Breaking down the 2022 New England Wrestling Championships

2022 Connecticut Wrestlers to Watch at New England's

2022 Connecticut Wrestlers to Watch at New England's

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NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP

Where: Providence Career and Technical Academy, Providence, Rhode Island

When: Friday and Saturday

CT Contenders: Xavier, Danbury, East Hartford, Fairfield Warde

In the field: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

CT WRESTLERS TO WATCH

Joe Mahoney, Fr., New Fairfield (106): Mahoney will enter the New England tournament as the No. 1 seed at 106 pounds after winning both the State Open and the Class S title.

Isaiah Adams, Jr., Avon (113): The 113-pound State Open champion will be the No. 5 seed in New England’s. He was also the Class M Champion.

Jackson Heslin, Fr., Xavier (120): The freshman was the State Open and the Class L champion (where he was the No. 6 seed). His two state titles have propelled him to No. 3 in the New England tournament.

Evan Lindner, Sr., New Milford (126): Lindner is undefeated this season and cruised his way through the Class L and State Open tournaments. He enters New England’s as the No. 2 seed. Lindner was 5th in 2020 at New Englands.

Connor Doran, Sr., Ledyard (132): Doran is the No. 4 seed heading into this weekend after taking both the State Open and Class S titles.

Kai O’Dell, Sr., Danbury (138): O’Dell was the State Open and Class LL champion at 138 pounds and is the favorite to win the New England title. O’Dell placed fifth in 2020 at New Englands.

John Mairano, Sr., Simsbury (145): The first of three Simsbury State Open champions, Mairano will be the No. 4 seed in Rhode Island.

Zach Johns, Sr., Simsbury (152): The Class L champion and State Open Most Outstanding Wrestler, Johns is ranked fifth in New England.

Chad Mairano, So., Simsbury (160): The younger Mairano finished fourth in the Class L tournament but rebounded for the State Open title. He is the No. 6 seed in New England.

William Ebert, Sr., Fairfield Warde (170): Ebert was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Class LL tournament and went on to claim the State Open title as well, which was good enough to earn the top seed in the New England tournament.

Connor Smith, Sr., Fairfield Prep (182): Smith suffered a surprise loss in the Class LL championship, but is ranked as the No. 5 seed this weekend, having won the State Open.

Christopher Murphy, Sr., Guilford (195): The Class L and State Open champion met little resistance on his way to his titles and will be ranked No. 3 at New Englands.

Thomas Lunt, Sr., Xavier (220): Two years ago,] Lunt struggled to find success, but has turned it around in dramatic fashion. He put on weight and dominated the 220-pound class, winning both the State Open and the Class L titles. He will enter New England’s as the No. 2 seed.

Matt Weiner, Sr., Shelton (285): The Most Outstanding Wrestler in the SCC tournament continued his dominance with resounding wins in the State Open and Class L championships. He will be the No. 6 seed this weekend.

Most intriguing potential matchup: Connor Doran (Ledyard) and William Smith (Fairfield Prep), 132 pounds: Doran and Smith met in the State Open final, in which was able to lock down the pin in 3:49. In New England’s this weekend, Doran enters as the No. 4 seed while Smith is the No. 7 seed, leaving an outside chance for the pair to potentially meet again in the finals with even higher stakes.