Danbury claims Sabbagh holiday title for 26th time in 28 seasons

DANBURY — It’s their own tournament, so they defended their turf.

Placing nine finalists across 15 weight classes is a pretty decent stamp of authority on the competition.

The Danbury wrestling team claimed the Ryan Sabbagh Holiday Tournament trophy for a 26th time in 28 seasons, outlasting state rival Bristol Eastern in a showdown between several of the top teams in the state. The Hatters won with 222 points while the Lancers were right behind with 201. New Canaan (107), Putnam (102) and Newtown (93.5) rounded out the top five.

The tournament featured perhaps the two best squads in the state and the pair had an early-season opportunity to square off before the State Open in February.

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