Wrestling: Locals fare well in Class M

Jake Pouliot, Zach Hubler and Luke Edmonson all captured individual state championships as the Class M tournament at Jonathan Law High’s Riccetelli Gymnasium on Saturday night.

The Lions placed third overall as a team with 153 points, placing behind Ledyard High (193 points) and Waterford High (168). Berlin High (120) and Branford High (102.5) finished out the top five. The Colonels, with a pair of individual champions, won the Class M state title for the third year in a row.

Law was 18th with 57.5 points.

Pouliot defeated Zachary Smith of Killingly, 8-0, in the 113-pound final, while Hubler cruised to an 11-6 minor decision win over Immaculate/Joel Barlow’s Steven Ghosnni at 195. Ghossni was the defending Class L state champ at 195.

Edmonson, a sophomore, used a takedown and a three-point nearfall in the closing seconds to stun top-seeded Mike Burek of Berlin, 6-3, in the final at 285.

Ben Croll dropped a 4-3 decision to Ledyard sophomore Daric Johnson in the 220 final.

Other top finishers for the Lions included No. 11 seed Jubilee Witte (sixth place, 126) and Noah Hubler (sixth place, 170).

Mark Bluemer was fourth at 138 for the Lawmen, as he dropped an overtime decision to Woodstock Academy’s Nick Listro, 8-6.

Tim Rebentisch placed fifth at 120, defeating Andrew Ignoto of Guilford, 4-2 in overtime in the fifth-place bout.

Top six finishers at Class M qualify for the State Open beginning on Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

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