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Wrestlers Take Aim at League Titles

Fairfield Warde’s wrestling team ended Danbury’s 23-year run in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet last year. As the teams prepare for this year’s meet at New Canaan High School, the question everybody’s asking is this: Can the Mustangs do it again?

The meet begins Friday at 4:30 p.m., with the first two rounds. The semifinals will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., and the finals begin at 4 p.m.

Greenwich will also have a lot to say about which team emerges with the league title at the end of the day Saturday. Danbury, the state’s second-ranked team, defeated Warde (ranked 9th) and Greenwich (ranked 10th) in the regular season. The Cardinals also beat the Mustangs during the regular season. Greenwich tuned up for the postseason by winning the John Chacho Duals last Saturday at Staples and defeating rival Brunswick on Monday.

Darien, which went 20-3 during the regular season and set a school record wins, will also be a tournament factor. Westhill has two top-seeded wrestlers, Pascal Medor (103, 32-1) and Marquis Weaver Hart (275, 31-4), and will be shooting for a Top 5 finish.

Among the most interesting weight classes will be the 112-pound bracket, which features top-seeded Johnny D’Elia of Greenwich, Stamford’s Joey Battinelli at No. 2 and Westhill’s Marlon Robinson at No. 3. The 125-pound bracket features Stamford’s top-seeded Ben Pierre-Saint and Fairfield Warde’s Pharoh Eaton, who are ranked second and third, respectively, in state rankings. The 152-pound bracket features top-seeded Jay Cummiskey of Greenwich, No. 2 Nick Jimenez of Westhill, Darien’s Tyler Corcoran and Danbury’s Ryan Peterson.

Greenwich’s top seeds are D’Elia and Ben Ceci (189). Warde has the No. 1 seed at 160 with Mike Sullivan. Lars Remole (140) is a No. 1 seed for Darien, New Canaan’s Brian Khzouz has the top line at 145, and Wilton’s Sean DeJager is No. 1 at 215.

Saturday features a full day of wrestling, beginning with the semifinals and consolation quarterfinals at 10 a.m. The consolation semifinals begin at noon, and matches for third through sixth place begin at 2 p.m.

Do you plan to attend the FCIAC wrestling championships? Which team do you think will walk off with the team title? Start the discussion below.

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