Warde’s Ebert, Bristol Central’s Nichols win national wrestling championships

Two Connecticut wrestlers were declared National Champions on Sunday, as Will Ebert (Fairfield Warde) and Ella Nichols (Bristol Eastern) dominated in Virginia Beach, Va.

Ebert won the Senior Division NSCHA National title at 160 pounds to round out his perfect season in which he swept the FCIAC, Class LL, State Open, and New England’s following= 6-0 performance at Nationals.

Ebert finished the season 45-0 and totaled 147 career wins in three seasons. He placed in New England’s and the State Open all three years and was named the GameTimeCT All-State MVP as well as 2022 CT Wrestler of the Year.

“Will is a phenomenal wrestler and he has worked hard for a long time,” Fairfield Warde coach Jason Shaughnessey said. “He wanted to be an All-American and a National Champion and that is what he accomplished, he was certainly prepared.”

Only six Connecticut wrestlers have won a national championship before Ebert, and he is the first to do so from Fairfield Warde.

“He overall dominated the competition with five pins and one major (decision) in six matches,” Shaughnessey said. “The guy he beat was ranked 12th in the nation, but (Ebert) dictated where the match went and pinned the guy.”

Ella Nichols wrestled her way to a National Championship in the 145-pound Girls Division to become the first Connecticut girl to win a NHSCA title.

Nichols has solidified herself as a pioneer in Connecticut state wrestling, as she was among the first state champions in 2020 and was a state champion again earlier this year.

This was Nichols third NHSCA All-American medal after finishing in fourth place in 2021 and seventh place in 2019.

Beyond Ebert and Nichols, five other Connecticut wrestlers were named All-American’s with five coming from the senior division and one from the junior division.

Guilford senior Chris Murphy finished fifth at 182 pounds to finish off a phenomenal season in which he was named to the GameTimeCT All-State First Team.

Murphy was undefeated prior to Nationals, sweeping the New England, State Open, Class L, and SCC championships.

GameTimeCT First Team All-State selection John Mairano finished fifth in the senior division at 132 pounds, falling in the semi-final round.

Mairano was a State Open champion, a Class L champion and CCC champion this year. He also made it to the quarterfinal round at New England’s.

Ethan Titus of Canton was the fifth-place finisher at 113 pounds, after finishing second in the State Open, fourth in New England’s and first in the Class S championship.

Avon junior Isaiah Adams finished seventh in the Junior National tournament, coming off a quarterfinal appearance in New England’s and both a State Open and Class M title.

Michael Bartush of Green Farms Academy finished second at 195 pounds in the senior division.

Will.Aldam@hearstmediact.com; @AldamWill