Senior qualifies for New England Wrestling Championships
Published in the February 29, 2016 edition.
READING — As it turned out, the Warrior wrestling team had one representative at the All-State Meet on Friday and Saturday at Reading High School. That Wakefield wrestler, senior captain Evan Gourville, had a very good showing at the Hawkes Field House.
Gourville came in fifth overall at the 170 weight class and that performance has resulted in him qualifying for the New England Wresting Championships which will be held Friday and Saturday in Providence, R.I.
Gourville won his first two matches by decision. The senior prevailed by a 4-2 tally over Methuen’s Travis Manick. Gourville then pulled out a 6-5 victory over North Attleboro’s Nick Donahue in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Gourville lost by fall to Dedham’s Eric Reyes. Reyes went on to be crowned the All-State champ at 170.
In the consolation semifinals, Gourville dropped a 6-1 overtime decision to Sabis’ Kolby Smith. In the fifth place match, Gourville defeated Catholic Memorial’s Josh Bechen due to medical forfeit.
Jack Spicer, a junior, had qualified to compete at the All-State Meet at the 113 weight class. But he was unable to go because of injury.
Gourville will be moving on to the New England Wrestling Championships and he will take on Noble, Maine wrestler Otto Keisker in a first round match at 170. The New England Wrestling Championships will be held at the Providence Career and Technical Center. Matches begin at 5:15 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.