Rothman Places Third at CIAC State Open Championships

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Mar 032018

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Five Amity wrestlers qualified for the CIAC State Open Championships held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. Captains Christian Chadwick, Matt Rothman & Sam Keylock along with Junior Justin Griffin and Sophomore Aiden Hebert prepared to test their mettle against the best wrestlers in the state.

Friday started off extremely well with Chadwick, Hebert & Keylock each winning their first-round bouts. The second round saw Chadwick, Hebert, and Keylock lose their second-round matches while Rothman & Griffin won their matches. The CT State Opens is a double elimination tournament so each wrestler is eliminated after their second loss.

Going into the State Open Tournament Christian Chadwick needed just two wins to become only the 14th wrestler in school history to reach 100. After winning his first match Christian lost to the eventual State Open Champion, Jared Kosman from Fitch High School, in the second round. So, with the pressure on Christian was able to pull off his 100th win in his first match of the consolation round. Aiden Hebert and Sam Keylock each wrestled tough eventually losing their consolation matches.

With their wins, Chadwick, Rothman, and Griffin advanced to day two of the tournament.

On Saturday Chadwick, Rothman & Griffin lost their next matches with Rothman losing to the eventual State Open Champion Ryan Luth from Foran High School.  Justin Griffin was able to notch another win before losing a 5-1 decision to A. Daley from Morgan High School. Matt Rothman, on the other hand, caught fire rattling off four straight wins taking down the Class LL Champion K. Gjinaj from Fairfield Warde and the Class L Champion J. Marshall from Bristol Eastern on his way to a third-place finish in the 152 lbs. weight class. With his third-place finish, Matt Rothman qualifies for the New England High School Championships held in Providence Rhode Island on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “Coach Todd Patterson, Coach Nate Shilling and I are very happy with how tough the team wrestled this weekend. It was great to see Senior captains Christian Chadwick, Matt Rothman, Sam Keylock reach the CIAC State Open Championships to cap off the high school wrestling careers. It’s exciting to see Matt Rothman advance to the New England Championships and it’s very promising for the future of our program to see Sophomore Aiden Hebert and Junior Justin Griffin reach the Opens so early in their high school careers. The future of Amity Wrestling looks very bright.”

— By Chris Chadwick

Five Amity Wrestlers Medal in the Class L State Wrestling Tournament

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Feb 202018

The Amity Wrestling team competed in the Class L State Wrestling Tournament on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Bristol Central High School.

With a young squad of wrestlers and only three seniors in the starting lineup, Amity set a goal to place in the top ten teams in the Class L Tournament. With the tournament spanning two days, wrestlers need to be both mentally and physically ready to compete in this long and arduous competition.

After the first day, Amity had seven wrestlers advance to the round of 16.

Junior Cole Johnson and Freshman Josh Foote had crucial victories for the Spartans to help add to their team point total. Saturday saw Christian Chadwick, Aiden Hebert, Matt Rothman, Sam Keylock and Justin Griffin continue to win and advance to the state open qualifying rounds.

Senior Captain Matt Rothman advanced to the finals in the 152lbs. weight class eventually losing a hard-fought match 4-3. Junior Justin Griffin wrestled his way back to win third place in the 285 lbs. weight class. Senior Captains Christian Chadwick (113 lbs.) and Sam Keylock (160 lbs.) placed fifth along with Sophomore Aiden Hebert who also placed fifth at 120 lbs.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “Coach Todd Patterson, Coach Nate Shilling and I are thrilled with how well our team wrestled this weekend. We exceeded our goal by placing 8th as a team. Individually we had 5 medal winners; Matt Rothman placed 2nd, Justin Griffin placed 3rd and Christian Chadwick, Aiden Hebert, and Sam Keylock each placed 5th. We are excited to see what these 5 wrestlers can do this coming weekend at the State Open Tournament in New Haven. I believe each wrestler has unfinished business and will look to exceed his Class L placement.”

All five of these wrestlers qualified for the State Open Championships on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Floyd Little Center in New Haven.


Five Amity Wrestlers Medal at SCC Tournament

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Feb 132018

Christian Chadwick, Justin Griffin, Aiden Hebert, Matt Rothman, and Sam Keylock
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On Saturday, February 10, the Amity wrestling team competed in the SCC tournament held in Alumni Hall at Fairfield University.

Amity had five wrestlers place in the top 3 of their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Aiden Hebert was crowned Champion at 120 lbs., Junior Justin Griffin (185 lbs.) and Senior Matt Rothman (152 lbs.) placed second, while Seniors Christian Chadwick (113 lbs.) and Sam Keylock (160 lbs.) placed third.

As a Team, Amity finished 4th out of 12 teams with a team score of 90 points. This is Amity’s highest
place finish since 2009.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “The Varsity Squad had a really great night! With one Champion, 2 runners-up, and two third-place finishers, we were able to achieve another one of the goals that we set at the beginning of the year, which was to place in the top 5 as a team at the SCC tournament.”

This was one of two goals the team has achieved this year. The other came on the last dual match of the season where Amity defeated Jonathan Law, at Jonathan Law High School, 46-35 to win the SCC B division title.

Looking forward to the Class L state tournament beginning on Friday, February 16, at Bristol Central High School. Amity expects to have several wrestler’s place in the Class L tournament and advance to the State Opens.

JV Results

The winning kicked off for Amity on Friday night with the JV SCC tournament, also held at Alumni Hall, where Amity saw their JV squad put on an impressive performance. Four wrestlers were crowned JV SCC champions, Colin Bufford, Jon Pirre, Josh Cala, and Brandon Messina, along with two runners-up AJ Pocerwicz and Christian Giordano finishing second.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “It was great to see the JV wrestlers show off the hard work they’ve been putting in at practice. The future of this program looks great and I’m looking forward to seeing many of them breaking into the Varsity line up next season.”

— By Chris Chadwick

Wrestling: Amity Defeats Notre Dame of West Haven 53-21

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Feb 042018

On Tuesday, January 30, the Amity Wrestling team beat Notre Dame of West Haven 53-21 to remain undefeated in the SCC B division.

On this night, Amity also held its Senior Night celebration to honor its four senior wrestlers, Christian Chadwick, Shayna Goldblatt, Sam Keylock & Matthew Rothman.

This was a strategic match with both coaches bumping wrestlers up to different weight classes to try and get the most favorable match ups to score as many team points as possible.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “It was great to see all of the excitement in the gym on Senior Night. We had a great turnout from our fans and all four senior wrestlers finished their careers at home with a win. Juniors Justin Griffin and Cole Johnson pulled off key wins to help Amity secure the victory tonight.”

Amity 53, Notre Dame, West Haven 21

106- Shayna Goldblatt (A) Forfeit

113- Christian Chadwick (A) Forfeit

120- Aiden Hebert (A) Forfeit

126- Cole Johnson (A) dec. Jeff Brocole (ND) 9-5

132- Liam Keylock (A) dec. Johnson (ND) 12-2

138- Chris Fillon (ND) pinned Claire Jackson (A) 2:37

145- Tyler Hughes (ND) pinned Jesmond McVety (A) 1:32

152- Connor Massey (ND) pinned Shaki Gray (A) 2:21

160- Matt Rothman (A) pinned Jonah Dohr (ND) 0:53

170- Sam Keylock (A) dec. Matt Peters (ND) 15-6

182- Alex Barbour (ND) dec. Andrew Seaton (A) 6-4

195- Simon Flaherty (A) pinned John Paulson (ND) 4:23

220- Josh Foote (A) pinned Bombier (ND) 3:29

285- Justin Griffin (A) pinned Clark Rubin (ND) 3:03

Wrestling: Four Amity Wrestlers Medal At The Ridgefield Challenge

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Jan 302018

On Saturday, January 27 the Amity High School wrestling team placed 8th out of 16 teams at the Ridgefield Challenge Tournament held at Ridgefield High School. A tournament where they saw some of the top teams from New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

4 Amity wrestlers won medals in their individual weight classes. Senior captain Matt Rothman placed second at 152 lbs., Justin Griffin placed 3rd at 285 lbs. While senior captains Christian Chadwick 113 lbs. and Sam Keylock 160 lbs. placed 4th. Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “The entire team wrestled tough led by captains Christian Chadwick, Matt Rothman, and Sam Keylock. Juniors Justin Griffin and Andrew Seaton, Sophomore Simon Flaherty and Freshman Josh Foote all had key victories to help the team to an 8th place finish. Coach Roddy believes this tournament was a great test for his wrestlers before the SCC and State Class L tournaments arrive. “This gives each wrestler a good idea of the things they need to work on going into the end of the year tournaments.”

Amity wrestling will be back in action on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:00, for its last home meet of the season, to take on Notre Dame of West Haven at Amity High School in an SCC B division match up with Amity looking to remain undefeated in the conference.

— By Chris Chadwick

Wrestling: Amity Vs Foran Here’s What Happened

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Dec 152016

img_1701The Amity Spartans wrestling team hosted the Foran Lions in Woodbridge Wednesday night.

Foran is lauded as the best team in the state, so, Amity knew their first match of the season would be tough. They won a few and lost a few, but in the end Foran came out on top 57-21.

Note: Foran’s Reilly Barry and Andre Vella took home wins in the first matches of their careers.

One sweet Amity victory was when Shayna Goldblatt, of Orange, the only girl on the wrestling team, won in a decision over her opponent.

Listed below are the Match results (Amity Winners in Bold type)

106 Shayna Goldblatt (A) decision over Ryan Jordan (F) 13-6

113 Aiden Hebert (A) pinned Michael Giordano (F) at 3:17

120 Christian Chadwick (A) pinned Jordan Lang (F) at 1:47

126 Reilly Barry (F) pinned Jacob Maisano-Nadal (A) at 1:26

132 Elijah Moretti (F) pinned Matthew Rothman (A) at 1:33

138 Will Maura (F) win by Forfeit

145 Ryan Luth (F) win by Forfeit

152 Michael Ross (F) pinned Christian Castro (A) at 1:47

160 Nolan Bannon (F) pinned Simon Flaherty (A) at 1:57

170 Umer Khan (F) pinned Nathan Morrissey (A) at 2:49

182 Qasim Khan (F) win by Forfeit

195 Nick Zavaglia (F) pinned Charles Hoddinett (A) at 1:21

220 Andre Vella (F) decision over Lev Ioffe (A) 21-16

285 Nathan Shilling (A) pinned Ted DuBoise (F) at 4:44


Wrestling: Cheshire Outscores Amity

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Feb 072016

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The Amity Wrestling team was on the road Tuesday, Feb. 2 for a meet against Cheshire.

The Rams defeated the Spartans 45-27.

Amity’s Winning Matches:

106 Goldblatt (A) won by FFT

113 Chadwick (A) pinned Montowya (C) 2:52

126 Cala (A) won 8-2 over Black (C)

220 Benanto (A) won by FFT

285 Photos (A) won by FFT

Cheshire’s Winning Matches:

120 Rothman (A) was pinned by Brown (C) 3:47

132 Keylock (A) was pinned by Berile(C) 2:19

138 Carpenter (A) lost 6-1 to Robidouix (C)

145 Morrissey (A) was pinned by Minihan (C) 1:49

152 Castro (A) was pinned by Marotta (C) 1:28

160 Bonvincini (A) was pinned by O’Donnell(C) 2:56

170 Double FFT

182 Hoddinott (A) was pinned by Papa(C) :30

195 Lattick (A) was pinned by Bendetta (C) 1:48


Amity Wrestling: Hand Slaps Amity on Wednesday

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Jan 082016

IMG_0029The Amity Wrestling Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Wednesday night.

Many of the Spartans were able to wrestle a Tiger prior to the beginning of the event, including the team’s only girl, Shayna Goldblatt (see photos) who battled hard, and went the distance and was outpointed 11-3.

Hand has a strong team and defeated Amity 64-11.

Hand’s winning matches:

106 Sakmar (H) pin Chadwick (A) 1:38

113 Hartmann (H) major dec Rothman (A) 14-2


132 Sullivan (H) pin Keystone (A) 3:29

138 Will Hendrick (H) pin Christian (A) 0:33

145 Adam Hendrick (H) pin Morrison (A) 3:38

152 Santoemma (H) pin Seaton (A) 1:42

160 Pardales (H) won by forfeit

170 Brenardo (H) won by forfeit

182 Rogers (H) pin Hoddinnott (A) 0:12

195 Docker (H) pin Loffe (A) 0:36

220 Burchell (H) pin Bennanto (A) 3:03

Amity’s winning matches:

120 Cala (A) tech fall Brochard (H) 16-0

126 Fucci (A) dec Jensen (H) 3-1

285 Photos (A) dec Westphal (H) 3-0

Amity Athlete Willing To Give It Her All (With Videos)

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Dec 292015

IMG_9408What is a great athlete? Is it the final relay runner who crosses the finish line or the teammate who handed her the baton? Is it the tallest basketball player who can hang off the hoop after dunking the ball or the little guy who passed it to him 10 seconds earlier? Is it the hockey player who makes the goal or the goaltender who prevents the other team from scoring for three periods?

A great athlete isn’t necessarily the one that gets all the accolades or who wins every event. A great athlete is the boy or girl, man or woman who gives everything he or she has to their sport. The team player who attends every practice and works just as hard or harder than teammates twice as strong and double the experience.

Amity High School has many fine athletes, some “benchwarmers” show they’ve got the right stuff when given a chance.

This year there is one sophomore who has always been interested in sports. She’s done gymnastics, field hockey, outdoor track and more. No matter what she’s doing, she puts everything she has into it.

12294813_1695502630693158_5587750816812748348_nDuring the fall field hockey season, Shayna Goldblatt, 15, of Orange began talking to the new Athletic Trainer, Kim Pearce every time she had a chance.

Pearce played football and wrestled when she attended Oxford High School and saw something special in young Shayna.

Noticing the drive and determination she showed on the field, Pearce told her, “You would be perfect for wrestling.”

After several conversations and careful consideration, Shayna was ready to try something different.

“It took a long time to convince my parents. I had to beg them, and when they realized I was serious about it, they agreed to let me try out,” she said.

No parent wants to see their daughter tossed around and held down by boys bigger than her.

Shayna’s father Mitch said, “It’s something she really wanted to do. She’s so determined and works so hard.”

Of  her new endeavor, Shayna said, “I LOVE IT, it’s different from any sport I’ve done. The technical side of wrestling is the toughest. You need to have a willingness to give it your all and it takes everything out of you.

“Practices are the hardest workout I’ve ever done, and it’s all for a 6 minute match,” she said.

At 94 pounds, Shayna is wrestling kids in the 99-106 weight class.

“It’s hard, but I put up a good fight,” she said.

Giving her all

In her first tournament in Shelton, where she was the only female, she wrestled a boy who had 10 pounds on her and he also had 3 years experience. She held her own until she was ultimately pinned. Shayna racked it up to experience.

“Wrestling is a team sport, but it’s all on YOU — you against one other person — you have to do it and want it,” she said. “You get out there on the mat, try your hardest and leave it all out there.”

After a match you have to figure out what you did wrong and work on the moves that didn’t work and improve on getting out of a jam.

Shayna said she appreciates the support she receives from Pearce and her parents.

“For my first tournament, which lasted several hours, my mother came and stayed for every match,” she said.

Opportunity of a Lifetime

10350349_1700094623567292_1295453894094353587_nOn Sunday, Dec. 27,  Shayna got the opportunity of a lifetime to meet and work with Women’s Wrestling Olympian Elena Pirozhkova in Springfield, Mass.

It turns out that her wrestling coach Todd Patterson went to high school with Pirozhkova and asked Pearson, to talk to Shayna about going to a clinic.

“So, on Sunday Kim and I went to a clinic with Todd and Corynne Chadwick and her father in Springfield Mass. and we got to meet and work with Elena,” Shayna said. “When we went off into groups to practice moves she spent most of her time with Corynne and me which was super cool because she focused so much on us and trying to get us to become better at the moves she taught us.”

“It was such an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am so glad that she took the time to work one on one with us,” she said.


It looks like the opportunity really gave her an advantage. Shayna competed in the Danbury Holiday Tournament on Monday, Dec. 28, and she won her first match ever (against Portland) and after that she won her second match (against Joel Barlow) and placed 4th in the 99lb weight class at the tournament.

Other Activities
Aside from Field Hockey, last spring we saw Shayna participate in outdoor track.
She competed in sprints and long jump, but in 2016, she wants to do long distance running.
Last summer she competed in her first 5K, the Peck Place Panther Pounce and placed second in her age group. She liked it so much that she ran in the Rotary Turkey Trot and took first place in her division.
The Amity Wrestling Team will host a meet in Woodbridge on Jan. 6.

Wrestling: Xavier Takes Amity To The Mat

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Dec 232015

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The Amity Spartans wrestling team lost its first season meet against Xavier 57-24 on Monday, Dec. 21.

Following are the results:

Amity’s winning matches:

106 Chadwick (A) pinned Calavito (X) 1.12

113 Rothman (A) pinned Sentarskero (X) .49sec

120 Cala (A) pinned Ward (X) 1.38

285 Photos (A) pinned Polansky (X) 3.17


Xavier’s winning matches: 

126 Fucci (A) lost to Leroux (X) 5-4

132 Keylock (A) was pinned by Moynahan (X) 1.00

138 Christian (A) was pinned by Holland (X) .25sec

152:Devito (X) pinned Morrissey (A) 1.18

160 Bonvincini (A) was pinned by Sin (X) .31 sec

182: Hoddinott (A) was pinned by Olivera (X) 1.50

195: Vall (X) pinned Lev(A)  1.06


220 Benanto(A) was pinned by Mortorelli (X) 51 sec


(No opponent available in their weight class)

145 Lawler (X) won by FFT

170 Del’osso (X) won by FFT