Berkshire League Wrestling Tournament results and story (By Gerry deSimas, Ct Wrestling Online)
By GERRY deSIMAS, JR.
Connecticut Wrestling Online
WOODBURY, Feb. 12 – Two distinguished Berkshire League wrestlers took their
place in league history on Saturday at the 29th annual BL Tournament at
Thomaston’s Alan Sanford (152 pounds) and Nonnewaug’s Tyler Tilbe (125) joined a
small and exclusive club by winning their fourth straight BL Tournament title.
Only six other wrestlers in league history had previously accomplished that
Sanford, who previous won BL titles at 103 and 119 pounds, beat Housatonic
sophomore Tyler Spadaccini, 7-1 to win and improve to 28-1 on the year. Tilbe,
who previously won a pair of titles at 119, won his second straight BL crown at
125 with a 15-0 technical fall decision over Thomaston’s Rigon Gilanio.
Tilbe did do something no other BL wrestler has done. For the third time, he was
named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.
For the second straight year and the 12th time in the last 15 years, Nonnewaug
won the BL Tournament with a solid 21-point win over Thomaston, 233-212 with
Terryville finishing third with 171.5 points. The victory in the tournament
clinches the league championship for Nonnewaug, giving the Chiefs their eighth
title in the last 10 years.
Nonnewaug and Thomaston each had five individual champions each. Nonnewaug had
nine men in the finals while Thomaston had eight.
“I was really pleased on how the kids wrestled,” Nonnewaug coach David Green
said. “My kids win. They’re always trying. They’re always working. We won
because we had all of our guys wrestling.”
Nonnewaug had wrestlers finish among the top four in 13 of 14 weight classes.
The Bears had top four finishers in 11 of 14 weight classes.
Tilbe didn’t give up a point in the finals or semifinal. He is 32-0 this year
and had 148 career wins. He’s won two Class S titles and grabbed a State Open
championship last year.
“For all of the work he puts in, (the outstanding wrestler) award is a deserved
payment,” Green said. “He’s tireless with the time he puts on the mat and the
extra things he needs to do to be prepared. There were a lot of good individual
wrestlers in this tournament that will place next week (Class S). Tyler just
dominated a little bit more. He was never in a spot where he was in danger.”
Sanford won three bouts in the tournament and outscored his opponents by a
combined score of 39-1.Three takedowns in the final minute of each period lifted
Sanford past Spadaccini.
“It’s impressive,” Thomaston coach Shaun Canney said. “Pound for pound, he is
one of the best wrestlers in the state.” Sanford is seeking his third Class S
title next week.
Nonnewaug’s Alex Paparazzo (103), Quentin Mylie (112), Austin Hodges (130) and
Sal Longo (215) also brought home championships. For Thomaston, Kyle Oldham
(140) won his third straight BL title while Sal Santa Maria (171), Mark Dilley
(189) and Tyler Margison (285) won their first crowns.
Housatonic’s Dom Ghi (119) won his second BL title in three years while
Gilbert’s Alek Smith (135) won his second straight. Terryville’s Scott LaMarre
(152) won his second consecutive title while teammate Dom Folino (160) won his
Ghi beat Wolcott Tech’s Derrick Lopes in the finals, 10-2. Lopes upset top
seeded D.J. Russo in the semifinals, 8-7 while Ghi outlasted Gilbert’s Josh
Hoxie, 10-6 in the other semifinal. Hoxie, who won BL and Class S titles at 103
a year ago, will wrestle at 112 pounds in next week’s Class S tournament but
moved up a weight class looking to get challenged.
Smith (135) outlasted Nonnewaug’s Brian Reilly, 4-2 thanks to a quick two-point
reversal to begin the third period to break open a one-point contest.
Leading by two points in the third, Oldham (140) had a key two-point takedown
with about a minute remaining to spark a 5-2 victory over Gilbert’s Dylan
Margison came through with a big upset win at 285. He threw Class S finalist Tim
Zemaitis of Northwestern (27-3) to the mat in the second period and pinned him
with 37 seconds left in the second period for his second tournament win of the
2011 Berkshire League Tournament
Team results – 1. Nonnewaug 233, 2. Thomaston 212, 3. Terryville 171½, 4.
Gilbert 134, 5. Wolcott Tech 111, 6. Northwestern 57, 7. Housatonic 46
103 – Championship: Alex Paparazzo (Nonnewaug) pin Josh Rivard (Terryville),
3:43; Third: Cliff Aquino (Thomaston) pin Moonis Ansari (Gilbert), 2:33
112 – Championship: Quentin Mylie (Nonnewaug) dec. Nejad Abo Hamzy (Thomaston),
9-1; Third: Sam Wilson (Wolcott Tech) pin Brigitte Smyth (Gilbert), 1:34
119 – Championship: Dom Ghi (Housatonic) dec. Derrick Lopes (Wolcott Tech),
10-2; Third: D.J. Russo (Terryville) dec. Josh Hoxie (Gilbert), 10-2
125 – Championship: Tyler Tilbe (Nonnewaug) tech fall Rigon Gilani, 15-0; Third:
Austin Vaillancourt (Wolcott Tech) dec. Dan Folino (Terryville), 9-2
130 – Championship: Austin Hodges (Nonnewaug) dec. Jeff Desautels (Thomaston),
12-2; Third: AveryEllegard (Terryville) dec. Jason Chamis (Wolcott Tech), 9-1
135 – Championship: Alek Smith (Gilbert) dec. Brian Reilly (Nonnewaug), 4-2;
Third: Ben Russo (Terryville) pin William Heilshorn (Nonnewaug JV), 5:50
140 – Championship: Kyle Oldham (Thomaston) dec. Dylan Jefferis (Gilbert), 5-2;
Third: Kyle Smith (Northwestern) dec. Matt Bucci (Nonnewaug), 7-2
145 – Championship: Scott LaMarre (Terryville) tech fall John D’Agostino
(Nonnewaug), 18-2, 5:42; Third: Sean Blackwell (Gilbert) pin Mergim Isaku
152 – Championship: Alan Sanford (Thomaston) dec. Tyler Spadaccini (Housatonic),
7-1; Third: Shaughn Peck (Nonnewaug) dec. Grant Dziedzic (Gilbert), 15-5
160 – Championship: Dom Folino (Terryville) dec. John Rubano (Nonnewaug), 15-2;
Third: Wayne Ibitz (Northwestern) pin Jim Benedetto (Wolcott Tech), 1:20
171 – Championship: Sal Santa Maria (Thomaston) pin Vinny Clancy (Terryville),
3:51; Third: Dylan Rutigliano (Nonnewaug) dec. Kevin Halligan (Wolcott Tech),
189 – Championship: Mark Dilley (Thomaston) pin Paul Caisse (Nonnewaug), 3:09;
Third: Tom Bergeron (Terryville) dec. Jared Marchell (Wolcott Tech), 13-4
215 – Championship: Sal Longo (Nonnewaug) pin Mike Kampartas (Gilbert), 2:27;
Third: Dustin Chang (Wolcott Tech) pin Kristafer Manning (Thomaston), 1:50
285 – Championship: Tyler Margison (Thomaston) pin Tim Zeitler (Northwestern),
3:23; Third: Steve Aleandri (Nonnewaug) pin Josh Carpenter (Northwestern JV),
Outstanding wrestler: Tyler Tilbe (125), Nonnewaug
Final team standing (teams get 2 points for dual meet wins and 1 point for each
team they beat the league tournament): 1. Nonnewaug 18, 2. Thomaston 15, 3.
Terryville 12, 4. Gilbert 9, 5. Housatonic and Wolcott Tech 4,. 7. Northwestern