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Undefeated Avon wrestlers have eyes on bringing home a pennant

Avon’s Chris Gens wrestles in the finals at 182 pounds at the Chaves Invitational.

AVON, January 2 – The Avon High wrestling team is in position to contend for their first division title in the Central Connecticut Conference.

The Falcons are off to a 7-0 start including a 51-27 victory over three-time defending CCC North champion East Hartford. Avon took third in last week’s Frank Chaves Invitational behind defending New England champion Ponagansett, Rhode Island and No. 5 Simsbury.

On the first weekend of the season, the Falcons were second in the Plainville Invitational behind defending State Open champion Danbury.

“We have 14 seniors on the team so if we ever had a chance to win the conference (championship), it is this year,” Avon High coach John McLaughlin said. “(Winning a league title) is clearly a team goal.”

Not only are the Falcons loaded with experience, they return some decorated wrestlers. Senior Henry Schrecengost (285) won a CCC title a year ago and was third in Class L while junior Chris Gens (220) was fourth in Class L. Senior Abhi Bhabad was fifth in Class L at 106.

At the Chaves Invitational, Gens finished second, dropping a 7-5 decision to Luke Cirka of Ponagansett in the final. Schrecengost won at 285 pounds with a 6-3 victory over Newtown’s Joe Zeller. Bhabad, now at 120, finished fourth while senior Jack Colman (160) and senior Tyler Dickenson (195) each finished third.

“With 14 seniors, you have that leadership and that experience,” McLaughlin said. “The young kids see it. They’re learning that work ethic and they’re learning the moves. The seniors are great with the young kids.”

Henry Schrecengost, right, won at 285 pounds at the Chaves Invitational.

It won’t be easy in the CCC North. The Falcons have four matches remaining in the league beginning with a match at South Windsor on Thursday. Avon hosts Glastonbury on Wednesday, Jan. 9, travels to Wethersfield on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and closes out the conference season by hosting Manchester on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Avon last won a league championship in 2015 in their final season in the North Central Connecticut Conference.

Along with the big win over East Hartford, the Falcons won their own Avon Duals last week with victories over Enfield, 66-15, and Canton, 57-22, in the championship round. Avon was 5-0 in the tournament.

Avon’s 7-0 start hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Falcons are ranked No. 10 in Connecticut Wrestling Online’s first top 10 wrestling poll of the season that was released Tuesday.

It’s the first appearance for Avon in the top 10 in the state poll in 13 years (December 2006) when they were ranked No. 6.


Avon 51, East Hartford 27
At East Hartford
106 Aiden Baghdassarian (A) pin Alvin Mondy, 3:23; 113 Xavier Quiles (EH) dec. Ryan Baghdassarian, 9-6; 120 Abhi Bhabad (A) pin Cooper Lavigue, 1:53; 126 Alex Rostenberg (A) pin Gary Hayes, 3:53; 132 Diajhawn Hudson (EH) pin Max Jacobs, 5:30; 138 Justin Meador (A) pin Ricardo Medina, 5:24; 145 Timothy Roberts (EH) pin Grant Corbett, 3:00; 152 Jared Butler (A) pin Yahaya Amino-Jimbah, 4:30; 160 Jack Colman (A) pin Kevin Agyel, 2:56; 170 Sam Johnson (A) dec. Kenny Diaz-Juardo, 5-0; 182 Morphy Kuffour (EH) pin Diego Ortiz, 3:11; 195 Anthony Martinez (EH) pin Tyler Dickenson, 3:07; 220 Chris Gens (A) pin Matt Ordonez; 285 Henry Schrecengost (A) pin Donovan Rampassard, 1:03
Record: Avon 2-0, 1-0 CCC North

Avon Duals
At Avon
Pool A
Enfield 47, Canton 28
Enfield 48, Joel Barlow 33
Enfield 63, Conard 18
Canton 54, Joel Barlow 27
Canton 52, Conard 23
Joel Barlow vs. Conard
Pool B
Avon 50, Platt 25
Avon 67, Plainville 12
Avon 63, RHAM 18
RHAM 40, Plainville 39, criteria
RHAM 48, Platt 36
Plainville 51, Platt 27
Championship pool
Avon 57, Canton 22
Avon 66, Enfield 15
Canton 60, RHAM 9
Enfield and RHAM did not wrestle
Consolation pool
Platt 54, Joel Barlow 30
Joel Barlow 43, Plainville 42
Plainville 46, Conard 36
Final results: 1. Avon 5-0, 2. Enfield 3-1, 3. Canton 3-2, 4. RHAM 2-1

Avon 57, Canton 22
At Avon
132 Justin Meador (A) pin Jack Freedenberg (C), 3:54; 138 Brian Connolly (C) pin Jake Deluca (A), 1:11; 145 Donovan Mackin (C) pin Gunner Propiescus (A), 1:34; 152 Jared Butler (A) pin Josh Newell (C), 0:25; 160 Jack Colman (A) pin Brendan Kelly (C), 2:11; 170 Austin Kilduff (C) pin Sam Johnson (A), 0:56; 182 Tyler Dickenson (A) pin James Pelehach (C), 3:51; 195 Braydon Fluckiger (C) dec. Amir Johnson (A), 9-1; 220: Chris Gens (A) forfeit; 285: Henry Schrecengost (A) forfeit; 106 Ryan Baghdassarian (A) dec. Ethan Titus (C), 10-9; 113: Abhi Bhabad (A) forfeit; 120: Alex Rostenberg (A) forfeit; 126: Max Jacobs (A) forfeit
Records: Avon 7-0

Avon 66, Enfield 15
At Avon
106 Ryan Baghdassarian (A) pin Robert Moeller (E), 3:46; 113: Abhi Bhabad (A) forfeit; 120 Colin Caron (E) pin Alex Rostenberg (A); 126 Justin Beiler (E) pin Zac Colman (A); 132 Justin Meador (A) pin Sean Messina (E), 1:11; 138 Grant Corbett (A) pin Shawn Keeler (E), 1:16; 145 Gunner Propiescus (A) pin Roy Marocchini (E); 152 Tallon Stager (E) dec. Jared Butler (A), 12-6; 160 Jack Colman (A) pin Cody Stager (Enfield), 4:18; 170 Sam Johnson (A) pin Nolan Wyse (E), 1:30; 182 Tyler Dickenson (A) pin Greg Bogdan (E), 3:49; 195 Amir Johnson (A) pin Matt Jackson (E), 1:11; 220 Chris Gens (A) pin Nick Miller (E), 3:40; 285 Henry Schrecengost (A) pin Colin Pedersen (E)

Avon 50, Platt 25
At Avon
106 Ryan Baghdassarian (A) pin Tristen Mendoza (P), 1:22; 113: Abhi Bhabad (A) forfeit; 120 James Rondini (P) dec. Alex Rostenberg (A), 10-2; 126 Isaiah Ross (P) pin Zac Colman (A), 1:15; 132: Justin Meador (A) forfeit; 138: Jake DeLuca (A) forfeit; 145 Matthew Merrigan (P) dec. Jared Butler (A), 7-4; 152 Paul Alexander Abreu (P) pin Gunner Propiescus (A), 3:28; 160 Jack Colman (A) pin Elias Mccarthy (P); 170 Sam Johnson (A) pin Evaan Oquendo (P); 182 Ryan Greene (P) pin Ethan Volpe (A), 1:15; 195 Tyler Dickenson (A) pin Andy Flores (P), 1:24; 220: Chris Gens (A) forfeit; 285 Henry Schrecengost (A) dec. Luke Fuerstenberg (P), 9-7

Avon 67, Plainville 12
At Avon
106 Ryan Baghdassarian (A) pin John Guzzardi (P), 2:26; 113 Abhi Bhabad (A) pin Dylan Bucci (P); 120 Alex Rostenberg (A) pin Nathaniel Artis (P), 1:00; 126 Dominic Pedrolini (P) pin Zac Colman (A), 3:34; 132 Justin Meador (A) pin Sebby Soli (P), 5:52; 138 Jake Deluca (A) MD Nate Cyr (P), 19-9; 145 Gunner Propiescus (A) pin Dylan Mcvicker (P), 2:55; 152 Esteban Torres (P) pin Jared Butler (A), 5:44; 160 Jack Colman (A) MD Alex Hernandez (P), 13-5; 170 Sam Johnson (A) pin Felix Laoz (P), 1:49; 182 Tyler Dickenson (A) pin Kaleb Korona (P), 1:37; 195 Amir Johnson (A) TF Ty Pales (P), 19-4; 220 Chris Gens (A) pin Travis Boone (P), 3:29; 285: Henry Schrecengost (A) forfeit

Avon 63, RHAM 18
At Avon
106 Ryan Baghdassarian (A) pin Zackary Kanaitis (RHAM), 4:43; 113 Abhi Bhabad (A) pin Alexander Susman (RHAM), 1:21; 120 Alex Rostenberg (A) DEF Brandon D’amicol (RHAM); 126 Zac Colman (A) pin Daniel Burton (RHAM), 1:57; 132: Justin Meadow (A) forfeit; 138 Jake Deluca (A) pin Boden Landers (RHAM), 5:40; 145 Joseph Lagasse (RHAM) pin Gunner Propiescus (A), 3:12; 152 Ryan Maleryn (RHAM) pin Jared Butler (A), 3:37; 160 Jack Colman (A) dec. Shawn Nichols (RHAM), 4-1; 170 Sam Johnson (A) pin Thomas Paneccasio (RHAM); 182 Tyler Dickenson (A) pin Harold Barnes (RHAM); 195 Alex Otera Marlborough, CT (RHAM) pin Amir Johnson (A), 2:38; 220: Chris Gens (A) forfeit; 285: Henry Schrecengost (A) forfeit

Frank Chaves Invitational
At Simsbury
Team results – 1. Ponagansett, RI 174½, 2. Simsbury 139, 3. Avon 120, 4. Coventry RI 119, 5. Hand 72, 6. Newtown 70, 7. Joel Barlow and Suffield/Windsor Locks 68, 9. Melrose MA 67, 10. New Fairfield 60, 11. Fairfield Ludlowe 55, 12. New Milford 48, 13. Newington 43, 14. Haddam-Killingworth 42, 15. Granby 38½, 16. East Hartford and Westfield MA 35, 18. Tolland 25½ , 19. Pomperaug 14, 20. Watertown 4, 21. Naugatuck 0
Individual results
106 LBS
Final: Josh Brault (Joel Barlow) dec. J’mari Lowman (Ponagansett), 9-2
3. Evan Lindner (New Milford) dec. Cameron Hines (Haddam-Killingworth), 4-2
113 LBS
Final: Hunter Adrian (Melrose) dec. Joziah Fry (Coventry RI), 3-2
3. Tim Cook (Ponagansett) dec. Zachary Johns (Suffield/Windsor Locks), 9-2
120 LBS
Final: Michael Joyce (Ponagansett) dec. Ty Finn (Simsbury), 4-0
3. Kyle Davern (Daniel Hand) forfeit over Abhi Bhabad (Avon)
126 LBS
Final: Jacob Remolina (Coventry RI ) dec. Justin Hood (Ponagansett), 6-1
3. Peter Coniglio (New Milford) forfeit over Hunter Chin (New Fairfield)
132 LBS
Final: Mason Clarke (Coventry RI) dec. Nik Accousti (Newtown), 9-1
3. John Mairano (Simsbury) pin Dylan Washburn (Suffield/Windsor Locks), 4:58
138 LBS
Final: Andrew Oken (Simsbury) dec. Vitaliy Borodin (Westfield), 5-0
3. Jacob Zotti (Newington) pin Zachary Kalmanson (New Fairfield), 2:41
145 LBS
Final: Sean Caltagirone (Coventry RI) pin Stephen Macintosh (Melrose), 0:25
3. Trevor Villanova (Ponagansett) tech fall Timothy Roberts (East Hartford), 19-2
152 LBS
Final: Sean Herbert (Melrose) dec. Carter Sirois (Simsbury), 8-3
3. Alex Klein-Wassink (Joel Barlow) dec. Andrew Sayers (Newtown), 6-1
160 LBS
Final: Michael Angers (Tolland) pin Samuel Bergin (Simsbury), 3:15
3. Jack Colman (Avon) pin Stan Godlewski (Fairfield Ludlowe), 0:56
170 LBS
Final: Miguel Gonzalez (Suffield/Windsor Locks) pin Colman Doucette (New Fairfield), 4:31
3. Tyler Perez (Granby) pin Justin Hathaway (Fairfield Ludlowe), 0:52
182 LBS
Final: Carson Licastri (Joel Barlow) dec. Benjamin Kibby (Granby), 3-1
3. Brett Araniti (Simsbury) dec. Matthew Carson Haddam, (Haddam-Killingworth), 9-1
195 LBS
Final: Tyler Riggs (Ponagansett) pin Alec Dube (Daniel Hand), 2:55
3. Tyler Dickenson (Avon) dec. Aidan Lozada (Newington), 5-1
220 LBS
Final: Luke Cirka (Ponagansett) dec. Chris Gens (Avon), 7-5
3. Aidan Maher (Haddam-Killingworth) dec. Matt Derken (Daniel Hand), 2-1
285 LBS
Final: Henry Schrecengost (Avon) dec. Joe Zeller (Newtown), 6-3
3. Jeremy Girard (Ponagansett) pin Joe Racco (Westfield), 1:00
99 LBS (unofficial)
Final: Jacob Joyce (Ponagansett) pin Evan Albert (Tolland), 3:19
3. Ethan Wright (Haddam-Killingworth) pin Alvin Mondy (East Hartford), 5:01
Outstanding wrestler: Hunter Adrian (Melrose), 113 pounds
Fast fall: John Mairano (132), Simsbury 4 pins in 11:00

Frank Chaves brackets and results

Plainville Invitational
At Plainville
Team results – 1. Danbury 294½, 2. Avon 235, 3. East Haven 217½, 4. Bristol Central 162, 5. New Britain 157, 6. Plainville 80, 7. Abbott Tech-Danbury 48, 8. Newington 33, 9. Windsor 32, 10. Rockville 24, 11. St. Paul 14, 12. Holyoke, MA 10
Individual results
106: Final – Jake Defonce, Abbott Tech dec. Kai Odell, Danbury, 5-2; 3. William Hamilton, Bristol Central pin Liam Bryne, Danbury, 3:43
113: Final – Victor Garcia, East Haven dec. Kevin Pina, Danbury, 6-1; 3. Ryan Baghdaassarian, Avon dec. Colton Pelletier, Bristol Central, 3-1
120: Final – Tyler Johnson, Danbury dec. Johnny Cerqueira, Abbott Tech, 7-0; 3. Abhi Bhabad, Avon dec. Jake Aldi, Bristol Central, 10-0
126: Final – Matt Lucas, Danbury dec. Dom Pedrolini, Plainville, 8-2; 3. Alex Rosetenberg, Avon dec. Adam Ward, Bristol Central, 4-3
132: Final – Ryan Jack, Danbury tech fall Sebby Soli, Plainville, 23-7; 3. Alex Divito, East Haven dec. Jason Feto, Bristol Central, 14-6
138: Final  – Elijah Watson, New Britain pin Tanner Dibito, East Haven, 1:58; 3. Logan Kovacs, Danbury dec. Jacob Zotti, Newington, 5-2
145: Final – Ben Leblanc, Danbury dec. Grant Corbett, Avon, 3-1; 3. Jared Butler, Avon pin Albert Doheny, East Haven, 1:35
152: Final — Nick Richardson, New Britain dec. Fabricio Bugatti, East Haven, 4-0; 3. Andrew Beaucar win by injury default over Jaylen Hawkins, Danbury
160: Final – Jack Colman, Avon dec. Alex Hernandez, Plainville, 11-8; 3. Caleb Buden, Bristol Central pin Eryk Piotrowski, Plainville, 3:58
170: Final – Danny Jarrin, East Haven pin Sam Johnson, Avon, 5:26; 3. Connor Freeney-Wall, Bristol Central, dec. Tyrell Jones, Danbury, 6-5
182: Final – Jesse Patton, Danbury dec. Billy Rojas, Danbury, 7-2; 3. Enzo Bunce, East Haven pin Diego Ortiz, Avon, 2:11
195: Final – Montez Osbey, Danbury dec. Josh Rao, East Haven, 6-1; 3. Isiah Medina, New Britain  win by injury default over Tyler Dickenson, Avon
220: Final – Chris Gens, Avon dec. Oran Burnett, New Britain, 7-5; 3. D.J. Donovan, Danbury pin Jakob Salinas, Bristol Central, 2:48
285: Final – Jordan Agosto, Danbury, dec. Henry Schrecengost, Avon,  8-2, OT; 3. Juliano Morales, New Britain pin Armando Castaneda, East Haven, 4:06
Outstanding wrestler: Ryan Jack, Danbury
Fast fall award: Jared Butler, Avon

Plainville Invitational brackets

 

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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