Winchester closed out the Division 3 team wrestling state final with five straight pins while racing away to a dominating 48-18 triumph over Wayland at Marlborough High School.
The Warriors erased an early nine-point deficit to tie the contest at 18 through nine matches. But the Sachems responded with five consecutive pins at the heaviest weights to emerge with the lopsided result.
Pins by Connor Gregory and John Williams helped the Sachems build that early nine-point cushion, but Wayland's Max Lewin came back with a pin at 145 pounds to make things interesting again. When Matt Lombardo decisioned Greg Kelly at 152 pounds, the match was tied.
But Charlie Hale recorded the first of five consecutive pins -- three of which came in the first round. When Mike McHugh pinned Tyler Sheffels at 189 pounds, it secured the team title for the Sachems.
Here are the results (barring any unannounced changes to the lineups):
- 103 pounds: Connor Gregory (Wi) pinned Griffin McGrail (Wa) (1st)
- 112 pounds: Mike Barber (Wi) decisioned Greg Eng (Wa), 11-5
- 119 pounds: Max Garelick (Wa) decisioned Fernando Monroy (Wi), 3-2
- 125 pounds: Ben Garelick (Wa) decisioned Miguel Tirado (Wi), 7-5
- 130 pounds: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Wi) decisioned Bryant Wolf (Wa), 3-1
- 135 pounds: Mike Testa (Wa) decisioned Kevin Constantine (Wi), 6-2
- 140 pounds: John Williams (Wi) pinned Asher Lovesky (Wa) (2nd)
- 145 pounds: Max Lewin (Wa) pinned Mike Greco (Wi) (1st)
- 152 pounds: Matt Lombardo (Wa) decisioned Michael Juniper (Wi), 8-6 (OT)
- 160 pounds: Charlie Hale (Wi) pinned Zach Sperling (Wa) (1st)
- 171 pounds: Zach Gramlich (Wi) pinned Ross Cunningham (Wa) (2nd)
- 189 pounds: Mike McHugh (Wi) pinned Tyler Sheffels (Wa) (2nd)
- 215 pounds: Andrew Moranian (Wi) pinned Ben Price (Wa) (1st)
- 285 pounds: Andrew Zani (Wi) pinned Abe Freedberg (Wa) (1st)
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