The Gilbert High School wrestling team came out of the rough and tumble Naugatuck Valley League/Berkshire League tournament at Derby High School recently with their collective heads held high.
Gilbert placed second while battling larger schools in the event. Evan Schibi, Sam Goncalves and Andy Rodriquez won their weight classes for the Yellowjackets. Gilbert finished 7-10 with two ties in regular season matches.
“Second was a good finish being that we didn’t have a full lineup,” said head coach Darek Schibi. “We had nine out of our 10 wrestlers finish third or higher and the other was a fourth place finish.”
Two other wrestlers, who compete and train with Gilbert as teams of one, also won; Trevor Llewlyn of Torrington High School and Dylan Desanti of Wolcott Tech High School.Schibi, only a freshman, finished third at the State Meet held at Killingly High School.
Coach Schibi said of his squad: “This team is young and continues to learn and get better every day. We are planning to be a full co-op next year to increase the team’s numbers and make us even more competitive.”