NEW HAVEN - He was the second-best wrestler in Class L and now he’s the second-best wrestler in the state.
Bristol Central’s Chris Trelli reached the finals of the 106-pound bracket at the State Open this weekend but was defeated in a 5-0 decision by Danbury’s Ryan Jack.
As the No. 6 seed in his weight class, Trelli triumphed over wrestlers that were ranked Nos. 16, 3 and 10 before falling to Jack, who was ranked No. 4, in the finals. Trelli was one of only two Rams at the Open and the only one to place.
Entering the weekend with a Class L team title and three individual championships under its belt, Bristol Eastern only placed one wrestler and finished 12th overall. At 160 pounds, Mikey Barrett was the only Lancer to reach the podium, taking third place.
Berlin was the only area school to return with an individual title. The Redcoats’ Nick Arborio beat Ellis Tech’s Sean Johnson by a 4-3 decision to claim the 113-pound championship. It was the first individual State Open title for Berlin in the last 10 years according to head coach Jim Day.
“Nick was able to control position and tempo of the match,” Day said.
Johnson was the weight class’ No. 2 seed and the wrestler that defeated Arborio at the Class M meet.
“Nick came back to practice on Monday and reset the buttons and left that match behind him,” Day said. “We made some adjustments to his nutrition and had a great week of practice and everything worked played out.”
In addition, the wrestler Arborio beat in the previous round, South Windsor’s Devon Schoenberger, was the weight’s top seed.
In the first two rounds, Arborio eliminated the No. 4 and No. 12 seeds at 113.
Southington finished fourth overall in team points and had three wrestlers finish in the top six of their respective weight classes.
At 160 pounds, Paul Calo earned the Blue Knights’ top finish at the Open, claiming second. Austin Abacherli took third place at 152 pounds and Richard Rivera earned fifth at 220 pounds.