Slamming the Others

Tommy Switzgable ’15
EE Senior Sports Editor

The sound of the bodies hitting the floor is scary sound to some, but to a certain crowd, it is one of the most soothing sounds imaginable. This particular crowd is the wrestling crowd, a very strong and prestigious one here at Trumbull High School.

On Valentine’s Day of this year, the Trumbull High School varsity wrestling team headed off to New Canaan to compete in the FCIAC championship. The Eagles had tough competition, as they were looking to take down the Danbury Hatters, whom have won 28 out of the last 29 FCIAC championships.

Trumbull took third place overall, with having three matches won and two Most Outstanding Wrestler candidates. Cross Cannone, Stephen Briganti, and Joey Ryan all won their matches, with Cannone winning Most Outstanding Wrestler and Briganti getting an honorable mention.

The following week, the LL championships took place. The Eagles finished sixth place overall, scoring 88 points. FCIAC champions Danbury came in second place with 112.5 points, behind Newtown who destroyed competition by winning with 159 points.

The Eagles had one individual champion as well during their trips to the LL state championship. Cross Cannone successfully pinned Zachary Bylykbashi to earn the individual championship in the 132 pound division. It only took him two minutes and 55 seconds.

“I am very proud of these guys,” says Charles Pitcher, a senior and former wrestling team member. “I wish I could have participated this season, but I am very proud of the team overall. FCIAC is a very tough division, and to come in second out of 19 teams is very impressive.”

The season is over for the varsity wrestling team, and the high school wrestling careers are over for many of the seniors. While the seniors say goodbye, many eager freshmen are ready to say hello to a new season next winter. Trumbull High School really has a special team here, and it will be special for as long as the eye can see.

Best wishes to those graduating this year, and good luck to the Eagles who are competing next year.

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