Shelton Wrestler Pat Gillen on a Mission

By Bob Birge – —
Early in his high school career, Shelton wrestling phenom Pat Gillen faced an obstacle he could not overcome –
Simsbury’s Lawton Arnold.
Gillen lost to Arnold, two years his senior,in the CIAC Class LL state final in the 189-pound weight class as a
freshman and in the 215-pound division as a sophomore.
Once Arnold graduated, however, there was nothing that could stand in Gillen’s way en route to becoming one of the
most successful scholastic wrestlers in Connecticut state history.
On Saturday, the Virgina-bound senior reached the Class LL state final for…

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