The last time the Howell Rebels lost a Class A North wrestling match was in January 2016 - against Christian Brothers Academy.
Fast forward to March 2021, the Colts bested the Rebels once again, ending Howell's 34-match winning streak against A North teams. CBA, ranked number 19 in the state, beat No. 11 Howell, 33 -23.
“The boys came together as a team and wrestled hard," head coach Billy Ashnault said. "They deserved this victory. Our coaching coaching staff is proud of every single wrestler."
Christian Brothers jumped out to an early 11-0 lead, as Julian George (132lb), Sebastian Nini (138lb), and Nick Stump (145lb) won their weight classes.
Howell tied the match at 16 a piece, before CBA's Robert Canterino won the 220 pound bout to give the Colts a 21-16 lead.
The back and forth continues as Howell took their own five-point lead with just three matches remaining.
Vince Principe and Garrett Totten secured the victory for the Colts. The junior duo won back to back bouts at 120 and 126 pounds to put an exclamation point on the win.
The Colts are now 4-2 on the season, with the losses coming against talented out-of-conference teams. The victory over Howell gives the Colts a chance to contend for the A North division title.
"We appreciate the effort these guys continue to give, especially with all the sacrifices that come with this year," Ashnault said. "Beating Howell was just one of this team's goal for the year and now we move forward to a tough St. Peter’s team coming in Saturday."
CBA will have six more matches before the state tournament, starting with Saturday morning against St. Peter's Prep.