Four Ridgefield wrestlers reach FCIAC semis
Four Ridgefield High wrestlers have moved on to the championship semifinals of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship.
Ben Smart, Jesse Walker, Peter Murray, and Simon Preston advanced after winning first- and second-round matches Friday at New Canaan High School. The semifinals, finals, and consolation-bracket matches will take place Saturday in New Canaan.
Smart, the third seed at 120 pounds, won by injury default before pinning Wilton's Finn McGovern in three minutes and 42 seconds.
Seeded third at 132 pounds, Walker got a first-round bye and then pinned Mikey SantaLucia of McMahon in 2:34.
Also seeded third, at 145 pounds, Murray followed up a first-round bye with a 9-3 decision over William Holmes of Trumbull.
Preston, the second seed at 160 pounds, also received a first-round bye and then pinned Trumbull's Gabe LaGuardia in just 53 seconds.
Spencer Carlson (106 pounds), Riley Courtney (113), and Sam Klotz (220) all won one match before losing in the second round and dropping into the consolation bracket.
Four other Ridgefield wrestlers — Jesse Chelednik (126), Chris Colucci (138), Liam Keppler (170), and Jackson Trotter (182) — lost in the opening round and were eliminated.
The Tigers did not have any competitors at 152, 195, or 285 pounds.