Bunnell wrestler Julian Dematteo earned a pin against Masuk on Thursday. (Contributed photo)

HS ROUNDUP: Bunnell wrestlers, Stratford boys earn victories

WRESTLING

Bunnell 44, Masuk 30

The Bulldogs earned a big league win over Masuk, 44-30, on Thursday.

Conner Souza won by pin in 1:52 at 113 pounds.

“His opponent took the first shot but Conner stuffed it and smothered him with a tight front headlock to score the first takedown,” Bunnell coach Sean Sloat said. “He kept the pressure on with a mean cross-face and locked up a far side cradle to get the pin.”

Junior captain Julian Dematteo at 138 pounds also came away with a pin.

“He came in with a fury and took down his opponent and pinned him in 37 seconds,” Sloat said.

At 170 pounds, Sean Romero came back strong in his first match back from injury and pinned his opponent in 53 seconds. 

That brought Brandon Toscano to the mat at 195 pounds.

“Brandon had an exciting match as always,” Sloat said.

Toscano gave up the first takedown but tied it up with a reversal. After a series of takedowns and escapes from both wrestlers, the Bulldog grappler trailed 7-5 after the first period.  

Starting in the bottom position in the second, Toscano scored a quick escape, and then attacked right away to take his opponent down to his back to take the lead 11-7.  He gave up a reversal and gained an escape to end the second period with a 12-9 lead.

Toscano started in the top position for period 3 and turned his opponent with a butcher to get three more near fall points.  He tried securing his barbed wire pinning combination to earn the fall but he was unable to.  Although he didn’t get the pin, Toscano still came away with the 15-9 victory.  

Winning by forfeit were Ryan McLaughlin (106), Mike Amorando (126), Tanner Roper (138) and CJ Falotico at heavyweight.  

“The guys looked great and we are right on target to peak for SWCs and States,” Sloat said. “This was an important SWC win for us.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Stratford 52, Kolbe Cathedral 41

The Red Devils took the lead in the first quarter and held off Kolbe to post its fourth straight win and seventh win in eight games at the Sheehan Center in Bridgeport.

Jack Ryan led the Stratford with 17 points. Mike August added 12 while Joe August and Zack Fedak had eight points each.

The Red Devils (10-5 overall, 6-1 in SWC play) host Brookfield on Monday and Bunnell on Wednesday at Needham Gym.

Immaculate 71, Bunnell 59

A slow start came back to haunt the Bulldogs, who saw their nine-game winning streak snapped with a road loss to Immaculate.

The Bulldogs slipped to 11-4 and suffered their first SWC loss to slip to 6-1 in the league. Immaculate improved to 10-2 (7-0).

The host team raced out to an 18-9 lead and scored 23 points in the final quarter to put the game away.

Maximus Edwards scored 23 points for the Bulldogs while Khalid Moreland added 14, Joshua Giannini 9 and Jerrod Leak 8, all in the second half.

Bunnell will look to get back on the winning track on Wednesday when it heads down the road to Stratford to face the Red Devils at Needham Gym.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Immaculate 52, Bunnell 48

Behind Amanda Zdru’s 20 first-half points, the host Bulldogs raced out to a 15-point halftime lead, but visiting Immaculate stormed back in the second half to escape town with the win.

Zdru finished with 26 points for Bunnell, which fell to 3-14.

Jasmine St. Clair added seven more.

Immaculate improved to 4-12.

The Bulldogs host archrival Stratford on Tuesday.

Kolbe Cathedral 76, Stratford 25

Kolbe showed why it’s the ninth-ranked team in the state, throwing a lot of offense at the Red Devils.

Julia Torreso scored 14 of her team’s points to lead the way.

Stratford (4-11) has a home-and-home with Amistad Academy on Friday (at Needham) and Monday (in New Haven) before travelling to Bunnell on Tuesday.

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