- Sunday, January 4, 2015
Newtown High School’s wrestling and boys’ basketball teams earned wins on Saturday, January 3. The wrestling squad won the Trumbull Duals, defeating Pomperaug of Southbury 63-9, Daniel Hand of Madison 70-5, Nanuet, N.Y., 70-3, and Trumbull 47-15 in the finals to claim the title. Luca Crudo joined teammate James Leuci in the 100-win club, and Matt Gonzalez moved closer to reaching that plateau.
- Thursday, March 27, 2014
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, winner of the Class LL state championship, earned recognition from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association at its All-State Wrestling Banquet, held recently at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Throughout the years, Chris Bray coached up-and-coming wrestlers in the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s (NYWA) middle school and elementary programs. He taught young grapplers and prepared them to become strong high school competitors for nearly a decade. As it turned out, he was shaping many of them to become his team members once again, down the road.
- Thursday, January 9, 2014
Newtown High School’s wrestling team continued its winning ways with four wins during competition at the Trumbull Duals on January 4. The Nighthawks were among eight participating teams and won the competition, edging runner-up Trumbull 36-33.
- Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, after battling with Bristol Eastern on December 26, competed in the Danbury Holiday Invitational on December 28. The Nighthawks (with 139 points) placed fifth in the 14-team invitational, won by Danbury (224).
Anthony Falbo took first place in the 152-pound weight class, beating Steven Beckham from Danbury. At 195, Andy Hubina went to the finals, but lost to Jared Wilsey of Bethel. Greg LaRussa (182), James Leuci (132), and Forest Speed (170) all took third place.
- Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Newtown High School’s wrestling team was invited to participate in the annual Fairfield Ludlowe Invitational tournament as one of three new challenging teams for the host Falcons to tangle with on the mats. The objective, for the Falcons, was to face tough competition to get better. Mission accomplished — the Nighthawks not only proved to be a difficult foe, but they dethroned the two-time champion Falcons.
Newtown had five individual champions among seven finalists en route to taking top honors in the 12-team tourney on December 21.