By MICHAEL LETENDRE
The Bristol Central wrestling team opened its season with a big win against Fermi of Enfield while just missing out on winning the Plainville Invitational Championship on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Against the Falcons on opening night, Thursday, Dec. 19, the Rams were 63-12 winners against pesky Fermi.
At 106 pounds, Joe Cherwinski picked up a pin in 1:54 while Jacob Ganavage (120) won via forfeit.
The next three wrestlers from Central won via pin-fall as Josh Ganavage (126 pounds, 1:22), Jean Rioux (132, 2:29) and defending Class L champion Tyler Burrow (138 pounds, 3:44) took their respective matches.
At 145 pounds, Kadeem Richards won by 5-2 decision. Josh Nelson was a 12-5 victor at 152. Meanwhile Ian Gonzalez – at 170 – pounded Zach Purdue for a quick pin in just 17 seconds of work.
Tom Nelligan, at 182 pounds, won by 5-1 decision, Tino Pompei (195) was a winner by forfeit, Cody McQuarrie (220) easily pinned Alex Purdue in 1:27 and finally at heavyweight, Kris Nizielski was a pin-fall victor over Jake Richters in 4:40.
Two days later, Central did very well in the annual tournament from the Ivan Wood Gymnasium in Plainville.
Maloney won the 13th annual Plainville Invitational and just snuck by the Rams for a 201-197 victory in a very close affair.
Minnechaug Regional from Massachusetts was third at the event with 179 total points while host Plainville did very well and placed sixth with 79.5 points.
Maloney had four wrestlers win individual titles as tournament MVP Jophy Nieves (152 pounds) dominated the action while Pompei won the Fast Fall award, making three pins in 1:22.
McQuarrie (220 pounds) won his weight class while Pompei was the victorious as well at 195 and defeated Jon Pellitier of Rockville in just 25 seconds for the title.
In that 220 pound final, McQuarrie took the final with a 5-3 decision over Nick Zacchio of Avon.
At 138, Burrow won the class and took the final via a 10-4 decision over Matt Fields of Danbury while at 170, Gonzalez was once again crowned champion.
Gonzalez took the final off a 7-3 decision over Minnechaug’s Benton Whitley.
BRISTOL CENTRAL 63, FERMI 12
from Enrico Fermi High School, Enfield
106 pounds: Joe Cherwinski (BC) pin Chris Panatsas 1:54; 113: Chase LaRusso (F) pin Jacob Kreciglowa 1:27; 120: Jacob Ganavage (BC) forfeit; 126: Josh Ganavage (BC) pin Devin Isaac 1:22; 132: Jean Rioux (BC) pin Alex Coffey 2:29; 138: Tyler Burrow (BC) pin Eric Barnes 3:44; 145: Kadeem Richards (BC) dec Matt Dwyer 5-2; 152: Josh Nelson (BC dec Kevin Lampro 12-5; 160: Charles Fields (F) pin Brett Scully 5:30; 170: Ian Gonzalez (BC) pin Zach Purdue 0:17; 182: Tom Nelligan (BC) dec Matt Johnson 5-1; 195: Tino Pompei (BC) forfeit; 220: Cody McQuarrie (BC) pin Alex Purdue 1:27; 285: Kris Nizielski (BC) pin Jake Richters 4:40.
Records: Bristol Central 1-0; Fermi 0-1.
Team results – 1. Maloney 201, 2. Bristol Central 197, 3. Minnechaug Mass. 179, 4. Danbury B 168½, 5. Avon 140, 6. Plainville 79½, 7. Rockville 76, 8. Woodstock Academy 46, 9. Vinal Tech 36, 10. Goodwin Tech 31, 11. Wolcott Tech 10
106 – Final: Ryan Pantalena, Maloney, Pin Riley Jacobson, Minnechaug 1:54; 3. Shaun William, Danbury, dec. Joe Cherwinski, Bristol Central, 6-0
113 – Final: Keith Gordon, Minnechaug pin Trevor Merrill, Rockville, 2:55; 3. Chris Herrera, Maloney, pin Kuba Kreciglowa, Bristol Central, 0:41
120 – Final: Joey Hulse, Danbury default over Jeremy Fields, Danbury; 3. Ryan Monteiro, Minnechaug dec. Puck Quijano, Avon, 13-1
126 – Final: Anthony Monteiro, Minnechaug dec. Justin Peterson, Danbury, 5-3; 3. Johnny Oh, Avon, Pin Nate Hunter, Maloney, 3:14
132 – Final: Alec Marquis, Danbury dec. Mike Lemoine, Minnechaug, 17-2; 3. Nick Briere, Avon, dec. Sam Lindgren, Plainville, 9-4
138 – Final: Tyler Burrow, Bristol Central, dec. Matt Fields, Danbury, 10-4; 3. Dan Fornaciari, Maloney, pin Caleb Hildebran, Bristol Central, 0:33
145 –Final: Graysen DeLuca, Woodstock Academy, pin Kadeem Richards, Bristol Central, 1:38l 3. Nick Listro, Woodstock Academy JV dec. Ahmed Abdelghan, Maloney, 3-2
152 – Final: Jophy Nieves, Maloney, pin Joe Adams, EC Goodwin, 1:38; 3. Jarek Laplant, Danbury, dec. Josh Nelson, Bristol Central, 4-1
160 – Final: Danny Ortiz, Maloney, pin Sean Baker, Minnechaug 1:48; 3. Jon Oliveira, Plainville, dec. Andrew Marquis, Danbury, 18-2
170 – Final: Ian Gonzalez, Bristol Central, dec. Benton Whitley, Minnechaug, 7-3; 3. Eli Manke, Maloney, pin Luis Velez, Maloney, 1:26
182 – Final: Matt Adam, Danbury, pin Collin Flannery, Vinal Tech, 2:35; 3. Tom Nelligan, Bristol Central, pin Rob Filipkowski, Plainville, 0:47
195 – Final: Tino Pompeii, Bristol Central, pin Jon Pellitier, Rockville, 0:25; 3. Kurt Ollestad, Avon, pin Cody Lajoie, Woodstock Academy, 0:24
220 – Final: Cody McQuarrie, Bristol Central, dec. Nick Zacchio, Avon, 5-3; 3. Nick Craft, Maloney, pin Ryan Wenz, Vinal Tech, 1:50
285 – Final: Brian Gonzalez, Maloney, pin Austin Novak, Rockville, 1:03; 3. Gino Bonalumi, Avon, pin Mark Kukulka, Minnechaug 5:47
Fast fall: Tino Pompei, Bristol Central (195), 3 pins in 1:22
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