Bristol’s Chris Trelli completes historic run to national runner-up

Chris Trelli made the City of Bristol proud with his second place finish at 106 pounds at the
Junior Men’s Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, earlier this week.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file photo)

When it comes to summer sports, wrestling is often forgotten.
Bristol’s Chris Trelli made sure it wasn’t forgotten at the scholastic level with a terrific trip to the final match of the Junior Men’s Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
It was there where Trelli’s run ended with a 12-2 loss to Samuel Latona of Alabaster, Alabama, but what a run it was at 106 pounds. 
“Great run by Chris Trelli to finish 2nd at the Junior National freestyle tourney in Fargo! #Fargo2017 #TheBigStage #KeepGrinding,” read a tweet from the Bristol Central wrestling account.
Trelli began his run with a 17-6 major decision over Steele Dias of Nevada in the Championship Round of 32. Jordan Reyes of Oregon went down in a 16-5 major decision in the Round of 16.
The Round of 8 brought a tough match against Justin Cardani of Illinois. Trelli fell behind quickly, but rallied and ended up in a 8-8 tie. Trelli won in a VPO1, which is freestyle wrestling lingo for classification points awarded to the winner after a match. Trelli earned more points, and the victory.
In the semifinal, Trelli defeated Brendon Garcia of Colorado 7-5 to reach the championship match
Legendary former Bristol Central head coach Dennis Siegmann weighed in on Trelli’s accomplishment.
“Chris is the first Fargo All American from Bristol Central and the first finalist for the City of Bristol!! Proud of this young man!” Siegmann wrote in a Facebook post.
Trelli was wrestling for USA Wrestling Connecticut. He will be a senior at Bristol Central this winter.