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    Sunday, March 26, 2023

    Local roundup: CGA’s Spooner reaches semifinals of NCAA Division III wrestling tournament

    Ferrum, Va. — Coast Guard Academy’s Coy Spooner won a pair of matches to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship wrestling tournament on Friday at Ferrum College.

    Spooner, the top seed at 197 pounds, earned a 6-4 sudden victory over No. 8 Demetrius Henry of Cortland State in the quarterfinals after defeating Josh Harkless of Rochester Tech 6-0 in the first round.

    Spooner will wrestle No. 4 Chibueze Chukwuezi of Ithaca on Saturday for a spot in Saturday night’s championship final.

    The Bears’ unseeded heavyweight Carl DiGiorgio had a strong first day. He pinned Matthew Werts of Baldwin-Wallace in the preliminary round in 4 minutes, 49 seconds, then upset eight-seeded Michael Douglas of Wisconsin-Lacrosse in the round of 16 (6:25). He fell into the consolation bracket after dropping a 10-0 decision to top-seeded Jack Heldt of Wabash in the quarterfinals.

    David McCullough, who was seeded third at 184, was upset by Tristin Westphal of Coe, who advanced with an 11-9 OT victory in the round of 16, while pair of unseeded CGA wrestlers also lost in the same round: Chase Randall (133) lost 11-6 to Joe Pins of Wartburg and Nate Fitt (141) was pinned in 4:11 by Domenic DiFrancescantonio of The College of New Jersey.

    McCullough bounced back to beat Alvernia’s Isaac Kassis 6-5 in his first consolation match, the decisioned Jack Ryan of Oneonta State 7-3 to reach the consolation quaterfinals. Randall also reached the consolation quarterfinals with with a 5-3 win over Daniel Haws of Centenary, but Fitt was eliminated.

    H.S. boys’ basketball

    • Surprising Lyman Memorial advanced to the semifinals of the CIAC Division V state tournament with a 57-55 quarterfinal victory over No. 2 Whitney Tech in Hamden. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs (15-9) will play No. 6 Shepaug Valley in Tuesday’s semifinals at a site and time to be determined. Shepaug knocked off No. 3 Innovation 64-56.

    • Fifth-seeded Wheeler saw its season come to an end with a 60-42 loss to No. 4 Portland in the Division V quarterfinals. The Lions finish 17-7 while Portland advances to Tuesday’s semifinals against No. 1 Windsor Locks at a site and time to be announced. Deondre Bransford had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead Wheeler while Zane Brewer scored 14 points and Kyle Kessler had 10 points and four assists.

    • Cody Murphy made a pair of free throws with 6.9 seconds left in overtime to seal No. 3 Ellington’s 59-55 victory over No. 19 Bacon Academy in the Division IV second round. The Bobcats, who finish 12-12, overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 1:24 of regulation to tie the game at 51-51 on a pair of Elijah Black free throws with 26.9 seconds left. Black finished with 16 points, Luke Grimord 14 and Troy Johnson 12 for Bacon.

    H.S. gymnastics

    • Three local athletes will compete in the New England Championship meet on Saturday at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. Norwich Free Academy freshman Trinity Ambruso, Old Lyme freshman Emily Looney and Stonington senior Lydia Laskey will compete in the all-around, which begins at 10 a.m.

    College baseball

    • Mitchell College improved to 4-0 with a 10-6 victory over Heidelberg in Port Charlotte, Fla. East Lyme’s Owen Robbins went 3-for-5with two RBI — his third straight multi-hit game — while Montville’s Dougie DelaCruz and Sean O'Donnell had two hits apiece. Ryan Solimine pitched six innings to to earn the win and Montville’s Kenny Heon pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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