Morgan Wrestling Places 6th in Class S; Girls’ Hoops Loses in Shoreline Quarters
The Morgan wrestling team came in sixth place with a score of 130.5 points at the Class S State Championship at Windham High School on Feb. 16 and 17. Several Huskies’ wrestlers came away with multiple victories on the weekend to earn points for the Huskies. Austin Daley, Louis Bradley, and Anthony Cimino each took second place in their respective weight classes at the meet.
Daley was the No. 1 seed in the 285-pound division and finished second. Daley had a first-round bye, earned a victory by pin-fall over 9th-seeded Darrick Deaveau of Montville at the 2:34 mark, and then notched a win by pin against No. 4 seed Anthony Slowik of Derby at 3:52. In the final, Daley lost by a 5-3 decision to No. 3 seed Richard Mullaney of Ledyard.
In the 113-pound division, No. 3 seed Bradley came in second place for Morgan. After a first-round bye, he defeated 14th-seeded Gavin Huddleston of Rocky Hill by pin in 33 seconds and then beat No. 6 seed Thomas Verdiglione of Nonnewaug by a 13-6 decision. In the semifinals, Bradley beat 2nd-seeded Tristan Julian of Stafford by a 6-4 decision, after which he lost a 6-2 decision in the final against No. 1 seed Alejandro Garcia of Windham.
Cimino was the No. 3 seed in the 132 division and came away with second place. Following a first-round bye, Cimino defeated 14th-seeded Shane Franson by a 19-7 major decision and then beat No. 6 seed Matthew Raine of Suffield by a 19-8 major decision. He then won a 4-2 decision over 2nd-seeded Kacper Proczek of Coventry in the semifinals, before losing to No. 1 seed Noah Caskey of Montville by technical fall in the final.
Trevor Follo took third place in the 126-pound division for Morgan at the Class S meet. After a bye in the first round, Follo defeated No. 12 seed Benjamin Niez-Charest of Nonnewaug by a 4-3 decision and then upended 4th-seeded Jackson Archer in the quarterfinals by a 5-1 score. In the semifinals, Follo dropped a 9-0 major decision to top-seeded Sebastian Stultz of Windham. In the consolation bracket, Follo defeated No. 13 seed Malakai Maher of Haddam-Killingworth by pin at 4:09, after which he claimed third place with 7-2 decision over 11th-seeded Cole Dirico of Ledyard.
In the 152-pound division, No. 3 seed Andrew Fortuna took third place with a 10-2 major decision over 5th-seeded Ryan Powers in the consolation bracket final. Prior to that, he had a first-round bye, a win by pin over No. 14 seed Bailey Schuster in 35 seconds, a win by forfeit over No. 6 seed Joseph Ferreira, and then a loss by pin to No. 2 seed John Nieroda of Suffield in 42 seconds. In the consolation bracket, Fortuna defeated 4th-seeded Benjamin Mow of Gilbert by pin at 4:38, before beating Powers to finish in third.
Also for the Huskies, Issac Erikson won two bouts in the 170-pound weight class, Josh Fragola won a match at 120, Kevin Carse claimed a victory in the 106 division, Timothy Smith earned a win at 145, Kyle Neuman picked up a win at 195, while Frank Jara-Torres competed in the 138 division.
After completing its regular season with a record of 10-10, Morgan lost to East Hampton by a 35-28 score in the quarterfinals of the Shoreline Conference Tournament on Feb. 17. The Huskies are competing in the Class M State Tournament that gets underway this week.
In the Shoreline game, East Hampton locked down on defense in the second quarter, and that proved to be a major factor in the victory. The Huskies led 7-4 after the first quarter, but East Hampton took a 15-9 lead into halftime. Morgan cut the lead to 23-20 in the third, although East Hampton was able to keep the Huskies at bay by winning the fourth quarter. Caitlyn Donadio led Morgan in scoring with 10 points, while Leah McComiskey and Brianna Navarra both added six points, and Kylee Clifton had four points with four steals.
Earlier in the week, Morgan lost a 48-44 contest to Haddam-Killingworth on Feb. 12. The game was nip-and-tuck with the Cougars leading 11-8 after one and 19-18 at halftime. Morgan took a 30-28 lead in the third, but H-K outscored the Huskies in the final quarter en route to the victory. Navarra scored 17 points to go along with seven boards, five steals, and four assists. Donadio had 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Clifton added six points, four steals, three rebounds, and two assists, and McComiskey had nine points, four boards, and assist and a steal for Morgan.
On Feb. 14, the Huskies lost to Coginchaug 50-42 in their regular-season finale. Donadio scored 19 points to go with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists; Navarra had 10 points, seven rebounds, and four steals; and Clifton swiped five steals.
The Huskies picked up a win last week and are now 4-15 on the season.
On Feb. 13, Morgan hosted Haddam-Killingworth and lost a close contest, 70-69. The next day, the Huskies notched a win on the road with a 93-50 victory over Grasso Tech. Finally, on Feb. 16, Morgan headed to Durham and lost a 39-34 decision to Coginchaug.
Boys’ and Girls’ Fencing
The Morgan fencing program was the road to face the Lyme-Old Lyme-Valley Regional co-op squad on Feb. 12, and saw its boys’ and girls’ teams both come away with victories.
For the boys, Thomas Baker went 3-0 to help the foil squad win 7-2. Scott Accetta and Cenzo Saturno both went undefeated with 4-0 records, while Andrew Daly and Nick Bussiere each went 3-1 to bolster to help the Huskies win 14-2 for épée. Overall, the boys’ squad ended the evening with a 21-4 victory.
On the girls’ side, the Huskies prevailed 17-10. The girls’ foil squad took a 7-2 loss, but the épée team took over and won 15-3 to help bring home the victory. The Huskies saw undefeated records of 4-0 from Jennifer Accetta, Olivia Silver, and Mary Kate Staunton.