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

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/06/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 73 @ Sharon, 46 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Taunton, 56 @ Mansfield, 61 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Girls Basketball
Foxboro, 69 @ Sharon, 28 – FinalFreshman Katelyn Mollica scored a game-high 20 points for the Warriors, who also got 15 points from Grace Tamulionis and 14 points from Ashley Sampson.

Oliver Ames, 50 @ Franklin, 56 – FinalOliver Ames senior Kayla Raymond finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks while junior All Scolnick added 11 points and collected three steals for the Tigers.

Mansfield, 42 @ Taunton, 36 – FinalAnn Maher scored a game-high 12 points, as the Hornets bounced back from an early deficit to earn the come from behind victory. Taunton jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter, led 22-14 at half, and 28-26 after three, but the Hornets scored 16 in the fourth for the win. Meg Hill had eight points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for Mansfield, while Lily Patneaude had 11 and Kelsey White had eight for the Tigers.

Boys Hockey
Attleboro, 2 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final

Canton, 5 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery from this game.

Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 10 – Final

North Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 1 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton’s Lauren Fitzpatrick scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to help the Bulldogs pick up a key division win over visiting MOA.

Franklin, 7 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalRegan Paterson led the way for the Panthers with a pair of goals and freshman Gabby Colace picked up the shutout in goal. Jillian McLaughlin, Maddie Hinckley, Jordan Dwyer, Katelyn Brown, and Victoria Quinn also scored goals for Franklin.

King Philip, 2 vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 4 – Final

Wrestling
Peckham Tournament (Canton, King Philip, Mansfield, Sharon) – Mansfield took first place at the annual Peckham Tournament hosted at Canton High School. The Hornets scored 193.5 points as a team while King Philip placed third with 137 points. Sharon (106.5) was sixth and Canton (98) took seventh. The Hornets had four individual winners with Antonios Sevastos (113), George Glaropoulos (152), Jayden Curley (160) and Vinnie Holmes (182) all taking first. Ciaran Connolly (145), CJ Glaropoulos (138) and Will Stratton (132) added second-place finishes for the Hornets. For King Philip, Jackson Kelley (126), Joseph Fruci (145) and Luke Fitch (170) all won their brackets while Jake Malatesta (160) and Shawn Conniff (182) garnered second place honors. Canton’s Eddie Marinilli (138) and Anis Chakir (132) rounded out the winners for the Hockomock teams. Sharon had eight grapplers finish inside the top four, led by third-place finishes from Justin Wells (285) and Will Stern (120).

Chelmsford Tournament (Foxboro) – Foxboro placed fifth overall as a team, finishing with 138 points. Host Chelmsford won the tournament with 204.5 points, followed by Nobles (165), Westford (162.5) and Framingham (156). Phil Dure (126) was the lone individual champion for the Warriors while Adam Lanctot (113) took third place and Dave Dow (160) earned a fourth-place finish.

Natick Duals (Franklin) – Franklin cruised through the Natick Duals tournament, winning all five of its matches, including the final round against the hosts. The Panthers beat Concord-Carlisle (73-6), Merrimack (62-12), Brookline (47-13), Hopkinton (72-9) and Natick (69-3) to earn the crown. Jake Carlucci, Kenny Sauer, Ian Bakalars, TJ Remillard, Brian Farrell, Seamus Cogavin, and Riley Downing all went undefeated on the day for Franklin.

North Attleboro Quad (North Attleboro) – North Attleboro picked up four convincing victories at its own super quad and had five wrestlers go 4-0 on the day. Big Red notched wins over Bridgewater-Raynham (57-9), St. John’s Prep (54-17), Plymouth State (42-21) and LaSalle (48-25). Ethan Smith (106, three pins), Jake Direnzo (126, two pins), Adam Eberle (160, three pins), Chris Ferrigno (182, one pin) and Brad White (195, two wins) all had four wins for the Rocketeers.

Oliver Ames Quad (Oliver Ames, Hingham, Sandwich, Shepherd Hill) – Oliver Ames grabbed two wins at its own quad meet to improve to 11-2 overall. The Tigers earned wins over Sandwich (58-4) and Shepherd Hill (55-0) but fell to Hingham (38-30). Both Dean Pacini and Anthony Berksza went 3-0 on the day with a pair of pins.

North Gets Edge Over Foxboro in Davenport Title Race

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North Attleboro’s Adam Eberle got bandaged for a head wound but managed to rally for an overtime win at 160 pounds to spark the Rocketeers. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FOXBORO, Mass. – Fittingly, the first league dual meet since the divisional split between the top two wrestling programs in the history of the Hockomock and the meet that could eventually decide the Davenport division champion was only decided by the slimmest of margins.

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Six of Wednesday night’s 14 matches were decided by two points or less. Only two matches were ended in pins with one walk over, two major victories, and a technical fall.

In the end, North Attleboro did just enough to pick up the 31-24 road victory at longtime rival Foxboro. With the victory, North put itself in control of its own destiny as it tries to mark its first season in the Davenport by winning the league’s dual meet title.

Following the meet, both coaches expressed admiration for their opposition.

“We knew this was going to be a close match,” said North coach Wayne Griffin. “We’ve been following Coach Ivatts for the past couple years and he’s doing a wonderful job over here with these kids. That was a heck of a match.”

Foxboro coach Billy Ivatts, who was also a wrestler in this rivalry and a three-time state champion for the Warriors, said of having North Attleboro back on the league schedule, “I love it. I like having them here. It’s good for the kids to get the competition. It’s good for later on down the road to have that close match experience and just obviously wish it turned out a little differently.”

Starting at 126 pounds, Foxboro jumped out to an early lead. Tom Gallagher picked up a second round pin to open the night, but North cut the lead in half at 132 when Brandon Graveline got a third round takedown of Phil Dure to win that match 6-5 heading into Foxboro’s strongest two wrestlers, Matt and Brian Kelley.

The twins, both seniors, added two more wins to their already impressive careers (Matt became the program’s all-time leader in wins, beating out his coach’s record, earlier this season), but neither could get the maximum points. Matt won 13-1 and Brian got five points for his 15-0 tech, but North managed to avoid getting pinned.

“The Kelley kids are awesome,” said Griffin. “You’re wrestling someone who is very good and your job is to go out and compete, but you can win a match by not getting pinned. They know Nick Gould is our top guy and they employed the same strategy.”

Gould, fresh off a win at the Marshfield Holiday Tournament last week, got a major win at 152 and cut Foxboro’s lead in the meet to 15-7.

That led into arguably the match of the night. North’s Adam Eberle took a blow to the top of his head and had to be extensively bandaged to stop the bleeding, but he managed to pull out a dramatic win against Max Dorman, who also needed attention at one point from the trainer.

Eberle fell behind 4-2 with 30 seconds remaining in the match but tied it with a takedown 20 seconds later. He got another takedown early in the overtime period to seal the win.

He split his head open,” said Griffin of Eberle, “and it was almost like the Roman warriors, but he’ll go home and get a couple stitches and he’ll do a good job.”

Matt Mullaly got Foxboro going again at 170 with a first round pin and Dave Dow got the winning point on a third round escape to win 4-3 over Reid Wills at 182 to put the Warriors ahead 24-10. From that point on, North would win the final six matches to come out on top.

“It was a tough weight class for us to start with,” Ivatts admitted. “You know where their good wrestlers are and they know where our good wrestlers are and you can kind of have it all mapped out… They made all the right moves and won some matches I think we should’ve won and they took it.”

Mateusz Kudra (195), Brad White (220) and John Kummer (285) each pulled in three points for the Rocketeers, as the lightweights got prepared. Foxboro only had Adam Lanctot to wrestle at either 106 or 113, so Ivatts chose to forfeit the match at 106 against Brady Folan, who beat Lanctot in their last match, to try and give his team a shot in the final two matches.

“Their 106 is really good and we didn’t want to lose both,” said Ivatts of giving North its first lead at 25-24. “We thought we could get the win at 113 but unfortunately it didn’t work out. If we get the three [points] there, then it kind of goes back in our favor.”

Lanctot came back to tie Dan Cooper at 4-4 in the third round after an escape, but Copper answered back with a takedown that turned out to be the winning move in a 6-5 thriller that Griffin said “sealed” the meet.

Jake DiRenzo held off Shane Kerrigan, 2-0, at 120 pounds to ensure that North left Foxboro with the victory.

“It was a great high school dual meet,” said Ivatts. “Especially at the high school level it’s always pin or be pinned really, so you could just see the caliber of wrestling from both teams is really high.”

When asked what this meant in terms of the league title race, Griffin admitted, “This was the match. No disrespect to anyone else, but this was the match.

“I think that’s a fair assessment, but who knows what the future can bring. Kids get sick, they get injured, they rise to the occasion, but this is a step in the right direction.”

North Attleboro (9-1) will host a quad meet this weekend, while Foxboro will have a week off before hosting Canton.

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Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/10/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Basketball
Milford, 52 vs. Taconic, 45 – FinalClick here for a recap from the game.

Hockey
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Walpole, 4 – Final

Stoughton, 2 vs. Pope John Paull II, 1 – FinalBrendan Campbell and Jon Lessa each scored once to pace the Black Knights to their first win of the season.

Wrestling
Scituate Tournament (Canton) – Canton placed second overall as a team at the tournament. First place finishes for the Bulldogs were Eddie Marinilli (126), Anis Chakir (132) and Brandon Lentol (170).

Mt. Hope Tournament (Foxboro, Franklin, Stoughton) – Foxboro finished first at the Mt. Hope Holiday Tournament with 180 points. Franklin’s “A” team finished third with 171 points, Stoughton finished eighth with 91 and Franklin’s “B” team was 16th with 26 points. Foxboro’s Matt Kelley earned his 157th career win, making him the winningest wrestling in Warrior history. Other winner’s included Foxboro’s Brian Kelley (138), Franklin’s Ed Cropper (152) and Stoughton’s Lino Azul (285). Second place finishes included Franklin’s Jordan Carlucci (106), Ian Bakalars (113), Mike Racca (120), Foxboro’s Max Dorman (152), Matt Mullally (160) and Dave Dow (170).

St. John’s Shrewsbury Quad (King Philip), 8:00AM

Lincoln-Sudbury Quad (Mansfield) – Mansfield went 3-1 on the day, picking up wins over Brookline (54-18), Quincy (41-21) and Pentucket (45-15). The Hornets lone loss came to host Lincoln-Sudbury (48-27). Sophomore Shane Cremmen went 3-0 on the day for the Hornets. Freshman Vinnie Holmes bumped up to 182 for the day and went 3-1, with his lone loss coming to the #3 ranked grappler in the state.

Tewksbury Quad (Milford) – Milford picked up a pair of wins at Tewskbury on Saturday. The Scarlet Hawks beat Greater Lawrence (42-26) and Tewksbury (54-24) while falling to Masconomet (46-30). Brett Kimball went 3-0 on the day, winning all three matches via pin. Ryan Gray. Conor Maier and Stanislav Demko also went 3-0 on the day.

North Attleboro Quad (North Attleboro), 9:00AM

Devin Ness Tournament (Oliver Ames), 10:00AM

Plymouth North Quad (Sharon) – Sharon went 2-1 at the Plymouth North quad. The Eagles notched wins over Plymouth North (45-28) and Pembroke (60-21) while falling to Walpole (36-30).

Watertown Quad (Taunton) – Taunton picked up a win over Carver (27-26) but fell to Watertown (42-39) and Wakefield (48-33). Josh Grasso (126), Alex Rodrigues (145), and Nuno Camara (182) each went 3-0 for the Tigers.

Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
Boys
Attleboro, 47 vs. King Philip, 53 – Final
Canton, 26 vs. North Attleboro, 72 – Final
Foxboro, 22 vs. Sharon, 78 – Final
Franklin, 46 vs. Oliver Ames, 54 – Final
Mansfield, 73 vs. Taunton, 27 – Final
Milford, 62 vs. Stoughton, 34 – Final

Girls
Attleboro, 13.5 vs. King Philip, 86.5 – Final
Canton, 14 vs. North Attleboro, 86 – Final
Foxboro, 39 vs. Sharon, 61 – Final
Franklin, 72 vs. Oliver Ames, 28 – Final
Mansfield, 54 vs. Taunton, 46 – Final
Milford, 79 vs. Stoughton, 20 – Final

Girls Hockey
King Philip, 2 vs. Norwell, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Nasuet/Cape Tech/Monomy, 9 – Final

Warriors Beat OA and Clinch Share of Davenport Title

Brian Kelley
Brian Kelley is lifted in the air after his pin earned the Warriors a 30-28 win at OA and guaranteed them a piece of the Davenport crown. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Foxboro came into Wednesday night’s dual meet with Oliver Ames in the Nixon Gym knowing that the strength of its team is in the middleweights. Head coach Bill Ivatts won the pre-meet coin flip and chose to start at 152, leaving 145 for last knowing that he would be able to turn to junior captain Brian Kelley.

That turned out to be a title-winning decision, as Kelley pinned Shea O’Connor with 47 second remaining in the third period to earn the Warriors six points and clinch a 30-28 victory over the Tigers.

“He’s wrestled in big situations before whether it’s states or all-states, so he was the guy to put on the mat at that time,” said Ivatts about putting the pressure on Kelley in the final match. “We figured he could handle that situation at the end.”

Kelley, who weighed in at 138 and was wrestling up a weight class, admitted that it is tough to go into a match knowing that just winning is not enough and that bonus points are required, but he tried to put it out of his mind.

“I was just thinking about how I wrestled the kid before and how I beat him before,” he explained. “I’m not really worried about bumping up a weight class but just doing what I needed to do for the team.”

Kelley jumped out to a commanding 7-0 lead at the end of the first period and held a 9-1 lead in the second when O’Connor spun out of a hold and caught Kelley, putting him on his back as time was winding down. The upset seemed possible at that moment, but the buzzer sounded and Kelley went into the third with a 10-3 lead.

He said, “I got caught in the second and I was a little bit worried but went to the third and outlasted him a little bit.” Kelley dominated the third period and, despite O’Connor battling, was able to get the pin and the winning points.

“Shea had him on his back,” said OA coach Kahn Lima. “If we had more time then maybe he wouldn’t have had to rush it and could’ve finished it.”

The opening match of the meet set the tone for a hard fought battle. Ryan Lehane held a 3-2 lead over Max Doorman on second period back points and held that one-point edge until 17 second remaining in the match when Doorman finally escaped to tie it. In overtime, Lehane got the takedown and the 5-3 win.

Foxboro would earn the next 12 points with Dave Dow (160) and Bob Kierce (182) each pulling out one-point wins and Matt Mullaley getting a second period pin against Jake Murphy, who had led 5-2 after the first.

As the meet turned to the heavier weight divisions, a pattern started to emerge. The Warriors, knowing that the Tigers had the advantage in those weight classes, focused on being defensive and avoiding pins or bonus points to keep the score close.

“They’re a very well-coached team,” said Lima, who said that the Tigers had discussed the Foxboro strategy in the build up to the meet. “We said that the weights that they’re not better than us at, they’re going to go out there not to get pinned and that’s what they did.”

Ivatts noted, “They did what they were assigned to do really and they did a good job and stayed off their backs. Oliver Ames is a really good wrestling team and they’re solid the whole way through, so we have to try and not give up those bonus points.”

When the two teams met earlier this season, OA got those points and went on to win by 24. This time around the matches were closer. Luke Cullen pulled out a 5-3 win at 195 pounds, Pat Mills managed a second period pin at 220 that tied the meet at 12-12 and then Sean McKeen won 6-0 at heavyweight to give the Tigers the lea.d

“I made a decision at the heavier weights and…a lot of the kids worked really hard and I put this one on me. I made a poor choice,” said Lima. “They battled really hard and I picked the wrong matchup.”

Sophomore Casey Bellevue won at 106 and Brittany McDonald had an impressive second period pin at 113 that put OA in front 24-12 with five matches remaining. Phil Durray cruised to a 7-1 win at 120 and then last year’s league MVP Matt Kelley took only 1:30 to get a pin and six points at 126.

Tom Gallagher used two takedowns in the second period to pull out a 4-2 win at 132 and just like that the match was tied with only two more matches to go. In the penultimate match, freshman Anthony Berksza earned his 23rd victory of the season, a new OA freshman record, in dominating fashion. His 12-3 gave OA a bonus point and a four-point lead (28-24).

“He’s doing everything and were very proud of Anthony and very proud of what he did tonight,” said Lima. “I thought from 52-82 was going to be very tough and then the heavier weight classes we could get pins but we didn’t get the pins we needed.”

Kelley turned that deficit around with a pin that gave Foxboro its second title in three seasons. He said, “I won the Davenport freshman year and I really wanted to win it again. It will mean a lot to beat Milford again…it will be a tough match but we should be able to get the win.”

Ivatts insisted that the job is not complete with one more dual meet looming this season. He said, “We still have to wrestle Milford but we had this one circled on the calendar. They’re the team to beat; they’re the best that we’ve seen this year in the small Hock.”

Lima and the Tigers will be hoping that the Hawks can pull the upset to give them a chance at sharing the title, but OA also has to take care of its own business against Sharon as well.

“I think we can finish strong; we’ll bounce back,” said Lima. “It was a great atmosphere for the kids [tonight] and it’s the kind of atmosphere that will help take our program to the next level.”

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.