Plainville wrestlers tough it out this season

PLAINVILLE – Once again, it was a trying season for the Plainville wrestling team this year.
Any time you bring a young squad into grueling battles that make up the CCC South division, the results aren’t always favorable if you’re young and don’t have a big roster.
And while Plainville saw some success in more that a couple weekend tournaments this year, those battles against Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern were trying ones.
“We’ve got 10irst year sophomores,” said Plainville coach Rusty Spence. “It’s hard. We’ve got freshmen starting, we’ve got first year sophomores in the line-ups starting. They don’t even get a year to know the rules. We just got a lot of young kids…it’s so tough.”
The Blue Devils dropped a 60-19 contest to the Lancers earlier in the year while pushing Central during its match before eventually falling 46-30.
But Plainville has some major talent and at the Class S championship, expect the Blue Devils to be right in the think of things.
Senior Connor Oakes (152 pounds), sophomore Mischa Hoffman (160) and senior Marcus Slivinsky (182) certainly have chances to leave their respective marks in the S’s.
And Plainville’s veteran coach certainly knows that fact very well.
“I’ll tell you what, when we get to the Class S (tournament), we’re going to show up,” said Spence. “I’m hoping we can get a top five (showing) out of this team which isn’t asking for too much.”
Class S State Tournament Results: From Haddam-Killingworth high school
Through the semifinals, Plainville was in tenth place with 51 total points and was only 22 points off second place. Oxford had 81 points to that point.
By the completion of the event, the Blue Devils placed 13th with 77 total points.
At 152 pounds, Connor Oakes took sixth place for Plainville while at 160, Mischa Hoffman made the Blue Devils biggest splash with a third place finish in an 8-4 decision over Canton’s Ben Corbett.
Finally at 182, Marcus Slivinski dropped the third place showdown to Oxford’s Alex Mardis 5-1 while at 195, Tim West took fourth after dropping a 1-0 decision to Chris Samboy of Classical Magnet.

Team Scoring –
1) Windham 238.5; 2) Haddam Killingworth 135.5; 3) Terryville 131; 4) Oxford 131; 5) Montville 127.5; 6) Derby 120; 7) Nonnewaug 118; 8) Somers 109; 9) Canton 92; 10) Griswold 88.5; 11) Morgan 85; 12) Portland 82; 13) Plainville 77; 14) Seymour 56.5; 15) Old Saybrook-Westbrook 56; 16) Gilbert 54; 17) Holy Cross 47; 18) Killingly 39; 19) Housatonic 37.5; 20) East Catholic 35; 21) East Windsor 31; 22) Thomaston 28; 23) Rocky Hill 28; 24) Windsor Locks 27; 25) Old Lyme 26.5; 26) Classical 22.5; 27) Stafford 19; 28) Granby 19; 29) Goodwin Tech 15; 30) Enfield 15; 31) Weston 13; 32) Hale Ray 13; 33) East Granby 8; 34) Northwest Catholic 4; 35) East Hampton 4; 36) O’Brien Tech 3; 37) Northwestern 3; 38) Career 3; 39) Notre Dame 0
—- Place Winners —-

Championship: Steve Persson, Oxford def. Rigon Gilani, Thomaston, 7-0
3rd Place: Jake Gonzalez, East Catholic def. Dan Folino, Terryville, 5-0
5th Place: Chris Vandebogart, Canton def. Connor Oakes, Plainville, Default

Championship: Khamri Thomas, Windsor Locks def. John Dagostino, Nonnewaug, 3-0
3rd Place: Mischa Hoffman, Plainville def. Ben Corbett, Canton, 8-4
5th Place: Jacob Schmalz, Montville def. Richard Jarnot, East Windsor, 9-3

Championship: Spencer Hill, Windham def. Chris Young, Rocky Hill, 2-1
3rd Place: Alex Mardis, Oxford def. Marcus Slivinski, Plainville, 5-1

Championship: Kyle Foster, Somers def. Xavier Kernozek, Windham, 9-0
3rd Place: Chris Samboy, Classical def. Tim West, Plainville, 1-0.

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