RHAM wraps up wrestling season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Wed., Feb. 29, 2012
Top RHAM wrestler Chris Catanzaro takes on Hand. File photo by Melanie Savage.
Top RHAM wrestler Chris Catanzaro takes on Hand. File photo by Melanie Savage.

At the Class L tournament the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18, RHAM placed 10th out of a total field of 28 teams. Four wrestlers finished in the top five for RHAM at the Class L’s: James Turgeon, finishing fifth at 126 pounds after a defeat by E.O. Smith’s Jacob Quirk; Colin Davis, finishing fifth at 145 pounds after a defeat by Farmington’s James Paigo; Travis Salois, finishing fourth after a defeat by East Lyme’s Vinny Cancelmo; and Chris Catanzaro, wrestling at 132 pounds.

Catanzaro, a senior, was hoping to end his high school career as a three-time class champion. As a freshman, Catanzaro captured the Class M title wrestling at 112 pounds; as a sophomore, Catanzaro was the Class L champion at 119 pounds. But Catanzaro lost the title round this year to Fairfield Warde’s Pharoah Eaton. Eaton was one of only two wrestlers who defeated Catanzaro during the regular season. Catanzaro finished the Class L tournament in second place.

All four top RHAM wrestlers qualified to compete at the State Open tournament on Feb. 24 and 25 in New Haven, but didn’t come out with any placers. Turgeon, Davis and Salois were eliminated during early rounds. Catanzaro received a bye for round one, and easily put away his opponent, Trumbull’s David Brigante, in a technical fall decision during round 2. But Catanzaro faced Windham wrestler Miguel Calixto in round three, an undefeated competitor who ended up taking the state championship. Catanzaro lost to Calixto with a 9-2 decision.

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