Warriors go 1-3 in four meets
WINCHESTER — The holiday weekend may have been a good one for the fans of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. But for the Warrior wrestling team, the long weekend wasn’t so terrific as it posted a 1-3 record in four dual meets.
On Monday morning against Middlesex League Liberty division juggernaut Winchester, Wakefield won three weight classes and proved to be no match for the powerful Sachems as it dropped a 43-15 meet at Winchester High School.
That came after the Warriors went 1-2 in a quad-meet held Saturday at the Charbonneau Field House. Wakefield lost to M.L. rival Reading, 42-36, and Shawsheen Tech, 52-18, in a non-league match. The Warriors salvaged one victory as they topped Greater Lawrence, 51-25.
Wakefield is now 10-7 overall on the season.
The Warriors had two wins by pin and the other came by decision in Wakefield’s meet against the Sachems. All three victories came from their senior captains.
At 170, Ryan Cunningham scored a 4-0 decision over Rob Walsh.
Meanwhile, standouts Dan Wensley and Alex Kane won their bouts at 195 and 220 by fall. Wensley pinned Trenton Gala at 2:30 and Kane took down Mike Conley at 5:03.
The rest of the weight classes went in Winchester’s favor. The 132, 138 and 145 weight classes weren’t contested.
Senior Dan Bertini and junior Evan Gourville both lost by pin at 152 and 160. Bertini lost to Jordan Darby at 1:59 and Gourville was defeated by Anthony Fraumini at 43 seconds.
At 182, senior Vinny Murdocca was pinned by Ryan Errico at 35 seconds.
Senior Nick Murphy put up quite a battle at 285 against Jack McGowan as he was edged by a 3-2 decision.
At 106, Jack Spicer, a sophomore, dropped a major decision (11-2) to Bryson McEachin.
Junior Shannon Drager, junior Evan McGuire and senior Connor Shine all lost by pin at the 113, 120 and 126 bouts. Drager was defeated by Kevin Zucher at 3:15, McGuire lost to Marcos Torres at 1:16 and Shine was taken down by Alex Graylin at 27 seconds.
The Warriors were involved in a close meet against the Rockets which came down to the final weight class which was the 152. In that contest, Bertini was pinned by Adam Morton at 2:36 which broke a 36-36 tie.
Wakefield scored the first 30 points of the meet as it took six points in each of the first five weight classes.
Gourville pinned David Oliver at 3:30 of the 152 match and Cunningham won by fall against Onafrio Perreca at 47 seconds of the 170 contest.
Matt Yirrell, a senior, accepted a forfeit at 182 for six more points.
Wensley and Kane each won by pin at the 195 and 220 weight classes. At 195, Wensley defeated Nick Holmes at 3:49. At 220, Kane beat John O’Brien at 2:49.
Reading scored its first points of the meet at 285 and 106. Murphy was pinned by Matt Ferraro at 3:50 of the 285 bout. At 106, Spicer dropped a 14-9 decision in overtime to Trevor Morton.
At 113, Jake Allen, a sophomore, accepted a forfeit for the Warriors.
McGuire dropped an 8-4 decision to Griffin Killian at 120 and Shine was pinned by Darren Driscoll at 4:57 of the 126 match.
Reading’s Joe Penna and Nick Tucci accepted forfeits at the 132 and 138 weight classes.
At 145, Ben Piercy, a sophomore, was pinned by Jimmy Beddington at 1:05 which tied the score at 36-36 at the time.
Greater Lawrence Meet
Wakefield earned its only victory on Saturday as it defeated Greater Lawrence. The Warriors won nine of the 14 weight classes.
At 170, Gourville pinned Malib Pastrana at 5:45.
Yirrell lost by major decision (11-2) to Chris Eyssi at 182 before the Warriors won the next four weight classes by pin.
At 195, Wensley took down Jarred Garcia at 1:22, while at 220, Murphy won by fall against Doug Majen at 1:13. Kane defeated Chris Tejada at 1:20 of the 285 bout and and Spicer beat Luis Torres at 1:07 of the 106 match.
Wakefield’s string of victories was ended at 113 as Allen was pinned by Jersel Hernandez at 1:15.
McGuire pinned Abel Orta at 1:02 of the 120 match and Goodchild accepted a forfeit at 126.
At 132, Shine lost by major decision (9-1) to Chris Lopez.
Greater Lawrence’s Josh Pastrano accepted a forfeit at 138 before Piercy was pinned by Chris Hernandez at 1:30 of the 145 match.
Bertini scored an 8-2 decision against Gio Covino at 152 and Cunningham pinned David White at 1:15 of the 160 bout for Wakefield’s final points of the meet.
The Warriors won the first four weight classes but it was all Rams after that.
Yirrell scored a 5-1 decision over Chris Hoar at 182 and Wensley pinned Matt Finn at 59 seconds of the 195 bout.
At 220, Kane pulled out a 4-3 decision over Joe Fusco, while at 285, Murphy pinned Anthony Godin at 5:20.
The rest of the meet was all Shawsheen Tech as it scored 52 unanswered points. The Rams accepted forfeits at the 113, 132 and 138 weight classes.
At 106, Spicer lost by major decision (12-0) to Jake Ferri, while at 120, McGuire dropped his match by major decision (10-0) to Tyler Telford.
Shine was pinned by Bryce Spinosa at 3:04 of the 126 weight class.
Piercy was pinned by Josh Merrifield at 47 seconds of the 145 bout and Bertini lost by fall to Jake Brennan at 2:30 of the 152 weight class.
At 160, Gourville was pinned by Chris Soerenson at 1:52, while at 170, Cunningham dropped a 6-3 decision to Chris Arkilis.
Wakefield has a non-league dual meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Triton Regional at the Charbonneau Field House.