By DAN TOMASELLO
COHASSET — The Lynnfield-North Reading co-operative wrestling team won the Cohasset Tournament for the third straight year on Saturday, Jan. 10.
The Black and Gold finished with 167 points. Hanover finished second with 142 points. Tri-Country finished third with 131 points. The co-op team had 12 out of 14 wrestlers place during the tournament.
Senior captain Joe Morse placed first in the 113 lbs. weight class after winning the 106 lbs. weight class last year. He defeated a Hanover wrestler by an 11-0 decision in the finals. He pinned a Nauset wrestler in 1:45. Morse also defeated a Norwell wrestler by fall in 3:32.
Senior Jake Mullin-Bernstein won his first varsity tournament after placing first in the 132 lbs. weight class. Mullin-Bernstein defeated Hanover’s Damien Galotti, a returning sectional place finisher, by a 10-1 decision in the finals. He defeated a Norwell wrestler by fall in 2:52 and defeated a Tri-Country wrestler by a 3-0 decision in the first two rounds of the Cohasset Tournament.
Senior captain Lucas Pascucci won the 138 lbs. weight class, making him a two-time Cohasset Tournament champion after he won the 132 lbs. weight class last year. He pinned a Nauset wrestler in 2:49 in the finals. Pascucci also defeated a Hanover wrestler by fall in 3:08. He pinned a Rockland wrestler in 3:34.
Senior Brandon Troisi was crowned champion of the 285 lbs. weight class and won his second straight tournament this year. He defeated a Tri-County wrestler by a 9-2 decision in the finals. He also pinned a Holliston wrestler in 23 seconds and defeated a Nauset wrestler in the first two rounds of the tournament.
Senior captain Dominic Monzione finished second in the 145 lbs. weight class. Dominic Monzione, who has placed second in two out of the last three tournaments, pinned a Holliston wrestler in 3:02 and defeated a Cohasset wrestler in 59 seconds in the first two rounds of the tournament. He fell to a Hanover wrestler by a 5-4 decision in the finals.
Junior Max Whyman finished second in the 126 lbs. weight class. He pinned a Nauset wrestler in 13 seconds in the first round of the tournament. He also defeated a Cohasset wrestler by fall in 2:30. Whyman fell to Holliston’s Goldberg, a returning state place finisher, by an 11-5 decision in the finals.
Will Hall placed third in the 106 lbs. weight class after making his varsity tournament debut. Junior Kai Jean-Simon placed third in the 120 lbs. weight class. Junior Zach Monzione finished fifth in the 160 lbs. weight class. Senior Victor Buonfiglio finished fifth in the 182 lbs. weight class. Junior Max Robert finished sixth in the 170 lbs. weight class.
Black and Gold head coach Craig Stone praised his squad’s performance during the Cohasset Tournament.
“It was a two way battle throughout the tournament between us and Hanover,” said Stone. “Each team placed six wrestlers into the finals. Before the final round began, we held a 21-point lead and was able to maintain that through the round. However, the potential for Hanover to win the championship was there if we did not wrestle as well as we did in that round.”
The Black and Gold pounded Wakefield 47-27 on Wednesday, Jan. 7, improving the grapplers’ dual meet record this season to 13-2.
The Warriors jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before the Black and Gold won seven straight weight classes to take a 38-6 lead.
Sophomore Joe Reardon (113 lbs.) pinned his opponent in 39 seconds. Morse moved up to the 120 lbs. weight class and defeated an experienced opponent by fall in 1:58. Whyman pinned his counterpart in 37 seconds. Mullin-Bernstein (132 lbs.) defeated his opponent by a 6-3 decision.
Senior Garrett Anderson (138 lbs.) defeated his opponent by fall in 36 seconds. Dominic Monzione (152 lbs.) defeated his opponent by a 16-0 technical fall. Buonfiglio defeated his counterpart by a 6-4 decision, which gave the Black and Gold a 41-9 lead. Troisi pinned Wakefield’s Nick Murphy in 3:23. Pascucci (145 lbs.) defeated his opponent by forfeit.
The Black and Gold host Watertown on Wednesday, Jan. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. The grapplers will face off against Triton, Melrose and Southwick in a quad meet on Saturday, Jan. 17, beginning at 10 a.m.
If the Black and Gold defeats Triton on Saturday, the locals will win the Cape Ann League championship.