NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Franklin had three individual champions, two second place finishes and four more grapplers finish third or fourth to win the team title at the Hockomock League Wrestling Championships at Oliver Ames on Saturday.
The Panthers registered 218.5 points, edging out North Attleboro (212.5 points) and Foxboro (200.5 points).
Franklin’s Ian Bakalars won the 113 title with a 6-2 decision, Mike Racca notched a first round pin to win the 120 title and Dylan Maclean earned the 145 title with a pin. Jordan Carlucci (106) and Brian Perry (285) had second place finishes, Evan Hernandez (182) and Kyler Colella (195) each came in third and TJ Remillard (126) and Brian Farrell (132) both placed fourth.
The Rocketeers, who have clinched at least a share of the Davenport division dual meet title, only had one winner in the tournament but once again show off its depth with three second place finishes, and nine other wrestlers finishing either third, fourth, fifth or sixth. North Attleboro’s Nick Gould was the team’s only champion, scoring an impressive 14-0 win at 152. It marks the second straight year Gould won a Hockomock title after winning the 145 title a year ago. Dan Cooper (113), Jake Direnzo (120) and Brandon Graveline (132) each placed second for Big Red.
Foxboro’s Matt Kelley was impressive in winning his third straight Hockomock League title. Kelley raced out to a quick 14-0 lead before scoring a pin to earn the Hockomock title at 132. During his sophomore year, Kelley won the 120 title and during his junior year, Kelley scored an 8-0 decision to win the 126 title. Brian Kelley was equally impressive, notching a 10-0 win in a very competitive 138 bracket to win his first Hockomock title. Matt Mullally held on for a 6-5 win to claim the Hock title at 160 – his second straight title at that weight class.
While plenty of veterans claimed titles, there were three freshmen that won Hockomock League titles in their first ever championship event. Mansfield’s Antonios Sevastos, who suffered a first round pin to Franklin’s Jordan Carlucci in a dual meet earlier this week, avenged that loss by scoring a takedown in the final 20 seconds to win the 106 crown. Teammate and classmate Vinnie Holmes continued his stellar freshman campaign, rolling through the bracket and picking up a 14-2 win in the finals. Canton’s Eddie Marinilli made his mark as well, winning four matches on the day, including an 11-2 decision in the 126 final match.
Oliver Ames was fifth on the day, the top finishing team without a champion. Sophomore Anthony Berksza was second at 145 and sophomore Dean Pacini made a run to the finals before falling to Milford’s Ryan Gray (7-1) at 195.
1. Franklin – 218.5
2. North Attleboro – 212.5
3. Foxboro – 200.5
4. Oliver Ames – 128
5. King Philip – 119
6. Canton – 115.5
7. Sharon – 108.5
8. Mansfield – 107
9. Stoughton – 106
10. Milford – 79
11. Taunton – 48
|106||Jordan Carlucci (Franklin) vs. Antonios Secastos (Mansfield)||Sevastos (2-0)|
|113||Ian Bakalars (Franklin) vs. Dan Cooper (North Attleboro)||Bakalars (6-2)|
|120||Jake Direnzo (North Attleboro) vs. Mike Racca (Franklin)||Racca (pin)|
|126||Eddie Marinilli (Canton) vs. Yosef Ellis-Rech (Sharon)||Marinilli (11-2)|
|132||Matt Kelley (Foxboro) vs. Brandon Graveline (North Attleboro)||Kelley (pin)|
|138||Brian Kelley (Foxboro) vs. Brett Kimball (Milford)||Kelley (10-0)|
|145||Anthony Berksza (Oliver Ames) vs. Dylan Maclean (Franklin)||Maclean (pin)|
|152||Nick Gould (North Attleboro) vs. Max Dorman (Foxboro)||Gould (14-0)|
|160||Matt Mullally (Foxboro) vs. Cameron Smith (King Philip)||Mullally (6-5)|
|170||Wilhelm Bolt (Sharon) vs. Vinnie Holmes (Mansfield)||Holmes (14-2)|
|182||Nuno Camara (Taunton) vs. Nick DeGloria (King Philip)||DeGloria (9-4)|
|195||Ryan Gray (Milford) vs. Dean Pacini (Oliver Ames)||Gray (7-1)|
|220||Andrew Iverson (Stoughton) vs. Bradley Oliverio (King Philip)||Oliverio (3-1)|
|285||Lino Azul (Stoughton) vs. Brian Perry (Franklin)||Azul (14-5)|