Greenwich wrestling team wins thriller against Westhill, 39-36

It came down to the final match of the evening, but the Greenwich High School wrestling team was able to hold on and beat Westhill High School, 39-36 earlier today at the GHS gym.

With the Cardinals winning 39-32 heading into the 220-pound weight class bout, Big Red’s Eric Menchaca battled Mike Vigliotti. Although the Vikings came away with the 5-1 victory in the match, it was Menchaca and the rest of the Cardinals smiling, as they only gave up four points in the decision and came away with the thrilling win.

If Menchaca was pinned, the final score would have been 39-39 and Westhill would have won the tiebreaker by netting the most first points scored (14-12).

With the victory, Greenwich improves to 6-3 on the season.

The Cardinals were led by their four captains, as Eric Tack, Grant Cucchissi, Mark Chien and Mike Gestal each won their weight class. Tack won the 160-pound weight class in 29 seconds, while Gestal took 59 seconds to beat his opponent at the 170-pound weight class. Not to be outdone was Cucchissi at 195, who won his match in 90 seconds.

In the lightweight division, Chien beat Westhill’s Matt Conte with a 9-5 decision. In fact, both Chien and Cucchissi improved to 15-2 on the season with their victories.

The Cardinals had other impressive victories. In the 120-pound weight class, Jack Benenson pinned Jacob Appel 46 seconds into the match. Mike McCaffrey also picked up a pinfall victory at 145, beating Dayqwan Dawes at the 1:31 mark of the first.

Issac Chevron competed at the 182-pound weight class and beat Justin Montier 7-1. Alex Margeotes rounded out the scoring for Greenwich at the 113-pound division by getting the forfeit victory.

Greenwich will be back in action Saturday when they compete in the Greater Hartford Open starting at 9 a.m.

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