Foran to contend for SCC title
Coach Frank Peters’ Foran High wrestling team will contend for the Southern Connecticut Conference title this weekend at Shelton High.
Clay Callahan leads the way with a 36-0 record at 152 pounds. He is the defending Class M champion.
C.J. Luth, also a Class M champion, has posted a 36-1 record at 138 pounds.
Liam Callahan, who placed sixth at states, is 32-2 at 106 pounds.
Filling out the lower weights are Jake Pouliot (22-6) at 113, Jubilee Witte at 120 and Rodrigo Sapriza (9-10) at 126.
Nick Holt (10-17) will take the mat at 132 pounds, followed by Luth, Luke Stojanowski (15-9 and a sixth-place finisher in Class M last year) at 145 and Clay Callahan.
Beau Garcia (18-12) is at 160, Wasim Khan (24-12) at 170, Zach Hubler (27-7) at 182, Ben Croll (14-10) at 195, Luke Edmondson (13-15) at 220 and Chris Kyek (18-17) at heavyweight.
Foran defeated Stratford, 65-9, and Amity of Woodbridge, 46-25, at home this past Saturday.
The match of the day came in Clay Callahan’s 152-pound bout with Amity High’s Dan Grober, also a state champion in 2012.
Callahan used a lift to get the takedown 40 seconds in and added three back points with 25 seconds remaining for a 5-0 first-period lead.
The Lion escaped and then used a rolling takedown to up his advantage to 8-0 after two.
Grober was able to get underneath from the neutral position, only to have Callahan calmly block the shot attempt and counter.
“This is the first time we’ve met and I’m glad he bumped up a weight class,” Callahan said after his 10-0 major decision.
“I work every practice with C.J. (Luth) on having guys at me feet and it paid off.
“When I can get into a scramble like that I love it, and I knew (Grober) would like it too.”
After Edmondson lost an 11-1 major decision to open the Amity match at 220, Foran built up a 15-4 lead,
Kyek was awarded a forfeit and Liam Callahan manhandled Eli Silvert to score a pin at the 3:12 mark of his 106 match.
Pouliot survived a bleeding injury to his forehead to score an 11-4 victory at 113.
Witte lost by 15-0 technical fall at 120 and Sapriza dropped a 13-0 major decision, before Mike Cala pinned Holt in the second period to give Amity a 19-15 lead.
Luth put the Lions back on top with a 1:27 fall and Stojanowski built up a 9-1 lead before getting the pin call at 3:12 of his 145-pound bout.
Clay Callahan followed with his major to give Foran a 31-19 lead.
Garcia took leads of 4-0 and 4-1 before winning an 8-1 decision at 160 pounds.
Khan battled through a back-and-forth first period with Dave Buono, before he pinned the Spartan in 2:38.
Hubler and Croll were awarded forfeit wins to close out the match.
Foran’s upper weights dominated early in the Stratford match, with Croll (31 seconds), Edmondson (1:21) and Kyek (1:36) earning pins.
Liam Callahan (28 seconds) and Pouliot (21 seconds) kept the pin parade going until Stratford’s Mike Lapia earned a 5-1 decision over Witte at 120.
Sapriza scored a 17-2 win by technical fall before Holt lost an exciting 8-7 roll-around with the Red Devils’ Brian Evan.
Luth (1:08), Stojanowski (5:02) and Clay Callahan (1:00) followed with wins by fall for a 53-6 advantage.
Stratford’s Brandon Murphy decisioned Garcia 6-3 before Khan (1:32) and Hubler (2:30) posted pins.
Foran High won its 20th match of the season when the Lions defeated Fairfield Prep, 54-15, on Jan. 29.
Liam Callahan had a 42-second pin at 106 pounds, Pouliot in 1:23 at 113, Luth in 54 seconds at 138, Garcia in 4:14 at 160, Khan in 1:34 at 170 and Hubler in 1:36 at 182.
Witte (5-1 at 120), Sapriza (6-3 at 126), Stojanowski (9-7 at 145) and Clay Callahan (5-2 at 152) took decisions.