NEW FAIRFIELD–The Bunnell High Bulldogs saw four wrestlers earn top three finishes at Saturday’s SWC championship at New Fairfield High School.
Bunnell placed ninth as a team with 87 points while Stratford was 12th with 24 points.
Newtown won the SWC title with 137 points, edging out Joel Barlow (136) and New Fairfield (130).
“We had a great showing today at SWC championship,” was the report from Bunnell coach Sean Sloat. “On paper we were the youngest team at the tournament. We had more freshmen in our lineup than anyone else. These guys just go out and wrestle with no fear.”
Junior Julian Dematteo pinned his way to the 138-pound finals but then lost a close match 3-1 to a Brookfield wrestler to take second place.
Seniors Mike Amorando (126 pounds) and CJ Falotico (285) were both third as was freshman Brandon Toscano (195).
Amorando came out very strong with a 24-second pin in the first round. In the semifinals, he lost a close match to a New Milford wrestler.
He came back after his loss on a mission, according to Sloat, pinning his way to the consolation finals and then pinning Stratford’s Mitchell with two seconds left in the match.
After losing in the semifinals, Toscano stormed back and pinned his way to third-place showing.
In his consolation final, he was trailing after giving up the first takedown to a Newtown wrestler. In the second period, Toscano then gave up an escape and another takedown to go down 5-0. By the time the match was over, though, Sloat said Toscano “showed how much heart he has and was able to find an opening and put his opponent to his back and secured a pin.”
At heavyweight, Falotico also lost in the semifinals, but came back on a mission of his own to pin his way to 3rd place at 3:11 over a Notre Dame-Fairfield wrestler.
Also getting wins for Bunnell for not placing were: Ryan McLaughlin at 106 pounds, Conner Souza at 113 pounds, Tanner Roper at 132 pounds and Nick Demanche at 170 pounds.
Two Stratford wrestlers medal at SWCs
Stratford High had two wrestlers, Tanner Mitchell and Sean Meisel, both earn medals by finishing fourth.
Mitchell finished fourth at 126 pounds while Meisel took fourth place at 120 pounds.