Danbury’s wrestling dynasty: Hatters win 29th title in 30 years

NEW CANAAN – And so it goes, as the Danbury dynasty continues.

Jakob Camacho and Jeremy Fields were individual champions for the second straight year while teammates Chris Sam, Joey Hulse, Andrew Marquis and Solomon James also won their respective weight divisions to lead Danbury to the team title for the 29th time in the last 30 years at the 2015-16 Joe Sikorski FCIAC Wrestling Championships on Feb. 13 at New Canaan High School.

Coach Ricky Shook’s Hatters won their sixth consecutive conference crown since Fairfield Warde won in 2010 and ended Danbury’s streak of 23 consecutive championships from 1987-2009.

Danbury, which had six of its nine finalists win individual championships, collected 277 team points to win by a comfortable 82 points over runner-up Trumbull (195).

Fairfield Warde placed third with 183 points. Fairfield Ludlowe was fourth with 151.5. Ridgefield had 99 to complete the top five and was followed by Stamford (88), Greenwich (79), Westhill (78), Wilton (63.5), Norwalk (57), New Canaan (53), Staples (36), Brien McMahon (31), and Darien (14).

Five grapplers – Camacho, Fields, Tim Kane and Charlie Kane of Warde, and Ludlowe’s Chase Lind – added FCIAC individual titles this year to the ones they won last year.

Camacho decisioned Trumbull’s Tristan Haviland, 3-1, in this year’s 113-pound class championship match. Camacho won at 106 last year. Fields, the 120-pound champion last year, moved up two divisions to the 132-pound class this year and he won that when he pinned Colin Storm of Ridgefield at 3:18.

Sam pinned Trumbull’s Alex Greco at 1:15 in this year’s 120-pound final and that clinched the Fastest Fall Award for Sam as he registered four falls in a combined time of 7 minutes, 41 seconds.

Also for Danbury: Hulse won the 126-pound class with a 3-1 decision over Ludlowe’s Austin Sherman, Marquis nipped Ludlowe’s Lee Stenild- Johansoan, 5-4, in the 195-pound final, and James won his 220-pound class when he decisioned Warde’s John Ocana, 4-1.

Tim Kane was named Most Outstanding Wrestler in the category of the lighter weight divisions as he won the 132-pound class when he registered a fall of Danbury’s Peterson Souza at 5:36. Kane won the 126-pound class last year. His brother, Charlie, was the 138-pound champion last year and this year he moved up one class to 145 and Charlie won that with a 13-5 major decision over Danbury’s Justin Peterson.

Lind, the 152-pound champion last year, moved up one division this year and he was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the category of heavier divisions after winning the 160-pound final with a 7-1 decision over Greenwich’s Mike Ceci.

Trumbull had a trio of individual champions to grab second place. Matt Ryan pinned Norwalk’s Sam White at 4:51 in the 106-pound championship match, Joey Ryan won by fall at 3:40 over Stamford’s Kevin Thomas in the 170-pound final, and Desmond Washington snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period when he pulled off the one-point escape that gave him a 3-2 victory over Warde’s Alex Lobsenz in the 285-pound final. That prevented Lobsenz from winning a title for the second straight year as Lobsenz won at 195 last year.

Ben Smart of Ridgefield nipped Wilton’s Travis Long, 3-2, in the 99-pound final.

Ludlowe 152-pounder Marcus Sherrod won his title with a 4-1 decision over Danbury’s Jarek Laplant.

Will Arliss of New Canaan pinned Wilton’s Jared Gladstein at 5:03 of the 182-pound championship match.

The wrestlers who placed third by winning consolation matches in their respective divisions were: Trumbull’s Chris Smaniotto (99-pound class), Danbury’s Ben LeBlanc (106), Ludlowe’s Zachary Taylor (113), Ridgefield’s Jesse Walker (120), Warde’s Alex Steel (126), Wilton’s Quinn Reedy (132), Trumbull’s Dante Montanaro (138), Ludlowe’s Bobby Clark (145), Ridgefield’s Dylan Chelednik (152), Wilton’s Zach Zeyher (160), Jon Maragos (170) of Staples, Danbury’s Matt Adam (182), Greenwich’s Erik Menchaca (195), Stamford’s Johnathan Spanakos (220) and Ludlowe’s Billy Stapleton (285).