Competing in different states, Bristol Central wrestlers had a successful day on the mat on Saturday.
Due to a new CIAC rule put in place this year, coaches are allowed to send up to four wrestlers to an elite level tournament, while the rest of the team competes at another varsity tournament.
So the Rams had Chris Trelli competing at the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan County Community College in New York, while the rest of the varsity squad competed at the Art Powers dual meet tournament hosted by Berlin.
At the dual tournament, the Rams finished the day 4-0.
In the first round, they earned a 51-22 victory over Joel Barlow. In the second, they topped East Catholic by a score of 48-32. In the third, they bested RHAM by a 48-27 margin. And in the final round, they beat Bethel by a score of 42-33.
Mike Guzman and Damian Mahaffy each went 4-0 on the day, while Jake Aldi, Adam Ward, Colton Pelletier and John Duncan each earned three wins. Jason Feto, Joey Frechette, Andrew Mahaffy, Caleb Buden and Orlando Baldwin won two matches each.
The Rams were named co-champions with host Berlin, which also went 4-0. BC previously defeated Berlin 51-27 in a dual meet on Jan. 3. Bristol Central improved to 9-3.
In New York, the Eastern States Wrestling Classic, which Flowrestling.org considers one of the toughest tournaments in the country, consisted of wrestlers who represent 165 schools from six different states.
Trelli, who was second in the CIAC State Open and fourth in the New England regional tournament last season, was seeded 13th in a bracket that had 58 wrestlers.
Trelli completed the two-day tournament 6-3 to earn a spot on the podium with a sixth place medal. Each of his three losses came to wrestlers who were nationally-ranked.