Foran finishes second with eight place winners in Class M

GUILFORD — Suffield/Windsor Locks will raise the Class M banner after working its way past three contenders to capture the Class M wrestling title at Guilford High on Saturday.

For coach Matt Mangelli’s Wildcats, who scored 187 points, it was their first state title. It came one week after they took the Central Connecticut Conference championship

Foran (181.5) was second, RHAM (166) third and Branford (163) fourth.

For the Lions, it was the second consecutive season they were M runners-up, and the eighth straight season they have placed in the top three. They were without a finalist, but Foran had eight wrestling back to place in the top six.

Foran coach Dave Esposito said, “The most gratifying thing for me is to see our guys go out there and let it loose. It is such a mental grind. The experience of the last seven years (two titles, 4 seconds, 1 third) comes into the mix today. They know that every (team) point counts, a pin, a major decision. We had a lot of guys overachieve.”

Tanish Joshi (126 pounds), Kyle Pokornowski (132 pounds) and Pat Rescanski (heavyweight) placed third.

Antonio Madero (113 pounds), Michael Vanchot (138 pounds) and Ethan Edmondson (152 pounds) were fourth.

Sam Poffenberger (170 pounds) and Jacob Madarang (220 pounds) placed sixth.

Jonathan Law’s Dylan Benedetti was sixth in the 126-pound weight class.

SWL’s Josh Nieroda (113), Zachary Johns (126) and Dylan Washnurn (145) won finals.

“We competed with 10 wrestlers today and I’m proud of each of them. They all played a part in this,” said Suffield/Windsor Locks coach Matt Mangelli. “The kids had a common goal and each of them wanted to get to that (finish) line. We made a good chase at the end of the season.”

With the title vacated when Killingly dropped to Class S, it was a wide-open battle for first, in the team score and in individual weight classes. Only two champions returned — Joel Barlow’s Carson LiCastro and Avon’s Christopher Gen. Each added another title.


East Haven’s Alec DiVito (132 pounds) and Tanner (DiVito (138 pounds) won titles. Matt DiVito (126 pounds) was runner-up.

Alec DiVito said: “I wanted to be at the top of the line. The team has done so well today. To win like that, and then have Tanner get his title and his 100th win is amazing.”

Tanner DiVito said: “It' a dream come true, who can believe you would win your 100th and a state championship in the same match. It means so much to me. I broke my thumb missed football and had surgery. Every morning I would work out with one thought, win a state title.”


Carson LiCastri rolled a hard four when the senior battled through a knee injury to defeat New London’s Jackson Harshberger, by 2:37 second fall in the 195-pound final.

“It feels great to know that all the hard work I’ve done this year, and the last four years has paid off,” said LiCastri, who suffered a torn meniscus and missed three weeks and the SCC tournament. “I thank my coaches, they are a huge part of this. The anticipation was the worst part...waiting to hear from my surgeons (to see) if I could be back in this time frame.”


“You always have to be wary when you haven’t wrestled someone,” Christopher Gens from Avon said after pinning Adam Frame from Brookfield in 3:51 to win the 220-pound title. “I was very excited, all my matches went very well. The kid (Frame) was really tough, you can see the cuts on my face. Senior year has gone very well (36-0).”

The Most Outstanding Wrestler in Class M will receive the award at the State Open. Twitter: @blox354