Panthers Outlast Mansfield in Title Showdown

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Jake Carlucci opened the night with a pin for the Panthers, but Franklin was forced to battle in every match to win the dual meet against Mansfield. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – In the end, Franklin walked away with a comfortable 22-point win and at least a share of the its second straight Kelley-Rex division dual meet title, but this was anything but an easy Wednesday night on the mat for the perennial Hockomock League power.

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Mansfield came into the gym with a ton of energy, looking to clinch its first league title and avenge last year’s big loss in the Albertini Gym. The Hornets battled from the start, but the experience of the still undefeated Panthers proved to be too much, as they sealed a 43-21 victory.

“Mansfield came in ready to wrestle us and we kind of weren’t,” said Franklin coach Carmine Colace. “Last year was a reversal, we went over to their place and we crushed them. We were ready to wrestle them…this year was the other way around. They came out and wrestled us hard. It was a lot closer than the score indicated.”

Jake Carlucci got the meet off to a great start for the Panthers with a pin at 106 pounds and a quick six points. Franklin would get pins in three of the first four matches, but it was not straightforward for the Panthers.

Mansfield cut the lead in half with a 6-0 win by Antonios Savastos at 113 and Andy Triantifilopolous came storming out to take control of the action at 120 against Ian Bakalars. The Franklin wrestler turned things around in the second (after a brief injury break for the Hornets grappler) and ended up with a hard-fought pin in the third round.

After Jordan Carlucci earned a first round pin at 126, Franklin led 18-3. One of the turning points in the meet came at 132 where Will Stratton fell behind 5-0 after two rounds to T.J. Remillard, but flipped the match on its head in the third and nearly had the Panther pinned. The referee’s hand never hit the mat, Remillard broke free, and pulled out a 7-5 win.

“It was a lot closer than the score,” said Mansfield coach Mark DiSanto about his team’s overall effort. “We worked all week on working off our back and I think everyone gave 100 percent, no one quit. That was our goal at the end, to keep fighting for six minutes, and I think everyone did that.”

C.J. Glaropolous picked up six points for the Hornets with a second round pin at 138, but the momentum was short-lived as Mike Racca got the six points right back with a first round pin at 145.

“Take a little momentum away,” said Colace of Racca’s pin. “[Brian] Farrell got pinned by a freshman at 138 and that gave them a lot of momentum and we got that pin back.”

Colace added, “We gave up two pins tonight too and we shouldn’t be getting pinned. We take a lot of pride in that, not giving up those bonus points, and we gave up two of them tonight. No excuse for it.”

Mansfield started to climb back into the match with a 9-5 win by George Glaropolous at 152 pounds and then a second round pin by Jayden Curley that cut the lead down to nine.

The Hornets were seconds away from cutting the deficit to just six with Aidan Archambeault holding onto a one-point lead inside the final 10 seconds of his match at 170, but Thomas Smith got a last-second takedown to win 5-4.

“I felt like there were a lot of cases where the Mansfield kids kind of out-wrestled us even though we won a match,” said Colace about Smith’s victory. “I thought that kid out-wrestled us but we won the match.”

Vinnie Holmes kept hopes alive for Mansfield with a 10-4 win at 182, but Bruce Johnson sealed the victory and another league title with a 10-2 victory at 195. With the added fourth point from Johnson’s win, Franklin led 34-21 with just two matches remaining.

Jack Coughlin won 7-0 and Riley Dowling had a second round pin to add gloss to the final score of what was an otherwise close meet.

Colace said of the dual meet, “We gutted it out. We bent a little but didn’t break.”

“Every match could have gone either way,” said DiSanto, who still has a relatively young squad that could earn a share of the league title, if the Panthers lose to King Philip in the last league meet of the season. Either way, DiSanto knows that the Hornets have a bright future. He said, “There’s only three seniors and all these young kids are still here. We get better and better every year.”

Franklin (18-0, 3-0) and Mansfield (17-4, 3-1) will both compete in the Hockomock Championships at Canton High on Saturday.

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Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/09/17

Today’s games are listed below. We will update this post with any weather related changes we receive.

Boys Basketball
Milford @ Hopedale – Postponed to Sunday, 12/17 at 3:00.

Hockey
Attleboro vs. Weston – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

Canton, 2 vs. Medway, 0 – FinalCanton opened its season with a 2-0 win over D2 South rival Medway. Kevin Murphy opened the scoring up five minutes into the second period to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead, one they took into the third period. Jack Goyetch batted in a rebound midway through the third period to add the insurance goal.

Stoughton, 4 vs. Revere/Malden, 11 – Final

Girls Hockey
King Philip, 0 @ Algonquin/Hudson, 5 – Final

Wrestling
Burlington Quad (Canton) – Canton picked up three wins on the day to open the season 3-0. Canton opened the day with a 42-34 win over Xaverian before taking down the hosts Burlington, 48-27. The Bulldogs closed the day with a big 56-18 win over Norwood.

North Shore Super Quad (Foxboro) – Foxboro picked up three wins in season-opening quad meet. The Warriors beat Melrose 54-30, Beverly 51-36, and picked up a victory over Danvers, 42-36. Foxboro fell to Shawsheen Tech 51-40.

Mt. Hope Tournament (Franklin, Stoughton) – Franklin had a wrestler place in the top three in 10 of the 14 weight classes, and won five of those 10 brackets. Franklin finished first with 256 points, over 100 points more than second place. Ian Bakalars (120), TJ Remillard (132), Mike Racca (145), Seamus Cogavin (152), and Bruce Johnson (195) all took first place, Jake Carlucci (106) and Jack Coughlin (220) each took second, and Ken Sauer (113), Jordan Carlucci (126), and Brian Farrell (138) all placed third. Stoughton placed fifth overall with 97 points. Paul Feeney was the lone winner for the Black Knights, taking first in the 220 bracket while Malachi Green was second in the 195 bracket.

St. John’s Quad (King Philip), 10:00AM

Lincoln-Sudbury Quad (Mansfield) – Mansfield opened its season with three impressive wins at the Lincoln-Sudbury quad. The Hornets beat the hosts 43-28 and shut out Quincy 48-0. Mansfield’s third win came via a 46-15 decision over Brookline. Antonios Sevastos, Will Stratton, CJ Glaropoulos, George Glaropoulos, and Jayden Curley all went 3-0 for the Hornets while Vinnie Holmes was 2-0.

Masconomet Quad (Milford) – Milford picked up three wins in its first contest of the season. The Scarlet Hawks picked up wins over Marblehead (48-24), Tewksbury (42-31) and Masconomet (42-34). Milford’s lone loss on the day came to the hands of Greater Lawrence (48-33).

North Attleboro Super Quad (North Attleboro) – North Attleboro opened up the 2017-2018 campaign with a pair of wins over out of state opponents. Big Red took down Burriville (RI) with an impressive 66-7 win, and then picked up a win over East Providence (RI), 42-9, in equally impressive fashion.

Devin Ness Tournament (Oliver Ames) – Oliver Ames placed sixth in its annual Devin Ness Tournament to open the season. The hosts had one winner, one runner up and a pair of fourth place finishes to pace the scoring. Brandon Belleton pinned down a win at 138 while junior Anthony Berksza took second place at 145. Dean Pacini (195) and Cobey Williamson (132) each placed fourth for the Tigers.

Walpole Quad (Sharon), 10:00AM

Watertown Quad (Taunton), 10:00AM

2017 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars

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

Honorable Mentions

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

Hockomock Wrestling Championships 2017

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Franklin’s Brian Farrell (top) grapples with Sharon’s Matt Callan at Hocks. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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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.

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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.

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Team Results

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

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Finals

WeightMatchupResult
106Jordan Carlucci (Franklin) vs. Antonios Secastos (Mansfield)Sevastos (2-0)
113Ian Bakalars (Franklin) vs. Dan Cooper (North Attleboro)Bakalars (6-2)
120Jake Direnzo (North Attleboro) vs. Mike Racca (Franklin)Racca (pin)
126Eddie Marinilli (Canton) vs. Yosef Ellis-Rech (Sharon)Marinilli (11-2)
132Matt Kelley (Foxboro) vs. Brandon Graveline (North Attleboro)Kelley (pin)
138Brian Kelley (Foxboro) vs. Brett Kimball (Milford)Kelley (10-0)
145Anthony Berksza (Oliver Ames) vs. Dylan Maclean (Franklin)Maclean (pin)
152Nick Gould (North Attleboro) vs. Max Dorman (Foxboro)Gould (14-0)
160Matt Mullally (Foxboro) vs. Cameron Smith (King Philip)Mullally (6-5)
170Wilhelm Bolt (Sharon) vs. Vinnie Holmes (Mansfield)Holmes (14-2)
182Nuno Camara (Taunton) vs. Nick DeGloria (King Philip)DeGloria (9-4)
195Ryan Gray (Milford) vs. Dean Pacini (Oliver Ames)Gray (7-1)
220Andrew Iverson (Stoughton) vs. Bradley Oliverio (King Philip)Oliverio (3-1)
285Lino Azul (Stoughton) vs. Brian Perry (Franklin)Azul (14-5)

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Franklin Dominates At Mansfield, Clinches Share of Title

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Ian Bakalars won his match at 113 pounds by pin, as Franklin rolled to a big win over Mansfield and clinched a share of the Kelley-Rex dual meet title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – On Wednesday, the Panthers were recognized for their impressive season, which includes only one dual meet defeat to Marshwood (Maine) in a tournament in Merrimack, N.H. over the weekend.

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Mass Wrestling named Franklin the top team in the state, across all divisions, and the Panthers went out on Wednesday night against Mansfield in the James Albertini Gym and showed why they are so highly regarded.

Franklin won the opening eight weight classes of the dual meet, four of them by pin and another by tech, and lost only two of the 14 matches on its way to a comprehensive 59-8 team victory. With King Philip losing to Oliver Ames in another of Wednesday’s dual meets, the Panthers also clinched at least a share of the league title with one dual meet remaining.

“I told the kids that we have a target on our backs,” said Franklin coach Carmine Collace about the message before the meet against the Hornets. “Teams are going to come out and wrestle us hard and they’ve got to step up. If they want to remain the No. 1 team in the state, then you’ve got to wrestle tough and they did.”

Jordan Carlucci set the tone with a quick first round pin at 106 pounds and Ian Bakalars (113) followed with a pin in the second round. Mike Racca made quick work of his opponent at 120 and gave the Panthers a dominant 18-0 start.

T.J. Remillard scored four points in the opening round of his match against Will Stratton at 126 and, as much as the Mansfield grappler tried to find a way to score, held on for a 4-0 win. Brian Farrell followed that with another strong performance at 132 to pick up the 15-0 victory and five points for the Panthers.

Tom Zogby had a second round pin at 138 and Dylan MacLean got a very quick pin at 152, but in between at 145 was one of the matches of the night between Caleb MacLean for Franklin and Mansfield’s Ciaran Connolly.

MacLean took a 2-0 lead into the second round and regained the lead with a takedown after Connolly’s reversal knotted up the scores. The final round was the loudest that the crowd and the two benches got (by far) as Connolly pulled even again with another reversal and looked like he might have the upper hand in the match, until an escape inside the final 15 seconds earned MacLean a hard-fought 5-4 win.

“A couple guys stepped into the lineup, we bumped a couple kids in there and they won,” said Collace. “The kids wrestled hard in practice, the conditioning is good, their confidence is building…but we still haven’t won anything. We’ve got some stuff to work on.”

Mansfield coach Mark DiSanto wrestled against Collace and Franklin during his high school career, so he knew what to expect from the Panthers on Wednesday.

He said, “They have a solid team all-around. Every single kid on that team is very good and they’ve had that for years. He’s a great coach, respect him a lot, I know him very well and they have a strong program. They work hard and it shows on the mat.”

Despite the final score, DiSanto took several positives away from the meet. “The final score is what it is,” he said, “but we take each match one at a time and see how each individual did. We’re in the right direction. Kids are fighting off their back and that’s what we like to see.”

Jayden Curley got Mansfield its first points of the night with an 8-2 win at 161 pounds and then freshman Vinnie Holmes continued his stellar rookie campaign with a 17-1 tech at 170 that made the score 41-8.

“I can count on him to go out there and wrestle a good match,” said DiSanto of Holmes. “He works his tail off and he’s got a bright future ahead of him. It’s good to see him continue to win.”

Evan Hernandez and Bruce Johnson had back-to-back pins for Franklin at 182 and 195 and Jack Coughlin came from behind with five points in the third round to beat Ford DelVecchio at 220. Brian Perry closed out the dual meet with a 12-5 win at 285, capping off an impressive night for the Panthers.

“We practice hard every day, even the day before [a meet],” said Collace. “I don’t believe in go easy the day before. If you do things right the day before than it carries over to the match.”

He added that Franklin was looking forward to the Hockomock Championships on Saturday. Collace said, “If you want to be an all-star it comes from the league championship and it’s been pretty competitive. The league has gotten better and you can see, Mansfield is going to be a good team. They’re going to give us payback in a couple years.”

Mansfield took home the team title at the Cape Cod Invitational over the weekend and DiSanto is counting on that to carry over into this weekend’s league meet.

He said, “We’re coming off a good tournament at the Cape Cod Invitational, so I think we can take that momentum from winning that tournament and I think they can take that experience into Hocks…rather than tonight.”

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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

The 2016 Hockomock Wrestling All Stars & HMs

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

Honorable Mentions

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

Hockomock Wrestling Championships 2016

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Canton’s Brendan Lewis (right) goes for a pin in the semifinals at the Hockomock League Wrestling Championships (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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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.
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“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.
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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.

Team Results

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

Finals

WeightMatchupResult
106Nick Marcolini (Milford) vs. Jordan Carlucci (Franklin)Carlucci (pin)
113Yosef Ellis-Rech (Sharon) vs. Mike Racca (Franklin)Ellis-Rech (8-1)
120Devin Spratt (North Attleboro) vs. Phil Dure (Foxboro) Spratt (pin)
126Matt Kelley (Foxboro) vs. Nick Narducci (Franklin)Kelley (8-0)
132Luke Stillman (Sharon) vs. Brett Kimball (Milford)Stillman (4-0)
138David Ellis-Rech (Sharon) vs. Mike Gould (North Attleboro)Ellis-Rech (3-2)
145Devlin Carroll (Stoughton) vs. Nick Gould (North Attleboro)Gould (9-8)
152Anthony Fruci (King Philip) vs. Colin Fiske (North Attleboro)Fiske (4-0)
160Matt Medina (Stoughton) vs. Matt Mullally (Foxboro)Mullally (10-1)
170Jack Donahue (North Attleboro) vs. Ryan Nesta (Milford)Donahue (pin)
182Nick Morrison (North Attleboro) vs. Ryan Gray (Milford)Morrison (6-4)
195Nick Johnson (Milford) vs. Sean Smalley (Foxboro)Johnson (8-1)
220John Miller (Franklin) vs. Luke Cullen (Oliver Ames)Miller (3-2)
285Brennan Sankey (North Attleboro) vs. Pat Mills (Oliver Ames) Sankey (pin)

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