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2006 News-Times All-Area Wrestling

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Published 12:00 am, Friday, March 31, 2006
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103 Alexander Blank



Ridgefield

Sophomore

Only a sophomore, Blank became the first Tiger in school history to claim a State Open title. After a solid regular season, Blank peaked at the right time in the postseason. A second place finish in the FCIAC tournament, and first place in the Class L and State Open gave a glimpse of a very promising future. 112 George Madkour

Danbury

Sophomore

Madkour finished with an overall record of 35-11 this season. He took first in the FCIAC tournament and fourth in the Class LL. He is one of many young Hatters that should keep the team on top the state wrestling mountain the next two years, 119 Corey Paulish

Ridgefield

Junior

Paulish completed an historical run at the State Open when he became the second Tiger to capture a title. The regular season featured a victory at the Ridgefield Challenge, but the Tiger junior also peaked in the postseason with a first-place finish at the FCIAC and Class L tournaments. A third-place finish at the New England tournament will serve as more motivation for his senior campaign. 125 Spiros Stefanatos

New Milford

Junior

Arguably one of the engines that drives the Green Wave, Stefanatos claimed the SWC tournament title and finished third in the Class LL tournament. Even more impressive was his leadership on and off the mat. 125 Matt Kozak

Brookfield

Senior

Kozak lost a dramatic 6-5 decision to New Milford's Spiros Stefanatos in the SWC championship match. He went on to take third at the Class M tournament with a 6-3 decision over Fairfield Ludlowe's Rowan Hines. 130 Tyler Howe

Danbury

Junior

The Hatter repeated with an FCIAC championship and took home the Class LL title. He fulfilled his year long goal with a State Open title and then went on to place fifth at the New England tournament. He finished with a 42-6 record. 135 Dean Smith

Danbury

Sophomore

Another vital young cog in the Hatters' machine. Smith finished with a 31-8 record. He took second in the FCIAC and Class LL tournaments. He will be a main threat for the Hatters for two more years.

140 Frank Cammisa

Danbury

Senior

A Danbury tri-captain and repeat FCIAC tournament champion. Cammisa claimed the Class LL and State Open championship. He came within a takedown of claiming a New England championship. He capped his scholastic career with a sixth-place finish at the Senior Nationals in Pittsburgh. He finished with a 43-4 record this season. 140 Michael Bellagamba

New Milford

Sophomore

Bellagamba claimed the SWC title before being stopped by Danbury's Frank Cammisa in the finals of the Class LL. A third-place finish at the State Open completed an all-around solid postseason and excellent year. 145 Shane Yachulke

New Fairfield

Junior

Yachulke was a bright spot during a down year for the Rebels. He captured the SWC title with a 3-0 decision over New Milford's Cody Griswold. He took third place at the Class M tournament. 152 Kyle Rodgers

Danbury

Senior

The Danbury tri-captain defended his FCIAC tournament title and then went out and claimed the Class LL and State-Open titles. A second place finish in the New England championship completed his superb four-year varsity career. He finished with a 44-6 record this season. 152 Jamie Pisano

New Milford

Senior

Pisano may very well have claimed three postseason titles if not for some tough luck and Danbury's Kyle Rodgers. The Green Wave senior finished second in the SWC championship and then ran into his Hatter nemesis in the LL and Open tournaments. Pisano finished second to Rodgers in both tournaments, but was a big reason why the Green Wave finished second at both competitions. 160 Mike Kaptein

Bethel

Junior

The Wildcat grappler was around the finals all year long. He won the SWC championship in dramatic fashion before losing by two points in the final of the Class M. He finished fifth in the State Open and just missed out on a New England qualification. 160 Richie Zschoche

Danbury

Junior

Helped key the Hatters run to another list of postseason team titles. He won the FCIAC title for the second time and took fourth in the Class LL tournament. 171 Jeff Esposti

Danbury

Senior

One year removed from missing the postseason with an injury, Esposti made his last time count. The tri-captain took home the FCIAC and Class LL titles. A third-place finish in the State Open qualified him for New Englands. He finished with a 44-5 record this season. 171 Anthony Kostek

Bethel

Senior

In his final season, Kostek claimed a SWC title and third place in the Class M tournament. He helped lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the SWC tournament. 275 Tommy Ferrell

New Milford

Senior

The New Milford co-captain came within 25 seconds of a perfect season and a New England championship. He claimed the SWC, Class LL, and State-Open titles during a 44-1 campaign that also earned him a top 10 national ranking and a SWC Outstanding Career Trophy. Pat Burns

New Milford

Ricky Shook

Danbury

Coaches of the Year

Another season gone by and once again one could make a solid argument for two coaches: Ricky Shook, of Danbury and Pat Burns, of New Milford. Shook completed another season with Danbury on top of the FCIAC, the Class LL, and the State Open tournaments. It was the Hatters' 20th consecutive conference, 10th consecutive Class LL and sixth consecutive State Open titles. However, what was more impressive might have been the third-place finish at the New England tournament with only four qualifying wrestlers. Burns got the most out of a rebuilding season. After an early season loss to Bunnell canceled out chances of a third consecutive SWC title, the Green Wave went on to embarrass the competition at the SWC tournament. With a handful of wrestlers, the Green Wave went on to a second-place finish at the Class LL and the State Open. The impressive showings secured New Milford's place with Danbury as the best in the state.