NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Mad Bulls crowned four state champions and sent 35 wrestlers to last weekend's state finals in New Haven.
The Mad Bulls sent 10 wrestlers to the finals in the various weight classes. Dean Tsiranides, Carlo Tucci, Nicky Singer and Brendan Gilchrist won titles for Norwalk, which is in its seventh year under program director Randy Haus and coach Art Schad.
Middle School standouts Tsiranides, Koy Price, Artie Cocchia and Charlie Prather helpded Norwalk win the team title as 20 wrestlers placed in the tournament.
"I’m very happy for all of our eighth grade kids heading to high school next year,'' Schad said. "Placing Dean and Koy in the finals and having Artie place four and Charlie place sixth, we as a team are all very proud of all of these kids that closed out their youth wrestling careers with some impressive results and overall effort."
Tucci set a Mad Bull record by winning consecutive state titles. The third-grader defeated Brendan McAnaspie of Newtown in the finals, 10-2.
Singer avenged a loss to Evan Schibi from the Hurricane wrestling club in last year's state final with a first-period pin. He won the title with a pin in just 26 seconds in the final against a contestant from Branford.
Schad also singled out J.T. Schneider, Nick Fatone, Zavier Hernandez, Mike Marini and Ryan Gilchrist, each of whom placed second. Defending state champion Jason Singer dropped an opening round bout in overtime and then ran the table to finish third.
Gilchrist dominated the season from start to finish in the 130-pound Novice division. Adding to team points in the Novice and intermediate age groups and placing fourth were Ronnie Christolin, Phoenix Gardella, Jacob Fields, Ryan Schneider and James Motley. Jacob Gonzales placed fifth, Rylee Donohue placed sixth.
Rounding out the Mad Bull state qualifiers were Adonis Morrell, Mason Riina, Carmine Giordano, Jayden Roman, Ryan Laing, Lorenzo Caratozzolo, Calli Gilchrist, Noah Kerins, Colin Falla, Quincy Carter, Asaiah Baez, Nick Augeri, Anthony Marini, Doug Cahill and Will Motley.