison in one minute and 10 seconds. Tim Levene did likewise at 120 in 2:23 against Robert Alix.

Masuk took the 126-pound class with Jake Piruli pinning Jackson Siff in 2:46 before the Trojans countered with wins at 132 and 138. In the former Mike Levene pinned Rob Peck in 1:11.

“Both Levene brothers came out ready to wrestle,” said Federici. “The brothers definitely have proud parents tonight.”

Remy Babson-Smith then held off Anthony Amoroso with a 3-0 win at 138. Weston’s only other forfeit was at 145 pounds.

Outscoring his opponent at 152 pounds, Geronimo Valin beat Doug Katz 13-3. Masuk got the win at 160 with Otton Valez pinning Sam Rueben in 2:40.

The Trojans earned two more pins before the match was done. Dan Prorokovic beat Ryan Moretti in 1:08 at 170 pounds and Ryan O’Connell neededjust 58 seconds to pin Anthony MConnell.

Masuk’s Sal Longo won an 8-1 decision over Travis Delaney at 195 pounds and the Panthers also took 220 with Mark Flader pinning Blake Wertlieb in 46 seconds. Weston got the last word in with Alex Ishin getting the win by forfeit at 285 pounds.

On Saturday the Ttojans were back on the Matt at the Shelton Invitational. Three brought home medals for their efforts.

Valin brought earned a silver medal for second place in the 152-pound class, Babson Smith was third at 138 pounds and Tim Levene finished fourth in the 120-pound class.
Weston takes part in the Pomperaug Duals on Saturday.

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