Hornets Edge Franklin to Move Closer to First Hock Title

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Mansfield junior Noah Jellenik lifts his arms to the rafters after his match at 285 pounds, Despite a loss in his individual match, Jellenik sealed a 30-27 win for the team that puts the Hornets on the brink of a first-ever league title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – Even the parents were out of their seats, creeping closer to the mat, and counting down the final seconds of the night’s final match. Mansfield junior Noah Jellenik laid flat on his stomach, holding off Franklin’s Riley Downing and waiting for the final horn to sound.

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As the ref waved his hand to signal the end of the match, Jellenik, who is in his first year as a wrestler, rolled onto his knees and threw his hands in the air in triumph. On three edges of the mat, his teammates, coaches, and Mansfield alumni hugged, cheered, and celebrated, as the Hornets moved one giant step closer to securing the program’s first ever Hockomock dual meet title.

Although Downing won the 285-pound match 6-2, Jellenik had accomplished his only goal, which was to avoid a pin. With the Panthers only earning three points in the final match of the hotly-contested dual meet, Mansfield held on for a 30-27 victory.

“Do not get on my back,” Jellenik said with a laugh when asked about his strategy going into the match. Trying to reflect on how he felt after securing the win, he said, “Wow, it’s kind of surreal right now. I’ve known these guys almost my whole life, at school and around town, and I’ve known the dedication they’ve put into the sport and to just be here for them and to support them is a hell of an honor.”

Mansfield coach Mark DiSanto said, “He showed so much heart tonight. Noah dug down deep and he pulled it out for us tonight. He was supposed to come out last year but during football season he tore his ACL. He watched last year. He went from manager to winning us the Hock.”

Downing nearly ended the celebration before it started. He was within an inch, maybe less, of earning a pin and pulling out a tie for his team, but Jellenik wriggled free enough to get back on his stomach and run out the clock.

 

“It would’ve been kind of a fitting ending considered how close it was,” said Franklin coach Carmine Colace. “This was a great dual meet. I’m proud of the kids. It’s like, what more could we do to change the outcome? Not much considering how we wrestled. They wrestled great, we wrestled great, and it was a lot of fun.”

It was a match that featured strong performances even in defeats, as the teams combined for only three pins and kept things tight throughout the match – Franklin’s 9-0 lead was the largest of the entire dual meet.

“That was a complete team effort, every weight class…We couldn’t have asked for more,” DiSanto said. “Every kid fought. I don’t even know what to say. That’s an unbelievable Franklin team there and they took us to the limit but we stepped up tonight.”

Drew DiFilipo got things started in strong fashion for the Panthers with a 15-0 win to earn five points at 106 pounds and Jake Carlucci earned another four points with a 12-0 win at 113 pounds. Although Franklin got nine quick points, both Stefan Wells and Noah Price were able to avoid the pin in each match.

Mansfield got on the board at 120 pounds when Max Farley earned a pin with 45 seconds left in the second period. At 126, it was Franklin’s turn to battle and avoid the maximum points. Antonios Seavastos, who had been originally scheduled to wrestle at 120, got two points in the first period and that was the only scoring in his match with Alex Fracassa to tie the meet at 9-9.

“Bumping [Sevastos] up to 126 was a good move,” Colace said. “Even though it was only a three-point match, our kid has won a lot of matches this year, so it was a good strategy on their part.”

The Panthers got the lead back at 132 with Jordan Carlucci earning their only pin of the night, ending his match just 17 seconds into the second period. Kenny Sauer earned a 9-1 win at 138 and put Franklin ahead by 10 points. Will Stratton got three points back for the Hornets at 145 with a take down seconds into his match, which he held onto for a 2-0 win.

DiSanto continued to make adjustments to his lineup to try and get his team the best possible match-ups. It really became a math problem, calculating how many points the Hornets would need from every match to get the team win. At 152, Ciaran Connolly stepped in and moved the regular rotation up a weight class. Connolly not only put in a solid performance but he also snagged a 4-1 win that moved Mansfield back within four.

“We go through every single matchup multiple times and how we can do it differently,” DiSanto explained. “We have a lot of talented kids behind our good kids, so we just tried to maximize our points by getting those other kids in. Tonight, Ciaran, we needed to get him in there and he came through.”

C.J. Glaropoulos won 4-2 in a hard-fought match against Caleb MacLean at 160 to make it 19-18 and his brother George followed with an equally tough win, 6-2, against Dom Sackley (who nearly caught Glaropoulos on his back in the first period) to give the hosts their first lead of the night. That lead extended to eight points when Jayden Curley took to the mat. The dominant senior had no problems jumping up a weight, as he got a pin just 37 seconds into his match.

“I attack every single second of the match that I can,” said Curley about his approach to the match. “I really don’t like to let up. Every match I go into with the same mentality, which is to score points and put people on their back.”

Franklin’s Dylan Nawn was also pushed back a weight class and he jumped in at 195 and won 19-4 to cut the lead to 27-24 with just two matches left. Ethan Nirenberg put the Hornets on the brink of the win when he got a 3-0 win at 220, after keeping Matt Walker from escaping in the second and then getting an escape and a fall in the third period.

It was 30-24 heading into the final match. Jellenik was cheered on by the raucous Mansfield home crowd and led 2-1 heading into the third period, while keeping his distance from Downing. He started the third period on the bottom and Downing nearly took advantage and turned that into a decisive pin, pushing Jellenik to the brink, but the ref’s hand stayed up in the air.

“That was amazing,” Curley said about Jellenik’s match. “That was just the heart we needed.”

He added, “It means everything in the world. Obviously, we still have other matches left in the Hock but this was the big dog that we had to take down. Even in individual matches, it all comes from how we work in the room.”

Mansfield (14-4, 2-0) still have two dual meets remaining in the league season, including a tricky one against King Philip, but this was the meet that everyone was focused on. A win next Wednesday against Taunton will secure at least a share of the first league title in program history.

Franklin (13-3, 2-1) will be back on the mat on Saturday at Chicopee before facing KP net week.

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Player of the Week: Jayden Curley, Mansfield Wrestling

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Mansfield senior Jayden Curley has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 23 through Dec. 29. Curley is the 13th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the third player in the winter season.

Curley, who has just one loss this year, continued his success by winning the title at 170 pounds at the annual Marshfield Holiday Tournament and was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Curley was one of two individual winners for the Hornets in Marshfield (the other was George Glaropoulos) and helped Mansfield take third as a team behind only St. John’s Prep and Cumberland (R.I.).

“Jayden had a great tournament,” said Mansfield head coach Mark DiSanto. “He dominated his finals match and deserves this honor.”

Curley entered the tournament as the top seed at 170 pounds and won four matches to clinch the title. In the round of 16, Curley needed only 58 seconds to earn a first round pin and then added a second pin in the quarterfinal. Against the fifth seed from Bristol County/Dighton-Rehoboth in the semifinal, Curley won 5-0 thanks to a second period reversal and a takedown in the final 20 seconds to seal the win.

In the final, Curley took on the third seed, Billy Tat from Oliver Ames, and Curley dominated the match from the start to win 17-1. He led 7-1 by the end of the first period, added eight points in the second, and had a late takedown to seal the tech fall victory.

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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2018 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars

Below are the official 2018 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

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Eddie Marinilli, Canton

Hockomock League All Stars

Anis Chakir, Canton
Eddie Marinilli, Canton
Phil Dure, Foxboro
Adam Lanctot, Foxboro
William Ogebebor, Foxboro
Ian Bakalars, Franklin
Jake Carlucci, Franklin
Jordan Carlucci, Franklin
TJ Remillard, Franklin
Luke Fitch, King Philip
Jayden Curley, Mansfield
George Glaropoulos, Mansfield
Vinnie Holmes, Mansfield
Nick Marcolini, Milford
Daniel Cooper, North Attleboro
Jake Direnzo, North Attleboro
Brady Folan, North Attleboro
Zack Gould, North Attleboro
Mattuez Kudra, North Attleboro
Brad White, North Attleboro
Anthony Berksza, Oliver Ames
Dean Pacini, Oliver Ames
Justin Wells, Sharon
Sam Mandelbraurt, Sharon
Carlvin LaGuerre, Stoughton

Player of the Week – Eddie Marinilli, Canton Wrestling

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Canton sophomore Eddie Marinilli has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 18 through Feb. 24. Marinilli, who is 41-3 this season, is the 21st player selected for the 2017-18 school year and 11th player chosen during the winter season.

Marinilli made Canton wrestling history for the second week in a row, when he followed up his Div. 2 state championship with an All-State title this weekend at St. John’s Prep. Marinilli, wrestling at 138 pounds, took the lead against the top seed, Sean Herbert of Melrose, with a second-period escape and held on for a 1-0 win in the final. He is the first wrestler in program history to win either the Div. 2 or All-State titles.

“He wrestled on his terms every match and was never phased by the opponent or how high the stakes were,” said Canton head coach Brian Caffelle. “It’s impressive enough to have that demeanor as an upperclassman, but it’s even more special when it’s coming from a sophomore. To be the first All-State Champion in program history in the way that he did it won’t be forgotten for a very long time.

Marinilli reached the final at All-States with a series of close wins. After starting the tournament with a pin in the round of 16, he won his quarterfinal match with a third-period escape and then used a second-period takedown to beat Mahari Miller of Springfield Central in the semifinal avenging one of his three losses on the season. He avenged another one of his losses, edging Herbert in the title match. In last week’s Div. 2 state tournament, Marinilli had a pair of pins to start, won 4-0 in the semifinal and then used a second-period takedown to win the title.

In addition to his state titles, Marinilli also won the title at the Div. 2 Central meet, helping the Bulldogs finish fourth as a team. He also won his second individual title at the Hockomock Championships, getting a pin in the final and helping Canton finish fifth as a team. Marinilli won last year’s Hock title at 126 pounds before jumping up to 138 for this season. He was also selected as Player of the Week last season after his fourth place finish at All-States, which was a program-best for a freshman.

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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Hock Results from MIAA Wrestling All State Meet

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Mansfield’s Jayden Curley took fourth place in the 160 bracket. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

MIAA All State Tournament

Teams
1. Chelmsford – 87.5
14. Mansfield – 41
19. North Attleboro – 34
22. Franklin – 33.5
31. Canton – 26
31. King Philip – 26
42. Foxboro – 20
64. Oliver Ames – 9
75. Stoughton – 6
81. Taunton – 4
99. Sharon – 1

Placements

120
5th – Ian Bakalars, Franklin

126
6th – Phil Dure, Foxboro

132
4th – TJ Remillard, Franklin

138
1st – Eddie Marinilli, Canton

145
6th – Zack Gould, North Attleboro

160
4th – Jayden Curley, Mansfield

182
2nd – Vinnie Holmes, Mansfield
4th – Shawn Conniff, King Philip

195
6th – Dean Pacini, Oliver Ames

220
3rd – Matteuz Kudra, North Attleboro
6th – William Ogebebor, Foxboro

North Attleboro Wrestling Claims D2 State Title

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The North Attleboro wrestling team is bringing home some hardware. The Rocketeers edged out Central Catholic by less than five points, 109-105.5. North was behind heading into the upper weight classes but a win from Mattuez Kudra in the 220 D2 State Final propelled North into first place.

Kudra took down Boston Latin’s Olamadide Adeyeri, 3-0, in the 220 championship to win the individual title. Zack Gould (145) and Brad White (195) earned third-place finishes to earn big points for the Rocketeers. Dan Cooper (12) was fourth overall and Adam Eberle (160) took sixth in his bracket. John Kummer (285) and Brady Folan (113) were seventh and Mike Burns (132) took eighth.

Also in Division 2, Canton sophomore Eddie Marinilli became the first Bulldog wrestler to win a D2 State Championship. Marinilli pinned Milton’s Xavier Fischer and Hingham’s Tristan Williamson in the first two rounds, beat Reading’s Trevor Morton, 4-0, in the semifinals and then used a second-period takedown to defeat Marlborough’s Wilson Ordondez in the final.

Canton, which finished 17th with 45 points, also had received a solid showing from Nick Matt (285), who finished sixth overall.

Mansfield sophomore Vinnie Holmes was the third Hockomock wrestler to earn a state title. Holmes won the D1 State Title at 182, earning pinfall wins in the first two rounds, edging Putnam’s Taha Huggins, 10-6, in the semifinals and then defeating Brookline’s Atman Barrille, 9-3, in the championship.

For team results in D1, Franklin placed ninth (74.5 points), highlighted by Ian Bakalars second place finish at 120. Mansfield was 10th (63 points) and Taunton finished 34th overall with sophomore Woudanly Danger taking fourth at 220.

 

Stoughton and King Philip tied 21st overall (38 points). Black Knights sophomore Carlvin LaGuerre was a state finalist at 285. LaGuerre pinned Greater Lowell’s Zachary Peltier, picked up 3-0 win over Canton’s Nick Matt and edged Sharon’s Justin Wells, 2-1, in overtime. He fell to Wellesley’s Josh Cohen in the final. Stoughton’s Paul Feeney (220) was fifth and CJ Carpenter (106) was eighth.

King Philip had three grapplers place with Mohammad Lotfi taking fifth in the 138 bracket. Luke Fitch (170) and Shawn Conniff (182) each finished sixth.

Oliver Ames’ Anthony Berksza (145) and Dean Pacini (195) each had fifth-place finishes while Sharon’s Justin Wells (285) earned fourth overall.

Foxboro came up just shy of the D3 State Title. The Warriors (127 points) held a four-point lead over Dedham heading into the heavyweight finals but Dedham’s Jonathan Cleveland beat Hampden Charter’s Akhmet Azizov in the championship match to propel the Marauders into first place with 129 points. The Warriors had five wrestlers finish in second place.

Division 1

Teams
1. Chelmsford – 130
9. Franklin – 74.5
10. Mansfield – 63
34. Taunton – 14

Placements

113
7th – Ken Sauer, Franklin

120
2nd – Ian Bakalars, Franklin

126
4th – Jordan Carlucci, Franklin

132
4th – TJ Remillard, Franklin
8th – Will Stratton, Mansfield

138
7th – CJ Glaropoulos, Mansfield
8th – Brian Farrell, Franklin

160
3rd – Jayden Curley, Mansfield

182
1st – Vinnie Holmes, Mansfield

220
4th – Woudanly Danger, Taunton

Division 2

Teams
1. North Attleboro – 109
17. Canton – 45
T21. King Philip – 38
T21. Stoughton – 38
26. Oliver Ames – 32
27. Sharon – 29
38. Milford – 8

Placements

106
8th – CJ Carpenter, Stoughton

113
7th – Brady Folan, North Attleboro

120
4th – Dan Cooper, North Attleboro
8th – Will Stern, Sharon

132
6th – Sam Mandelbraut, Sharon
8th – Mike Burns, North Attleboro

138
1st – Eddie Marinilli, Canton
5th – Mohammad Lotfi, King Philip
8th – Nick Marcolini, Milford

145
3rd – Zack Gould, North Attleboro
5th – Anthony Berksza, Oliver Ames

160
6th – Adam Eberle, North Attleboro

170
6th – Luke Fitch, King Philip
8th – Billy Tat, Oliver Ames

182
6th – Shawn Conniff, King Philip

195
3rd – Brad White, North Attleboro
5th – Dean Pacini, Oliver Ames

220
1st – Mattuez Kudra, North Attleboro
5th – Paul Feeney, Stoughton

285
2nd – Carlvin LaGuerre, Stoughton
4th – Justin Wells, Sharon
6th – Nick Matt, Canton
7th – John Kummer, North Attleboro

Division 3

Teams
1. Dedham – 129
2. Foxboro – 127

Placements

113
2nd – Adam Lanctot, Foxboro

126
2nd – Phil Dure, Foxboro

132
2nd – Shayne Kerrigan, Foxboro

138
2nd – Tommy Gallagher, Foxboro

170
2nd – Dave Dow, Foxboro

220
4th – William Ogebebor, Foxboro

285
7th – William McNeil, Foxboro