TRUMBULL - Terryville had a pair of state champions - one at each end of the weight spectrum - and three other top six finishers in the Class S state wrestling meet which concluded on Saturday at Trumbull High School.
Cayleb Leclerc was the winner at 106 pounds, while Jason Hume won in the heavyweight bracket for Terryville, which placed fifth as a team.
Leclerc, the No. 2 seed, picked up pins over Tyler Velazquez of Montville (4:57) and Michael Dalessio of Somers (4:22) before beating No. 3 seed Joseph Millbach of Ledyard by major decision (16-4) to get to the championship match. There, he had his best result of the night, upsetting top seed Jacob Marselli of East Catholic by pin in 1:08.
Hume, also a No. 2 seed, followed a similar path. He got a pair of pins over Dane Taylor of Griswold (5:50) and Richard Mullaney of Ledyard (3:28) to get to the championship match against top seed Austin Daley of Morgan. It took several extra periods in that final match before Hume finally won 2-1 in an ultimate tiebreaker.
Also for Terryville, Josh Wright entered the competition seeded No. 3 at 195 pounds and that’s just where he finished, after being taken down by No. 2 seed Gabriel Schwartz of Northwestern in the semifinals by a 3-2 decision in a second tiebreaker. Wright won an 11-4 decision over Dane Concascia of Montville in the third place match.
The Kangaroos’ Jarrod Ashe, the No. 2 seed at 132 pounds, was upset by No. 3 Matthew Jenkins of Haddam-Killingworth in the semifinals by a 4-1 decision. He lost by a 2-1 decision in the second tiebreaker of the third place match to Chantz Stultz of Windham.
Terryville’s Jake Borda placed sixth at 126 pounds to round out the Kangaroos’ place winners.
St. Paul also competed in the Class S meet but had just one top six finish: Matthew Gray, who came in fifth at 220 pounds. Entering as the No. 2 seed, he won by pin over Christopher Rosario of Windham (2:54) and Johnny Falco of Griswold (4:17) before being taken down by pin by No. 3 seed Klyde Auba of Notre Dame-Fairfield in the semifinals. In a rematch, Gray won the fifth place match by pin over Falco in 2:43.
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