Local roundup: Four Ledyard wrestlers reach State Open quarters
New Haven - Four Ledyard High School wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals of the State Open tournament on Friday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
Devon MarcAurele (120 pounds), Brandon Finney (152), Colin Grim (182) and Ben Morales (220) were joined in the championship quarterfinal bracket by six other local wrestlers - Matt Dowler of St. Bernard-Norwich Tech-Wheeler (106), Kareem Small of East Lyme (113), Brentt Smith of Waterford (113), Jake Caskey of Montville (132), Tyler Courter of Norwich Free Academy (145) and Edgar Charles of NFA (160).
Small and Smith will face each other in today's quarterfinals while Dowler will wrestle Glastonbury's Joe Rossetti, MarcAurele will face Newington's Brian Amato, Caskey will take on Fairfield Warde's Pharoah Eaton, Courter will meet Portland's Josh Fontanez, Finney wrestles South Windsor's Sam Odell, Charles takes on Hand's Ben Onofrio, Grim faces Bristol Central's Gino Rafaniello and Morales wrestles Canton's Skylar Lang.
Class S champion Windham is the team leader after the first day with 40 points followed by Class LL champ Danbury with 38. Ledyard, the two-time Class M champion, is tied for eighth with 26 points.
CIAC officials also announced they have adjusted today's schedule in order to avoid the threat of inclement weather later in the day. The championship quarterfinals will start at 9 a.m., the semifinals at 12:30 p.m. and the finals at 3:15.
• Fourth-seeded Mitchell College pushed No. 1 Elms College to the limit before falling, 80-78, in the New England Collegiate Conference tournament semifinals. Joshua Ford led Mitchell in the program's first NECC semifinal appearance with a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds. He had a chance to force overtime but missed a shot with two seconds left. Anthony Epps had 14 points and eight rebounds while Alex Del Rio (10 points) and Devonta Mosley (12) also scored in double figures for Mitchell (14-12).
• Duane Notice had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, lifting St. Thomas More past West Point Prep, 81-75. Gabe Levin had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Dylan Haines had 13 points and four rebounds for the Chancellors (27-4).
• Avery Point ended the regular season with an 81-27 win over Gateway CC and clinched its second straight Region 21 West Division title. Kim Bouten had a game-high 28 points and Mikayla Wells added a career-best 23 points for the Pointers (11-6).
H.S. boys' basketball
• J'Quan Monroe scored a game-high 39 points and added 12 rebounds as Grasso Tech qualified for the state tournament with a 66-58 win over Putnam. Rob Feliciano had 16 points for the Eagles (8-12).
• Old Lyme plays host to Haddam-Killingworth tonight at 7 in a Shoreline Conference tournament quarterfinal. The Wildcats (15-5) are seeded second and beat H-K 48-38 on Jan. 3.
• Olivia Backhaus had 15 points and 10 steals as Fishers Island beat Christian Academy, 37-14. Shelby Lusker had 10 points and eight steals for Fishers Island (6-6).
• Eric Brown and Tyler Faulkner both scored twice and Denzel Dickerson added three assists as NFA-St. Bernard-Bacon beat Fitch-East Lyme-Ledyard, 10-0. Logan Morin and Jason Steele each had a goal and two assists for the Saints (9-10). Tyler Luke had 41 saves for Fitch (0-17).
• Clayton Otter, Eric Stirtan, Adam Opsahl and Sam Magna set a pool record in the 200-yard freestyle relay as East Lyme rolled to a 109-74 victory over Haddam-Killingworth.
The quartet was timed in 1:31.98, breaking the old record of 1:32.37 set earlier this season. Otter, Stirtan, Austin Toback and Zachary Kosakowski added a win in the 200 medley relay for the Vikings (15-2) while Kosakowski won the 200 IM (2:17.64), Niko Maella won the diving competition (200.80 points), Ryan Dumais captured the 500 freestyle (5:26.57) and Billy Dumais won the 100 backstroke (58.81).
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