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Staples wrestling finishes tied for 22nd at LL states

Updated 2:02 pm, Monday, February 18, 2013
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The Staples High wrestling team finished in a tie for 22nd in the Class LL state championships on Saturday at Trumbull High School.

The Wreckers recorded 27 points to fall even with Stamford. Danbury scored 215.5 points to win its 15th state title in the last 17 years, while Trumbull took second with 172 points.

Senior Jeremy Sherman took home fifth place in the 126-pound class for Staples, earning a 7-2 decision over Ridgefield's Matt Philbin. In the process, he qualified for a spot in Friday's State Open at Hillhouse High School in New Haven.

"He wrestled the best he's wrestled all season," Staples coach David Bernstein said.

Seeded seventh, Sherman earned a first-round bye and then defeated Jesse Cala of Amity (10th seed) by decision, 10-1. He lost in the third round to Derrick Cardona of Weaver-Hartford Public (18th seed) 8-2 by decision.

"I didn't have to really tell him anything. He wanted it for himself," Bernstein said. "He was pretty motivated."

Sophomore Daniel Kogstad, who was sick, reached the third round in the 220-pound class before dropping a 12-5 decision to Xavier's Chidiebere Broderick (10th seed). After earning a first-round bye, Kogstad, seeded second, defeated Gabriel Stiles of New Haven 7-3 by decision in the second round.

"He was sick and couldn't breathe. He told me that before the match," Bernstein said. "I didn't expect much."

For Staples, Alex Brown (138 pounds), Alex Kogstad (152 pounds) and Matt Collins (170 pounds) all were eliminated in the second round.

The 12th seed, Brown earned an 11-3 decision over Greenwich's Jack Freiheit in the first round. In the next match, he dropped an 8-0 decision to Newtown's James Leuci (fifth seed). Kogstad, who was seeded 10th, pinned East Hartford's Alberto Rivera in 3:18 to start. He lost a 10-1 decision to Trumbull's David Briganti (seventh seed) in the second round. Collins, the 14th seed, was pinned by Newtown's Forrest Speed (third seed) in just 25 seconds after a first-round bye.

Matt Prior, the 22nd seed at 120 pounds, was pinned by Stamford's Matt Reynolds in 35 seconds in the first round. Justin Ludel, the ninth seed at 132 pounds, lost a 16-6 decision to Southington's Alessio Diana to start.

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