The MIAA announced Thursday that the state wrestling tournament schedule has been condensed, with the sectionals, divisional rounds, and the All-State meet all taking place in one week. By doing this it allows Massachusetts wrestlers to compete in the New England championships scheduled for March 1-2. The decision was made by the MIAA Wrestling Committee.
The changes are a result of last weekend's snowstorm that forced postponement of the sectional round to this weekend (Feb.15-16).
Sectional tournaments will be held Sat., Feb. 16. The All-State finals will be held between Feb. 22-24. But in between the two, the MIAA will hold the Division 1, 2, and 3 state tournaments on Feb. 19 and 20.
Individual sites and times are still being determined, according to a release from the MIAA.
The MIAA has postponed all of its section tournaments for wrestling and boys gymnastics because of Friday's impending snowstorm.
The 12 section tournaments for wrestling have been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16. Because of the postponements, all division and state tournaments will also be pushed back a week.
The boys gymnastics tournament will be pushed to Friday, Feb. 15.
Oliver Ames High School in North Easton confirmed that senior wrestler Devin Ness died Friday morning.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you that senior wrestling captain, Devin Ness has passed away,'' said athletic director Bill Matthews in an email. "He became suddenly ill last night, was taken to the hospital, and passed away this morning."
Matthews had no additional information but said, "I expect a formal announcement will be released at a later time."
Oliver Ames canceled all high school athletic events and practices Friday. Teams were allowed to meet as a group, but no practices were held Friday. Oliver Ames was scheduled to play basketball games against Foxboro Friday. The wrestling team's next dual meet is scheduled for Wednesday at home against Sharon.
Bridgewater-Raynham wrestlers used belts and broom handle to haze teammates, school superintendent says
Some members of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School wrestling team hazed their teammates by hitting them with belts and a broom handle after what was considered poor performances during matches, the school superintendent said today.
School Superintendent Jacqueline B. Forbes confirmed in a telephone interview that the hazing involved “a small number of students.”
Forbes declined to specify how many, but said it was fewer than 10.
“The incidents that occurred involved teammates taking it upon themselves to discipline fellow teammates for poor performance,” said Forbes. “The discipline consisted of striking teammates who did not perform as expected with a belt or a broom handle.”
Forbes said that school officials have concluded their investigation into the allegations, but the incident continues to be under investigation by the Bridgewater police.
“The police investigation has been narrowed and is still ongoing,” Forbes said.
Forbes would not specify what disciplinary actions were being taken against students, but said “school district policies permit up to, and including, suspension.”
Bridgewater-Raynham’s varsity and junior varsity squads practiced last night for the first time since school officials suspended the season Jan. 14, after the allegations of hazing first surfaced and long-time head coach Jeff Francis was dismissed.
Francis, a 47-year-old alum of the school, confirmed by phone that he had been fired and was no longer a member of the coaching staff.
Francis lives in Raynham and has been coaching the school’s wrestling squad for 25 years – 18 years as assistant coach, seven as head coach.
In a series of interviews with the Globe, Francis described his dismissal as a “shock.”
Tomorrow, Bridgewater-Raynham will host a quad meet against Agawam High School, Longmeadow High School, and Minnechaug Regional High School.
Fred Conrad will be serving as interim head coach of the team, which posted a 7-3 record until the season was put on hold, according to school officials.
When asked if he would attend the meet, Francis said: “I honestly don’t know. We’ll see.”
An Alfred University study in 2000 found that 48 percent of high school students reported being subjected to some form of hazing, and estimated that 1.5 million high school students are hazed each year.
Junior Devon Pratt and senior Jonathan Stearns both eclipsed the 100-win mark for their careers during the Rams quad meet with West Springfield and Josiah Quincy at St. John's Prep today.
After placing in the state tournament as a freshman (5th) and sophomore (4th), Pratt (138 pounds) is 23-3 this season, giving him 103 wins for the Rams (13-3). One of five captains on the team, coach Mark Donovan describes Pratt as"relentless."
Stearns, also a captain at 126 pounds, made the state tournament his first three years with the Rams--he placed fourth as a freshman and junior, and third as a sophomore--and is 20-8 so far this season. He has 102 career victories.
"He's one of the hardest workers in the room," Donovan said.
Masswrestling.com ranks the team No. 11 in the state, and Pratt fourth in his weight class.
The Rams travel to Wayland for a quad meet Saturday with King Philip and Pembroke.
Junior John DeNapoli’s pin at 120 pounds, in the final match of the meet, put the Braintree wrestling team in unfamiliar territory as it defeated Weymouth for the first time in program history, 39-38, Wednesday night at Weymouth High School.
“It was pure jubilation and excitement,” said Braintree coach Marty Dundon, now in his fifth season. “This was validation that we’re a pretty good team.”
The Wamps got upset victories from junior Pat Kane at 132 pounds, senior Ali Tubaishat at 145 pounds, and junior Martin Mulkerrin at heavyweight to help them improve to 4-0, the best start in the program’s history.
“We’ve built up this program to 60 kids and for years we’ve been watching Weymouth, one of the best programs in the state, come in and beat us,” said Dundon. “We’ve been trying to build up our program to compete with them and this win proves that all of the kids’ hard work and dedication pays off.”
Cohasset wrestling coach Torin Sweeney earned his 300th win as the Skippers took down BC High, 57-22.
"That just means I’m getting old,” Sweeney said.
Sweeney has spent all 29 years of his career at Cohasset, where he led the team to a state championship in 2005. The Skippers were state finalists in 1999, making the 2005 victory even more special for Sweeney.
“You just never know when you are going to get that group of kids back again,” Sweeney said. “We got lucky and got that group in just six years.”
The Skippers are now 4-0.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Sweeney said. “And more than anything it’s a tribute to the solid kids I’ve had here over the years.”
When Arlington high school wrestling coach Kevin Cummings began the school’s program in 1996, he had eight wrestlers.
Now, 16 seasons later, Cummings and his team of 30 wrestlers are celebrating the program’s and its coach’s 200th win after host Arlington defeated Melrose, 39-38.
“We started off slow, and then we built it up every year,” said Cummings.
In his first year of coaching, Cummings and his eight wrestlers went 1-2. His captain, and first wrestler, Mike Covel, is now one of his assistant coaches, along with Sam Cafferson. Cummings credited his success to his assistants' help.
“They have been absolutely fabulous. I cannot say enough about how much they have helped this program develop,” said Cummings. Covel and Cafferson have been on the staff for 13 years.
Over that span, the team has not had a losing season. Two years ago, it finished 20-3, the most victories in a season. Last year Arlington was the Dual-County League champion, and Cummings was the Sectional Coach of the Year.
Cummings though, was quick to credit the contributions of others.
“We have had tremendous support from the administration, the parents, and the alumni,” the coach said.
The proposal, as first presented to the MIAA by Bristol Agricultural High School assistant principal and wrestling coach Aaron Polansky, still must be approved by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council (MIAC) at its June meeting. Then it heads to the MIAA Wrestling Committee which will decide the sport’s format.
After 55 years of a rich wrestling history, Haverhill high school has dropped its wrestling program due to a lack of interest, the Eagle-Tribune has reported.
The paper reported that interest had been low in the sport for the last two years, with Haverhill athletic director Garin Veris informing the Hillies' Merrimack Valley Conference opponents last month after deciding to end the program.
"We just didn't have enough wrestlers to continue the program," Veris told the paper. "Hopefully, something can be done in the future to get it back."
Wayland's Max Garelick reached a milestone Wednesday night, and the Warriors beat Boston Latin, 52-12, clinching the Dual County League title in the process.
Garelick, a senior, became the fifth wrestler in the school's last 43 years to collect 100 victories on the mat.
Here's the list we have so far of commitments on National Signing day. The majority are going to play football. For those not playing football, refer to the key below:
|Andrew Tallman||BC High||Miami (Fla.)|
|Anthony Carter||Marlborough||San Diego|
|Irvin Scott||Brookline||Holy Cross|
|Tyler Bennett||Northbridge||Sacred Heart|
|Alex Farkes||BB&N||b-Penn State|
|Zach Latrell||Central Catholic||Brown|
|Tino Perrina||Reading||Sacred Heart|
|Griffin Murphy||St. John's (Shrewsbury)||Fordham|
|Alex Bane||North Andover||UNH|
|Andrew Butterworth||Central Catholic||e-Bryant>|
|Will Donovan||Catholic Memorial||e-Duke|
|Kaeghan Kelly||BB&N||e-Hobart & William Smith|
|Ciaran Nugent||BB&N||e-Lehigh University|
|Leon Brown||Roxbury Latin||e-Notre Dame|
|Nick Vozella||Brooks||e-Union College|
|Chapin Duke||Brooks||f-Boston College|
|Justin Sencabaugh||Malden Catholic||b-UMass-Amherst|
|Lowell Abbott||Brooks||e-Connecticut College|
|Nick Galanos||Brooks||c-West Point (Army)|
|David Gibson||Hanover||b-Southern New Hampshire|
|Hayley Brock||Acton-Boxboro||e-Penn State|
|Tricia Giglio||Acton-Boxboro||e-Holy Cross|
|Cassidy Clayton||Acton-Boxboro||d-James Madison|
|Boston College recruits|
|Alexander Amidon||Hotchkiss (CT)||(originally from Greenfield)|
|Jaryd Rudolph||Silver Lake|
|Sean Sylvia||Dartmouth High (Cheshire Acad.)|
|Robert Vardaro||Phillips Andover|
Key: a - for wrestling; b - for baseball; c - for lacrosse; d - for softball; e - for soccer; f - for field hockey; g - for crew; h - basketball
Make sure to read Mike Carraggi's story on BB&N leading the pack with a stable of recruits. And if you're zoned in on College Football, Mark Blaudschun has the rundown on Boston College's recruiting class.
If you have any more, let us know either in the comments or by contacting us via e-mail and we'll get it up. Thanks for all of your help.
Triton senior Joe Chandler defeated Pentucket’s returning state finalist Dan Dragon, to help spur a 45-29 dual meet win for his team.
For the match, Chandler bumped up to the 135-pounds weight class from his normal 130. He's now 28-5 and Triton improved to 17-4 on the season.
Junior heavyweight Josh Cappadona locked in three pins in today's matches to lift Natick to 13-2 in the Bay State League.
Senior captain Kevin Duffy (189 lbs.) managed two pins and sophomore James Smith (140 lbs.) had three wins in the quad meet.
The victory will lead the Red & Blue to face Braintree this week in hopes of clinching its 11th Herget title.
BB&N RB Derek Papagianopoulos runs against Lawrence Academy. (Jay Connor / Globe File)
BB&N coach John Papas passed along some summer news on a pair of the school's multi-sport standouts:
Derek Papagianopoulos finished fifth in the heavyweight class at the National Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Fargo, N.D., earning All-American status and producing the best finish of a Massachusetts grappler. Papagianopoulos, a 5-10, 245-pound RB/LB during the football season, remains undecided on his college choice, but Papas relays that he'd like to tackle both wrestling and football at at Ivy League school.
Alex Farkes verbally committed to a baseball scholarship at Penn State. Farkes is a 6-4, 215-pound catcher, who drew diamond interest from schools like Boston College, Virginia, and Vanderbilt. Farkes is also a standout outside linebacker for Papas and enjoyed gridiron interest from the likes of Rutgers and Duke.
"Derek and Alex are great examples of how the multi-sport athlete is still favored by college recruiters," Papas said via e-mail. "Both guys are outstanding athletes in two sports and, as a result, had numerous college options in either/or both sports. Alex has decided on a Big Ten program that he can play at right away. Derek still has some decisions to make, but they're all good. We're really proud of both of them."
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MARLBORO -- Despite opening the Division 2 team wrestling state championship with six consecutive wins to build a 30-point cushion, Greater Lawrence had to hold on for dear life as it fended off a furious North Attleboro rally and emerged with a 36-32 triumph.
Greater Lawrence watched Matt Buco (103), Miguel Guzman (112), and Franchesco Ortiz (119) open the contest with three consecutive pins and it appeared the Reggies would breeze.
Instead, the Red Rocketeers registered pins from Brett Poirier (140) and Kyle Senechal (145). North Attleboro ultimately won seven of the final eight matches, but Brian Rivera's pin -- wrestling at 152 pounds after Chris Delarosa bumped to 160 -- might have saved Greater Lawrence.
After Kyle Kummer won by technical fall over Victor Sosa at 189 pounds, Greater Lawrence led just 36-26 with two matches to go. Despite a couple of injury timeouts, Greater Lawrence's Jason Orsini was able to avoid being more than decisioned, meaning North couldn't get enough points to tie or pull ahead in the final match.
Orsini persevered despite some nagging injuries (shoulder, ankle, knee) and needing a break for some puffs on his inhaler. North Attleboro's Joshua Wainwright was desperate for the pin early, then started to rack up points while trying to get a major decision.
Orsini wouldn't allow it.
Here are the final results (updated with lineup changes):
- 103 pounds: Matt Buco (GL) pinned Joe Krzyezk (NA) (3rd)
- 112 pounds: Miguel Guzman (GL) pinned Mickey Taylor (NA) (1st)
- 119 pounds: Franchesco Ortiz (GL) pinned Cory Devlin (NA) (1st)
- 125 pounds: Brian Nadeau (GL) decisioned Matt Turcotte (NA), 12-0
- 130 pounds: Ray Diaz (GL) decisioned Rayshawn Green (NA), 7-6
- 135 pounds: Saul Orellana (GL) major decisioned Chris Hanifan (NA), 17-7
- 140 pounds: Brett Poirier (NA) pinned Jonathan De Los Santos (GL) (2nd)
- 145 pounds: Kyle Senechal (NA) pinned Isaac Sosa (GL) (3rd)
- 152 pounds: Brian Rivera (GL) pinned Jessie Kummer (NA) (2nd)
- 160 pounds: Chris Chretien (NA) decisioned Chris Delarosa (GL), 5-3
- 171 pounds: Phil Tyron (NA) defeats Angel Rivera (GL) (injury)
- 189 pounds: Kyle Kummer (NA) technical falled Victor Sosa (GL), 17-2
- 215 pounds: Joshua Wainwright (NA) decisioned Jason Orsini (GL), 10-5
- 285 pounds: Mike D'Attilio (NA) decisioned Chris Sharpe (GL), 11-4
Much like the first match of the night here in Marlborough, Lowell took a back-and-forth battle and turned it into a laugher.
Lowell won four consecutive weight classes starting at 152 pounds, totaling three pins in that span, and running away with a 44-22 win over New Bedford in the Division 1 team wrestling state championship at Marlborough.
The Whalers led on four occasions early and trailed just 21-19 after Kyle Veale won a decision at 145 pounds. Lowel's Nick Bedard (152) and James Downing (160) produced back-to-back pins as Lowell opened some breathing room. Colm Sullivan registered a technical fall for five more points and Dave Hubert added another pin to make it 44-19.
Here are the results:
- 103 pounds: Corey Melo (NB) decisioned Andrew Gauthier (L), 11-1
- 112 pounds: Brandon Gauthier (L) pinned Mitch Gauvin (NB) (2nd)
- 119 pounds: Kenny Francis (NB) pinned Ryan Ahearn (L) (2nd)
- 125 pounds: Christian McCarthy (L) decisioned Curtis Gomes (NB), 2-1
- 130 pounds: Victor DeJesus (L) pinned Jason Fredette (NB) (1st)
- 135 pounds: Dante Rose (NB) pinned Frank McCarthy (L) (1st)
- 140 pounds: Evan Connors (L) pinned Eric Correia (NB) (2nd)
- 145 pounds: Kyle Veale (NB) decisioned Amadu Jalloh (L), 6-2
- 152 pounds: Nick Bedard (L) pinned Ty Morin (NB) (1st)
- 160 pounds: James Downing (L) pinned Williams Gilmour (NB) (3rd)
- 171 pounds: Colm Sullivan (L) technical falled Bobby Bulgar (NB), 15-0
- 189 pounds: Dave Hubert (L) pinned Mike DeOliveira (NB) (2nd)
- 215 pounds: Zach Chandanais (NB) decisioned Robert Kolley (L), 1-0
- 285 pounds: No contest
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)
Welcome to Marlborough High School, site of today's team wrestling state championships.
Winchester and Wayland are on the mat for the Division 3 state final. Get comfortable, we'll check in with periodic updates throughout the night.
Your humble blogger will be live from Marlborough tonight, site of the team wrestling state finals.
Winchester and Wayland kick things off with the Division 3 title match at 4:30 p.m., while Lowell and New Bedford clash at 6 p.m. in the Division 1 championship tilt. Greater Lawrence and North Attleboro punctuate the night with the Division 2 matchup.
We'll pass along updates throughout the night and we'll capture video for the site.
If you're looking for some good reading in advance of tonight's wrestling matches, check out this article on an inspirational wrestler in Georgia.
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