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    Sunday, March 26, 2023

    H.S. roundup: Fitch’s Matthews, Montville’s Linder advance to New England wrestling quarters

    Providence — Fitch’s Naszier Matthews and Montville’s James Linder Jr. won two matches each to reach the quarterfinals of the New England Championship wrestling tournament on Friday night.

    Matthews (220 pounds) pinned both of his opponents, Michael Mastroianni of Milford (Mass.) in 5:06 and Colton DeLong of Fair Haven (Mass.) in 1:01. He will face Logan Reiner of South Kingstown (R.I.) on Saturday at 9 a.m.

    Linder, meanwhile, won a pair of close decisions at 138. He edged Michael Rollins of Camden Hills (Maine) 6-3 in the first round and beat Elias Kalat of Spaulding (N.H.) 8-6 in the second round. He will face Joseph Joyce of Ponaganset (R.I.) on Saturday at 9 a.m.

    East Lyme/Norwich Tech’s Lincoln Carlson (160) and Brayden Soleau (182) both lost in the second round. Carlson, who pinned Joseph Baker of Danvers (Mass.) in 5:03 in the first round, lost 7-0 to Andrew Reall of Ponaganset in the second round while Soleau, who had a first round bye, dropped a 5-0 decision to Ponaganset’s Preston Marchesseault in the second round.

    Carlson remained alive by with a 16-1 (4:38) technical fall win over Justin Batty of Camden Hills in the consolation first round while Soleau earned a bye into the next round of consolation matches.

    Girls’ basketball

    • Keana Criscuolo scored a game-high 23 points as No. 22 North Branford defeated No. 6 Lyman Memorial 58-53 in the Class S second round. Senior Kassidy LaTour had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in her final game for the Bulldogs (16-8) while fellow senior Taylor Pankowski added 11 points and sophomore Jenny Lopez had 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.

    Indoor track

    • State Open champion Josh Mooney of Stonington is the top seed in his speciality, the 55-meter hurdles, for Saturday’s New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston. Mooney, who tied a State Open record with a time of 7.26 seconds, will take aim at the New England meet record of 7.30 set by Bassick’s Conroy Davis in 1991. Mooney is also entered in the long jump.

    The meet, originally scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., has been pushed back to noon due to Friday night’s overnight winter weather forecast.

    Other local athletes scheduled to compete in the boys’ meet are Ledyard’s Jacob Lenz in the long jump, Old Lyme’s Dylan Sheehan and East Lyme’s Thomas Matlock in the shot put, Stonington’s Ryan Gruczka in the mile and Ledyard’s 4x800 relay team of Hayden Baber, Auguste Estriplet, Gabriel Huff and Mason Day.

    Old Lyme freshman Chase Gilbert headlines the girls’ field of local competitors. Gilbert is seeded second in the two-mile run (10:54.60) and will join Maddie Morgado, Aggie Hunt and Olivia Powers in the 4x800 relay, where the Wildcats are seeded fourth (9:44.30).

    In addition, New London’s Darielys Arnold is seeded fifth in the long jump while NFA’s Hannah Graham and East Lyme’s Sandra Kirvelevicius are entered in the shot put.

    Gymnastics

    • NFA’s Trinity Ambruso, Old Lyme’s Emily Looney and Stonington’s Lydia Laskey will compete for all-around honors at Saturday’s CIAC State Open Championships at New Milford. The competition, orginally set for a 10 a.m. start, was pushed back to 4 p.m. due to a winter weather advisory from Friday night into Saturday morning.

    Ambruso is seeded third, Looney fourth and Laskey 11th. Ambruso and Looney are freshmen and Laskey is a senior. Ambruso is the top local qualifier on vault (fifth) and the uneven bars (third) while Looney is seeded third on the balance beam and Laskey is seeded fourth in the floor exercise.

    Three other local athletes qualified to compete in individual events: Fitch’s Emma Robinson (bars), Stonington’s Mary Lord (beam) and NFA’s Sarah Fedeli (floor).

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