ZACH ARRIA took 2nd in the 152 weight class at the Hollis Brookline Invitational on Saturday. (Dan Pawlowski File Photo)

NASHUA, NH — The Wakefield High wrestling team traveled to Nashua High School South for the Hollis Brookline Invitational on Saturday.

The Warriors took home 3rd overall out of nine teams.

Wakefield had three 2nd place finishes and four 3rd place finishes to highlight a balanced effort. Salem was first as a team followed by Hollis Brookline in 2nd.

The second place finishers for the Warriors were Nathan Ickes at 285, Tommy Grover at 132 and Zach Arria at 152.

Arria pinned Winnacunnet’s Nick Holmquist in 2:57 to advance to the semifinal round where he pinned Salem’s San Le in 4:53. That set up a championship bout against top seed Troy Moscatelli of Hollis Brookline. Arria scored points with a reversal and a takedown but Moscatelli eventually got a pin.

Grover also had two victories to get to the finals. He made quick work of Conval’s Emiel Sefuentes with a pin in 37 seconds. That set up a semifinal matchup against Hunter Crea of Hollis Brookline. Grover outlasted his opponent in a great bout, winning by a 9-7 decision thanks in large part to a 3rd period takedown which turned a 6-5 lead into an 8-5 advantage. Grover had the lead after one against Conval’s Cam Jordan in the finals but trailed after two and Jordan finished it with a pin in 4:28.

Nathan Ickes earned two pins to reach the championship. He beat Salem’s Ben Begin with a pin in 1:23 before doing the same to Trace Borosinski in 2:20 in the semifinals. That set up a matchup with the top two heavyweights at the invite as Ickes squared off with Daniel DeBernardo of Milford. An epic battle nearly went the distance, the only points scored by DeBernardo on a 3rd period reversal before pinning Ickes in an official time of 5:17.

Wakefield’s 3rd place finishers included Andrew Valley at 126, Ben Burdetsky at 220, Oisin Cullen at 138 and Sean Callanan at 145.

Callanan dropped his first bout but came back to win four in a row over Salem’s Dominic Walker (pin, 0:47), Salem’s Kevin Todisco (pin, 2:01), Milford’s Evan O’Connell (DEC, 8-7) and Salem’s Jonathan Belkus (pin, 2:26).

Cullen pinned Travis Rolon of Milford before falling in the semifinals. Cullen pinned Milford’s Tyler Ireland in 40 seconds and Conval’s Chi Fowler in 2:21 to get the 3rd.

Valley pinned Salem’s Reilly O’Brien in 1:59 before falling in the quarterfinals. He bounced back with four straight wins to earn a 3rd with pins against Marty Burns (Hollis Brookline), Hunter Kolesar (Milford) and a 14-1 major decision over John Forcier (Bishop Guertin) to set up a rematch with O’Brien which ended in another Valley pin in 1:22.

Wakefield’s Joe Lamonica (195) and Luke Ickes (182) earned 4th place finishes in tough brackets.

Luke Ickes beat Salem’s Mike Williams in a 3-1 decision before falling to eventual champion Chris Robbins of Conval in the semifinals. Ickes then beat Hollis Brookline’s Justin Colby by a 4-1 decision to get 4th.

Lamonica pinned Kyle Graser of Bishop Guertin before dropping a 7-1 decision to eventual champ David Jacques of Salem in the semifinals. Lamonica bounced back with a quick pin in 53 seconds against Jonathan Evans of Milford.

James Fabbri (113) and Kenny Nguyen (160) had 5th place finishes for Wakefield. Fabbri went 2-2 with wins over Domenic Murphy of Salem (6-4 DEC, Sudden Victories) and Colin Foley of Bishop Guertin (8-3 DEC). Nguyen also went 2-2 with wins over Conval’s Aiden Brissette (5-3 DEC) and Winnacunnet’s Miles Tiberia.

The Warriors will travel to Danvers for a dual meet on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.