Blue Devil round-up: Wrestlers, cheerleaders surge into the postseason

By KEVIN ROBERTS

STAFF WRITER

Plainville wrestling finished ninth as a team with 98 points at the Class S state championship meet this past weekend at Windham High School. Gilbert won the team championship with 193.5 points, followed by Montville in second with 190.

The Blue Devils had five place winners, led by a third place finish from Alex Hernandez at 152 pounds. Hernandez pinned St. Joseph-Trumbull’s Connor Smith in 2:16 in the third place bout.

Dominic Pedrolini (126), Kaleb Korona (182) and Travis Boone (220) all finished fifth for Plainville while Kyle Voisine was sixth (160). Pedrolini secured a 2-0 decision against Nonnewaug’s Colden Williamson in his fifth place bout. Korona took a 5-0 decision against Canton’s James Pelehach in his fifth place bout. Boone pinned Gilbert’s Bajrum Gutic in 4:56 in his fifth place match. Voisine lost a tough 8-7 decision to Oxford’s Samuel Martino in the 160-pound fifth place bout.

Hernandez, Pedrolini, Korona, Boone and Voisine all qualified for the state open, which starts Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

Cheerleading

The Lady Devils captured their third straight CCC South Division grand championship during competition this past Saturday at Glastonbury High School.

Besides the three straight grand championships, Plainville has also been a solid competitor in various divisions of the state meet. The Devils finished fourth in the co-ed division in 2018 and took fifth in Class M in 2017.

Ice hockey

WMRP rolled to a 5-1 win over Conard this past Saturday night at the Newington Ice Arena in the final home game of the regular season. The co-op improved to 13-4 on the season and was ranked eighth in the Division II playoff standings entering this week’s games, all on the road.

WMRP faced the Enfield co-op on Monday, then was scheduled to play the Eastern CT Eagles on Wednesday night. WMRP’s final regular season game is Saturday against E.O. Smith at 1:45 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum on the campus of UConn-Storrs.

Boys basketball

The Devils hoped to end the regular season on a high note on Tuesday against Wolcott Tech on Senior Night. Plainville entered the game at 8-11 following losses at Bristol Central on Feb. 13 and at Farmington on Feb. 15.

Boys swimming

The Devils won their final regular season meet at home against Hartford Public, and now it has time to prepare for the CCC championship meet.

Football

When Connecticut’s seniors get together for the in-state all-star game on June 29 in New Britain, Tim Shea will be there as a head coach. Shea and the Stafford co-op’s Brian Mazzone were chosen as the head coaches for the game.

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