By MICHAEL LETENDRE
NEW FAIRFIELD – The Bristol Eastern wrestling team ended up taking the runner-up trophy from the Fairfield Duels on Saturday, Feb. 2.
It was another solid showing by the Lancers, one in which the squad went 2-1 at the meet.
The finals saw Eastern battle Simsbury a program that had beaten Southington earlier in the week. And the Trojans struck pay dirt again as the squad upset the Lancers 36-30 to take the New Fairfield Duals championship.
Eastern, which had won a school record 51 dual meets in a row, was just a pin short against the Trojans as the Lancers absorbed its first loss of the year.
Simsbury moved to 14-4 on the season while Eastern fell to 15-1 looking to start a new dual meet winning streak against Bristol Central on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
To get to the finals, Eastern defeated two opponents by a 72-6 score.
The Lancers beat New Fairfield and Bethel by similar scores setting up a finals bout by the streaking Trojans.
Against New Fairfield, Eastern’s Trent Thompson (106) pinned Mike Wrobel and Riley McCarthy (120) pinned Julian Soares in 5:43.
The Lancers’ Tommy Nichols (132) pinned Saul Pera in 1:33 while Gabe Soucy (138) also won via pin-fall, defeating Zach Kalmanson in 3:10.
Justin Marshall (152) wasted little time, pinning Nick Tardella at the 1:10 mark of the first period; while at 160, Noah Piazza pinned James Fiscella in 1:23.
At 182, Dylan Garcia pinned Frank Tamay and Ethan Mathieu (195) was a pin-fall victor against Nick Forstner.
Trinidad Gonzalez (220) pinned New Fairfield’s Azaam Castellano in 3:06; and Nick St. Peter (285) pinned Carlos Brizido in 3:21 as Eastern took care of business.
Against Simsbury, Nichols defeated Saul Pera 4-3 while Alex Marshall took his match via a 6-2 decision.
Justin Marshall nabbed a 9-4 decision over Simsbury’s Carter Sirois; and then at 170, Eastern’s Joe Morelli pinned Will Henry with 11 seconds to spare in the third period.
Gonzalez pinned Tommy Guilfoyle in 5:15 while St. Peter’s 3-1 decision kept the Lancers in it.
Thompson pinned Cael Finn in 1:05 and Lishness beat Alex Kasson by 2-1 decision to score points for the Lancers.
However, the Lancers just missed out in the end as Simsbury won by six to hand Eastern its first loss of the campaign.
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