Ridgefield wrestlers 46th at State Open

The Ridgefield High wrestling team ended its season, both collectively and individually, at the State Open championship meet last weekend at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

The Tigers tied Jonathan Law-Milford for 46th place in the team standings with 14 points.

Three Ridgefield wrestlers competed at the Open meet, but none of them placed (top-six) in their respective weight classes.

Competing in the 120-pound division, Kevin Side won three of five matches. Side began the tournament with an 11-2 major decision over Frankie Hogan of New Canaan, and then lost by pin to Taylor Shay of New Fairfield in 2:31.

Dropping to the consolation bracket, Side stayed alive by defeating George Sticca of Farmington, 4-2, and Dylan Martel of Griswold, 5-2. But Side’s run ended  with a 3-2 loss to Devon MarcAurele of Ledyard.

At 126 pounds, Ridgefield’s Matt Philbin fell to Griswold’s Zac Cassidy, 8-5, in a first-round match. Philbin went to the consolation bracket and pinned Branford’s Joseph Martone in 37 seconds.

Philbin followed up that victory with an 8-2 win over Lyman Memorial’s Mischak Potter before bowing getting pinned by Immaculate’s Emmet Lacastri in 4:11.

In the 170-pound division, Ridgefield’s Matt Sesto lost his opening match to Connor Carroll of Daniel Hand, 4-2, and then  won by injury default over Ledyard’s Ryan Wade in the consolation bracket. Sesto bowed out of the tournament with a 6-0 loss to Farmington’s Dovydas Simanskis.

Notes: Danbury won the Open team title with 130 points. Windham was second with 121 points.

Ninety-six teams had wrestlers at the two-day meet.

The top-four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the New England championships this weekend in Providence, R.I.

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