Staples placed 12th with 40 points at the FCIAC wrestling championships last weekend and only advanced one wrestler to the FCIAC finals, which was more than a few schools could claim, but when it came time to wrestle, the Wreckers' lone match lasted a mere 21 seconds.

Representing the school in the heaviest weight class -- 285 pounds -- Said Sarfaraz was pinned by Brien McMahon's Jeff Starr.

Starr outweighed by Sarfaraz by approximately 70 pounds. The two had never wrestled before, and Staples head coach Kevin Lippert said a combination of factors led to the swift defeat.

"Jeff Star is an excellent wrestler," Lippert said. "He won this tournament last year with a great finals match. Said knew, going into this, it was not going to be an easy chore. He was giving up a lot of weight against a very good wrestler who is just as strong as him. The biggest problem was it was his first final. His nerves got him a little bit. He walked a little upright at the beginning, and Jeff took advantage of it."

Staples had four wrestlers who advanced beyond the first round last weekend at New Canaan High.

Brad Minchacha, at 119 pounds, won his first match against a "very good" opponent, Lippert said.

"He wrestled a good match to get that win." Minchacha fell in his next two matches, losing to Trumbull's Joe Aloi in the loser's bracket first round.

At 171 pounds, ninth-seeded Michael Giunta won his first match, avenging a loss against New Canaan's Dylan Leeming.

Chris Giunta, at 189 pounds, was seeded third and fought his way to a fourth-place finish. He reached the semifinals and lost to No. 2 Montell Williams (Greenwich).

In his next match he was able to win over Warde's James Heinzman, wh to finish fourth overall.

It was a typical year for Lippert, said. "We're usually at one or two [wrestlers in the finals]." Lippert said. "We've been that way for the last couple of years.

But in 2011, Lippert said he believes this team will truly take a big step in getting four or five guys into placing at FCIACs.

"Next year I've got a couple of guys -- I think the Giunta twins, my 215, Julian Gandels, Brad Menchacha -- those guys are capable of making the finals," he said. "It wouldn't surprise me in the least bit if an Andrew Washington can develop to there or Michael Washington could do the same. Michael O'Day, too. Depending on the development and how much off-season wrestling they do, it'll determine if they can get here."