Daniel Hand Wrestling Off To A Great Start For 2012 [Video]

The #2 ranked Tigers defeated Cheshire 59-12 at Polson Gym Wednesday evening to remain undefeated at 10-0.


The Daniel Hand Wrestling Team has been impressive in the first few weeks of the 2011-2012 season.  They briefly held the number one ranking in the state coaches poll published by the Norwich Bulletin, but this week they were replaced by Danbury and fell to the number two slot.  

On Wednesday night they faced fellow SCC opponent Cheshire in a dual match.  Cheshire appears to be undermanned this year as they forfeited five weight classes.  

The matches opened at 160 and Hand’s Connor Carroll was tied with Tim Homan 3-3 as they went to the third period.  Carroll then scored on a reversal and held on for a 5-4 win.

At 170 Kevin Wivell (H) pinned Josh Hunihan (C) in the second period and Hand led 9-0

At 182 Carter Chatillion (H) was pinned by Billy Janes (C) in the first period and Cheshire got on the scoreboard 9-6.

At 195, 220 and 285 Cheshire forfeited.  Hand also forfeited the 220 match.  

At 106 Matt Elias (H) pinned Joe Villano (C) in the first period.  Hand then led 27-6.

Cheshire forfeited at 113.  Hand 33 - Cheshire 6.

At 120 Will Crisco (H) pinned Torin Ravenburg (C) in the first period. Hand 39 - Cheshire 6.

At 126 Nick Ianucci (H) was pinned by Jake Cervero (C) in the second period.  Hand 39 - Cheshire 12.

At 132 Justin Elias (H) defeated Dan Massucci (C) 4-2.  Hand 42 - Cheshire 12.

At 136 Matt Mahoney (H) scored a major decision over Joe Mongillo (C) 15-0.  Hand 47 - Cheshire 12.

At 145 Jake Savoca (H) pinned Kyle Wood (C) in the first period.  Hand 53 - Cheshire 12.

Cheshire then forfeited the 152 match and that made the final team score Hand 59 - Cheshire 12

Bill January 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Great job by the team and coaches! Keep up the good work and lets finish off a Class L Championship! Thanks Ed for the coverage.
Ed Brunt January 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Actually... the team's record is now 10-0. I checked the CIAC website today to verify. It's hard to figure out sometimes with all the tournaments. I read somewhere that the teams record was 7-0 prior to Wednesday night's match, but that was apparently outdated. The team's next action will be on Saturday at the Trumbull Duals. New Milford will also be at this tournament. New Milford was the only team to beat the Tigers (25-1 last year) and they also edged them out (by 1 1/2 points) for the Class L Championship.
Ed Brunt January 05, 2012 at 09:35 PM
New Milford also has the state's longest active dual match win-streak, currently at 58 in a row.
Pem McNerney January 06, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Thanks Ed, for the great coverage. Looks like they're going to have a great season.


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