Wrestling: Wave is tough to ride

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Jake Allen, bottom, competes at 132 pounds during an Immaculate-Joel Barlow High wrestling match last Wednesday, Jan. 2. Immaculate Barlow lost 64-15 to New Milford.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

Jake Allen, bottom, competes at 132 pounds during an Immaculate-Joel Barlow High wrestling match last Wednesday, Jan. 2. Immaculate Barlow lost 64-15 to New Milford.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

ictories were few for the Immaculate-Joel Barlow High wrestling team when it took on Immaculate.

The hosts had their hands full with one of the top teams in the state last Wednesday, Jan. 2. Only three of the weight classes went their way in a 64-15 loss.

The Green Wave started by taking the first five contests, starting with 138 pounds. Aiden Buckley lost a 15-4 decision to Brett Leonard.

Four pins followed for New Milford. Hector Reyes defeated Callum Tennant at 145 pounds and Louis Alhage did likewise to Sam Bartlett at 152.

Kameron Bradshaw won the 160-pound match over Elias Papadimitriou and  Jorge Arcuni took the 170-pound class when he pinned C.J. Kowalski.

Immaculate Barlow’s first win was at 182 pounds when Dante Hristu won a 5-2 decision over Chris Brett. Following with a pin at 195, Steve Ghossani defeated Tom McIlveen.

All but one of the remaining matches went to the visitors, including 220 pounds with Rob Tozzi pinning Andre Hristu. Jomar Orejuela took the 285-pound class in the same way by beating Roy Villagomez.

Moving on to the lighter weight classes, Halim Bourjeli pinned Jay Broderick in the 106-pound match. At 113 pounds, Kyle Linder did likewise to Ryan McFarland.

Immaculate-Barlow did not have a wrestler at 120 pounds, resulting in a forfeit. Its last win of the night came at 126 pounds when Emmett LiCastri pinned Niko Stefantos.

Ending the match at 132 pounds, New Milford’s Zach Arnold pinned Jake Allen.

The team had a better performance at the Bunnell Duals two days later. Of the six schools participating, Immaculate Barlow was second, beating the hosts 46-30 and Enfield 51-36 but getting edged by first-place East Haven 37-36.

Now 3-6, Immaculate-Barlow goes to the East Haven Invitational on Saturday and is at Stratford on Wednesday.

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