BRISTOL - As the host of the Bristol Central Invitational, the Bristol Central wrestling team had tempered expectations as a group in a tournament that brought in some top wrestlers in the state as well as some strong out-of-state talent.
The Rams had just one first-place finisher with Christopher Trelli continuing his strong season. Trelli pinned Terryville’s Cayleb Leclerc in the finals of the 120-pound bracket in the second round at 3:09 in what was a dominant performance.
“He just wrestled,” Bristol Central coach Matt Boissonneault said. “If he just worries about wrestling and staying in position, trusting his training and trusting his interests this is what you’ll see. He wrestled quality kids all day and he really dominated them. The kid he wrestled in the finals [Cayleb Leclerc] has an unorthodox style and is a returning Class S state champion. I think Chris took him down six or seven times before he pinned him so that was really a dominant win.”
Trelli is 11-2 on the season and both of his losses came at the Beast of the East Tournament down in Delaware, which features some of the best wrestling talent in the country.
“I really learned from those losses,” Trelli said. “I’m just looking to improve. I don’t want to be losing dumb matches this season. Senior year you got to lay it all out. You gotta go hard and gotta grind to get that state championship.”
He was also the only Bristol Central wrestler to reach the finals at the Invitational
“It just shows that we’ve got a lot of work to do in the room,” Trelli said. “We’ve got a lot of potential. We’re really young so we’ve got to keep grinding and keep working out. We’ll eventually get there.”
While Trelli led the way for the Rams, he was pleased with what he saw from his team and knows the group has more to offer as the season progresses.
“I saw a lot of positive things,” Trelli said. “We came in here with goals and we met a lot of goals. But we gotta keep working and setting more goals and keep reaching them.”
Mike Guzman placed fourth in the 220-pound weight class for the Rams, the second best individual finish.
Coming off of football Guzman is slowly getting back into form for the Rams.
He is expected to be a key member this season.
“Mike Guzman in a really tough weight class at 220 placed fourth,” Boissonneault said. “He’s working on getting back into shape after football and a concussion. He’s doing pretty well.”
Bristol Central will be back in action Wednesday on the road in a dual meet against Plainville.
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