Wrestling: Foran’s Luth wins 4th SCC title

FAIRFIELD — Moments after Foran’s Ryan Luth secured his fourth SCC championship in four years, his coach, Dave Esposito, proudly stated that the Lions had 14 wrestlers win at least one match at this year’s tournament.

“If we have this same effort next week, we may win the whole thing [the Class M tournament],” Esposito said confidently.

As impressive as that was, it didn’t match want Xavier was able to accomplish Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall. The Falcons defended their conference title by winning titles in five different weight classes.

Michael Rapuano (106 pounds), James Lunt (132), Grant Barber (138), Ryan Devivo (170) and Dylan Sousa (182) each finished first for Xavier, giving the Falcons 166.5 points. The Falcons also had the runner-up at 126 pounds: Ronan Marino.

“This crown here, a lot of these kids weren’t here last year,” coach Michael Cunningham said after Xavier’s seventh title overall. “Every year you get a new bunch of kids.”

Daniel Hand finished second with 129.5 points after Michael Burchell won at 285 pounds, and Foran finished a close third with 128.5 points. Amity (90 points) and Guilford (81) rounded out the top five finishers.

Devivo registered a 17-6 major decision win over Hand’s Adam Hendrick to stay undefeated on the season. Sousa followed that up by earning an 11-6 win over Charlie Andrus of Guilford.

“I really tried to focus on wrestling how I know how,” said Devivo, a champion at 160 pounds last year.

Luth was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the meet after his 18-1 technical fall win over Amity’s Matt Rothman at 152 pounds. It was the state-record 203rd win of Luth’s illustrious career.

“He does it with style,” Esposito said. “He’s the most artful, beautiful wrestler I’ve seen. He’s technically pure, he’s tough, he never gets tired. He’s like the perfect wrestler.”

Luth said his only disappointment was not pinning Rothman. His record this year is 40-2, with both of those losses against out-of-state opponents.

“I just wanted to score as many points as I could,” Luth said. “I was trying to get the pin, but it didn’t work out.”

Ryan Gaul (160 pounds) and Qasim Khan (220) placed second in their respective weight classes for Foran.

The closest match of the day was at 195 pounds, where Kevin Brocksom of Jonathan Law edged Shelton’s Ray Weiner 4-2 in overtime. Brocksom said it was his first championship at any level.

“I have eight silver medals,” said Brocksom, who lost 9-5 to Weiner in the 195-pound final last year. “It feels amazing to get this one.”

Brocksom’s teammate, Aisaiah Rodriguez, finished runner-up at 138 pounds after a 16-0 technical fall loss to Barber. Law finished seventh place with 71 points, slightly behind Branford (73). East Haven (66), Shelton (40) and Fairfield Prep (32.5) rounded out the top 10.

East Haven’s Victor Garcia defeated Shelton’s Steven Reyes 5-3 to win at 113 pounds. That win came not long after the Yellowjackets’ Matt Divito lost to Michael Rapuano of Xavier in the 106-pound final, a 16-2 major decision.

“I knew he would get tired and break before me,” Garcia said of a match that was in doubt until the final minute. “I got in one of my better positions and scrambled my way to two points.”

Notre Dame-West Haven claimed a title at 145 pounds when Connor Massey defeated Dean Tsiranides of Fairfield Prep, 6-4.