Peter the greatest

Gesualdi runs past 20-year record as Wave top scorer with 178 points all-time


Peter Gesualdi on the run in Darien’s Turkey Bowl win last Nov. (Photo courtesy of Mark Maybell)


Peter Gesualdi finished his Wave football career its top scorer.

Even missing lots of time with injury last season, Gesualdi topped the Wave all-time record that stood for 20 years, finishing with 178 points his senior year.

According to coach Rob Trifone’s records Gesualdi shot past Anthony Valentine’s 140 points from 1992.

Career highlights for Gesualdi include scoring in the FCIAC Championship win over Trumbull in 2010, All-FCIAC First Team this year and last and regional and statewide media honors.

He was always a threat whenever he stepped on the field from the day he started for DHS.

Gesualdi has made an unusual double-commitment to play lacrosse and football — football being the remarkable part — at Hobart, the former DI and the latter sport in DIII.

“The other noteworthy career record is Henry Baldwin (DHS 2013) who had 26 TD passes this year,” Trifone added. “He holds the record with 27, so a career total of 53.

“Not sure that will be ever broken.”

The previous single season records were Matt Wheelock tossing 20 in 2008, Peter Davidson 19 in 1991, and Kevin Peters 19 in 2004.

“Both Peter and Henry will be missed as they were both not only great players, but great leaders on the field,” said Trifone.

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