Berlin grapplers roll past Plainville, win 11 matches

Published on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 20:58


PLAINVILLE - The Berlin wrestling team won eight matches by pin as it dismantled Plainville 60-13 on Wednesday night. The Redcoats won 11 of 14 matches on the day including a forfeit as they returned home with a dominant win on the road.

Six of Berlin’s falls came in the first period with Nico Koops, Mantas Malinauskas and Malcolm Ferguson all winning in less than a minute. Malinauskas’ 27-second pin was the fastest decision of the day, but was closely followed by Alex Santini from Plainville who dispatched Zander Varricchio in 28 seconds. 

Santini was the only Plainville wrestler to earn six points for his team while the Blue Devils’ other two wins came by decision as the Redcoats were competitive in nearly every match.

“We’re down a few guys, but we seem to pick it up and fill in,” Berlin head coach Pete Veleas said. “I’m pretty pleased with the fact that we can be down a few starters and still put in some reserves that are pretty decent caliber kids.”

Up next for the Blue Devils will be a road meet against Bristol Central on Friday at 6 p.m. while the Redcoats will host New Britain the same day.

“We have a young team,” Plainville coach Dylan Fusco said. “We just want to come in here and compete. We had a couple of close matches and some things we have to keep working on halfway through the season. We just have to slow things down and work on basics.”

Plainville’s only team lead of the meet came after three matches when Joseph Kennedy’s 8-0 win over Landon Vieira at 145 pounds gave the Blue Devils a 7-6 advantage. Conlan Simard (152) gave the lead back to Berlin in the next match when he pinned Hunter Krystock in a minute and 19 seconds. 

“Kennedy is always working hard and getting better,” Fusco said. “I think that’s the third time he’s wrestled that kid and it’s always a good match.”

Simard’s six points combined with the six points from Koops 53-second pin to open the contest made the score 12-7 and the Redcoats never looked back, losing one more match all night. 

Malinauskas followed Simard and then a 7-1 decision for Marco Marino at 170 pounds gave Berlin three wins in a row. After Santini’s quick win over Zander Varricchio, the Redcoats closed the meet with six consecutive wins. Nicholas Ebrahimi ignited the streak with a 7-3 decision over Nick Dennis after a high-scoring third period. Ebrahimi led 1-0 after two periods, but stacked points late in the match to take the victory.

Berlin won the final five matches by pin, two of which came in the second period. Aidan Cote pinned Alan La Oz Quirion after two minutes and 52 seconds of grappling in the heavyweight match. 

“[Cote] was challenged for the first time tonight,” Veleas said. “This was the first time he’s gone into the second period and he ended up doing what he does, he’s very good.”

Mason Arborio followed up by winning the 106-pound match 96 seconds over Eli Benoit.

Caleb Orde led Greyson Borra 8-0 after one period, but used his significant length advantage to win by fall a minute and 10 seconds into the second period. The pins got quicker from there as Jonah Lorenzo finished Kali Fangiullo in a minute and 23 seconds and Malcolm Ferguson closed the meet by pinning Charlie Hall in 43 seconds.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Plainville on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 20:58. Updated: Wednesday, 19 January 2022 21:01.