Ellis Tech wrestling team building momentum

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Jan. 6, 2014
Ellis Tech's JoJo (Baltazar) Gonzalez wrestles Brandon Nieves from East Windsor. Photos by D. Coffey.
Ellis Tech's JoJo (Baltazar) Gonzalez wrestles Brandon Nieves from East Windsor. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Ellis Tech Golden Eagles defeated East Windsor, Portland, Rocky Hill and Woodstock Academy at the Killingly Winter Duals on Jan. 4. For a team of 15, six of whom are freshman starting in the varsity line-up, the results were encouraging.

Baltazar Gonzalez (106), Michael Devanny (113), Anthony Devanny (120), Dylan Bouchard (170, 182) and Gavin Thuotte (220) each won four matches on Saturday. Gonzalez recorded two pins.

Ideally, coach Rafael Calixto would like to have a squad that numbered in the high-20s or 30s. He’s optimistic that the numbers will grow and the program will strengthen as it does. “We’ve had a decent season, but it’s early,” he said.

Seniors Dylan Bouchard (170) and Hayden Hamilton (132) captain the Golden Eagles. They lead a team laden with freshmen and sophomores who have little wrestling experience. Two juniors in the starting line-up had never wrestled before.

“Right now we have some kids doing well,” Calixto said. “JoJo [Gonzalez] is progressing. The Devanny brothers, Michael and Anthony, are doing well. The team is so young. Right now our goal is to make sure we’re improving every time we go out on the mat. I think we’re seeing that. Dylan Bouchard is having a big year at 170. We’re having a pretty good season. We’ve wrestled some pretty good teams.”

Calixto believes that the wrestling team can be built into one of the best teams in the area eventually. “We’re starting to build something that’s going to be unique,” he said. “This is just the beginning.”

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