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Branford placed seventh at the SCC Championship last week. Joe Martone and Nick Temple finished third for the Hornets with Nick Kelsey, Noah Pantani, and Alex Freeman placing fourth. Xavier won the meet.
Martone pinned his first opponent in 1:15 in the 138-pound weight class, lost his next bout, then came back to take third by earning an 11-2 decision against Foran's Pat Fitzgerald and a 4-0 win versus Cheshire's Jake Cervero in the consolation bracket to claim third. Temple dropped his match at 145 and then took third by pinning Karl Jacobs of Cheshire in 4:14, winning a 6-1 match against Owen Gottlick of Hand, and gaining a 4-2 decision versus New Haven's Kenny Agosto. Pantani won a 3-2 decision in his first bout before taking a defeat in the 106-pound weight class, after which he defeated Shelton's John Rosa 16-1 to finish fourth. Kelsey notched a 12-1 victory at 126, took a loss, and then bounced back to gain a 4-2 decision versus Foran's Jubliee Witte to place fourth. Freeman lost by pin at 160 and then won his next two bouts in consolation action to take fourth, including a 9-7 victory versus Matt Robideaux of Cheshire.
Additionally, Nick Roca lost by pin at 120 and then gained a 2-1 decision in the consolation bracket before losing; Hung Jin Lim lost his first bout at 220 and then notched a win by pin in 55 seconds; Bijaya Jaisi lost two bouts in the 113 class; and Jordan Botte lost his two bouts at 132.
The Hornets rallied for a 39-37 win against Cross on Senior Night to raise their record to 11-8. Branford trailed by 12 in the second half, but outscored the Governors 16-6 in the fourth quarter en route to victory. Robin Norko hit the game-winning layup with six seconds remaining for Branford, which received 12 points from Jade Maddox and 10 by Hannah Zampano.
Girls' Ice Hockey
The Hornets notched a 10-4 victory against West Haven last week. Branford had previously tied the Blue Devils and will next compete in the SCC Division II Tournament.