(skip this header)

Westport News

Monday, July 28, 2014

westport-news.com Businesses

« Back to Article

Danbury nearly takes down Timberlane in New Fairfield Duals finals

Updated 11:15 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2014

nextprevious

  • Lenyard's Danny Contino, right, and Harding's Kason Taylor wrestle during New Fairfield High School's Duals Tournament, on Saturday, February 1, 2014, in New Fairfield, Conn. They are competing in the 182 lb. class. Photo: H John Voorhees III / The News-Times Freelance

    Lenyard's Danny Contino, right, and Harding's Kason Taylor wrestle during New Fairfield High School's Duals Tournament, on Saturday, February 1, 2014, in New Fairfield, Conn. They are competing in the 182 lb. class.

    Photo: H John Voorhees III

 

Larger | Smaller
Email This
Font
Page 1 of 1

NEW FAIRFIELD -- There are no such things as moral victories in wrestling, especially for a team that has been as good for as long as the Danbury High team has. But even the mighty Hatters -- who hate to lose and rarely do so -- can take some consolation in the fact that they came very close -- agonizingly close -- to taking down a New England kingpin on Saturday night. Instead, the Hatters had to settle for a 33-29 loss to Timberlane, a powerhouse team from Plaistow, N.H.

"All in all, we wrestled a great match," Danbury senior Kevin Jack said. "A couple losses here and there messed us up a little bit, but as a team I think we wrestled very well. It was a bit of a let-down (to lose), but I think we're all pretty excited that we were able to hang in here with this good of a team."

After angling toward one another by taking down opponent after opponent throughout the day, Danbury and Timberlane met in the finals of the New Fairfield Duals. And after 13 of the 14 matches in the championship dual had been completed, Timberlane led Danbury by a single point. That meant that the 126-pound match between Danbury's Justin Peterson and Timberlane's Tim McLinden would decide the tournament champion.

The score was tied 2-2 after two periods. McLinden was set to start the third period on defense, but Peterson let him up before the opening whistle, thus giving McLinden a 3-2 lead. After avoiding Peterson for the entire third period to protect his lead, McLinden was penalized a point for stalling in the final seconds. That tied the score at 3 and forced overtime.

Amazingly, after nine hours of non-stop wrestling between 12 teams on six mats in three gyms, one extra minute was still needed to determine a champion.

With the final seconds ticking away in that extra minute, McLinden scored a two-point takedown and three back points to notch an 8-3 victory and secure the championship for Timberlane.

"My coach told me, and I knew, that I needed to bring out something, dig a little deeper, to win this match for us," McLinden said.

McLinden didn't seem to get flustered when he was penalized a point in the final seconds -- even though everyone else in the gym went absolutely berserk, either in celebration or dismay.

"I could tell that I was kind of stalling, so he did deserve the point," McLinden admitted. "I just put it behind me and tried to focus on what was going on right there."

Also winning for the Hatters against Timberlane were Jack by technical fall at 132, Chris Bryant with a 3-2 decision -- with a takedown with just 16 seconds to go -- at 120, Matt Adam with a 5-3 decision at 170, Juan Garcia with a first-period pin at 182, Paulo Freitas by forfeit at 106 and Jeremy Fields with a first-period pin at 113.

"It comes down to overtime in the final match, and they got the takedown and we didn't," Danbury coach Ricky Shook said. "In that match, we had three one-point losses and got pinned where we shouldn't have gotten pinned.

"My guys don't like losing, and they had an opportunity to win," Shook continued. "Actually, out of all the matches that we lost, Peterson was the one who wrestled the best. He had a lot of pressure on him. That kid (McLinden) is probably going to be a New Hampshire state champion, and he (Peterson) doesn't even start for us."

Danbury advanced to the championship by defeating Westhill 73-6, Hand 66-6 and Newtown, in the semifinals, 38-18.

Peterson (126), Jack (132), Matt Fields (145), Ray Nunez (160), Garcia (170), Tristan Jakobson (220), Freitas (106), Jeremy Fields (113) and Bryant (120) all scored victories for the Hatters.

Newtown's James Leuci won a 9-8 thriller at 138, taking Steven Beckham down at the buzzer to win. Also winning for the Nighthawks were Logan Walsh (152), Forrest Speed (182), Greg LaRussa (195) and Ryan Wagner (285).

"They're a good team. Newtown is going to be a force," Shook said.

Beckham was taken to the hospital following his match with Leuci, Shook said, as it was feared the Hatter junior had fractured his ribs. Consequently, Beckham missed the championship match with Timberlane.

"I got good word that he's ok," Shook said.

Newtown then finished the meet by beating Bristol Eastern 44-21 in the battle for third place. Tom Leuci (106), Ed Lovely (113), Luca Crudo (120), Matt Gonzalez (126), Walsh (145), Alex Stavola (152), Connor Lemay (160), Speed (170), LaRussa (182) and Andy Hubina (195) all scored wins for the Nighthawks. Newtown also defeated Harding 84-0 and Ledyard 55-19.

NEW FAIRFIELD DUALS

Championship

Timberlane 33, Danbury 29 -- 132: Kevin Jack (D) tech. fall Derek Bohle 17-2; 138: Ryan Peters (T) pinned Alec Marquis 2:42; 120: Chris Bryant (D) def. Tyler Fitzpatrick 3-2; 145: Danny Scalzo (T) pinned Matt Fields 3:24; 152: Cam Altobelli (T) dec. Andrew Marquis 4-1; 160: Brian Lonergan (T) dec. Ray Nunez 8-2; 170: Matt Adam (D) dec. Jason Cole 5-3; 182: Juan Garcia (D) pinned Ben Sargent 1:05; 195: Mike DiGregorio (T) pinned Marcus Joyner 0:58; 220: Sam Grenier (T) dec. Tristan Jakobson 5-3; 285: Zach Stewart (T) dec. Earnest Roberson 1-0; 106: Paulo Freitas (D) won by forfeit; 113: Jeremy Fields (D) pinned Colby Lewis 1:05; 126: Tim McLinden (T) dec. Justin Peterson 8-3, OT.

Semifinals

Timberland 55, Bristol Eastern 17

Danbury 38, Newtown 18 -- 126: Justin Peterson (D) dec. Matt Gonzalez 1-0; 132: Kevin Jack (D) pinned R.J. Oliveira 1:10; 138: James Leuci (N) dec. Steven Beckham 9-8; 145: Matt Fields (D) pinned Mike Long 5:04; 152: Logan Walsh (N) dec. Andrew Marquis 11-8; 160: Ray Nunez (D) dec. Alex Stavola 12-6; 170: Juan Garcia (D) major dec. Connor Lemay 20-7; 182: Forrest Speed (N) dec. Matthew Adam 10-3; 195: Greg LaRussa (N) dec. Marcus Joyner 7-6; 220: Tristan Jakobson (D) dec. Andy Hubina 7-1; 285: Ryan Wagner (N) pinned Michael Gaboardi 4:30; 106: Paulo Freitas (D) pinned Tom Leuci 1:45; 113: Jeremy Fields (D) dec. Luca Crudo 7-1; 120: Chris Bryant (D) major dec. Ed Lovely 12-0.

Other scores

Danbury 73, Westhill 6

New Fairfield 49, Bethel 28

Newtown 84, Harding 0

Bristol Eastern 48, Natick 19

Timberlane 66, New Fairfield 11

Hand 44, Westhill 31

Ledyard 64, Harding 14

Natick 33, Nonnewaug 30

Timberlane 57, Bethel 18

Danbury 66, Hand 6

Newtown 55, Ledyard 19

Bristol Eastern 52, Nonnewaug 27

New Fairfield 35, Natick 32

Ledyard 54, Hand 22

Nonnewaug 39, Bethel 29

Westhill 48, Harding 15

New Fairfield 39, Hand 18

Natick 34, Ledyard 26

Newtown 38, Bristol Eastern 21

Westhill 39, Nonnewaug 36

find businesses and local listings