The Wilton youth wrestling team ventured to the District 3 tournament in Milford on Sunday with 32 grapplers and came away with three District titles and 13 qualifiers for this coming weekend’s state championship tourney in New Haven. It was a huge step forward for Wilton’s young program which qualified nine for last year’s state tournament while bringing him two District titles.
District 3 is comprised of wrestlers from 14 southwestern Connecticut clubs, and is one of four districts in the Connecticut wrestling association.
Wilton’s younger wrestlers in the Intermediate class for competitors born in 2003 and 2004 had an especially strong outing with Max Mannino at 65 pounds, Everett Andersen at 75 pounds and Parker Woodring at 80 pounds all winning District titles by defeating all their opponents in their brackets. Mikey Longo, third place, and Joey Bevilacqua, fourth place, also qualified in the Intermediate class.
Novice wrestlers (born in 2001 or 2002) Dean DiNanno, Jonathan Wu and Eric Zhang took third place and Griffin Morris fourth place.
In the Middle School division Jesse Walker, Chris Sweeney and Zach Zeyher earned second place honors and Hans Forland fourth place.
The top four in each division and weight class earned spots in the state tournament where all four Connecticut districts will square off to determine state champions this Sunday at Hillhouse High School in New Haven.