The Francisco Salazar Era at Bunnell High School got off to a rousing start on Wednesday as the Bulldogs girls basketball team defeated West Haven 59-49, highlighting the opening night of the winter sports season.
Both Stratford and Bunnell wrestling teams also notched victories.
Here’s a rundown of what happened:
Bunnell 59, West Haven 49
Sophomore Mariana Trovelli led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points to lead Bunnell to the win over West Haven.
Adriana DeBernardo had 14 points with Amanda Zdru adding 12 more.
Yovanna Cruz also scored 10 points.
North Haven 49, Stratford 18
The Red Devils offensive struggled all night in a season-opening loss.
Abby Anka scored eight points for Stratford while Amanda Ogrodowicz added six.
Stratford 48, Bethel 24
The Red Devils won their opening dual meet of the season by besting Bethel.
Heavyweight Peter Mancero had a pin in just 38 seconds to highlight the action while Hayden Roberts pinned his opponent at 152 points in 1:12.
Decisions were posted by Seam Meisel at 120 (7-2), Michael Koda at 138 (8-4), and Joshua Kydes at 145 (12-8).
Bunnell 48, Notre Dame 24
The Bunnell Bulldogs defeated Notre Dame-Fairfield 48-24 to notch a season-opening dual meet win.
Some highlights are as follows:
Sophomore Tanner Roper at 145 pounds came out on fire and pinned his opponent in 26 seconds. Right off the whistle he scored a double leg takedown and continued to apply a lot of pressure to get the pin.
Senior Julian DeMatteo followed up at 152 pounds and scored an ankle pick takedown from a front headlock position. He was relentless on top and ended up scoring a 58-second pin just on the edge of the out of bounds line with a cross wrist tilt.
In an exciting comeback match, sophomore Nick Demanche at 182 pounds was trailing 8-1 going into the 3rd period. He started in the down position and showed a lot of heart as he continued to fight even though he was down by 7 points. He got to his feet and escaped and used the momentum to launch an immediate double-leg attack and took his opponent down right to his back to secure the pin and win the match
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