Adrian wins, Hebert advances to Finals

Published in the January 5, 2018 edition

By JENNIFER GENTILE

MELROSE—The reigning Div. 3 State Champ MHS wrestling team has once again established itself as the team to beat during its young season as they competed in holiday tournaments, crowning champs in several weight classes.

MELROSE WRESTLING took a 5th place showing out of 76 teams at the George Bossi Tournament at Lowell. (file photo)

On Dec. 28 and 29 Melrose competed in the George Bossi Tournament at the Tsongas Center with excellent results. Out of the 76 teams who competed, Melrose placed fifth with 129 points behind Mount Anthony, Chelmsford, Timberlane and Sutherland. It represents Melrose’s best showing at the tournament ever. 

Melrose’s All State Champion Hunter Adrian, a sophomore, prevailed as the tourney champion in the 106 weight class, topping Winchester’s Scott Downs in with a pin at 1:51. Teammate Sean Hebert climbed his way to the second spot in the 138, falling only to Josh Lee, 5-4. Melrose also saw junior Isaac Seide place in 6th in the 182 weight class, making it an overall solid day for the Div. 3 State Champs. 

According to coach James Bleiler, Melrose is a team ready to defend their state title. “We’re looking to repeat our state championship, absolutely,” he confirms. 

Adrian, meanwhile, could be impossible to beat in the 104. “I’m not sure anyone will beat him this season,” says his coach. “He just has to keep doing what he is doing.”

Melrose had another strong performance at the Wayland Holiday Tournament on December 16, placing third behind Framingham and Walpole and crowning three tourney champions: Isaac Seide, Sean Hebert and Hunter Adrian. Adrian beat Anthony Borelli for a first place title in the 106. Hebert prevailed over Nathanial Beatrice of Newton North and Isaac Seide took the 182 over Ameer Alfrashi.

Bleaker saluted his wrestlers. “Isaac is going to be a top wrestler and very tough to beat in his weight class. And Sean is having a great season against really tough competition.” 

Melrose proved their depth in these meets. At Wayland, Thomas Brodeur impressed with a six place finish in the 113 and Steven MacIntosh nearly took the 145 falling to winner Zabian Powell of Taconic. Mike Calvert also took second place in the 152 behind Luke Wassell of Walpole, and Cam Rosie placed 3rd in the 170, falling to Dylan Burke. Jackson Curran also placed sixth in the 220. Other wrestlers such as Joe Denton and Jack Hickey impressed their coach. “Jack made it to day 2 and Joe performed well in the 113,” he said. 

Overall, look for Melrose to be a team that will improve even more over the season as they aim to to repeat their state title. Up next for the Red Raiders: a meet with Salem on the road at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.