Danbury tops Warde in clash of top wrestling programs

Fairfield-Warde’s William Ebert (red) and Danbury’s Ryan Jack (white) wrestle in the 126 pound weight class during the wrestling meet between Fairfield-Warde and Danbury high schools. Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Danbury High School. — H John Vorhees III/Hearst Connecticut Media photo

DANBURY — The Danbury wrestling team won eight of 14 matches against Fairfield Warde on Wednesday night, leaving the Mustangs with a respectable six triumphs over the defending FCIAC, Class LL and State Open champions.

The score didn’t reflect the close gap, though.

The Hatters scored a host of pins early in the meet to claim a 45-24 victory over Warde in a battle between the top programs in the conference. Danbury’s lighter grapplers built an insurmountable advantage before Warde claimed several late victories by pin.

“We’re a little green with guys starting for the first time, and his upper (weight) guys are a little better than our upper guys,” Danbury coach Ricky Shook said. “My lower-weight guys carried us today. It was a good win.”

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