Published in the January 26, 2017 edition
COHASSET — The Lynnfield-North Reading co-operative wrestling team finished fifth at the Cohasset Tournament on Jan. 16.
The Black and Gold were 1.5 points from placing fourth in the eight-team tournament. There were eight grapplers who placed during the tournament even though the co-op team was only able to fill 10 out of 14 weight classes.
Freshman Stuart Glover placed first in the 106 lb. weight class and went 3-0 in the tournament. He began the tournament pinning a Nauset wrestler in 1:22 in the quarterfinals. He defeated a Hanover wrestler by fall in 5:31 in the semifinals. Stuart Glover concluded the tournament by pinning a Tri-County wrestler at 1:36 in the finals.
Junior Kevin Farrelly finished first in the 195 lb. weight class. He began the tournament pinning a Norwell grappler at 3:53 in the quarterfinals. He defeated a Cohasset wrestler by fall at 3:02 in the semifinals. Farrelly concluded the tournament by pinning a Tri-County grappler at 1:05 in the finals.
“It was the first career tournament final for both Stuart Glover and Farrelly,” said Black and Gold head coach Craig Stone.
Senior captain Joe Reardon (132 lbs.) went 2-1 during the tournament and finished second. Senior captain Adam Rossetti (138 lbs.) finished third after securing a 3-1 record. Senior captain Connor Stead (145 lbs.) concluded the tournament with a 3-1 record and finished third in the weight class. Freshman Sean McCullough (160 lbs.) went 3-1 during the tournament, which enabled him to secure a third place finish.
Junior Anthony Wilkinson (170 lbs.) secured a fourth place finish after concluding the tournament with a 2-2 record. Senior Will Glover (126 lbs.) finished fourth in the tournament after compiling a 1-2 record.
The Black and Gold (16-3-1) defeated Peabody 42-36 Jan. 20.
Freshman Tim Leggett (120 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 59 seconds. Joe Reardon (132 lbs.) defeated his counterpart by fall in 45 seconds. Wilkinson (170 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:42. Rossetti (138 lbs.), Stead (152 lbs.), Stuart Glover (106 lbs.) and senior Aaron Gautreau (145 lbs.) won their respective matches by forfeit.
“Peabody led 27-6 after the first six weight classes with only Wilkinson getting a win for the Black and Gold,” said Stone. “LNR stormed back, taking six out of the next eight weight classes for the win. Leggett, back into the line-up after a month’s absence due to injury, Joe Reardon and Wilkinson keyed the win with first period pins.”
The Black and Gold competed in a quad meet at St. John’s of Shrewsbury Jan. 21, which included a 42-39 victory over Canton.
Stuart Glover (106 lbs.) pinned his counterpart in 4:45. Gautreau (138 lbs.) defeated his opponent by fall in 1:41. Rossetti (145 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 54 seconds.
“(Rossetti) leads the team with 17 dual meet wins and 97 team points this season,” said Stone.
Stead (152 lbs.) won his match by fall in 1:39. McCullough (160 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 5:50. Wilkinson (182 lbs.) defeated his counterpart by fall in 4:21. Farrelly (195 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 5:05, which gave the Black and Gold a 42-27 lead and clinched the win.
“The teams split matches, with each winning seven,” said Stone. “Key to the match was LNR had seven pins, while Canton only had six by pin and one decision. With the match starting at 106 lbs., Canton led 21-6 after five matches. LNR battled back winning six out of seven matches to go ahead 42-27. LNR was unable to fill the last two weight classes due to injury and illness, but the lead was enough for the win.”
The Black and Gold defeated Malden 22-16 during the quad meet.
Stuart Glover (113 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 26 seconds. Leggett (126 lbs.) defeated his counterpart by fall in 1:16. Stead (145 lbs.) won his match by a 9-0 major decision.
“LNR won three out of five matches wrestled as Malden came with a very small squad,” said Stone.
The Black and Gold concluded the quad meet falling 45-33 to St. John’s of Shrewsbury.
Stuart Glover (106 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:49.
“Stuart has a very impressive dual meet record of 14-5,” said Stone.
McCullough (160 lbs.) defeated his counterpart by a 4-2 decision. Wilkinson (170 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:22.
“Anthony leads the team with 13 dual meet pins this season,” said Stone.
Farrelly (195 lbs.) won his match by fall in 34 seconds. Freshman Brandon Ouellette (182 lbs.) and senior Tim Goucher (220 lbs.) won their respective match by forfeit.
“St. John’s Prep of Shrewsbury won the first six weight classes to take a 33-0 lead,” said Stone. “As has been the story this season, LNR battled back again by winning six out of the next seven, but had to forfeit at 113 lbs. due to injury to allow St. John’s of Shrewsbury to gain the win.”
Stone said he was pleased the Black and Gold were able to win two out of three matches in the quad meet.
“LNR had to forfeit three weight classes and had starters out of the line-up due to injury and illness all day,” said Stone. “We were fortunate to win two out of three matches at the quad. Hopefully, we can be at full strength Wednesday, Jan. 25, when we battle Georgetown-Ipswich for the Cape Ann League championship.