By DAN TOMASELLO
LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield-North Reading co-operative wrestling team finished fifth during the Anthony Lisitano Tournament on Dec. 20.
The Black and Gold concluded the tournament with 145 points. Catholic Memorial finished first with 219.5 points. Methuen finished second with 188 points. Arlington was third with 164 points. Reading finished fourth with 146.5 points.
Senior captain Dominic Monzione finished second in the 145 lbs. weight class. He pinned Greater Lawrence’s Jasel Hernandez at 1:17 in the first round of the tournament. Monzione defeated Methuen’s Cam Hefernan by an 8-0 decision in the quarterfinals.
Dominic Monzione defeated pinned a Malden Catholic wrestler at 4:25 in the semifinals. He fell to Catholic Memorial’s Pat Ferzoco by a 7-3 decision. Ferzoco finished second in the state and finished third at All-States last year.
There were six other grapplers who placed during the Lisitano Tournament. Senior Brandon Troisi finished third in the 285 lbs. weight class. Senior captain Lucas Pascucci finished third in the 138 lbs. weight class. Junior Max Whyman finished third in the 126 lbs. weight class.
Senior captain Joe Morse finished fourth in the 113 lbs. weight class. Junior Zach Blacker placed fourth in the 132 lbs. weight class. Freshman Andrew DiPietro finished fifth in the 120 lbs. weight class.
“Going into the tournament, I was hoping to place in the top half of the teams’ competing,” said Black and Gold head coach Craig Stone. “I was very pleased with our fifth place finish, only being outplaced by some of the top schools from Division I and II.”
Cruises in tri-meet
The Black and Gold defeated Malden Catholic and Marblehead-Swampscott on Dec. 23, improving the grappers’ record to 5-1.
The grapplers defeated Malden Catholic 58-24. After the Lancers won the first two weight classes, the Black and Gold won 10 matches in a row.
Sophomore Will Glover (106 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 44 seconds. Morse defeated his opponent by forfeit. Junior Kai Jean-Simon (120 lbs.) defeated his opponent by fall in 5:26. Whyman pinned his opponent in 1:50.
Senior Jake Mullin-Bernstein (132 lbs.) made his debut in the starting line-up and pinned his opponent in 50 seconds. Blacker (138 lbs.) defeated his opponent by fall in 1:35. Pascucci pinned his opponent in 4:42. Dominic Monzione (152 lbs.) defeated his opponent by an 11-2 major decision. Zach Monzione (160 lbs.) returned to the starting line-up after suffering from a slight shoulder strain and pinned his opponent in 3:11. Troisi defeated his opponent by fall in 45 seconds.
The Black and Gold defeated Marblehead-Swampscott 66-6.
Glover defeated his opponent by fall in 2:39. Morse pinned his opponent in 2:44. Sophomore Adam Rossetti defeated his counterpart by fall in 2:57. Mullin-Bernstein defeated his opponent by forfeit. Sophomore Connor Stead (138 lbs.) defeated his opponent by forfeit.
Senior Garrett Anderson (145 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 30 seconds. Junior Michael Reardon (152 lbs.) defeated his opponent by fall in 2:21. Senior Josh Marcinowski (160 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 44 seconds. Junior Max Robert defeated his opponent by fall in 46 seconds. Sophomore Austin Bradley (182 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 25 seconds.
Senior Nick Wilkinson (195 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:32. Sophomore Vitaliy Andrusyshyn (220 lbs.) and Troisi won their respective matches by forfeit.
“We have a tremendous amount of depth on our roster,” said Stone. “I was pleased that we could use so many extra wrestlers in the second match and still come away with a convincing win.”
The Black and Gold competed in the Pentucket Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 27, taking place after deadline. The grapplers hosts Arlington, Bellingham-Medway, Holliston and Westford on Wednesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 a.m.
The grapplers will face Beverly, Dedham, Woburn and Wellesley in a super quad meet on Saturday, Jan. 3, beginning at 9 a.m.
SENIOR Garrett Anderson (at left) pinned his Marblehead-Swampscott opponent in 30 seconds during the 145 lbs. weight class on Dec. 23. The Black and Gold defeated Marblehead-Swampscott 66-6. (Courtesy Photo)