What's happened since Danbury last lost an FCIAC wrestling match? A lot

Danbury wrestling hasn't lost an FCIAC duel meet since 1986. Here is was happening then and what has happened since.

Danbury wrestling hasn't lost an FCIAC duel meet since 1986. Here is was happening then and what has happened since.

Hearst Connecticut Media

The Danbury wrestling team completed another undefeated FCIAC dual meet season Tuesday with a 48-17 win over Staples. The program's twitter account proudly, and rightfully so, reminded us that the program hasn’t lost an FCIAC duel meet since 1986, when the Hatters lost to Greenwich, 37-24, on that January day.

Since then, the program has won 438 straight FCIAC dual meets. 

That got us thinking here at GameTimeCT: What was happening in the world the last time Danbury lost a dual meet and what's happened since.

Putting Danbury's FCIAC win streak into perspective

What Danbury has accomplished since ...

  • Danbury has won 22 class and 16 State Open titles.

  • Danbury has had 146 individual state champions. Ryan Jack is the only wrestler to win four straight.
     
  • Jack is also the only one to win four straight State Open championships.

  • Danbury wrestlers have won 49 State Open titles since that loss. 

  • The Hatters didn't win the FCIAC tournament title in 1986, but have won the next 23 and 33 of the past 34 FCIAC titles

  • Danbury coach Rick Shook wouldn’t become an assistant at Danbury until 1988 and then the head coach in 1999. 

  • Danbury has won 189 FCIAC individual championships. Eight of them won four straight FCIAC titles.

  • The Hatters have had 37 All-Americans.

What was happening then ...

  • Ronald Reagan was in his second term as President. Including Reagan, there have been seven Presidents in office during this 36-year streak. 

  • The top songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 during the month of January were “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie and “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends (Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.)

  • “That’s What Friends Are For,” was the top song in 1986.

  • The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25 seasons, debuted eight months later on Sept. 8.

  • The top movies were Rocky IV, Out of Africa, Iron Eagle and The Color Purple. The highest grossing movie of 1986 was Top Gun. 

  • The Chicago Bears “Super Bowl shuffled” towards the teams only Super Title, 46-10 over the New England Patriots. 

  • Speaking of football, the recently retired Tom Brady was just eight years old and 14 years away from being drafted by the Patriots. 

  • The population of the United States was 240,132,887. The population is now 332,403,650.

  • The cost of a gallon of regular gas was $0.93.

  • Michael Jordan was in the second year of his NBA career. He had won no NBA championships, no scoring titles and had retired zero times.

  • Wayne Gretzky was in the midst of one of the greatest seasons in NHL history. He would finish with an NHL record 215 points. He would play 13 more seasons before retiring in 1998-99.

  • Ken Griffey Jr. was still in high school and Barry Bonds made his MLB debut later that summer.