The Immaculate-Joel Barlow High wrestling team was spread too thinly in its match at Stratford.
The visitors were without a few wrestlers due to injuries last Wednesday, Jan. 16. The match was also the night before final exams, which also caused some absences.
Despite being at a disadvantage Immaculate-Barlow remained a threat until the last weight class wrestled before losing 40-36.
“It’s tough to give up so many weights and still come out on top,” said Immaculate-Barlow coach Phil LiCastri. “but we made it close.”
The Red Devils went up early, taking the first three weight classes. Matt DiCostanzo was the winner by a 10-1 score over Jay Broderick in the 106-pound division.
Stratford claimed wins at 13 and 120 pounds by forfeit but the visitors took the lead with four straight victories. Emmett LiCastri pinned Mike Butler at 126 pounds and Aidan Buckley won a 9-3 decision over Brian Evans in the 132-pound match.
Also winning by decision, Jake Allen held off Anthony Alvarez 6-2 at 138 pounds and Ed MacLean pinned Kyle Kubic at 145.
A couple of pins by Stratford in the next two contests put it back in contention. Rich Francois pinned Mitch Frizzell at 152 pounds and Brandon Murphy did likewise to David Gombos at 160.
Wins in three of the next four classes put Immaculate Barlow in good shape. At 170 pounds, C.J. Kowalski pinned Maksims Frolovs.
Stratford took the 182-pound match by forfeit and Immaculate Barlow chalked up another couple of pins at 195 and 220 pounds. Steve Ghossani defeated Jack Branco in the former and Andre Hristu was the winner of the latter.
However, with Immaculate-Barlow having no wrestler at 285 pounds, Stratford got the win to secure the overall victory.
A long day at the Somers Duals on Saturday brought Immaculate-Barlow some success. It got the better of Ellis Tech 60-24 and Gilbert 48-27 but lost 46-36 to Haddam-Killingworth, Killingly 44-33 and the hosts 48-23.
Two wrestlers had perfect records on the day. Both LiCastri and Buckley went 5-0, coming in the 126 and 132-pound classes respectively.
Dane Hristu went 4-1 at 182 pounds, as did Ghossani at 195. Also getting winning records were MacLean at 160 and Kowalksi at 170, each going 3-2.
Broderick (106), Allen (138), Bartlett (145) and Andre Hristu each went 2-3 and Tennant (152) went 1-4.
Immaculate Barlow next competes in the Classical Duals at Classical Magnet School on Saturday at 9 a.m. and hosts Masuk on Wednesday at 6 p.m.