Windham's Calixto picks up first state championship

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Wed., Feb. 29, 2012
Miguel Calixto (left) takes on Ledyard’s Justin Timberlake. Photo by Melanie Savage.
Miguel Calixto (left) takes on Ledyard’s Justin Timberlake. Photo by Melanie Savage.

Although Windham had 10 wrestlers qualify to compete at the State Opens the weekend of Feb. 24 and 25, several were forced to sit out the competition. “We only sent up seven,” said Windham High School Athletic Director Pat Risley. “Three were forced to sit out due to injuries.”

Marcus Jenkins, qualifying in the 182 weight class, “went into the Class Ms already pretty banged up,” said Risley. Though Jenkins participated in the Class M tournament, held the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18, a knee injury forced him to sit out the states, according to Risley. Two other wrestlers, Nicholas Poulin (195 pounds) and Wolfgang Fiasconaro (heavyweight) were also forced to sit out, due to head injuries believed to have been incurred at the Class M Tournament.

Windham wrestlers competing at the State Open tournament were: freshman Sebastian Ruffino, wrestling at 106; junior Michael Ruffino, wrestling at 113; senior Taylor Grauer, wrestling at 126; junior Miguel Calixto, wrestling at 132; sophomore Dakota Fleming, wrestling at 138; junior Devyn Petsa, wrestling at 160; and junior Xavier Kernozek, wrestling at 220.

The only Windham wrestler to place at the Opens was Miguel Calixto, who captured his first state championship title in the 132-pound weight class. Calixto placed at the Open competition during both his freshman and sophomore years, but this was his first first-place finish at the state level. Calixto had picked up his third first-place finish at the Class M tournament the week before. 

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