Milford Pins Down Win at Taunton and Three-peat

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After Taunton rallied from 20 points down to take the lead heading to the final match, Luke Donis earned a pin to secure Milford a win in the dual meet and the outright Kelley-Rex division title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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TAUNTON, Mass. – With five matches left to go in Wednesday night’s dual meet at the Rabouin Field House, Milford led by 20 points and the Hawks seemed ready to cruise to the win. Taunton was heading into the strength of its lineup, but the Tigers needed to not only win those matches but bring in maximum points in each one to have a shot at winning the meet.

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Four pins later and Taunton was in the lead 39-35. Luke Donis stepped onto the mat for the final match of the night, at 160, knowing that simply winning his bout wouldn’t be enough to keep Milford’s unbeaten season alive. The sophomore got a quick takedown, but gave a point back. With 33 seconds left in the first period, Donis got the upper hand, got his opponent on his back, and heard the ref slap the mat for a meet-winning pin.

Milford pulled out the 41-39 victory, securing a perfect league campaign and a third straight outright Kelley-Rex division title.

“It’s always a good match, Milford coach PJ Boccia said about competing in the Hockomock League. “You never have an easy Wednesday match. To win the title outright, it’s great for these kids. They’ve put in the work. My juniors and seniors have been in the youth program all the way through, so for them to work together and that was a true team win there.”

The Hawks have faced some of the top programs in the state this season, but Boccia knew that Taunton was going to be the most difficult matchup that the Hawks had seen so far.

“I was a little more nervous,” Boccia admitted. “I know they’re having a great year and the way that the matchups fell I knew it was going to be a close one. We wrestled Shawsheen and Minnechaug and Lowell, and Taunton gave us the closest [meet] so far.”

Taunton was denied at least a share of its first wrestling title, but for head coach Adilson Galvao being in the race to win the Kelley-Rex crown for the second year in a row was a sign of the progress that the Tigers have made as a program.

“We’ve gone from zero wins and maybe 30 losses,” Galvao joked, “to always being in the title hunt in the Hockomock. For years we always pushed that you have to work in the offseason.” When asked if he thought there was a turning point on Wednesday, he added, “It was kind of how we planned it. We knew it was going to be close.”

The meet started at 170 and the Tigers made a lineup adjustment that helped put them in front early. Sean Donovan put the Hawks up first with a dominating 17-2 win, which he led almost from the first whistle. Taunton answered back with Elijah Prophete taking over at 182 and earning a second-round pin.

Ethan Harris, who normally wrestles at 182, was moved to 195 to face Milford’s Matt Donis. Harris led 2-0 after one and had a 5-0 lead in the second before an escape and takedown by Donis cut into the lead. A reversal with just eight seconds left in the period extended Harris’ lead to 7-3 heading to the third. Both wrestlers had an escape and takedown in the third and Taunton grabbed the three points.

Boccia said, “Our 195 has been on a tear and he wrestled him great, that’s one of their best wrestlers, and it’s Matt’s first year in the varsity lineup. Taunton winning at 182 and 195 was a win for them, a good decision on his part. Other than that it kind of went right around where we thought it would be.”

At 220, Logan Frank controlled his match from the outset, but then a flurry of moves ended in his earning a pin with just four ticks remaining in the second period.

Taunton was in front 15-5, but it was Milford’s turn to enter a strong portion of its lineup. Nebraska-commit Hampton Kaye-Kuter needed only 31 seconds to earn a pin at 285. At 106, Derek Marcolino continued the momentum when he got a pin with 11 seconds left in the second period, putting the Hawks up 17-15.

Milford’s roll continued at 113, as Aidan Baum got a pin a minute into the second. Robby Lyons made it four straight pins for the Hawks right at the end of the opening period of his match at 120. It quickly became five straight pins and a 35-15 lead when Mike Boulanger got a pin at 126 less than a minute into the match.

Now it was the Tigers who needed a spark, but they were about to bring some of their toughest wrestlers to the mat to try and produce a comeback.

At 132, Xavier Sandoval continued his impressive season with a pin 1:09 into the match. Anthony Vieira came out intent to do the same at 138, leading 7-0 after the first period, but it took another 1:40 before he finally ended his match and secured the six points. Ben Mandeville followed by pinning his opponent with 20 seconds left in the first period at 145.

The Tigers trailed just 35-33 with two matches remaining. John Mandeville stepped onto the mat with the mindset of not settling for three points. He came close to getting a pin at several points in the first, but had to wait with a 9-0 lead. A quick takedown in the second, turned into a pin that gave Taunton the four-point edge.

Galvao explained, “The kids that got all those pins in row, that’s just experience. We kind of knew that was our strongest part of the lineup, so that just came down to experience.”

It was a dual meet that didn’t seem to have a turning point. Most of the favorites did exactly what was expected of them and got the max points. Donis was no exception at 160, as he sealed the win for the Hawks by earning the team’s sixth pin of the night.

With Taunton producing teams capable of winning titles, Milford turning into a perennial power, Sharon winning the Davenport, and the traditional powers like Foxboro, North Attleboro, and Franklin, Galvao praised the depth of the league for preparing teams to meet tough challenges.

“Last year we had four or five teams winning sectional titles,” he said, “and I feel like every team we’ve wrestled in the Hock, whether we think they’re having a down year, a down year is still a good year for them. It helps our team get ready for the state tournament.

Milford (18-0) will host a tri-meet with Algonquin and Hopkinton on Saturday. Taunton (12-2) will travel to Sandwich for a quad meet this weekend before closing out league play with a visit from North Attleboro.

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Player of the Week: Victor Romeiro, OA Wrestling

Victor Romeiro
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Oliver Ames senior Victor Romeiro has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 9 through Jan. 15. Romeiro is the 16th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2022-23 school year and fourth in the winter season.

Romeiro continued his outstanding senior season with a big week for the Tigers. Wrestling at 126, he went 4-0 overall and earned a gold medal at the 2023 Kieron Smith Memorial Tournament (held in honor of the former Monty Tech coach). He picked up back-to-back pins to advance to the semifinals, where he won by major decision (10-1). In the final, he pinned Southwick’s Isiah Wood at 2:50 to claim the individual title. For the season, Romeiro is 10-1 overall with seven pins and three major decisions. OA stayed one back of Sharon in the Davenport standings with two league dual meets remaining, and the Tigers have now won seven of their nine dual meets in 2023.

“Victor has been on a mission this season,” said Oliver Ames head coach John McKeon. “Since getting healthy, he has been making up for lost time, scoring points for his team in bunches and getting quick pins. This weekend’s tournament win is hopefully just the beginning, as Victor has put in a lot of hard work to be successful, and it’s exciting to see it pay off.”

OA won two of three matches at the Sandwich quad meet heading into the week and on Wednesday earned its second win of the league season by beating Stoughton 48-28. In the win over the Black Knights, Romeiro secured a pinfall victory in 1:06. Over the weekend, the Tigers won all four of their matchups, including close battles against Milton and Norwood. Romeiro was at the heart of all OA’s success, winning all five of his individual matches, including four pins.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

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Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Victor Romeiro The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

2022 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars

Below are the official 2022 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Kelley-Rex Division MVP

Hampton Kaye-Kuter, Milford

Kelley-Rex Division All Stars

Hampton Kaye-Kuter, Milford
Cameron Phillips, Milford
Ethan Harris, Taunton
Will Conniff, King Philip
Danny Alves, Milford
Christian Balmain, Taunton
Ben Mandeville, Taunton
Alex Fracassa, Franklin
Max Farley, Mansfield
Tim O’Leary, Franklin
Mikey Boulanger, Milford
Aidan Baum, Milford

Davenport Division MVP

Adam Landstein, Sharon

Davenport Division All Stars

Yurii Leskiv, Canton
Max Kornbluth, Foxboro
Ryan Addeche, Foxboro
Chris Galligan, North Attleboro
Greg Berthiaume, North Attleboro
Keysun Wise, North Attleboro
Nathan Lipski, Oliver Ames
Deric Lipski, Jr., Oliver Ames
Giovany Juste, Oliver Ames
Adam Landstein, Sharon
Cam Birnbaum, Sharon
Aaron Cashton, Sharon
Cormac Horlbogen, Sharon

Honorable Mentions
Luke Jones, Canton
James Fraser, Foxboro
Riley Carlucci, Franklin
Hunter Hastings, King Philip
Colton Johnson, Mansfield
Robby Lyons, Milford
Braxton Ferro, North Attleboro
John Dobbin, Oliver Ames
Philip Varvak, Sharon
Jack Gallan, Stoughton
Peter Ye, Taunton

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Milford’s Kaye-Kuter Crowned All State Champion

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Milford junior Hampton Kaye-Kuter and head coach PJ Boccia. (@MHSSPRAWL/Twitter)

Milford junior Hampton Kaye-Kuter is officially at the top of his class in the state of Massachusetts following an impressive showing at the MIAA All State Championship meet over the weekend.

Kaye-Kuter, who won the D2 Central sectional championship title two weeks ago and the Division 2 crown last week, came into the All State tournament as the #2 in the 220-pound bracket, carrying a 35-1 record this season. On the first day of the competition at Game On in Fitchburg, the junior quickly dispatched of Brockton’s Josiah Cora with a first round pin in 1:57. In the quarterfinal found, he earned five points in the first round against Gloucester’s Jayden Toppan, two more with a takedown in the second, and then five more (takedown, nearfall) in the third for a 12-0 major decision.

On the second day, Kaye-Kuter picked up right where he left off by picking up a 15-5 major decision in the semifinal round over Sandwich’s Connor Coutinho, the sixth seed in the bracket. In the All State final, he used a pair of takedowns in each round to secure the championship with a 12-8 decision over Ashland’s Patrick DesLauriers. Kaye-Kuter becomes the second ever Milford wrestler to win an All State title following Joao Vitor Neiva’s win in the same weight class in 2020.

Milford had eight wrestlers advance to the All State meet and finished in fifth place as a team with 83.5 points. Michael Boulanger (113) and Cameron Phillips (195) each took fifth overall and Aidan Baum (106) was seventh.

Hampton Kaye-Kuter

Adam Landstein’s run to the 120 semifinals and Aaron Cashton’s fourth place finish at 152 helped Sharon have the second best finish of any Hock teams as the Davenport division champs scored 46.5 points.

Girls State Wrestling Tournament

The Hockomock League was also well represented at the MIAA’s Girls State Wrestling Tournament. Just under a dozen girls represented eight Hock schools at the tournament, showing the growth in the female participation in the sport. Sharon’s Sarah Kinsman and Mansfield’s Greta Hobbs both recorded a pair of wins at the event. Here is a full list of the participants from the Hock:

Anika Valluri, Canton (106)
Stephanie Park, Franklin (136)
Brianna Burns, North Attleboro (127)
Greta Hobbs, Mansfield (118)
Emma Andromalos, Oliver Ames (118)
Shannon Tran, Oliver Ames (106)
Sarah Kinsman, Sharon (127) 2-2
Angelina Barry, Stoughton (118)
Tanisha Whiteside, Taunton (127)

Boys Team Scores

1. St. John’s Prep – 139.5
5. Milford – 83.5
14. Sharon – 46.5
29. King Philip – 26.5
31. North Attleboro – 25
40. Taunton – 17
45. Mansfield – 15
53. Franklin – 11.5
63. Oliver Ames – 8
83. Foxboro – 3

Placements

106
7th – Aidan Baum, Milford

113
5th – Michael Boulanger, Milford

120
5th – Adam Landstein, Sharon

126
7th – Cameron Birnbaum, Sharon

138
6th – Max Farley, Mansfield

152
4th – Aaron Cashton, Sharon
8th – Christian Balmain, Taunton

170
6th – William Conniff, King Philip
8th – Giovany Juste, Oliver Ames

182
8th – Ethan Harris, Taunton

195
5th – Cameron Phillips, Milford

220
1st – Hampton Kaye-Kuter, Milford

285
4th – Keysun Wise, North Attleboro

Player of the Week: Hampton Kaye-Kuter, Milford Wrestling

Hampton Kaye-Kuter
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Milford junior Hampton Kaye-Kuter has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 13 through Feb. 19. Kaye-Kuter is the 21st player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the 10th of the winter season.

Kaye-Kuter continued his dominant season at 220 pounds by capturing an individual title at the Div. 2 state championships held at Game On in Fitchburg. Kaye-Kuter was one of three finalists and two winners for the Hawks, who took home the team title with 150 points, 21 more than second place Minnechaug. It was Milford’s first team title since 1996.

“Hampton led the team to a team state championship while capturing an individual state title at 220 pounds,” said Milford coach PJ Boccia, a member of the last Milford team to win a state title in 1996. “Hampton wrestled an exciting and physical style of wrestling that has been fun to watch and coach.”

Kaye-Kuter was the top seed at 220 pound and won each of his first two matches by first period pins. In the semifinals, Kaye-Kuter beat the No. 6 seed from Whittier 6-1. He had a pair of first period takedowns and led 4-1. He added a reversal in the third period to seal his place in the final. The title match against No. 7 seed Justin Sokol of Hopkinton was scoreless heading to the third period. Kaye-Kuter grabbed the lead with an escape and added three takedowns and a near fall to pull out a 10-4 victory and claim the state title.

Milford’s other finalists were Aidan Baum at 106 and Cam Phillips at 195. Phillips on the state title with a first period pin against the wrestler from Concord-Carlisle. Milford had seven wrestlers finish in the top six and all will advance to the All-State meet.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Hampton Kaye-Kuter
Hampton Kaye-Kuter The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Hampton Kaye-Kuter The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.