Local roundup: Ledyard wrestlers beat Montville 43-33

Ledyard's Richard Mullaney celebrates after earning a pin in his 285-pound match and helping the Colonels defeat Montville 43-33 on opening night of the high school wrestling season Tuesday. (Tim Martin/The Day)
Ledyard's Richard Mullaney celebrates after earning a pin in his 285-pound match and helping the Colonels defeat Montville 43-33 on opening night of the high school wrestling season Tuesday. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Ledyard — Consecutive pins by Richard Mullaney, J'Mari Lowman and Joey Millbach rallied Ledyard High School to a season-opening 43-33 wrestling victory over Montville on Tuesday night.

In a matchup of two of the Eastern Connecticut Conference's top programs, the Colonels trailed 24-19 with six matches remaining when Mullaney (285 pounds) pinned in 4 minutes, 12 seconds, Lowman (106) pinned in 45 seconds and Millbach (113) pinned in 4:35 to give Ledyard a 37-24 cushion.

Jayden Colon (120) and Noah Caskey (132) had late pins for the Indians, but Tyler Miller (126) clinched the win for Ledyard with a pin in 1:47.

Andrew Allen (195) also had a pin for the Colonels while Ian Anderson (145), Sam Kury (152), Dane Concascia (182) and Nick Tibbetts (220) added pins for Montville.

Prior to the match, Ledyard dedicated its wrestling room in the memory of Hall of Fame coach Rod Leyland in a ceremony that was attended by many of his former wrestlers.

H.S. girls' basketball

• Taina Pagan scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as defending Class LL champion New London opened its season with a 69-37 win over Ledyard in an ECC Division I game. Xaryia Melendez added 12 point and eight rebounds for the Whalers while Rosie Nicholson had nine steals. Sarah Serbascewicz scored 19 points for the Colonels and Julia Lavin added nine.

• East Lyme snuck past Norwich Free Academy 46-45 in a tight opening game in ECC Division I. The Vikings led 24-22 at halftime and trailed 40-38 at the end of three quarters. Megan Bauman scored 19 points and Sophie Dubreuil added 16 for East Lyme while Makayla Poirier-Vaughters led NFA with 17 points and Sarah Ericson added 11.

• Lily Kramer's basket with 2:30 left in overtime gave Waterford the lead and the Lancers wnt on to beat Bacon Academy 34-31 in an ECC Division II game. Bekah Sanders scored 12 points and Julie Bonilla, who assisted on Kramer's basket, had nine points for Waterford. Kellie Nudd led Bacon with a game-high 13 points. 

• Kate Hall scored 18 points as Stonington beat Killingly 63-41 in an ECC Division II game. Aliza Bell had 10 points, nine rebounds and five steals, Kate Johnson scored 10, Miranda Arruda had 11 rebounds and seven steals and Izadora Yarnall had nine rebounds for Stonington. Kylee Mazzarella scored 20 for Killingly.

• Montville opened its season with a 33-24 loss to Woodstock Academy in an ECC Division II game. Emmily Genua scored seven points for the Indians and Emily Meigs added five.

• Hailey Tompkins scored 19 points as Lyman Memorial defeated Wheeler 51-25 on opening night in ECC Division III. Molly Butremovic had nine points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Lions and Emma Morgan added five points, three steals and two assists.

• Williams School won its fourth straight, beating Fishers Island 49-41. Marie Grillo had 17 points and Audrey Matson scored 14 for Williams (4-1). Jade Redo and Constance Toldo scored 12 points each for Fishers Island.

• Emma McCulloch's two late free throw sealed Old Lyme's 35-32 win over Creed in the Shoreline Conference. McCulloch finished with nine points and nine rebounds while Emily Rivera added nine points and six rebounds for the Wildcats (1-0).

• Grasso Tech opened its season with a 47-5 loss to Parish Hill. Morgan McNeil led Grasso with three points.

Men's basketball

• Mitchell College outlasted Salve Regina, 121-118, in two overtimes in a non-conference game. Steffen Brunson's layup with 1:27 remaining put the Mariners (4-5) ahead for good. Hasani Williams (a career-high 33 points, 12 rebounds), Domenico Santiago (26 points, 11 rebounds), Mack Bertram-Gregory (15 points), Brayvon Young (20 points) and Brunson (16 points) led Mitchell.

The two teams traded dramatic baskets to prolong the game. Young's 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining in regulation rallied the Mariners from an 8-point deficit in the final 34 seconds and forced overtime. Then Salve Regina's Rodney Morton (38 points) buried a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to extend the game to a second OT. Montville graduate Cameron Collins had 20 points and six rebounds for Salve (5-4).

Women's basketball

• Mitchell rode a strong second half to beat Wentworth, 68-53. The game was deadlocked at 30 before the Mariners (2-7) pulled away. Marissa Sweeney had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Haley Garcia scored 14 points and Allegra Jones chipped in 10 points off the bench for the Mariners (2-7). Kate McCormack added seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Ledyard's Dennis Charles has control from the top over Montville's Zack Navarrette during their 160-pound match on Tuesday at Ledyard. Charles won 8-4 as the Colonels beat the Indians 43-33 on opening night. (Tim Martin/The Day)
Ledyard's Dennis Charles has control from the top over Montville's Zack Navarrette during their 160-pound match on Tuesday at Ledyard. Charles won 8-4 as the Colonels beat the Indians 43-33 on opening night. (Tim Martin/The Day)
Former Ledyard High wrestlers Ed Lorah, left,  John Foye, center, and Craig Pollard, right, converse after a dedication ceremony of the Rod E. Leyland Wrestling Room on Tuesday. All three wrestled for the late Hall of Fame coach. (Tim Martin/The Day)
Former Ledyard High wrestlers Ed Lorah, left, John Foye, center, and Craig Pollard, right, converse after a dedication ceremony of the Rod E. Leyland Wrestling Room on Tuesday. All three wrestled for the late Hall of Fame coach. (Tim Martin/The Day)

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