Published in the February 3, 2016 edition
By DAN TOMASELLO
BEVERLY — The Lynnfield-North Reading co-operative wrestling team finished fourth in the in the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Tournament at Beverly High School Jan. 30.
The Black and Gold concluded the tournament with 116.6 points and had seven grapplers place during the tournament. Triton finished first in the tournament with 168 points. Beverly was second with 166 points. Masconomet finished third with 118 points.
Senior captain Max Whyman was crowned champion of the 132 lb. weight class after concluding the CAL/NEC Tournament with a 3-0 record. Whyman finished second in the 126 lb. weight class last year.
Whyman began the tournament pinning a Triton wrestler in 3:38 during the quarterfinals. He defeated a Beverly grappler by a 4-3 decision in the semifinals. He was crowned champion of the 132 lb. weight class after defeating Danvers sophomore Colby Holland, a returning state place finisher, by a 4-2 decision after Whyman secured a takedown in the first overtime period.
Senior captain Zack Monzione finished second in the 152 lb. weight class for the second straight year after concluding the tournament with a 2-1 record. Monzione pinned a Triton wrestler in 4:34 in the quarterfinals. He defeated a Beverly wrestler by a 3-2 decision in the semifinals. He lost to Danvers’ Quinn Holland by a 5-0 decision in the finals.
Senior Devin Leggett earned an impressive second place finish in the 160 lb. weight class in his first CAL/NEC Tournament. He pinned a Peabody wrestler in 2:53 in the quarterfinals. He defeated Georgetown-Ipswich’s Charlie Koshivas by fall in 5:22 in the semifinals, which was a form of payback after Koshivas defeated Leggett in a dual meet last week. He lost to a returning state place finisher from Masco in the finals after Leggett was pinned in 1:26.
Senior captain Michael Reardon finished third in the 145 lb. weight class after compiling a 3-1 record in his first appearance in the CAL/NEC Tournament.
Freshman Dylan Reardon placed fourth in the 106 lb. weight class after compiling a 2-2 record. Senior Kai Jean-Simon placed in his fourth tournament this year after finishing fourth in the 126 lb. weight class. Junior Adam Rossetti finished fourth in the 138 lb. weight class.
Sophomore Anthony Wilkinson was one win away from placing in the 170 lb. weight class after concluding the tournament with a 1-2 record. Junior Tim Goucher was one win away from placing in the 220 lb. weight class after going 2-2 in the tournament. Junior Will Glover (113 lbs.) went 1-2 in the CAL/NEC Tournament. Kevin Farrelly (195 lbs.) and junior Joe Reardon (120 lbs.) each went 0-2 in the tournament.
Black and Gold head coach Craig Stone commended the grapplers’ performance during the CAL/NEC Tournament.
“I was extremely pleased with our performance,” said Stone. “Seven out of 12 wrestlers placing, 10 out of 12 winning matches and scoring team points. Combining the two leagues makes for a very competitive tournament, equal to, if not better than a sectional tournament, which bodes well for end of the season.”
The Black and Gold had seven wrestlers place in the CAL/NEC JV tournament at Beverly High School Jan. 29.
Junior Chris Reardon placed first in the 120 lb. weight class. Junior Aaron Gautreau finished first in the 126 lb. weight class. Rossetti placed first in the 138 lb. weight class. Wilkinson finished first in the 160 lb. weight class. Senior Jared Curran finished first in the 195 lb. weight class. Sophomore Andrew DiPietro finished second in the tournament.
“With only 7 wrestlers in the tourney, LNR had six in the finals with five champions,” said Stone. “Like the varsity team, we are small in numbers but large in talent.”
The Black and Gold defeated Georgetown-Ipswich 29-19 Jan. 27, which improved the grapplers’ overall record this season to 15-6-1.
Jean-Simon (126 lbs.) defeated his counterpart by a 10-0 major decision. Whyman (132 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 2:42. Junior Connor Stead (138 lbs.) defeated his opponent by a 6-1 decision. Monzione (152 lbs.) defeated his counterpart by a 10-2 decision. Farrelly (195 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 4:16. Goucher (220 lbs.) defeated his counterpart by fall in 1:17.
“Only 10 out of 14 weight classes were contested with LNR winning six out of 10,” said Stone.
The Black and Gold travel to Wayland on Wednesday, Feb. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. The grapplers host Danvers on Wednesday, Feb. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.