PROVIDENCE - Revenge can be sweet.
Southington’s Paul Calo made it to the finals of the 160-pound weight class at the New England High School Championships on Saturday and he met up with a familiar opponent there, Xavier’s Ryan Devivo.
The two wrestlers had met up in the Class LL state tournament final a couple of weeks ago and Devivo topped Calo in overtime.
This time, it was Calo’s turn to win, as he beat Devivo via a 5-1 decision to take home the New England Championship. The sophomore got to the finals by pinning Ahmad Sharif from Massachusetts in the second round.
Calo was one of three Blue Knights to compete at New England’s, along with Austin Abacherli and Richie Rivera, but was the only one to place.
Also competing on Saturday was Berlin’s Nick Arborio at 113 pounds. The senior finished in fifth place and was able to defeat a Vermont state champion, Noah Call, in the fifth place match. Arborio suffered his first loss on Saturday in the quarterfinals when Ryan Garlitz from Massachusetts beat him by a 7-4 decision. Garlitz would go on to lose in the finals.
This was Arborio’s second time placing at the New England Championships and he is only the second Redcoat to ever do so. He finishes off his high school wrestling career with an impressive 155-31 record.
Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern also had one representative each on Saturday and each wrestler placed. For the Rams, it was Chris Trelli at 106 pounds where he placed fourth. The junior’s first loss came in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Cody Craig from Maine. In the third place bout, Trelli was defeated by Andrew Fallon from Rhode Island via a 7-2 decision, his only other loss on the day.
Mikey Barrett was Bristol Eastern’s representative and he finished in third place despite losing his second match of the tournament. Barrett’s round of 16 loss came at the hands of Sharif, who Calo defeated in the semis. After that loss though, Barrett won five straight decisions to place third. One of those decision wins came against Sharif in the consolation semifinals.
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