NORWALK, Conn. -- Boys from the Mad Bull Youth Wrestling Squad in Norwalk were among the 520 youth wrestlers who packed Killingly High School gym this past Sunday to compete in the “Killingly Redmen Rumble” for a long day of grappling.
“We love these bigger venues that have a variety of kids from all corners of the New England area. ... We saw some kids and teams that we rarely see on the youth wrestling circuit this time of year, so it was nice to get some competition against some fresh faces," Program Director Randy Haus said.
Leading the Mad Bulls in team points were Colin Falla, Nicky Singer, Jason Singer, Jacob Gonzales, Phoenix Gardella and Carlo Tucci — all winning the tournament with Marianna Hernandez, Doug Cahill, Calli Gilchrist, Ryan Schneider, Mikey Schneider, James Motley, Rylee Donohue, Michael Marini, Carmine Giordano, Ryan Lang, Antonio Giordano and Henry Motley. The boys garnered wins and pins to seal the second place trophy and collective team effort for the Mad Bulls.
Justin Gierum, Mikhail Moss, Mikey Bartush, Koy Price, Nick Augeri, Aiden Donohue, JT Schneider, Nick Fatone, Anthony Marini, Asaiah Baez, Connor Gilchrist, Ryan Gilchrist, Brendan Gilchrist and Ronnie Christolin all wrestled in the afternoon session with Gierum pinning all four opponents to clinch the individual championship.
“We had some great battles in the afternoon session as there were a lot of elite wrestlers here today. We had some great matches coming down to the wire. We are just about where we need to be as a team this time of year, we just need to stay healthy and focused for the next few weeks and finish strong," Head Coach Art Schad said.
The club looks will participate in the regular season tournament finishing in Danbury this week before the state qualifiers, state championships and the elimination series on the road to the Nationals in May.
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