By MICHAEL LETENDRE
FAIRFIELD – In a huge quad meet on Saturday, Jan. 30, the Bristol Eastern wrestling squad ended the month on the highest note possible.
And it was a statement victory for the Lancers in multiple fronts.
In a contest, pitting the Lancers against two top ranked teams and another challenger from outside the state, Eastern pulled through with flying colors as Eastern swept the afternoon.
The Lancers, ranked No. 8 in the Norwich Bulletin Coaches Poll, downed No. 3 Fairfield Warde by a 53-21 finale, picked off No. 9 Ledyard, 32-29 and sent New York challenger Carmel packing by a 47-point romp.
But the main event of the affair came against ninth ranked Ledyard as the Lancers were in the midst of a real war against one of the state’s top challengers.
It all started at 126 pounds as Jack Kachidurian defeated Adam Crawford by a 6-4 decision but in the 132 bout, Garrett McCarthy fell via a 16-6 major decision and the meet was quickly afoot.
Josh Wilson (138) followed up with an 18-2 technical decision over Shane Fors and was a big winner.
At 145, Greg Lozier just needed just 52 seconds to pin Sam Cummings; and in the 152 match, Mikey Barrett once again was declared the victor.
Barrett roasted Jake Millbach via a 7-3 decision and then at 160 pounds, Zac Thompson’s match was over in just under two periods worth of work.
Thompson pinned Colin Crader in 3:40 to score a much needed win.
Trinidad Gonzales (170) fought hard against Curtis Patsiga but fell by a 9-2 decision.
And in a major one-point victory for the Lancers, Zach Marquis (182) took out Dakota Grover by 7-6 decision.
But from there, Ledyard racked up five big wins to turn the tide of the meet.
Eastern’s Anthony Circosta (195 pounds, lost by 11-0 major decision), Luis Rivera (285, 5-1 lost by decision), Christian Paparazzo (285, lost by 5-2 decision), Jordon Champagne (106, pinned in 4:30) and Noah Corliss (113, pinned in 3:58) gave Ledyard a chance to take the match.
But it was all for not as a pin by Justin Marshall (120) over Jake Graziano in 2:50 posted Eastern past Ledyard by three points in a huge winning effort.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE