Law’s Marissa Wargo medals in wrestling at Girls State Championship Tournament

Marissa Wargo wrestled back to earn a fifth-place medal at the CIAC Girls State Championship Tournament.

Marissa Wargo wrestled back to earn a fifth-place medal at the CIAC Girls State Championship Tournament.

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Marissa Wargo from Jonathan Law took home a fifth-place medal in the 120-pound wrestling class from the CIAC Girls State Championship Tournament at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Sunday.

Wargo making her mark as a first-year wrestler didn’t surprise her coach.

“Marissa is hard working, a pleasure to coach, and lived up to expectations that I had for her coming into the season,” Law coach Matt Schoonmaker said of his sophomore. “She can be as good as she wants to be as far as I’m concerned. I’m looking forward to seeing how far up the podium she can move in the coming years.”

Wargo scored a pin in 1:12 of her first match, beating No. 6 seed Madison Henry from Northwestern.

“It was very exciting. I was nervous. It wasn’t like a regular meet,” Wargo said of competing at a state tournament. “The girls all got along. I wanted to do my best and not give up.”

Next up for Wargo was Esther Ribeiro from Bethel, who sent her into the consolation round on her way to winning the title.

“I knew she was good because of where she placed in states,” Wargo said of Riberio who had taken sixth in the Class M boys’ meet. “Coach told me to stay aggressive.”

In wrestle backs, Wargo dropped a 3-2 decision to fourth-place finisher Maren Gilchrist from Brien McMahon. She pinned Kali Fangiullo from Plainville in 2:09 to earn fifth place.

“Coach said to use how I was feeling and put it into the next match,” Wargo said of bouncing back with a pin. “Winning a medal was awesome.”

Wargo plays football in the fall.

“I am a linebacker,” Wargo said with a determination that all the position calls for. “I tell myself I got this. Its about training and confidence. I played in the JV games at linebacker and kickoffs and sometimes in varsity games at linebacker.

“I grew up with my dad (Christopher) watching football,” she said. “I played flag and modified flag football in a league in Shelton. My mom (Diane) and dad just told me to be careful. They probably worry about it (injuries) more than I do.”

Wargo returns this spring to play defense on Law’s girls’ lacrosse team.

“We did well, made it into the playoffs,” Wargo said. “It has been great. We have a good team coming back in football. Most of our wrestlers are young. We should have a great season this spring with lacrosse.”

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