JUNIOR Issac Medford (on top) went 2-2 and had two pins during a super quad meet against Tri-County Regional, Middleborough, Quincy Upper School and Worcester Technical High School on Feb. 3. (Tom Salemme Photo)

 

 

After press time: Lynnfield-North Reading defeats Wilmington 52-30 (Feb. 7)

By DAN TOMASELLO

LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield-North Reading co-op wrestling team compiled a 2-3 record last week.

LNR (12-11-1) went 2-2 during a super quad meet against Tri-County Regional, Middleborough, Quincy Upper School and Worcester Technical High School on Feb. 3.

The Black and Gold defeated Quincy Upper School 42-22.

Freshman Jakob Hulett (113 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 2:30. Junior Issac Medford (132 lbs.) won his match by fall at 1:03. Freshman Ephram Donohue (138 lbs.) earned his first varsity victory after winning his match by forfeit.

Freshman Jason Kouyoumdjian (120 lbs.), freshman Drew Cuddy (126 lbs.), captain James Fodera (190 lbs.), sophomore Zack Morse (215 lbs.) and sophomore Dylan Mathews (285 lbs.) won their respective matches by forfeit.

“Quincy Upper had some quality wrestlers, but they were unable to fill weight classes,” said Black and Gold head coach Craig Stone.

LNR defeated Worcester Tech 60-18.

Freshman Zachary Inafuku (106 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 3:19. Hulett (120 lbs.) brought his counterpart to the ground at 2:30. Kouyoumdjian (126 lbs.) defeated his opponent by a 4-3 decision. Medford (132 lbs.) won his match by fall at 26 seconds.

Donahue (138 lbs.) won his match by fall at 1:21. Junior Cam Arya (144 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 3:00. Senior Matt Howell (157 lbs.) brought his counterpart to the ground at 3:32. Fodera (190 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 18 seconds. Mathews (285 lbs.) won his match by a 10-4 decision. Freshman Nathan Barstow (113 lbs.) and sophomore Jack Cuddy (165 lbs.) won their respective matches by forfeit.

The Black and Gold fell 45-34 to Middleborough.

Hulett (113 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 2:30. Arya (150 lbs.) won his match by fall at 1:48. Fodera (190 lbs.) defeated a wrestler who won the Cohasset Tournament’s 215 lb. weight class by a 13-3 decision. Mathews (285 lbs.) brought his counterpart to the ground at 3:25. Inafuku (106 lbs.) and Morse (215 lbs.) won their respective matches by forfeit.

LNR fell 60-13 to Tri-County Regional.

Hulett (113 lbs.) pinned his counterpart at 3:10. Kouyoumdjian (120 lbs.) won his match by a 10-8 decision. Fodera (190 lbs.) defeated his opponent by an 8-0 major decision.

“Both Tri-County and Middleborough are solid Division 3 South teams and will do very well in the sectional tournament,” said Stone. “We just did not match up well with our strength and Tri County’s.”

Stone was proud of LNR’s performance in the super quad meet.

“Considering we were missing wrestlers, going 2-2 at the super quad is not a bad day,” said Stone. “It showcases the team depth that we have this season. Again, I give all the credit to the wrestlers, their attitudes, their improvement and their desire to work hard every day.”

Falls to Gloucester

LNR fell 52-25 to Gloucester on Jan. 31.

Barstow (106 lbs.) won his match by a 6-0 decision. Hulett (113 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 1:31. Arya (138 lbs.) won his match by fall at 2:51, which improved his dual meet record to 14-1. Senior Gavin Iby (150 lbs.) defeated a returning state place finisher by an 11-0 decision. Captain David Glynn (144 lbs.) won his match by forfeit.

“LNR led 25-22 after nine weight classes, however, Gloucester was too experienced in the final five weight classes with two New England place finishers and a Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Tournament finalist,” said Stone. “They were also the runner-ups at the recently held CAL/NEC Tournament. Some matches just come down to the individual weight class match ups. Gloucester’s experience in the later weight classes was just a little more than ours.”

Upcoming meets

The Black and Gold hosts Wilmington in the final dual meet of the 2023-2024 season on Wednesday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnfield High School.

“With a win, we can finish the season with a winning record,” said Stone. “During the last two years, we were a combined 1-45.”

LNR will compete in the Division 3 North Sectional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Tewksbury Memorial High School.

“The top four finishers in each weight class will qualify for the Division 3 State Tournament at Wakefield Memorial High School the weekend of Feb. 17,” said Stone.

Stone said the fifth wrestler in each weight class will be named as alternates to the Division 3 State Tournament.