Brawl in the Hall returns next week
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High wrestling team continued their strong season by going 3-1 at a super quad meet they hosted on Saturday. The Warriors went on to earn victories in two league dual meets this week, first on the road against Watertown on Monday, then at home against Burlington on Wednesday.
Wakefield hosted Wilmington, Pentucket and Tyngsborough on Saturday at the Charbonneau Field House. The Warriors beat Wilmington 55-12, toppled Pentucket 39-15 and fell to Tyngsborough 55-21.
The Warriors went 7-2 in contested matches against Wilmington. Andrew Valley had a 12-1 major decision at 126 to earn 4 points.
Wakefield won all of their matchups from 145 to 220 with wins by Nick Roberto at 145 (F, :38), Sean Callanan at 152 (F, 3:22), Zach Arria at 160 (F, 3:31), Theo Valenti at 170 (7-6 DEC), Luke Ickes at 182 (F, 1:21) and Joe Lamonica at 220 (F 1:17).
The results were similar for Wakefield against Pentucket, going 5-3 in contested bouts while also picking up multiple forfeits.
Pentucket was victorious at 145, 138 and 195 but Wakefield won at 182 with Luke Ickes (3-0 DEC), 170 with Valenti (F, 1:10), 160 with Arria (F, 1:52), 152 with Callanan (F, 4:32) and 126 with Bryan Fabbri (F, 1:42).
The Warriors then got a great test against a talented Tyngsborough team. The Tigers went 9-4 in contested bouts and picked up an extra six points on a forfeit at 106 to earn a 55-21 win.
Wakefield got wins from Valley at 132 (F, 1:36), Roberto at 145 (F, :29), Luke Ickes at 195 (8-5 DEC) and Nathan Ickes at 285 (F, 1:05).
On Monday, Wakefield traveled to Watertown where they beat their Freedom Division opponents by a 53-21 count.
Wakefield went 10-4 against the Raiders. Nine of their victories came via pin.
Nathan Ickes (1:14), Ben Burdetsky (:58), Luke Ickes (5:04), Valenti (1:59), Arria (1:39), Roberto (:43), Oisin Cullen (3:10), Valley (1:24) and Fabbri (:26) all had pins. Gavin Bayers earned a 15-0 Technical Fall at 113.
The Warriors continued to be locked in when they returned home for another divisional tilt with Burlington yesterday.
Wakefield went 5-2 in contested bouts and picked up a few forfeits on their way to a 51-18 victory.
Arria made quick work at 160 with a pin in 25 seconds as did Valley at 132 with a pin in 55 seconds.
The rest of Wakefield victories were hard-earned.
Lamonica had a 2-1 Decision at 195.
Luke Ickes was victorious at 182 with a 3-2 Decision.
Valenti won at 170 on a 10-6 Decision.
Wakefield’s super quad meet scheduled for this Saturday morning at Wayland High was cancelled due to the impending snowstorm.
The annual “Brawl in the Hall” between rivals Wakefield and Melrose will return to Memorial Hall this season. The big matchup is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the action starts at 7 p.m.
The Warriors will hope for a repeat of the past on Groundhog Day as they look to win their third straight matchup against Melrose and their third consecutive Freedom Division crown.