By MICHAEL LETENDRE
The 2019 New England Wrestling Championships took place from the Providence Career and Technical Academy in Rhode Island on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.
The tournament showcased scholastic talent from all over the Northeast and the program from Bristol Eastern made a top-25 showing.
The Lancers scored 30.5 points, good for 21st place overall, in an excellent display to end the 2018-19 campaign.
And Eastern’s Trinidad Gonzalez was a big part of that mix.
Gonzalez – a three-time Class L champion and State Open winner – ended up earning third place at the 220-pound weight class.
The third place showing was an excellent way for the senior to finish up a campaign that saw him go 40-1 overall this year.
In the 220 consolation bout, Gonzalez battled on Saturday and defeated Noah Giffard of Concord, winning the contest by a 3-1 decision.
Trent Thompson (106 pounds) was also part of the mix, getting to the quarterfinal round before finally losing for the first time that weekend.
He ended up going 3-2 over the tournament with a pin-fall win and two major decisions to his credit.
Tom Nichols (132) wrestled three times on Friday, pulling out his match against Josh Hanlon of Williamstown via a pin-fall victory in 1:33.
In terms of final rankings this year, the program from Bristol Eastern – the Class L champions for the third consecutive season – was second in the final Connecticut Wrestling Online poll for 2018-19.
The Lancers went 16-1 this year and 50-1 over the past three seasons.
Danbury (14-1) ended up No. 1 – winning the Class LL title for the fourth straight time and took the State Open over the past three years.
The team also won the New England championship over the weekend as well to cement that No. 1 standing.
Xavier (15-4) of Middletown placed third in the state, Trumbull (25-5) finished in fourth, while Simsbury (15-1) – the only squad to hang a loss on Eastern over the past three years – took fifth.
Ramirez places at the New England Track & Field meet
Jose Ramirez finished seventh at the New England’s in the 600 meters with a time of 1:23.25 – establishing a new school record at Bristol Central in the process.
The top six finishers at the event earn All-New England and Ramirez just missed that amazing distinction.
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