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Montville - The Montville High School wrestling team rallied past Waterford on Wednesday, 33-31, to remain unbeaten in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Small Division.
Montville (13-1, 4-0) is tied with Windham atop the division standings and the teams meet on Jan. 29 at Montville. The regular season counts for half the title, with the ECC Championships counting as the other half. This year's meet is at Fitch on Feb. 14-15.
Waterford (12-4, 1-2) led 25-9 heading into the 152-pound match - a decision at 126 by Tommy Wynoski and a forfeit were Montville's only points.
Montville's run started as Jacob Schmalz won in triple overtime at 152, Ian Concascia won at 160, Pat Bogan (170) won by pin, and Brent Politowicz won at 182 to cut Waterford's lead to 25-24.
Since the team's were exchanging forfeits in the final two matches, that meant the 195-pound match between seniors James Hilbie of Montville and Jake Keating of Waterford would determine the match. Hilbie won 10-6.
"I think (Waterford) wrestled very well,'' said Montville coach Gary Wilcox. "They did a great job. And it was a wake-up call for us.''
Ryan Botseas (108), Sam Lindblom (132) and Jimm Roscover (145) had pins and Brentt Smith (120) and Justin Lindblom (138) also won matches for Waterford, which lost to Windham 47-21 on Jan. 8.
"I felt this Wednesday my kids wrestled with a little more intensity than (against Windham),'' said Waterford coach Chris Gamble. "As much as I'm frustrated, you want to have those competitive matches. That's what this is all about.''
In other meets:
• Woodstock Academy edged New London 39-35 in an ECC Large Division match, wrapping up the win in the final match. Woodstock's Tim Davis beat Oscar Calcano 3-2 in the heavyweight match to seal the win. Christian Andino-Torres (113), Mike Commander (120), Pabel Pascual (126) and Xavier Benson (132) all had pins for New London (1-2, 1-2).
• Tyler Knolfhoff (120), Tony Hong (170), Aaron Hebert (220) and Richard Crooks (285) all won their matches by pin, leading Norwich Free Academy past East Lyme, 63-18, in the ECC Large. Jacob Hodge (152) won by decision for the Wildcats (7-12, 3-0). David Gill (113) and Kyle Bernard (145) pinned their opponents for the Vikings (1-12, 0-3).
• Gabe Madrigal (132) and Billy Goff (160) both won by pin for Fitch in its 54-24 loss to Killingly. The Falcons are 5-12.
• Alex Howland scored a game-high 12 off the bench as Coast Guard beat WPI, 61-49, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference and surpassed last year's win total.
The Bears (11-2, 7-2) allowed just one field goal in the last nine and a half minutes.
Junior Jamie Waterman scored all of her 11 points in a game-ending 16-4 run. She also had six rebounds.
• Ricky Rodriguez scored a season-high 15 for Coast Guard, but it lost to MIT 53-49 in a NEWMAC game. David Anderson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Coast Guard (2-11, 0-3).
• Mike Wells had 23 points, four assists and three rebounds in St. Thomas More's 94-90 loss to Putnam Science. Eric Paschall had 13 points and seven rebounds, Cane Broome had 10 points and nine assistss, and Calvin Crawford had 13 points for the Chancellors (10-4).
• Mitchell College junior Parris Hill was named the ECAC Div. III New England Men's Basketball co-player of the week. In his first three games at Mitchell he scored 72 points. He was named New England Collegiate Conference player of the week earlier this week.
• Shelby Grauer scored 14 as Holy Family downed Norwich Tech, 50-11, in the CSC. April Littlefield had four points for Norwich Tech (3-6).
• Williams School lost to Hyde-Woodstock 36-12. The Blues are 1-6.
• Chase Collegiate took a 34-17 halftime lead and went on to beat Williams School 64-41. Rudy Harvey led Williams with 12 points and five rebounds and Sotiraq Vangjeli scored nine.
• Michael Fothergill (100 backstroke, 53.75), Kirk Czelewicz (100 breaststroke, 59.67), Dylan Steiner (200 breaststroke, 2:10.98) and Sam Gill (100 butterfly, 50.47) won races in Connecticut College's 164-124 loss to Keene State.
• Coast Guard Academy junior Christian Brindamour has been named the Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Men's Division III Swimmer of the Week after winning a pair of events in a loss to MIT.
Brindamour, one of the top sprinters in the Division III, won the 50 freestyle (20.52) and 100 freestyle (48.21). He also posted a split time of 48.49, anchored the 400 medley relay team, and had a split of 21.45 while anchoring the 200 free relay.
• Freshman Valerie Urban contributed three victories while Anna Peterson had two wins to lead the sixth ranked Conn College women's swimming team to a 186-94 victory against Keene State College. Urban's wins came in the 200 butterfly (2:11.11), 400 individual medley (4:40.52) and 500 freestyle (5:10.68). Peterson took first in the 200 IM (2:15.34) and 200 breaststroke (2:28.82). Senior Julia Pielock won the 50 and 100 freestyle with times of 24.04 and 53.47 seconds, respectively.