Family, friends and supporters gathered at recently for the Wrestling Championship Banquet celebrating the team's Class LL State Championship, State Open Championship and their ranking as Connecticut's #1 Wrestling Team. Several Berlin residents were honored.
Mayor Dan Drew presented a city proclamation to the team. Each team member received a momento bag which included championship rings that were purchased for the team through the donations of the event sponsors.
In addition to the congratulatory remarks from Headmaster Brother Brian Davis, Principal Brendan Donohue, Director of Athletics Tony Jaskot `69 and Head Coach Mike Cunningham and others, Master of Ceremonies Brother Thomas Fahey guided the participants through the festivities. The official Wrestling Banquet program and additional photos from the event by Mrs. Amy Brough may be viewed on the Xavier website, www.xavierhighschool.org.
Coach Cunningham also used the occasion to announce the 2011-2012 Individual Wrestling Awards for the team:
Most Valuable Wrestler: Sean Marinan, Jr. '12 (Higganum)
Nick Ciarcia Career Achievement Award: Tyler Cunningham `12 (East Berlin)
Most Improved: Jake Whalen `12 (Durham)
Ironman Award: Alex Kasinskas '12 (Meriden)
Coaches Award: Drew Pichnarcik `12 (Cheshire)
Senior Award: Ryan Butler '12 (Berlin)
Team Man Award: Matt DiBella `12 (Old Saybrook)
Best Technician: Elliott Antler '13 (Hebron)