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Simsbury still ranked in top 20 in latest Connecticut Wrestling Online state poll

Haddam Killingworth’s Justin Popp (170) lifts Pomperaug’s Matt Baros off the mat in the finals of the recent Frank Chaves Tournament in Simsbury. Popp won, 14-6.

Danbury remains the No. 1 ranked team in week 2 of Connecticut Wrestling Online’s latest top 10 wrestling poll but it’s no longer a unanimous decision. The Hatters received 16 of 17 votes from state coaches and media members.

No. 2 Bristol Eastern (5-0), who has won three tournaments this winter including the John Gorman Memorial Tournament in Cumberland, Rhode Island, on Saturday, received the other first place vote.

The Hatters, who have been No. 1 for 19 consecutive weeks since the first poll of the 2014-15 season, dropped their first match of the season Monday night in the traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday date with Mt. Anthony, Vermont, 39-27.

Windham was the only team to join the top 10 this week. Simsbury (6-3, 2-0 CCC West) remains ranked No. 15 in the poll for the second straight week. The Trojans were fifth at the Colter Abely tournament in Middletown over the weekend. Simsbury beat Manchester, 43-34 last Wednesday.

The Farmington Valley’s four other teams didn’t receive any votes but have been wrestling well.

Avon (8-6, 2-1 CCC North) has won five straight matches, including three in a row on Saturday when they beat Oxford, 64-18, Northwestern, 48-35 and Canton, 55-21.

Canton (8-6, 3-1 NCCC) went 1-3 on Saturday losing bouts to Avon, Northwestern, 44-33, and Farmington, 37-35 before picking up a win over Oxford.

Farmington (9-3, 2-1 CCC West) has won four of its last five bouts. They fell to Northwestern, 48-27 on Saturday but beat Canton and Oxford, 50-21.

Granby (3-1, 3-0 NCCC) shutout East Windsor last Wednesday, 72-0. The Bears finished fifth at the Greater Hartford Open in West Hartford with Cooper Fleming (152), Tyler Perez (170) and Ben Kibby (182) each winning individual titles.

Connecticut Wrestling Online’s weekly Top 10 high school wrestling poll

First-place votes in parentheses, record through Saturday, points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and last week’s ranking:

Week 2, January 16, 2018

Team Record Points  LW
1.  Danbury (16) 7-0 508 1
2.  Bristol Eastern (1) 5-0 446 2
3.  Fairfield Warde 5-1 392 4
4.  Southington 6-2 376 5
5.  New Milford 4-0 364 3
6.  Trumbull 18-2 332 6
7.  Killingly 18-0 288 7
8.  Xavier-Middletown 6-0 264 8
9.  Foran-Milford 19-3 185 9
10. Windham 8-1 184 12

Also receiving votes:  Hand-Madison (11-2) 177, Montville (11-2) 168, New Canaan (8-2) 105, Platt-Meriden (10-2) 102, Simsbury (6-3) 80, East Hartford (6-2) 53, Wethersfield (6-3) 47, Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech (5-2) 33, Ellis Tech-Danielson (11-5) 25, Wilton (6-2) 20, Ledyard (8-7) 15, Fairfield Ludlowe (5-6) 14, Manchester (2-5) 14, Gilbert-Winsted (9-2) 11, Ridgefield (3-6) 10

The following coaches and media members voted: Charlie Anderson, Trumbull; Matt Boissonneault, Bristol Central; Steve Bilheimer, Ledyard; Mike Cunningham, Xavier-Middletown; Derek Dion, Southington; Gerry deSimas, Jr., Connecticut Wrestling Online; Paul Gallo, New Canaan; Rich Gregory, Danbury News Times; Ken Lipshez, Meriden Record Journal; Bryan McCarty, Platt-Meriden; Eric Misko, Farmington; Chris Piel, New Milford; Patrick Risley, Windham; Matt Schoonmaker, Jonathan Law-Milford; Jason Shaughnessy, Fairfield Warde; Ricky Shook, Danbury; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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