Ryan Luth, Michael Ross excel at New England's
Three Foran High School wrestlers headed to the Providence Career and Technical Center in Rhode Island for the 52nd annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships on March 4.
Ryan Luth a sophomore who was third at the State Open tournament at 132 pounds, started Friday evening off with a first period pin against Vermont’s third-ranked Kyle Goodell of St. Johnsbury.
Luth then faced Massachusetts state champion Griffin Murray of Chelmsford in the round of 16. Luth won the bout 3-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Luth’s quarterfinal match featured Maine state champion and returning New England finalist Brad Beaulieu of Marshwoods. The match, which was tied 2-2 after three periods, went into sudden victory overtime. Luth was able to secure a takedown to win the match 4-2 and advance to the semifinals.
Luth then faced Rhode Island state champion and last year’s New England champion Abe Bloom of Moses Brown. Luth won a hard fought 6-3 decision over Bloom, which landed him in the finals.
Luth then faced CT State Open champion Tim Kane from Fairfield Warde in the finals. Kane was able to score a takedown early in the first period and Luth responded with an escape. Kane secured a second takedown to end the period 4-1. Kane chose down in the second period and was able to escape with seconds left to increase his lead to 5-1.
Luth took top in the third period and put Kane on his back with a cradle narrowing the lead to 5-4. With time running out, Luth let Kane up and attempted to take him down. Kane was hit with stalling late in the third. Luth attempted one last takedown, but Kane was able to scramble and secure another takedown as time ran out.
Ross a junior who was third at the CT State Opens, faced Colin Boutin of Hanover, who was the Mass. #5 ranked wrestler on Friday evening. Ross pinned Boutin in the second period and moved on to the round of 16.
Ross’s 2nd match of the evening was against New Hampshire state champion Wayne Nollette of Nashua North. The match was tied 4-4 after three periods and went to sudden victory overtime. Nollette was able to secure a takedown on Ross and win the match 4-2. Ross then entered the consolation bracket.
Ross faced Maine’s #3 ranked wrestler Eric Glidden of Marshwoods in his first wrestleback. Ross pinned Glidden in 58 seconds and advanced onto Saturday, where Ross faced Rhode runner-up Nick Teves of Moses Brown. After a scoreless first period Ross scored 16 points and tech falled Teves in the second period.
Ross then faced Mass. state champion Ryan Monteiro of Minnechaug and won a 4-2 decision to move to the consolation round of four, where he faced Maine state Champion Zac Caron of Foxtrot Academy. Ross was able to score a takedown, two near fall points and an escape to win the match 5-3.
Ross then won a tough 4-3 decision in the consolation semis against CT runner-up Bryan Rojas of New Milford and secured his spot in the consolation finals.
Ross met Rhode Island state champion Julian Jerez of Woonsocket. Ross was able to get a takedown late in the first period to lead 2-0. Ross then took bottom in the second period and was able to get an escape with three seconds remaining making the score 3-0. Jerez took down in the third period and scored an escape. Jerez was awarded a penalty point late in the third period, but Ross held on to win 3-2 and secure third place in the tournament.
Edmondson a senior who was the CT State Open champion at 285 pounds lost his opening match 5-2 to Mass. #3 ranked wrestler Brennan Sankey of North Attleboro. Edmondson then moved to the consolation match, where he lost a 3-1 decision against Maine #3 Chris Lantagne of Biddeford.