Updated wrestling: Ryan Luth earns fourth SCC title
Sparked by Ryan Luth’s fourth SCC title, each coming in a different weight division, Foran High’s wrestling team placed third in Saturday’s SCC championships at Fairfield Prep.
Coach Dave Esposito’s Lions scored 128.5 points to finish just behind runner-up Daniel Hand of Madison (129.5).
Xavier of Middletown, for the second year in a row, hoisted the trophy scoring 166.5.
Luth captured the win at 152 pounds in convincing fashion, posting an 18-1 technical fall triumph in his bout with Amity of Woodbridge’s Matt Rothman.
Success and the experience of battling tough competition isn’t lost on Luth, a New England champion a year ago who will continue his career at Virginia’s Washington & Lee University.
“It’s different kids each year. I just keep wrestling the way I know how and keep trying hard. The success follows as you work harder,” Luth said “I’ve definitely learned more each year.”
Esposito said, “Ryan is the best wrestler I’ve ever seen. He’s won more matches than anyone in the state of Connecticut (203). He does it with style. He’s technically pure, he’s tough, he never gets tired. He’s like the perfect wrestler.”
Foran’s Ron Gaul reached the 160-pound finals and earned a runner-up finish, as Branford’s Zach Cash posted a 12-1 major decision in the decisive round.
Qasim Khan also took second place, dropping a 3-1 decision to Branford’s Kyle Zalewski at 220 pounds.
Foran had two victors among five chances in the consolation finals.
Ethan Edmondson defeated East Haven’s Tanner Divito in a 19-5 major decision to earn third place in the 138-pound bracket.
Nolan Bannon pinned Xavier’s Collin Malloy in 1:44 to place third at 195 pounds.
Mike Giordano placed fourth, advancing to the consolation finals before losing 4-0 to Prep’s Henry Bosken at 120 pounds.
Will Mauro fell to Jonathan Law’s Shayne McCourt, 9-5 in the 132-pound division consolation finals.
Umer Khan lost by fall to Branford’s Cody McHenry in 3:40 of their 170-pound consolation final.
“I’m very pleased. We brought 14 guys and we had 14 guys score points. Every one of our wrestlers had at least one win,” Esposito said. “No other team can say that. That’s a true team effort.”
The Lions will look to carry over their strong efforts in the Class M state championship this coming weekend.
“I’m very happy with the way we wrestled,” Esposito said. “If we have the same effort next week I think we can win the whole thing.”