Wrestling: Foran Lions sweep three opponents

The Foran High wrestling team defeated Waterford 66-6, Ellis Tech 37-31 and Branford High 58-21 in Milford on Saturday.

Coach Dave Esposito’s Lions are now 12-4 on the season.

Gino Esposito returned to the mat for the first time this season. A state champion at 113 pounds as a junior, Esposito is recovering from a knee injury and posted wins by 19-4 technical fall vs Waterford and by 12-6 decision in the Ellis Tech match.

“Gino wrestled his first matches yesterday,” coach Esposito said. “He was a little sore so I kept him out of the last match. He wrestled a very good opponent from Ellis Tech and looked good. He has kept himself in shape and it shouldn't be long before he is at one hundred percent.

“His return makes us a completely different team. He really makes our lineup so much tougher.  I can't remember a team (in CT) that could march out three state champions in a row.

“Not having him the first half of the season, allowed some other kids to compete and get better and that will pay off in the postseason. To me, our season really starts today. We have been doing well, but I see so much more room for improvement.

“We’re anxious to start our home schedule on Wednesday vs Hand and put on a good show for our fans.”

Ryan Luth (145 pounds), Michael Ross (152 pounds), Umer Khan (170 pounds) and Qasim Khan (182 pounds) won all three matches. Ruth had three pinfalls, Ross two pins and a forfeit, Umer Khan two pins and win by technical fall and Qasim Khan three wins by fall.

Elijah Moretti (126 pounds) won twice by technical fall.

Jordan Lang (120 pounds) had a pin and a win by tech fall.

Will Mauro (132 pounds) had wins by decision and tech fall.

Teddy DeBoise (heavyweight) won by pin and forfeit.

Michael Giordano (113 pounds) had a pin.

Colby Stuart (160 pounds) won by fall.

Andre Vella (220 pounds) and Nick Zavaglia (195 pounds) and Ryan Jordan (106 pounds) had wins by forfeit.