Team esults – 1. Timberlane NH 77, 2. Hand 68½, 3. Mt. Anthony VT 67, 4. North Andover MA 61, 5. Methuen MA 57, 6. Xavier 52, 7. Central Catholic MA 50½, 8. Warwick RI 48, 9. Exeter-West Greenwich RI and Newington CT 45, 11. Glastonbury and West Springfield MA 41½, 13. Natick MA 39½, 14. Manchester Central NH and Pathfinder Regional MA 34, 16. Framingham MA 32½, 17. Frankin MA 31½, 18. East Providence RI and Nauset MA 28, 20. Middletown CT 27½; 21. Belfast ME, Billerica MA, Norwalk 27, 24. Westhill 26, 25. Danbury 25, 26. New Milford 24½, 27. Hartford, Holliston MA, Ledyard, Manchester Memorial NH, Marshwood MA, Old Saybrook/Westbrook, Tyngsborough MA 24; 34. Barnstable MA, East Greenwich RI, Masuk, Pinkerton NH 22, 38. Cumberland RI, Hingham MA, Somers 21, 41. Gardiner ME, Hollis Brookline NH, Vergennes VT 20, 44. Dracut MA 19½, 45. Fryeburg Academy ME, North Providence 19, 47.Bacon Academy, Camden Hills ME, Springfield Central MA 18, 50. Terryville 17, 51. Chelmsford MA, Griswold, Massabesic ME 16
106 -- Final: Pascal Medor, Westhill dec. Kevin Jack, Danbury, 6-2; 3. John Altieri, Warwick RI dec. Jean-Luc Lemieux, Pinkerton NH, 7-4; 5. Jon Ryan, Dracut MA dec. Ben Defronzo, Lincoln Sudbury MA 5-0
113 -- Final: Zach Brinson, Timberlane NH dec. Christian Monserrat, Methuen MA, 10-2; 3. Brian Amato, Newington dec. Connor Sheehan, Frysburg Academy ME 6-1; 5. Peter Robinson, St. John’s-Schrews MA dec. Matt McAllister, Bacon Academy, 15-4
120 -- Final: William Crisco, Hand dec. Tyler Keane, Glastonbury, 3-1 OT; 3. Mike Mui, Hingham, MA dec. Pat Lacroix, Central Catholic MA, 4-0; 5. Adam Corey, Timberlane NH pin Nate Colicci, Warwick RI, 4:21
126 -- Final: Ryan O’Boyle, Central Catholic MA tech fall Joao Vincente, East Providence RI, 15-0, 3:06; 3. Cody Keane, Glastonbury dec. Johnny Do, Framingham MA, 5-2; 5. Greg Williams, Franklin MA dec. Geovanni Medina, New Britain, 11-2
132 -- Final: Brent Waterman, Belfast ME dec. Mizam Tamaradze, West Springfield MA, 10-7; 3. Zak Hale, Mt. Anthony VT dec. Mike Murphy, North Providence RI, 4-2; 5. Miguel Calixto, Windham High dec. Gil Sa, Framingham MA 7-3
138 -- Final: James Smith, Natick MA dec. Dan DelGallo, Gardiner ME, 15-9; 3. Christian LaBrie, Exeter-West Greenwich RI dec. Brandon Walsh, Griswold, 5-2; 5. Cody Hughes, Marshwood ME dec. Jonathan Viruet, Springfield Central MA, 4-1
145 -- Final: C.J. Doherty, Methuen MA dec. Brad Drover, North Andover, MA, 5-0; 3. Andrew BaBrie, Exeter-West Greenwich RI dec. Jake Savoca, Hand, 8-4; 5. Anthony Terlizzi, New Milford dec. Erik Travers, Cumberland RI, 13-6
152 -- Final: Ryan Niven, Tyngsborough MA dec. Dalton Ahern, Old Saybrook/Westbrook, 8-1; 3. Stephen Jarrell, East Greenwich RI dec. Luke Morrier, Timberlane NH, 4-2; 5. Jack McKeever, Brookfield forfeit over Jared Jensen, Brunswick ME
160 -- Final: Jacob Straight, Pathfinder Regional MA dec. Casey Quin, Hollis Brookline NH, 3-0; 3. Dan Connelly, North Andover, MA dec. Scott LaMarre, Terryville, 7-1; 5. Chris Perreault, St. Johnsbury VT dec. Khmari Thomas, Windsor Locks, 8-2
170 -- Final: Chris Chorzepa, Newington dec. Will Henson, Barnstable, MA, 13-2; 3. Elliot Antler, Xavier dec. Geoffrey Grant, Vergennes VT, 5-1; 5. Jared Rich, Spaulding VT dec. Devin Hurst, Warwick RI 5-2
182 -- Final: Devon Carillo, Middletown dec. Sheldon Rhoden, Hartford, 11-5; 3. Dave Dubin, Holliston MA dec. Nick Salois, Warwick RI 3-1; 5. Ryan Neals, North Andover MA dec. Steven Wingard, Housatonic, 12-4
195 -- Final: Brandon Riggins, Norwalk dec. Kyle Foster, Somers, 7-2; 3. Leo Trindale, Billerica MA dec. Anthony Valentin, Manchester Central NH, 9-2; 5. Spencer Foucher, Mt. Anthony VT dec. Tom Lacroix, Cumberland RI, 2-1
220 -- Final: Sean Marinan, Xavier dec. Eric Tucker, Masuk, 4-2, 2 OT; 3. Murad Usmanov, West Springfield MA pin Rhett Chase, Camden Hills ME, 2:45; 5. Joshua Lawrence, Ledyard pin Josh Andrews, Massabesic ME, 3:37
285 -- Final: Brendan Battles, Nauset MA dec. Steven Dwight, Manchester Memorial NH, 5-4; 3. Joseph Demichele, Hand pin Andrew Paredes, Stoughton MA, 0:50; 5. Jesse Webb, Mt. Anthony VT dec. Lou Ferrer, Chelmsford MA, 3-1
Outstanding wrestler: Ryan Coyle, Central Catholic, 126
Best final’s match: Battles vs. Dwight, 275 pounds
n In a rematch of the State Open, Hand's William Crisco comes up with the win over Glastonbury's Tyler Keane in OT, 3-1
New England final (120)
n Westhill's Pascal Medor meets Danbury's Kevin Jack in a tournament final for the fourth straight week and wins, 6-2
New England final (103)
n Brendan Battles of Nauset MA tops Steven Dwight of Manchester Central NH, 5-4 in the outstanding final of the tournament
New England final (285)
n For the 2nd week in a row, Xavier's Sean Marinan beats Masuk's Eric Tucker in OT, 4-2. This time it is for the New England championship.
New England final (220)
New England final (195)
n Middletown's Devon Carrillo wins his first New England title by beating Sheldon Rhoden of Hartford, 11-5
New England final (182)
n Ryan Niven, the Massachusetts champion from Tyngborough, tops Dalton Ahern of Old Saybrook/Westbrook, 8-1
New England final (152)
n Newington junior Chris Chorzepa wins his first New England title with a 13-2 win over Will Henson of Barnstable, MA
New England final (170)
n Norwalk's Brandon Riggins wins the first New England title in school history with a 7-2 win over Kyle Foster of Somers.
Six champions for Connecticut at
By GERRY deSIMAS, JR.
Connecticut Wrestling Online
PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 3 – It was a tremendous day of wrestling for Connecticut at the New England wrestling championships Saturday.
Twelve Connecticut wrestlers earned spots in the finals and six brought home championships – the most since a record seven won in 1992. Hand finished second in the tournament, 8½ points behind Timberlane, N.H., the best finish by a Connecticut team since Windham High won in 1990.
“That has been our goal and our mindframe,” Hand co-coach Erik Delehanty said of contending for a New England championship. The Tigers had four wrestlers in the tournament and three won medals.
Hand sophomore William Crisco stunned defending New England champion Tyler Keane of Glastonbury to win a title at 120 pounds, Joe Demichele (285) took third and Jake Savoca (145) finished fourth.
But it wasn’t enough to catch Timberlane, which won a record fifth straight New England championship. Only two other teams in New England history have won consecutive tournaments.
Timberlane, from Plaistow, N.H., had three wrestlers win medals but had seven wrestlers win at least one match. The New Hampshire state champions brought 10 wrestlers into the tournament, including eight new starters in the lineup.
“This one was surprising,” Timberlane High Barry Chooljian said. “If a New England title can be considered icing on the cake, this is it. We have a pretty young group. But we have been wrestling well in the last few weeks. The way we have been training, I knew we had a chance.”
Timberlane scored 77 points with Hand earning 68½. Mt. Anthony, Vt., was third with 67, followed by North Andover, Mass., and Methuen with 61 and 52 points, respectively. Warwick, R.I., was in the hunt until they went 0-for-4 in the semifinal round.
“We needed a tough, tough tournament (to be able to contend),” Chooljian said.
Timberlane’s Zach Bridson (113) won his second New England title but it was contributions from wrestlers like Luke Morrier (152) that lifted the Owls to the title. After a second round loss, Morrier won five straight matches in the consolation round, including an OT win over New Hampshire state champion Joe Page of Nashua North. It gave Morrier a chance to win another match and earn more points for the Owls. Morrier finished fourth after finishing third in New Hampshire the week before.
Six Connecticut wrestlers won New England titles -- Westhill’s Pascal Medor (106), Hand’s William Crisco (120), Newington’s Chris Chorzepa (170), Middletown’s Devon Carrillo (182), Norwalk’s Brandon Riggins (195) and Xavier’s Sean Marinan (220).
Five of the championship bouts were rematches from last week’s State Open.
Connecticut four defending New England champions and none were able to repeat.
New Milford’s Conor Kirkegard (113) lost to eventual champion Christian Monserrat of Methuen, Mass., in the quarterfinals and didn’t win a medal. Glastonbury’s Tyler Keane (120) lost in OT in the final, Griswold’s Brandon Walsh (138) dropped a one-point decision in the semifinals and Hand’s Joe Demichele (285) fell in the quarterfinals. Walsh and Demichele each finished third.
Here is a look at Connecticut action in each of the 14 weight classes.
For the fifth time this season and the fourth straight week, Danbury senior Kevin Jack squared off with Pascal Medor of Westhill High in Stamford. Jack had won the previous four meetings including an OT win at the State Open, a two-point win at the Class LL championship and another two-point win at the FCIAC Tournament.
The match was tied 1-1 in the second period after Jack had escaped. Both were cautious, trying to shoot but not make a mistake. Late in the second period, Jack went in for a takedown and Medor countered, getting the takedown and getting Jack tied up in a cradle for a three-point near fall and a 6-1 lead.
That was the match as Medor (41-5) finished his scholastic career with a 6-2 win.
“He is the strongest wrestler I have faced,” Medor said. “It was a matter of keeping my cool. It was a match of stamina. He doesn’t make many mistakes but I saw an opening and went for it.”
Medor, who is the first Westhill wrestler to win a New England championship in 20 years, couldn’t stop smiling afterwards. “I am overwhelmed with happiness right now,” he said. Westhill’s Jordan Birnbaum won a New England title at 160 in 1992. Jack finishes the season at 45-1 and 80-11 in two seasons.
Timberlane’s Zach Bridson won his second New England title with a dominant 10-2 decision over Christian Monserrat of Methuen, Mass. Bridson (47-2, 182-17) handed Monserrat (44-1) his first loss of the season. "I have a lot of respect for Christian,” Bridson told the Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle Tribune. He's really good and scrambles and he's a tough competitor, so I had to be careful. I couldn't be happier to win this, and for the team to win it too. I think we proved a lot of critics wrong."
Bridson beat Newington sophomore Brian Amato (43-4) in the semifinals, 9-2. Amato rallied with consecutive wins over Peter Robertson of St. John’s, 8-4 and Connor Sheehan of Fryeburg Academy in Maine, 6-1 to finish third.
Matt McAllister of Bacon Academy dropped a 1-0 decision in his opening match of the tournament on Friday night but he rallied to win four matches in the consolation bracket, including a pair of OT decisions, to finish sixth.
How tough was this tournament? Defending New England champion Conor Kirkegard (43-2) of New Milford lost in the quarterfinals to Monserrat and then dropped a 2-0 decision in triple overtime to Robertson from St. John’s.
A year ago, Glastonbury High senior Tyler Keane opened the season with a loss to the defending New England champion from Cumberland, R.I. Then he proceeded to win 49 straight matches, winning the Class LL, State Open and New England championships. In that stretch, he didn’t give up a takedown. This winter, he won his first 47 matches, won another Class LL and State Open title and didn’t allow a takedown, either. That’s 96 wins and no takedowns allowed.
“He is just attacking all the time,” Glastonbury coach Rob Levesque said. “There is no room (or time) to attack him. He is always scoring.”
Hand sophomore William Crisco wasn’t fazed. A week earlier at the State Open, he dropped a 3-1 decision in the finals to Keane in overtime. “He had an unbelievable tournament,” Hand co-coach Erik Delehanty said. “He was determined to get to the New England final.”
Crisco (42-1) and Keane met in the final. Keane (49-1) won four in a row, scoring over 17 points in two victories. In regulation, both wrestlers had escapes but neither was able to secure a takedown.
In overtime, Crisco was battling with Keene near the edge of the circle. He swooped up Keane’s right leg, wrapped his arms around his left leg and tackled him as Keene fell out of bounds. But Crisco kept his feet in the circle and he got the match-winning takedown with three seconds left for a 3-1 victory.
“He had to keep up the pressure and take a risk,” Delehanty said. “At this level, a lot of guys are hesitant to score. Everyone knows each other and many of them wrestle against each other in the off-season. But if you don’t change up what you do, points will be hard to come by.”
Glastonbury’s Cody Keene (45-5) won a pair of matches to get to the semifinals before he was beaten by eventual runnerup Joao Vicente of East Providence, 11-3. Keene won two straight in the consolation round to finish third with a 5-2 win over Johnny Do of Framingham, Mass.
New Britain’s Geovanni Medina received a first round bye but dropped a 12-8 decision to Do in his first match of the tournament. Medina won four in a row in the consolation round before dropping a 2-1 decision to Do in the consolation semifinals.
Medina finished his afternoon with a 11-2 loss to finish sixth but he is just the second New Britain wrestler to ever take home a medal from the New England tournament. Kevin Greco (135) was sixth for the Hurricanes in 1996.
In the final, Massachusetts’ Ryan O’Boyle of Central Catholic won by tech fall over Vicente in just 3:06 and earned the tournament’s outstanding wrestler award. O’Boyle (50-1) was upset in the finals of the Massachusetts’ All-State tournament a week ago. This week, he was dominant with two pins and a 14-point victory in the semifinals. It was O’Boyle’s second New England championship.
Windham’s Miguel Calixto found some tough competition at 132. He dropped a 4-1 decision to Mizam Tamaradze of West Springfield in the semifinals. Tied at 1-1 in the third period, Tamardze got a key takedown with 30 seconds left in the third period to seize control of the match.
And in the consolation semifinal, Calixto dropped a 10-8 decision in overtime to Mt. Anthony’s Zack Hale. It was Hale’s fifth straight consolation round victory. Calixto (47-2) finished fifth with a 7-3 win over Gil Sa of Framingham, Mass. Hale eventually finished third with six straight wins.
In the final, Tamaradze had a 5-2 lead heading into the third period. But Brent Waterman of Belfast, Maine hit a quick reversal and earned two near fall points to begin the third period to take a 6-5 lead. Tamaradze (52-3) escaped to tie the bout at 6-6 with 1:38 remaining. Waterman won with a takedown that took Tamaradze to his back with 31 seconds left in a 10-7 victory.
The competition at the New England tournament can be unforgiving. “Anything can happen at these championships,” Hand coach Erik Delahanty said after William Crisco snapped a 97-meet win streak by Glastonbury’s Tyler Keane with a takedown with three seconds left in OT in the 120 pound final. “(Keene) might have relaxed just a bit at the edge (of the mat) and (Crisco) captalized.”
Griswold’s Brandon Walsh will agree. In the semifinals, Walsh led James Smith of Natick, Mass., 4-3 with the final seconds of the match ticking away. Smith had scored all three of his points on escapes, the most recent with 42 seconds left in the third period.
Walsh (49-1) was about three seconds from the final when he relaxed near the edge of the circle. His movement slowed to a crawl as Smith aggressively tried for a takedown. He tied up Walsh’s ankles and tripped him to the mat. But Smith stubbornly clung to his ankles inside the circle and got the winning takedown as time expired.
Smith won the New England title with a 15-9 win over Dan DelGallo of Gardiner, ME. Walsh won his consolation semifinal but finished fourth, dropping a 5-2 decision to Christian LaBrie of Exeter-West Greenwich, RI.
Hand’s Jake Savoca dropped a one-point decision to eventual champion C.J. Doherty of Methuen, Mass., in the semifinals and finished fourth. A good hard switch from Doherty with 28 seconds left in the third period gave him the 6-5 victory. Savoca had taken his first lead of the match with a takedown with 59 seconds left.
New Milford’s Anthony Terlizzi won five of his six consolation round bouts to finish fifth. His only loss in that run was a two-point loss to Savoca, 6-4 in the consolation semifinals.
Doherty won the title with a 5-0 win over Brad Drover of North Andover, Mass.
Close matches didn’t slow down Old Saybrook/Westbrook’s Dalton Ahern, who finished second with an 8-1 loss to Ryan Niven of Tyngsborough, Mass. Ahern earned a 4-3 victory over Mt. Anthony’s Brendan Marcoux Schaefer in the second round and a 3-1 win over Luke Nigro of Burlington, Mass., in the quarterfinals.
Ahern was leading 7-1 in the semifinals before Jared Jenson of Brunswick, Maine had to forfeit due to an injury. “He was wrestling like a beast, a man possessed,” OSW coach Eric Manuel said. “They’ve been tough matches but he has in control.”
Ahern began wrestling as a freshman and was one of the seven freshmen that were part of OSW’s first team four years ago. “He committed himself to the sport and if you commit to anything, you’ll be great at it,” Manuel said.
Brookfield’s Jack McKeever won a pair of bouts to earn a spot in the semifinals, including a 2-1 decision over John Baker of Shawsheen, Mass., in the second round. Evenual champion Ryan Niven of Tyngsborough, Mass., beat McKeever in the semifinals, 7-3. McKeever eventually finished fifth.
Scott LaMarre (47-3) became the first Terryville wrestler to win a medal at the New England tournament finishing fourth.
LaMarre opened the tournament with a 9-3 win before dropping a 6-5 decision to Chris Perreault of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. In the consolation bracket, LaMarre won five straight bouts to earn his spot in the consolation final including a 6-3 decision over Perreault. Trailing 4-2 after two periods, Perreault got a one-point escape to cut the lead to one but LaMarre got a takedown with 1:08 remaining to ice the victory. “It’s been amazing,” LaMarre said. “The past two days I have probably wrestled the best I have ever wrestled.”
Windsor Locks freshman Khamri Thomas (33-8) finished sixth, winning four of six bouts in the consolation round, including a 3-2 triple OT victory over Ledyard’s Alex Manwaring.
Newington High junior Chris Chorzepa had four takedowns and a near fall to earn the first New England championship in school history with a 13-2 decision over Will Henson of Barnstable, Mass. Chorzepa led 2-1 after one period but pulled away in the second and third period.
“I just kept it going and he sort of faded,” Chorzepa said. “I was looking forward to it. Everyone said he wrestles just like me. He is another me in a different singlet. He shoots singles like me, rides well on top and is tall and lanky.”
Chorzepa’s biggest test came in the quarterfinals when he outlasted Jared Rich of Spaulding, Vt., 3-2. Rich got the first takedown of the match before Chorzepa (45-1) cut the lead to one with an escape and took the lead with a second period takedown. He rode out the third period to get the win.
Xavier’s Eliott Antler tried to rally in his semifinal bout against Henson. Trailing by three after two periods, Antler got a takedown early in the third period to cut the lead to one, 6-5. Henson escaped but Antler got another takedown with 1:15 remaining to tie the match at 7-7. But Henson’s reversal with 16 seconds left put him ahead to stay in a 9-8 victory. Antler finished third by beating Vermont’s Geoff Grant for the second time in the tournament, 5-1 in the consolation final. Antler won 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
The pressure has been on all year for Middletown High senior Devon Carrillo. It was stated early in the year that his goal was the New England championship.
“This was our barometer if it was going to be a good year,” Middletown coach Mark Fong said hours before the final. “It’s been hard to stay focused all year for two days (at the New England tournament).”
Carrillo (41-0) took care of business by beating Hartford’s Sheldon Rhoden for the second week in a row, 11-5. Carrillo led 6-0 early in the second period and never looked back. A week ago, Carrillo beat Rhoden for the State Open championship, 7-2.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Carrillo said. “In the first match, I didn’t get a good feel for him. On bottom, he is very fast and he likes to get his hand control right away. So I kept pressure on his hands so he couldn’t do that.”
Carrillo had little trouble in the tournament with a pin in his first match and a tech fall in the quarterfinals. But in the semifinals, he slipped past Dave Dubin of Holliston, Mass., 1-0 thanks to a second period escape. It was his closest match of the season.
Connecticut had three wrestlers in this weight class among the semifinalists. In the other semifinal, Rhoden beat Housatonic’s Steve Wingard, 3-2. It was their third meeting of the season. Rhoden got a solid takedown in the second period to take a 3-0 lead.
Hartford coach Paul Meyers called Rhoden the glue that helped hold his Whalers co-op team together. Wrestlers from Hartford Public and Weaver make up the team. “Without him, we probably don’t have a program,” Meyers said. “He is an assistant coach and team Mom. He is constantly giving of himself. He was always working with his teammates. He would put the team before himself.”
Finally, before the Class LL tournament, Meyers was able to convince Rhoden to take his preparations a bit more seriously. Rhoden (35-5) won the Class LL championship and lost to Carrillo at the State Open. “He wrestling has taken off,” Meyers said. “He is a phenomenal student of the sport. He listens and loves this sport.”
Rhoden has been wrestling for just four years. He spent two years at Springfield Central before coming to Weaver his junior year. He works out in the off-season with KT Kidz in South Windsor. Meyers hopes that Rhoden’s example rubs off on his teammates.
Wingard won three straight to earn a berth in semifinals, including a 4-3 win over Harry Benocourt of Timberlane, N.H. in the second round. Wingard trailed 2-1 after one period but got a nice double-leg takedown in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Benocourt tied it at 3-3 on an escape but Wingard got an escape in the third for a 4-3 edge. Wingard (43-5) finished sixth to become the first Housatonic wrestler to earn a medal since Mike Spadaccini finished second in 1990.
For the second week in a row, Norwalk’s Brandon Riggins dominated Somers’ Kyle Foster as Riggins (44-0) added a New England title to his championship collection with a 7-2 decision. Riggins beat Foster at the State Open.
“He was dominant throughout the tournament,” Norwalk coach Job Fernandez said. “It was just enjoyable to watch.” Riggins is the first New England champion in school history.
Fernandez gave up a reversal in a 21-5 tech fall win over Tony Veira of Bristol/Plymouth, MA. It was just the fourth offensive point that Riggins has allowed all year. Both of Foster’s points were escapes as were the two points he gave up in a 7-2 semifinal win over Spencer Foucher of Mt. Anthony, Vt.
“I just worked harder at keeping (Foster) down. That’s why I didn’t score as much,” Riggins told the Norwalk Hour. “I just tried to ride him out as much as I could.”
Foster (44-2) earned a spot in the final with a thrilling 6-4 win over Massachusetts champion Leo Trinidale of Billerica. Tied at 2-2 after two periods, Foster escaped and got a takedown with 30 seconds remaining in the match for a 5-2 lead. A reversal cut the lead to one but Foster was able to stay off his back and earn the win.
In a strategic battle, Xavier’s Sean Marinan (42-0) scored a takedown with three seconds left in overtime to beat Masuk’s Eric Tucker for the second straight week in OT. A week ago, Marinan prevailed in triple OT to win the State Open championship.
At the New England tournament, the score was tied at 1-1 with a pair of escapes. In the first 30 seconds of the second OT, Tucker escaped to take a 2-1 lead. In the second 30 second period, Marinan escaped to tie the match.
Then, he took a chance and got more aggressive, sinking a takedown with one second remaining to win the title. He had several attempts in the match where Marinan got a leg but couldn’t finish it off.
“I figured I had nothing to lose,” Marinan said. “He is strong. His legs are strong so it’s hard to pull one up.” In OT, he shot and got a leg. This time, he was able to lean his head against Tucker’s knee and got him down for the winning takedown.
Tucker (48-4) had an exciting semifinal win over West Springfield’s Murad Usmanov, 6-3. Tucker got a takedown with 1:20 left in the third period for a 3-3 lead. He took a 4-3 advantage when Usmanov was penalized a point for stalling. Tucker clinched the bout with a late takedown.
Hand’s Joseph Demichele (41-2) lost in the quarterfinals but won four straight, three by pin, to finish third. The non-pinning win was a tight 2-1 decision over Mt. Anthony’s Jesse Webb in the consolation semifinals.
In the final, Nauset, MA senior Brendan Battles-Santos, who will play football at UConn next fall, outlasted Steven Dwight of Manchester Memorial in New Hampshire, 5-4 to win the New England championship in an exciting match that was voted as the most outstanding match of the finals.
Battles-Santos (42-0) twice took injury time for an injured shoulder that caused him pain but didn’t stop him from continuing to wrestle. He also had one of the fastest pin times in tournament history, pinning Greg Murray of HK in 12 seconds in the second round.