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Kasbarian Wins Weight Class As Hawk Grapplers Compete In Danbury



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Led by Ayden Kasbarian’s 138-pound weight division championship, Newtown High School’s wrestling team placed fifth among 16 schools in the Ryan Sabbagh Holiday Tournament in Danbury on December 29.

Danbury won the team title with 222 points; Newtown, with 93.5, edged sixth-place East Haven, which scored 90.5.

Kasbarian pinned New Milford’s Ian Brett in 1:46 of the pinnacle bout. Kasbarian won two matches via pinfall and one decision en route to the pinnacle bout.

Joe Zeller earned third, scoring a 3-2 decision over Bristol Eastern’s Nick St Peter in the third-place match at 285. Zeller had a bye, win via pin, and lost a decision in the earlier rounds.

Nik Accousti came in fourth at 132, reaching the third-place match and losing a 3-2 decision to Bethel’s Eamon Antonio Tolland-Matos. Accousti previously had a bye, won a major decision, and lost a regular decision.

At 152, Andrew Sayers placed fourth. Sayers was pinned by Putnam’s Jolan Martori in 3:35 of the third-place bout. Sayers won by technical fall and by way of pin before losing via technical fall on the way to the third-place match.

In the 160 weight class, Steven Leuci also placed fourth. Leuci was pinned by Bristol Eastern’s Noah Piazza in 2:55. Leuci had a bye, won via pin, and lost a major decision in the earlier rounds.

Ayden Kasbarian, right, grapples with a Bethel counterpart earlier this season. Kasbarian went on to win the 138 pound weight division title in Danbury's tourney, on December 29. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
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