The Herald Press
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Scott LaMarre, Terryville
Dom Folino, Terryville
Chris Dionne, Central
Tucker Bachand, St. Paul
Matt Piazza, Eastern
D.J. Sanderson, Central
Terryville’s Scott LaMarre won a state championship this season.
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Bristol Central’s D.J. Sanderson celebrates after beating Bristol Eastern’s Dan Parker.
captain earned the No. 2 seed in the Class L tournament, claimed the CCC South Tournament title and advanced to the state finals. The senior captain advanced to the semifinals of the State Open and eventually took home fifth-place. Sanderson is joined on the team by the Lancers’ 285-pounder. In his first year wrestling at the varsity level, Parker consistently progressed into a top heavyweight. The Eastern senior won 23 regular season matches and had a good showing in the state tournament.
But even deeper than the heavyweight division was the area’s 119 pound weight class. Each school had a standout 119-pounder and as a result, all three (Dess, Pokorny and Russo) were named to the AllPress squad. Russo and Dess were each the top overall seed in their respective state tournaments. Dess advanced to the Class L championship and qualified for the State Open for the third straight year. He was 21-7 in the regular season. Russo lost just three times in the dual
meet season, winning 88 percent of his bouts. The Kangaroos senior made it the Class S semifinals. He placed fifth overall. Pokorny secured the most wins of any of the three 119-pounders, winning a total of 23 matches, including a victory over his Eastern counterpart in the annual EasternCentral showdown. Pokorny brought home the CCC South Tournament championship. Coming off a spectacular freshman season that earned him All-American status, Sassu was impressive once again as a sophomore at 135. Sassu posted a 26-6 record, reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament and placed fourth (outscoring his opposition 38-10 in the consolation bracket) to punch a ticket to the State Open. Joeckel, a 125 pound junior, joined Sassu at the Open with a fine run at the Class L event. Joeckel, as the tournament’s No. 9 seed, worked his way through the field to place fourth overall. Soucy, one of the state’s premier lightweights, walked off the mat victorious 86.2 percent of the time during a dual meet match. He earned the distinction as the Southern Division’s top 103-pounder. The sophomore reached the semifinals of the Class L tournament and advanced to the Open. His teammate, Piazza, did the same at 215. Coming off a 26-win campaign, the Lancers senior reached the Class L final
Dan Parker, Eastern
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four before bowing out to the state’s top 215 pound grappler, Dean Tsopanides of Torrington. Piazza wrestled his way back to finish third. Bachand, at 189 pounds, represented St. Paul well all season, particularly in both postseason tournaments. Bachand placed fifth at the Class S event. A week earlier he placed third at the Tournament of Independents, winning all three of his bouts by pin. The junior went 20-9 during the regular season. Terryville’s Folino capped off a stellar winter with a third-place finish in the Class S 152-pound bracket. Folino, a senior, was the field’s No. 3 overall seed after going 25-4 in the regular season. Those 25 wins were the second most of any 152-pounder in Class S. Dionne was solid for Central all season, winning a total of 21 bouts over the course of the season. The Rams 171-pound senior walked off the mat victorious 70 percent of the time. He placed second at the inaugural CCC South Championships to earn AllSouthern Division accolades. Burrow stands as the youngest member of the All-Press squad and is just the second freshman ever selected to the team. Burrow placed sixth overall in a highly competitive 130 pound Class L tournament field. That performance came just one week after he claimed the CCC South tournament title.