Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Hockomock League All Stars
Eddie Marinilli, Canton
Anis Chakir, Canton
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Brian Kelley, Foxboro
Matt Mullally, Foxboro
Phil Dure, Foxboro
Ian Bakalars, Franklin
Jordan Carlucci, Franklin
Mike Racca, Franklin
Dylan Maclean, Franklin
Nick DeGloria, King Philip
Bradley Oliverio, King Philip
Vinnie Holmes, Mansfield
Antonios Sevastos, Mansfield
Ryan Gray, Milford
Brett Kimball, Milford
Nick Gould, North Attleboro
Brad White, North Attleboro
Liston Funai, Oliver Ames
Yosef Ellis-Rech, Sharon
Wilhelm Bolt, Sharon
Lino Azul, Stoughton
Alex Rodriguez, Taunton
Justin Dickie, Canton
Max Dorman, Foxboro
Ed Cropper, Franklin
Cameron Smith, King Philip
Will Stratton, Mansfield
Carlos Terrinha, Milford
Brady Folan, North Attleboro
Dean Pacini, Oliver Ames
Matt Callan, Sharon
Andrew Iverson, Stoughton
Nuno Camara, Taunton
Canton, 1 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Mansfield scored a pair of goals in the first period and killed a late penalty in the third period to earn the win over the Bulldogs. Junior Adam Anastos tipped in a shot from sophomore Austin Ricker on the power play to open the scoring with six minutes to play in the first. The Hornets then doubled the lead late in the first, with Cullin Anastasia scoring off a feed from James Bezeau. Canton sophomore Ryan Nolte cut the deficit in half in the second period with a power play goal but the Bulldogs couldn’t find an equalizer. “We had two great practices coming into the game,” said Mansfield head coach Mike Balzarini. “We played great in the first period and that penalty kill at the end was huge.” Tony Rullo made 29 saves for the Hornets.
Foxboro, 1 @ North Attleboro, 8 – Final – North Attleboro senior Zach McGowan scored a natural hat trick, netting three straight goals in the second period to help the Rocketeers to a big win. Foxboro’s Mike Carresi opened the scoring in the game but goals from North’s Will Yeomans and Erik Clements had Big Red ahead after one period. Jason McNeany, Devin Sparrow and Colin Young also scored for North Attleboro.
Stoughton, 3 vs. Apponequet/Connolly, 3 – Final – Stoughton scored the first goal to take a 1-0 lead but had to battle back late in the second to tie the game 2-2. Both sides scored once in the third period. Sean Doherty, Ryan Chipman and Brendan Campbell each had a goal for the Black Knights.
Div. 1 State Dual Meet (Franklin) – Franklin took home third at the D1 State Duals meet. After a bye in the first round, Franklin beat Framingham 42-16 but suffered its first in state loss of the season with a 31-24 loss to Lincoln-Sudbury in the semifinals. The Panthers won the third place match 40-22 over St. John’s Prep.
Div. 2 State Dual Meet (North Attleboro, Oliver Ames) – Oliver Ames took down Concord-Carlisle 36-15 in the opening round but fell to top-seeded Central Catholic, 46-12, in the quarterfinals. The Tigers beat Beverly, 42-34, in a consolation match. Senior Liston Funai, sophomore Anthony Berksza and sophomore Dean Pacini each went 3-0 on the day. North Attleboro had a bye in the first round but fell to Marshfield on a tiebreaker (match wins). The Rocketeers took down Beverly (52-13) and Algonquin (41-24) in consolation matches.
Div. 3 State Dual Meet – Foxboro won the D3 State Dual Meet title on Saturday. The Warriors beat Ashland 44-22, Norton 56-17 and top-seeded Wayland 45-32 to claim the state title. Adam Lanctot (106), Matt Kelley (132), Tom Gallagher (138), Brian Kelley (145), and Matt Mullally (160) all went 3-0 for the day.
Walpole Quad (Canton) – Canton went 1-2 on the day, securing a winning record in dual meets for 2016-2017. The Bulldogs picked up a win over Scituate but fell to Hingham and Walpole (45-36).
Franklin County Tech Quad (King Philip) – King Philip went 4-0, picking up wins over Gramby Regional (66-18), Smith Voke (69-6), Franklin Tech (50-30) and Shepherd (64-18).
Sandwich Quad (Mansfield) – The Hornets went 2-0 on the day, improving their record to 15-9, more than doubling their win total from a season ago. Mansfield beat Quincy (33-27) and Sandwich (37-30) on the day.
Franklin, 126 @ Medway, 140 – Final
Sharon, 129.5 @ Shrewsbury, 133.9 – Final
Sharon, 129.5 vs. Westboro, 122 – Final
Canton, 3 @ Plymouth, 1 – Final – Canton sophomore Maggie Malloy scored a hat trick, netting all three of her goals in the final period to help the Bulldogs pick up two points on the road.
King Philip, 9 @ Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 3 vs. Westwood, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 2 @ Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 9 – Final
Attleboro, 129.2 vs. Braintree, 153.1 – Final
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.
Franklin, 69 vs. Danvers 29 – Final – Franklin turned a four point lead at the end of the first quarter (11-7) into a big advantage (35-16) at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Panthers were up 59-26. Paul Mahon led Franklin with 20 points, Matt Elias added 12 points and Jalen Samuels had nine points.
Mansfield, 81 @ Key West (FL), 49 – Final – The Hornets made a splash in their first game in Florida, putting up 50 points in the first half on their way to a big win. Sam Goldberg scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the opening quarter to pace Mansfield. John McCoy added 11 points and Kristian Conner scored 10 points in the win. Twelve different players scored in Mansfield’s win.
North Attleboro, 66 vs. Fitchburg, 51 – Final – Senior Jonny Friberg had another dominating performance as North Attleboro claimed the Lincoln Sudbury Warrior Winter Slam title. Friberg earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 20 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. He averaged 17 points and 14.5 rebounds in the two games. Chad Peterson, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 18 points and had six rebounds. Senior Brent Doherty also had 18 points and six rebounds.
Sharon, 47 vs. Tewksbury, 58 – Final – Ricardo Ripley led the Eagles with 16 points while Malik Lorquet notched his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Both Ripley and Lorquet were named to the Wilimington all-tournament team.
Stoughton, 67 vs. Boston Latin Academy, 70 – Final – Stoughton junior Cam Andrews tied a career-high with 24 points as the Black Knights fell just short to BLA. Cam Gomes added 16 points for the Black Knights.
Taunton, 59 @ Durfee, 50 – Final
Attleboro, 68 @ Cranston East, 51 – Final – Attleboro wins the Cranston East Holiday Tournament title.
King Philip, 65 vs. Tiverton, 24 – Final – Shannon O’Connor and Sophia McLaughlin, who hit four threes, each scored a team-high 13 points for the Warriors. Julia Leroux added 12 points to help pace the offense. “We shot the ball very well tonight,” KP head coach Marty Crowley said. Warriors advance to face Ponaganset in the tournament final at 6:45 on Thursday night.
Mansfield, 40 @ Duxbury, 36 – Final – Mansfield built a double-digit lead, up 33-21, through three quarters and held on in the fourth quarter to win the Duxbury Holiday Tournament final. Jen Peel and Ann Maher each had a team-high 14 points for the Hornets.
North Attleboro, 54 vs. Westwood, 46 – Final – Ashley Ahern led the Rocketeers with 17 points. North Attleboro will play host Hingham in the final of the holiday tournament on Friday at 7:30.
Sharon, 52 vs. Holliston, 47 – Final – Sophomore Emma Eberhardt paced Sharon with a team-high 19 points while junior Shira Stoller chipped in with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks as the Eagles picked up their third win.
Stoughton, 53 vs. Wellesley, 70 – Final – Freshman Shyanne Trinh scored a team-high 20 points for the Black Knights while junior Val Whalen chipped in with 16 points and six blocks.
Attleboro, 5 vs. Bellingham, 3 – Final
Canton, 2 vs. Coyle & Cassidy 1 – Final (OT) – Jackson Maffeo opened the scoring for the Bulldogs in the second period but Coyle answered back with only seconds left in the period. The game went to overtime where Bubba McNeice scored two minutes in to seal the victory for Canton in the Gormley Cup at Gallo Arena. The game counts as a 1-1 tie in the overall record.
Foxboro, 4 vs. Norton, 5 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ Mount St. Charles, 5 – Final
Mansfield, 1 vs. Norwood, 2 – Final – Matt Farragher scored a power play goal in the second period to tie the game but Norwood scored an early third period goal to get the win.
North Attleboro, 3 vs. North Smithfield 1 – Final – North Attleboro jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on its way to a win over North Smithfield. Junior Drew Wissler opened the scoring and senior Zach McGowan made it 2-0. North Smithfield cut into the lead late in the first period but Jason McNeany put Big Red ahead 3-1 on an assist from Will Yeomans in the second period.
Taunton, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Stoughton took a 1-0 lead into the third period off a goal from Sean Doherty but Taunton’s Cam Carnes scored the equalizer in the final period.
Lowell Holiday Tournament (Canton, Foxboro, Franklin, Stoughton) – Foxboro’s Matt Kelley had the best finish in the tournament, coming in third at 132. Foxboro’s Brian Kelley (138) was fifth and Matt Mullally (160) was eighth overall. The Warriors finished in 12th overall as a team with 111.5 points. Franklin’s Jordan Carlucci (106) finished fifth and TJ Remillard (126) came in sixth as the Panthers finished 17th with 94.5 points. Canton was 34th with 53 points and Stoughton was 61st with 27 points.
Marshfield Tournament (Mansfield, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames, Sharon) – North Attleboro had a pair of winners en route to a fifth place finish as a team with 162.5 points. Nick Gould picked up a 6-3 win in the 152 final and Brad White earned a pin in the second period to win at 220. The Rocketeers also got placements from Brady Folan (106), who finished third, Mattuez Kudra (195) and John Kummer (285) each in seventh and Zach Gould (138) in eighth. Mansfield was 14th overall with five wrestlers coming in the top eight. Antonios Sevastos (106) came in second, Vinnie Holmes (170) came in fourth, George Glaropoulos (152) came in fifth and Will Stratton (126) and Jayden Curley (160) each came in seventh. Oliver Ames was 19th with 69 points, led by a second place finish by Liston Funai (132). Eric Berardi (152) and Billy Tat (170) each came in eighth. Sharon’s Yosef Ellis-Rech was fourth in the 126 bracket.
Canton @ Mansfield, 3:00
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Pope John Paull II, 1 – Final – Brendan Campbell and Jon Lessa each scored once to pace the Black Knights to their first win of the season.
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
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
King Philip, 2 vs. Norwell, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Nasuet/Cape Tech/Monomy, 9 – Final
Football Playoffs D1A South
#1 King Philip, 14 vs. #5 Marshfield, 7 – Final 1st Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 1-yard rush, Cole Baker XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (KP) Alex Olsen 1-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (M) Jackson Phinney 2-yard rush, Gavin Admirand XP good.
#3 North Attleboro, 37 @ #2 Dartmouth, 27 – Final 1st Quarter: (D) Nate Ellis 75 yard pass to Miles Linhares, Liam Caulfield XP good; (NA) Nick Rajotte 2 yard rush, Devin Slaney XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 44 yard pass to Hacmoni Cuevas, D. Slaney XP good; (D) Cole Jacobsen 15 yard pass to L. Caulfield, (NA) Jack Dakin block XP, Neal Doherty 75 yard 2pt return.
3rd Quarter: (NA) N. Rajotte 1 yard rush, D. Slaney XP good.
4th Quarter: (D) C. Jacobsen 37 yard pass to N. Ellis, L. Caulfield XP good; (NA) C. Peterson 4 yard pass to Bobby Mylod, D. Slaney XP good; (D) C. Jacobsen 11 yard pass to N. Ellis, L. Caulfield XP good; (NA) N. Rajotte 50 yard rush, D. Slaney XP good.
#4 Stoughton, 21 @ #1 Duxbury, 35 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Izon Swain-Price 57 yard rush, XP failed; (S) Ryan Sullivan 47 yard rush, R. Sullivan 2pt rush; (D) Bobby Maimaron 31 yard pass to Devin DeMeritt, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (D) B. Maimaron 15 yard pass to Miele, Carver XP good; (S) Evan Gibb 37 yard pass to I. Swain-Price, Josh Cocchi XP; (D) B. Maimaron 7 yard pass to D. DeMeritt, 2pt rush good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (D) B. Maimaron 4 yard pass to Miele, 2pt good; (D) B. Maimaron 8 yard rush, XP good.
Attleboro, 7 vs. Brookline, 35 – Final
Oliver Ames, 16 @ Canton, 42 – Final 1st Quarter: (C) Alec Ragusa 4 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP good.
2nd Quarter: (C) A. Ragusa 5 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (C) Joe Mulkay 32 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (OA) Liston Funai 40 yard rush, Kyle Gagliardi 2pt pass to Brandon Timulty; (C) A. Ragusa 6 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (C) Dan Dillon 68 yard pass to Tony Harris, T. Monagle XP good.
3rd Quarter: (C) D. Dillon 17 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good.
4th Quarter: (OA) Curtis Cann 9 yard pass to B. Timulty, C. Cann 2pt pass to B. Timulty.
Foxboro, 47 vs. Nauset, 3 – Final 1st Quarter: (F) Mike Henri 3 yard rush, XP failed; (F) Mark Clagg 35 yard pass to Jamaine Few, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (F) Mike Luong 8 yard rush, XP good; (F) Matt Mullally 6 yard rush, XP good; (N) Nauset field goal.
3rd Quarter: (F) M. Clagg 20 yard pass to Trey Guerrini, XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) M. Mullally 1 yard rush, XP good; (F) Louis Piccolo 15 yard interception return, XP good.
Franklin, 21 @ Needham, 28 – Final
Milford, 14 vs. Walpole, 21 – Final 1st Quarter: (M) Shapel Feaster 22 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP good; (W) Walpole 28 yard pass, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (W) Walpole 37 yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (W) Walpole 1 yard rush, XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) Matt Curran 9 yard pass to Kayden Kelley, S. Lehane XP good.
Sharon, 7 @ Hingham, 20 – Final
Taunton, 39 vs. Weymouth, 18 – Final 1st Quarter: (W) Kyle Thomas 70 yard rush, XP failed; (T) Brevan Walker 10 yard rush, John Teixeira XP good; (T) Noah Leonard 25 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, J. Teixeira XP good.
2nd Quarter: (T) B. Walker 4 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.
3rd Quarter: (T) N. Leonard 50 yard pass to Mike Fernandez, XP failed; (W) K. Thomas 12 yard rush, 2pt rush failed; (W) K. Thomas 2 yard rush, 2pt pass failed.
4th Quarter: (T) B. Walker 15 yard rush, XP failed; (T) TJ Mendes 45 yard rush, XP failed.
Boys Soccer D2 South
#17 Canton, 4 @ #16 Bristol Plymouth, 1 – Final – Jake Verille scored a brace for the Bulldogs and Paul Corcoran and Sam Papakonstantino each tallied goals as well. Canton will travel to top seed Nauset on Sunday afternoon in the D2 South first round.
#19 Stoughton, 1 @ #14 Medfield, 6 – Final – Jordan Asnes scored the lone goal of the game for Stoughton, finishing off an assist from Noah Schulze.
Field Hockey D1 South
#11 Canton, 1 @ #6 King Philip, 2 – Final (OT)– Andrea McNeil scored the goal for Canton in the 10th minute. Elizabeth Furfari tied it for the Warriors with just 2:30 remaining in the game. Kate Lindmark scored the winner for KP off an assist by Christina Hathaway with 1:10 left in overtime. KP advances to the D1 South quarterfinal and travels to #3 seed Somerset-Berkley on Sunday.
#10 Franklin, 1 @ #7 Bridgewater-Raynham, 0 – Final – Alex Sullivan scored in the third minute for the Panthers. Franklin advances to the D1 South quarterfinal to face Walpole at 2:00 on Sunday.
#13 Mansfield, 1 @ #4 Sandwich, 2 – Final
#15 Oliver Ames, 1 @ #2 Walpole, 2 – Final (OT) – Just four minutes after Walpole took the lead, Dimitra Efremidis scored off a corner to tie the game with 11 minutes remaining. The Rebels scored two minutes into overtime to get the win.
Volleyball D1 South
#7 North Attleboro, 3 vs. #10 Bridgewater-Raynham 0 – Final – Rocketeers win 25-17, 25-11, 25-7 and advance to play #2 seed New Bedford on Monday.
Outlook: After falling victim to the playoff system’s alignment and just missing out on a postseason berth, Canton will be relying on a mix of experience and youth to try and get back to the state tournament under the new alignment.
Davenport division MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Jake Ragusa is off playing at Merrimack so that will be a major void for Canton to fill. However, the Bulldogs do return some players in key spots that will help them out of the gates. Senior Anthony Ross is back under center and could see an expanded role in 2016. Dan Alice is back after suffering an injury last season and should lead a stable of running backs, led by fullback Alec Ragusa. Joe Mulkay, Dan Pierre, Tony Harris and Mike Marino should all factor into the offense as well for Canton.
Defensively, Canton has some experience on the line in Brian Smith, who also plays as a tackle on offense, as well as Mark Whalen, who saw valuable minutes last year, and Ben Paolillo. Alec Ragusa will be the anchor in the linebacking corps alongside Thomas Monagle (also the team’s kicker) and Marino. Harris, Alice and Mulkay figure to be important pieces in the Bulldogs’ secondary this year.
“The kids have a strong work ethic and had a good offseason and now a good preseason,” head coach Dave Bohane said. “I think we’ll be strong up front on both sides and we have kids in key spots with experience.”
Outlook: Coming off the program’s first league title since 2010, the Foxboro Warriors are hoping to stay near the top of the Davenport division again this year. And with one of the top returning quarterbacks in Mark Clagg under center for another year, the Warriors will likely be in the thick of the division race.
Clagg threw for nine touchdowns last season, third most among returning quarterbacks. After splitting some time with Darren Kelly last year, it looks like it was be Clagg’s spot full time in 2016. Another positive for having Clagg back is the experienced wide receivers he will have to work with. Jamaine Few is a big, experienced target at 6’3 and will be a tough one on one matchup for defensive backs. Trey Guerrini also has experience with Clagg while Phil Dure and John Whitehouse could be viable options as well. Foxboro will have to fill the void at running back, after the stability of Ronnie Martin and Keeyon Neal in previous years. Eseosa Omuemu, Matt Mullally and Anthony Capachietti are all possible choices to start in the backfield.
Defensively, the Warriors will rely upon experience in the linebacking and defensive back corps. Junior Matt Pond and senior Brandon Corey will be key cogs among the linebackers while Paul Darcy and Guerrini will be key pieces in the Warriors’ secondary. Foxboro will look to develop solid options on both the offensive and defensive lines.
“As always, the senior leadership plays a key role in the success of the 2016 campaign,” head coach Jack Martinelli said.
Outlook: The Scarlet Hawks have posted back-to-back 7-4 seasons and are hoping to continue their winning ways in 2016. With 11 starters returning, Milford is on the right track to do so.
It all starts with Yale-commit Blake Hill, who will be a top player on both offense and defense this season. Offensively he can hurt you in many ways, including running with the ball or catching passes. Hill will have some space to run thanks to an experienced offensive line that includes Riley Burns, Ryan Gray and Pat Brogioli. Junior Matt Curran will take over under center for the Scarlet Hawks and will have Jack Cappelletti, Tony Mobilia and Tyler Joyce as pass catching options to work with.
Defensively, Hill is one of the top linebackers in the league. He’ll be flanked by Harrison Bliss, Asong Aminmentse and Joyce. Burns, Gray and Brogioli will all be two-way linemen for the Scarlet Hawks. Shapel Feaster, who will also see touches on offense, will be in the secondary along with Alec Salamone, Mobilia and Cappelletti.
Outlook: As with any defending league champion, the North Attleboro Rocketeers will have some holes they’ll have to fill this year. But Big Red also has a slew of talented, experienced players back as North Attleboro looks to make a splash in its first season in the Davenport division.
Junior Chad Peterson is back under center after a breakout sophomore season in which he tossed 13 touchdowns, second most in the Hockomock League. While Kelley-Rex MVP Nick Morrison has graduated, North Attleboro returns Bobby Mylod and Nick Rajotte, who will give the Rocketeers a variety of attacking options. Thomas Reynolds will anchor the offensive line from the center position while Peterson will look for Hacmoni Cuevas, David Engler, Mario Bresko and Nick Dean to emerge as receiving threats.
It will be a lot of the same faces making plays on the defensive side of the ball. Reynolds and senior Tom Kummer are two major pieces and will take up the center of the defensive line. Mylod emerged as one of the top linebackers in the Hockomock and in the state last season and will be complemented at the position by Ryan Kingston, Zach DeMattio and Cuevas. Rajotte and Kyle McCarthy both had solid years in the secondary last season and will be big pieces to the defensive puzzle again this season.
“It’s going to be an interesting year switching to the Davenport division,” head coach Don Johnson said. “It certainly isn’t going to be any easier.”
Outlook: A lot of the players listed as key and returning players for Sharon this season were also on last year’s list, and that’s a good thing for the Eagles, who are looking to take the next step forward in 2016.
Junior Drew Naisuler will step into the starting role at quarterback and will have some weapons at his disposal right away. Running back Juvan Elisma had a stellar 2015 campaign as a junior, rushing for eight touchdowns – tied for fourth most in the Hockomock League and tied for second in the Davenport. Now Elisma will look to cap a strong football career at Sharon by leading an Eagles’ rushing attack that will likely include junior Sam Spencer as well. Naisuler will have an experienced receiver as Josh Rotman is back for another year while junior Austin Dodes figures to be another target this season.
“Our season will be decided by how physical we can be and if our new varsity players can step up and make an impact,” head coach Dave Morse said.
The Eagles will also bring back some experience on both sides of the line. Nate Hirsh has been a key cog of the line on both sides of the ball for the Eagles. Ian Langol-Leonard and Wilhelm Bolt also will likely be key experience pieces up front for Sharon. Defensively, Rotman also is back as a talented defensive back. Xavier Hackett is another name to keep an eye on, as the senior has been able to make plays for Sharon in the past and looks to do more of the same in 2016.
Outlook: No matter what team, it’s always going to be difficult to replace a three year starter at quarterback. But with the talented offensive line Stoughton has back this season and senior Dave Cellucci taking over under center, the Black Knights’ offense is in good shape.
The offensive line returns starters Lino Azul, Ryan Pierre and Andrew Iverson while Harry Kimball and Brendan Walsh – who both started on the defensive line – will play on both sides of the ball now. That experience will help give Cellucci a little more time in the pocket when he’s called upon to throw. Meanwhile, Ryan Sullivan, Izon Swain-Price and Justin Ly all figure to be key pieces in the backfield. Sullivan and Swain-Price caused havoc for defenses last season with a combined 10 rushing touchdowns. Swain-Price will also be a receiving option while Jack Connelly is back for another year at tight end.
Stoughton will look to continue its tradition of having a staunch defense. The Black Knights have depth on the defensive line with Pierre, Azul and Kimball all seeing time there along with junior Jason Joseph. Iverson, Ly and Connelly will all see reps at linebacker and Sullivan and Izon Swain-Price will likely be two of the top defensive backs in the entire league.
“We hope to stay healthy and get into the playoffs,” head coach Greg Burke said. “This has been a great group in the weight room and conditioning, that will have to carry us in the league. We know it will be a tough league this year.”
Below are the official Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Hockomock League All Stars
Brendan Lewis, Canton
Brian Kelley, Foxboro
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Matt Mullally, Foxboro
Jordan Carlucci, Franklin
John Miller, Franklin
Anthony Fruci, King Philip
Nick Johnson, Milford
Devin Spratt, North Attleboro
Nick Gould, North Attleboro
Colin Fiske, North Attleboro
Jack Donahue, North Attleboro
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Brennan Sankey, North Attleboro
Mike Gould, North Attleboro
Leo Thibeault, North Attleboro
Luke Cullen, Oliver Ames
Yosef Ellis-Rech, Sharon
Luke Stillman, Sharon
David Ellis-Rech, Sharon
Tyler Jensen, Sharon
Jason Powell, Sharon
Devlin Carroll, Stoughton
Mark Whalen, Canton
Phil Dure, Foxboro
Mike Racca, Franklin
Nick DeGloria King Philip
George Glaropoulos, Mansfield
Ryan Gray, Milford
Alex Devitto, North Attleboro
Patrick Mills, Oliver Ames
Wilhelm Bolt, Sharon
Matt Medina, Stoughton
Justin Bradley, Taunton
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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
TAUNTON, Mass. – For the second straight year, North Attleboro picked up a dominating win at the Hockomock League Championships, topping the tournament with an impressive 254 points.
Oliver Ames finished second with 183, Franklin was third with 171, Sharon had 161 to finish fourth and Foxboro rounded out the top five with 155 points.
Well before the finals even began, Big Red had a big lead but continued to add to it. The Rocketeers had a wrestler in half of the finals and finished with six champions on the day.
“It was a great senior moment for a lot of the kids, especially the boys that finished first,” North Attleboro head coach Wayne Griffin said. “It’s a great opportunity for the rest of our team as a learning tool too. That’s what today was really about for us, we still have some issues that we have to keep working on and keeping working on and keep working on. We’ve still got another month of wrestling or so, it’s one day at a time.”
It took less than two minutes in the 120 bout for North Attleboro to crown its first champion. Devin Spratt, who is climbing the all-time wins ladder for the Rocketeers, pinned Phil Dure at 1:45 of the first round to earn his second straight Hock title.
Starting at 145, the Rocketeers picked four wins in five bouts. Nick Gould came away with ta last second win to get the title. He trailed 8-3 after two periods but a takedown from Stoughton’s Devlin Carroll pushed the lead to 8-2. In the final 30 seconds, Gould had an escape, near fall and a takedown to complete the comeback. Colin Fiske followed that up at 152 with a 4-0 decision – a takedown in the first and a reversal late in the second – avenging an earlier season loss to King Philip’s Anthony Fruci.
“Colin Fiske had a big one,” Griffin said. “He had lost to Fruci earlier in the season so we’re very excited for him. That was probably the biggest standout of the day for us. I’m really happy for Colin. We worked on changing his style a little bit coming into today. We keep trying to fine tune things and all try to can do a better job. I don’t want to to be the coach who didn’t try his darndest to help our kids be successful.”
The Rocketeers didn’t have anyone in 160 but in the 170 match, Big Red got another win. Jack Donahue built a 7-2 lead after one and then after a reversal in the second period, the senior was able to get the pin. Senior Nick Morrison then got a 6-4 win at 182 – his second straight league title in the weight class. A takedown in the first and a pair of escapes in the third helped Morrison edge Milford’s Ryan Gray.
Brennan Sankey then capped North’s day with a first round pin in the heavyweight division. Click here for over 100 photos from the tournament.
“Success is a nice thing, but it’s a lot of work,” Griffin said. “We have of great moms and dads and we’ve got some really good administrators that support our efforts. As much as I like the winning piece, it’s all about taking things one day at a time.”
Other placements for North included a third place finish for Jordan Tillinghast at 160, fourth place finishes from Brady Folan (106), Brandon Graveline (132) and Leo Thibeault (220). Coming in fifth place for Big Red were Jake Direnzo (113) and Alex Devitto (126).
The Rocketeers, who are 19-1 on the season and now have three tournament wins, knew that teams would be coming to try and score the upset.
“It’s only a target if you believe it is,” Griffin said. “We talked about it this morning. I told the kids that there will be a target on our backs but we can’t worry about it. We just have to focus on today, focus on wrestling today and get through each match one at a time. I think it’s helped the kids keep perspective as each day goes by. We can’t worry about other things, we had to focus on getting through today first.”
Oliver Ames finished second and recorded the most points in program history at the Hockomock League Championships with 183. The total was nearly 40 more points than their previous high, which was recorded back in 2013 at Franklin.
“This was beyond expectations for us,” OA head coach Kahn Lima said. “Especially in a tournament, I did not see this coming. Our goal was to get somewhere in the top four or five. This was the highest total points we’ve scored at this tournament. The depth of the lineup really showed through today because we had 11 of our 14 kids place. The kids wrestled tough and bounced back from that tough dual loss against Foxboro and instead of quitting, they wrestled awesome today.”
Depth was key for the Tigers as they didn’t have a single champion but had two runner ups and nine other placements.
Luke Cullen made it to the 220 final but was edged out 3-2 but Franklin’s John Miller. Pat Mills had a pair of wins in the heavyweight class but was pinned by Sankey in the finals.
Casey Bellevue helped the Tigers cause with a third place finish at 106 and Jacob Murphy finished in the same spot at 170. Freshman Anthony Berksza continued to shine in his rookie year with a fourth place finish at 183 and Shea O’Connor (145), Ryan Lehane (152) and Carter Wood (195) all finished fourth as well. John Quilla (120) and Brendan Mills (182) both finished fifth.
“I think the guys were really angry that it happened,” Lima said of OA’s two point loss to Foxboro last week. “We had split with seven matches each and we lost by bonus points, but that’s wrestling. Instead of pouting about it, they grinded it out today. We had a great practice Thursday and a great practice yesterday and the spirits were real high. Now they’re celebrating, it’s awesome to see. The kids did all the work so they deserve it.”
Sharon had the most efficient success in the finals as the Eagles sent a trio of wrestlers in and got three wins. Yosef Ellis-Rech had a pair of takedowns in the second period, sandwiched by a first period takedown and a third period reversal to earn the title at 113. It was a bit of revenge for Ells-Rech, who lost in the finals at 106 last season. Luke Stillman picked up a 4-0 decision over Milford’s Brett Kimball at 132, getting a takedown in the first and a near fall in the third for the win.
David Ellis-Rech completed the strong showing for the Eagles with a 3-2 win over North’s Mike Gould. After a scoreless first, Ellis-Rech had a pair of escapes in the second but a takedown by Gould had things tied 2-2 going into the final period. At 1:19, Ellis-Rech had an escape to get the winning point. Ellis-Rech was selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the meet.
Franklin finished third overall, sent four wrestlers to the finals and had two overall champions. Jordan Carlucci started things off with a second period pin at 106 for the Panthers and John Miller had a 3-2 win at 220. Mike Racca finished second at 113 and Nick Narducci was runner up at 126. The Panthers were helped along by their depth as well with TJ Remillard (120) and Evan Hernandez (195) getting third place finishes and Ed Cropper (160) finishing fourth at 160. Click here for over 100 photos from the tournament.
Foxboro’s Matt Kelley reached the finals for the third straight year and won for the second straight year. After winning 8-0 at 120 last year, he won 8-0 at 126 this year. The Warriors also got a win at 160 via Matt Mullally and a 10-1 decision. Phil Dure (120) and Sean Smalley (195) had second place finishes.
Milford’s Nick Johnson was the lone winner for the Scarlet Hawks, racing out to a 6-0 lead through two periods and holding on for a 8-1 win at 195. Nick Marcolini (106), Brett Kimball (132), Ryan Nesta (170) and Ryan Gray (182) each finished second for Milford.
1. North Attleboro – 254
2. Oliver Ames – 183
3. Franklin – 171
4. Sharon – 161
5. Foxboro – 155
6. Milford – 153.5
7. Canton – 91.5
8. King Philip – 90
9. Stoughton – 83
10. Taunton – 64.5
11. Mansfield – 62
Nick Marcolini (Milford) vs. Jordan Carlucci (Franklin)
Yosef Ellis-Rech (Sharon) vs. Mike Racca (Franklin)
Devin Spratt (North Attleboro) vs. Phil Dure (Foxboro)
Matt Kelley (Foxboro) vs. Nick Narducci (Franklin)
Luke Stillman (Sharon) vs. Brett Kimball (Milford)
David Ellis-Rech (Sharon) vs. Mike Gould (North Attleboro)
Devlin Carroll (Stoughton) vs. Nick Gould (North Attleboro)
Anthony Fruci (King Philip) vs. Colin Fiske (North Attleboro)
Matt Medina (Stoughton) vs. Matt Mullally (Foxboro)
Jack Donahue (North Attleboro) vs. Ryan Nesta (Milford)
Nick Morrison (North Attleboro) vs. Ryan Gray (Milford)
Nick Johnson (Milford) vs. Sean Smalley (Foxboro)
John Miller (Franklin) vs. Luke Cullen (Oliver Ames)
Brennan Sankey (North Attleboro) vs. Pat Mills (Oliver Ames)
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Today’s games are listed below. Wrestling
King Philip, 36 @ Canton, 37 – Final
Taunton, 9 @ Foxboro, 72 – Final – Max Dorman, Levi Abbott, Matt Mullally, Bobby Kierce, Sean Smalley and Matt Curreri all won by pinfall for the Warriors. Taunton sophomore Nuno Camara (182) and senior Santiago Lopez (220) got wins for the Tigers.