By MICHAEL LETENDRE
SIMSBURY – The Bristol Central wrestling team bounced back from an injury plagued 2014-15 campaign to once again shine on the mats.
This time around, the Rams were able to topple the competition at the Frank Chaves Tournament from Simsbury high school on Monday, Dec. 28.
Central earned the tournament championship behind a 181.5 points showing, winning the event over host Simsbury who scored 153.5 points for the runner-up trophy.
The Rams downed several good squads including Pomperaug (third place, 147½ points), Haddam Killingworth (4th, 138), Granby (5th, 94), and Newington (6th, 77).
Central had two squads at the tournament and because of that, and intriguing situation came about in the finals of the heavyweight challenge.
In the 285 championship, it was Noah Cruz versus Kris Nizielski in a winner-take-all title bout.
And it was a back-and-forth affair before Cruz got the best of his teammate, winning the championship by a 7-4 decision.
But Cruz wasn’t the only champion from Bristol on the afternoon.
In the 113 pound class, freshman Blake Holder won the championship – pinning Mike Maher from Haddam-Killingworth in 4:15.
In the 106 bracket, Chris Trelli pinned Randy Wood in just 0:23 second in a quick battle for third place that the grappler from Central dominated.
At the 120 pound class, Travis Parsons took the third place bout, winning his match by a clean 4-0 decision while at 126, senior Jack Hale was the third place victor via forfeit.
Shane Oxton (145) was also a forfeit victor to win the third place bout and then at 160, Mike Gaudoin was also successful in the runner up challenge.
He took the third place title over Jose Graves of New Britain and then at 170 pounds, Mike Paloka was a winner as well.
Paloka pinned Will Sample of New Britain in 4:20 while junior Brett Scully was in the championship of the 182 pound division.
He battled but fell via pin-fall in 3:41 while at 195, Connor Staubley was also in the finals of his weight-class.
Staubley hung tough but in the end, the junior fell by a 5-2 decision to earn the runner-up trophy.
Frank Chaves Tournament
from Simsbury high school
Team results – 1. Bristol Central 181½, 2. Simsbury 153½, 3. Pomperaug 147½, 4. Haddam Killingworth 138, 5. Granby 94, 6. Newington 77, 7. Platt Tech/West Haven 49, 8. New Britain 37, 9. Simsbury B and Notre Dame-Fairfield 28, 11. Newington B 20, 12. Bristol Central B 19, 13. Granby B 16, 14. New Britain B 5½
106: Final – C. Chaclos (Pomperaug) pin Z. Hughes (HK), 2:38; 3. Chris Trelli (BC) pin R. Wood (PT/WH), 0:23
113: Final – Blake Holder (BC) pin M. Maher (HK), 4:15; 3. M. Quinn (Pomperaug) pin L. Burnettes (Simsbury), 4:18
120: Final – T. Savluk (Newington) dec. C. Massey (ND), 7-4; 3. Travis Parsons (BC) dec. S. Muller (Granby), 4-0
126: Final – -K. Sheehan (Pomperaug) pin X. Jimenez (Simsbury), 1:25: 3. Jack Hale (BC) forfeit over B. Delgado (Newington)
145: Final – Keith Fernandes (Simsbury) pin W. Resto (PT/WH), 1:33; 3. Shane Oxton (BC) forfeit over A. Korper (HK)
160: Final – M. Revis (HK) dec. B. Kibby (Granby), 10-0; 3. Mike Gaudoin (BC) dec. J. Graves (New Britain), 5-3
170: Final – Luke Salls (Simsbury) pin M. Manson (Pomperaug), 2:48; 3. Michael Paloka (BC) pin W. Sample (HK), 4:20
182: Final – W. Foschi (Pomperaug) pin Brett Scully (BC), 3:41; 3. L. Innis (PT/WH)
195: Final – O. Kibby (Granby) dec. Connor Staubley (BC), 5-2; 3. M. Haythe (New Britain) pin C. Vincent (Simsbury), 2:41
285: Final – Noah Cruz (BC) dec. Kris Nizielski (BC), 7-4; 3. C. Vasquez (New Britain) forfeit over K. Davis (New Britain)