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Seven Avon High athletes earn All-State honors this winter

AVON, April 1 – Five swimmers and two wrestlers earned All-State honors competing for Avon High this winter.

Chris Gens (220 pounds) and Henry Schrecengost (285) each won Class M championships in wrestling to earn All-State honors. Swimmers Justin Arroyo, Chris Chute, Rahul Kumar and Andre Richard earned All-State honors for winning the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Class M championships.

Senior Maksymilian Jaremko also earned All-State honors for winning the 200-yard freestyle at the Class M championship meet.

The two wrestlers helped Avon, win their first Central Connecticut Conference title by grabbing the CCC North championship, go undefeated this season (22-0) and finish fourth in Class M – their best-ever finish in Class M.

Avon’s Chris Gens controls Longmeadow’s Peter Grant in Saturday’s Doc Myers Brawl at the Hill in Rocky Hill. Gens won a state title at 220 pounds. (Photo courtesy Carolyn Marshall)

Gens (40-5) had little problems winning his first state championship with three consecutive pins to get to the final. In the final, he led Berlin’s Max Schlein 4-2 after two periods. Gens got an escape and immediate takedown with 1:45 left in the match to take a commanding 6-2 lead.

Schrecengost (40-3) also had three consecutive pins to earn a spot in the final. Against Ellis Tech’s Hayden Miniski in the final, Schrecengost took a quick 4-0 lead in the first period with a takedown and a two-point near fall. He extended the lead to 6-0 with a two-point takedown in the third period.

In just his second year of varsity wrestling, Avon’s Henry Schrecengost (285) won a Class M state title and earned All-State honors. (Photo courtesy Carolyn Marshall)

At the Class M championship meet, Richard passed two swimmers in the final 50 yards to lift Avon to a stunning victory over Wethersfield and the state championship. It was the first relay team in school history to win a state title in swimming.

Avon was in third place in the 200 freestyle relay and trailed Wethersfield and Pomperaug after the first leg of the race, second leg and third leg. When Richard dove into the water for the anchor leg, he trailed Pomperaug’s final swimmer by a full second and Wetherfield’s fourth swimmer by 0.4 of a second.

Richard swam a time of 21.79 to help Avon turn in a new school-record time of 1:30.34 to win the state championship. Wethersfield (1:30.48) was second, 0.14 of a second behind the Falcons with Pomperaug (1:30.87) finishing third.

In the 200 freestyle, Jaremko led from start to finish to capture win his first state title. Avon went 5-6-1 this year in swimming and 4-1 in the CCC North, second behind league champion Wethersfield.

Five Avon High swimmers earned state championship medals at the  Class M championship meet. Standing: Andre Richard, right, and Maksymilian Jaremko. Sitting: Chris Chute, Rahul Kumar, Justin Arroyo

Wrestling
All-State:
Chris Gens, Henry Schrecengost
All-CCC North: Abhi Bhabad, Jack Coleman, Chris Gens, Alex Rostenberg, Henry Schrecengost

Boys swimming
All-State: Chris Chute, Justin Arroyo, Max Jaremko, Rahul Kumar, Andre Richard
All-CCC North: 

Boys indoor track
All-CCC: Jack Martin, Anish Rajamanickam

Girls basketball
All-CCC West: Abby St. Onge

CCC West: Azaiyah Felder (Conard), Olivia Bonee (Hall), Charlotte Bassett (Glastonbury), Emma Novajasky (Farmington) Erin Carucci (NW Catholic), Abby St. Onge (Avon), Mary McElroy (Simsbury), Kate Sullivan (Simsbury), Claire Scalise (Glastonbury), Olivia Deslauriers (Hall)

Boys basketball
All-CCC West: none

CCC West: Makhi Hawkins, Farmington; Bube Momah, Farmington; Aaron Latham, Glastonbury; Jack Shea, Glastonbury; Cameron Stiepock, Glastonbury; Max Boyd, Hall; Matt Curtis, Northwest Catholic; Jackson Butler, Simsbury; Jalen Williams, Simsbury; Colin Burdette, Southington. Coach — John Cessario, Southington.

Girls indoor track
All-CCC: Rhiannon Richmond

Boys ice hockey
All-State: Owen Lacourciere, Farmington Valley (Lewis Mills)

All CCC North: Brennan Horn, Northwest Catholic; Cole Chapman, Simsbury; Cam O’Connor, South Windsor; Rowan Masse, East Catholic; Eric Schweitzer, Farmington Valley; Justin Hazard, Glastonbury; Matt Arena (Farmington), Farmington Valley; Sean Macary, Northwest Catholic; Shea Henderson, Conard; Owen Lacourciere (Lewis Mills), Farmington Valley; Adam Poetto, Glastonbury; Sean Fellows, East Catholic; Torben Wunderle, Simsbury; Brendan Battiston, Conard; Dante Colon, South Windsor; Brendan O’Connor, Glastonbury; Mike Kaliff, Northwest Catholic; Ryan Ginnett, Glastonbury

Girls ice hockey
All-State: None
All-SCC North: none

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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