The Kane brothers from Fairfield Warde, Timmy and Charles, each became a State Open champion for the second consecutive year while Danbury’s Jakob Camacho also won his weight division at the State Open to highlight the accomplishments of FCIAC wrestlers at the recent state wrestling championship meets.
Those three wrestlers also won their respective weight classes at the CIAC Class LL Wrestling Tournament as Camacho led Danbury’s Hatters to the Class LL team title and a runner-up finish at the State Open.
Camacho, Ben LeBlanc, Kyle Fields, Jeremy Fields and Andrew Marquis all won their weight classes to help Danbury win the Class LL crown with 268.5 points. Warde was runner-up with 202. Newtown placed third with 174 points. Trumbull was the third FCIAC team among the top four with 165 points.
Six FCIAC teams placed among the top 11 at the Class LL tournament as Westhill (87 points), Ridgefield (80.5) and Greenwich (72) placed 9-11.
The State Open was won by New Fairfield, which totaled 115.5 points to nip Danbury by just three points. New Milford placed third with 111. The FCIAC had four teams among the top nine. Warde (91) placed sixth, Fairfield Ludlowe (87) took eighth and Trumbull (81.5) was ninth.
Timmy Kane won his 132-pound weight class at the State Open with a 9-3 decision over Montville’s Joel North. Last year Timmy Kane nipped Danbury’s Jeremy Fields, 1-0, to win the 126-pound State Open finals. This year Timmy Kane won the Class LL 132-pound class with a 9-0 major decision over Southington’s Austin Abacherli. He was also the Class L 126-pound champ last year.
Charles Kane captured his State Open 145-pound crown this year when he decisioned New Milford’s Bryan Rojas, 13-6. That occurred a week after he decisioned Newtown’s Edward Lovely, 5-1, to win the Class LL 145-pound class. Last year Charles Kane won a 5-1 decision over Nonnewaug’s Kieran Duggan in the 138-pound State Open final. Charles Kane was the 138-pound champion last year when he and his brother led Warde to second place at the Class L tourney.
A year after he was the State Open 106-pound runner-up, Camacho moved up one weight class and became the 2016 State Open champion at 113 when he registered a 3-1 decision over Devon Schoenberger of South Windsor. A week earlier Camacho decisioned Trumbull’s Tristan Haviland, 3-1, to win the state Class LL 113-pound class. Haviland went on to place third at the State Open.
Jeremy Fields also had a strong State Open while helping lead Danbury to second place as he advanced to the finals of his 138-pound class, where he dropped a 3-1 decision to New Fairfield’s Avery Shay. Jeremy Fields previously won his 138-pound class at the Class LL tourney with a 10-2 major decision over Matt Conte of Westhill.
Also winning state Class LL individual championships while helping lead Danbury to the team title: LeBlanc scored the match’s only point for a 1-0 victory over Trumbull’s Matt Ryan in the 106-pound final; Kyle Fields nipped Norwich’s Matt Foster, 5-4, in the 120-pound final; and Marquis won his 195-pound class when he decisioned Greenwich’s Erik Menchaca, 4-2. A week later Kyle Fields placed third at the State Open.
Trumbull’s Joseph Ryan was the other FCIAC grappler to grab a Class LL individual championship as he won his 160-pound class with a 4-2 decision over Michael Ceci of Greenwich.
Austin Sherman of Fairfield Ludlowe was the Class L 126-pound champion after he shut out New Milford’s Christopher Schultz, 6-0, in the final. Sherman advanced to the State Open final in his weight class and lost a 15-5 major decision to Baltazar Gonzalez of Ellis Tech.
Ludlowe 160-pounder Chase Lind placed third at the State Open a week after he was runner-up at the Class L tourney.