Wrestling starts strong; Boys hoop drops opener

Wrestling

The Redcoats opened their season with a big win against longtime foe RHAM, 60-15, Dec. 17.

The Redcoats won six matches outright and another five by forfeit due to RHAM’s lack of depth.

Of the six decisive victories, four came by way of pins from Nick Arborio (107 pounds), Jake Harris (120), Riley Greider (126) and Devon Reilly (182).

“Greider wrestled very well,” BHS coach Jim Day said. “He had outstanding technique during his match.”

Berlin’s other two decisive bouts were won by Vin Biscoglio (220, 2-1) and Ryan Ogden (145, 10-4).

Berlin’s next dual meet is scheduled for Jan. 2, when the Redcoats will look to exact revenge against a Middletown team that just edged them 34-31 last season. In the meantime, the Redcoats will host the C.J. McCormack Memorial Tournament and travel to the Glastonbury Duals.

Boys basketball

The Berlin boys lost their first game of the season to Glastonbury (1-0) by a final count of 55-44 Dec. 18.

Although the game was tightly contested at the half, with Berlin down just one (31-30), Glastonbury was able to extend the lead throughout the third quarter before pulling away with a 15-7 decisive stretch.

The Redcoats were led by junior Brendon Vessichio and sophomore Dominick Nuzzo, who netted 14 and 16 points, respectively. Nuzzo also recorded 10 rebounds to complete the double-double effort.

The difference in the game was at the charity stripe, where the Redcoats were outscored 24-5 from the free-throw line.

The boys will look to rebound on the road. They don’t have another home game until Jan. 9, when Platt comes to town.

Co-op hockey

The Newington/Berlin/Manchester squad got a taste of what life in Division II will be like, and it left the Indians skating away with a bad flavor in their mouths.

Facing North Branford in the team’s season opener, the Indians lost 3-1 against a squad that made it to the semifinals in the 2013 D-II state tournament.

North Branford’s attack was consistent as the Thunderbirds scored every period.

N/B/M’s lone goal came in the third period.

Although the Indians lost, it wasn’t without effort or without great goal-tending for the Thunderbirds.

North Branford goalie Will McEwen saved 26 shots on the night.

Dan Roberts provided the only goal for the Indians, while Berlin’s own Cam Criniti made seven saves.

NOTE: Neither the boys swimming and diving team nor the indoor track teams began season play before deadline. The girls basketball team’s Dec. 17 matchup against Glastonbury was postponed.



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