FRESHMAN Anselm Schools has had a great season leading off for the Warrior wrestling team at the 106 weight class. Schools got another pin against Catholic Memorial’s Luke Orup in 3:11 to get the Warriors on the board first during last night’s 39-36 win. (Donna Larsson Photo)

Published in the January 11, 2018 edition.

DiMascio gets a 3-2 decision to win it for Wakefield

WAKEFIELD — The Warrior wrestling team hosted Catholic Memorial at the Charbonneau Field House last night, looking for a big win against a tough Catholic Conference team. It took 14 back-and-forth matches to decide a winner, and came down to the final two wrestlers to determine the fate of this one.

Wakefield junior Derek DiMascio stepped into the circle with the meet tied at 36 and the fate of a Warrior W squarely on his shoulders as he lined up across from C.M.’s James Schneider in the 285 weight class. DiMascio responded with a 3-2 decision win for a 39-36 Warrior victory to bring their record to 12-2 on the season.

While this meet might justly be remembered as DiMascio’s Day, plenty of Warriors had great matches, as six other Wakefield wrestlers got individual match wins. In fact, all six of Wakefield’s wins heading into the final match were pins.

Anselm Schools, as he has done so often for the Warriors this year, led off with a pin in the 106 weight class. Schools pinned the Knights’ Luke Orup in 3:11.

Following two C.M. victories including a forfeit in the 120 class, the Warriors responded with four consecutive pins, starting with Aidan Armstrong (1:04, 126 lbs.).

Luke Hopkins followed that up with a pin in 3:08 at 132.

Brock Johnson made quick work of his opponent getting a pin in just 20 seconds at 138.

Senior co-captain Jake Goodchild kept the momentum going, pinning C.M.’s Ross Birch in 1:32 at 145 lbs.

Fellow co-captain Kevin Tran later pinned Zach Broderick in 2:57 at 160.

Just as it seemed the Warriors were in complete control, the Knights made one last push with four straight wins of their own in the 170, 182, 195 and 220 weight classes, setting up the final tilt between DiMascio and Schneider.

Sophomore Robbie Fossett was tasked with matching up against All-American and All State Champion Josh Bechen at 195. Fossett hung in for 2:49 before being pinned. It was a good example of a young Warrior team gaining valuable experience, and proof that many underclassmen are stepping up and following the lead of this successful group of seniors.

The Warriors will look for wins 13 and 14 on Saturday morning, 9 a.m. as they host Reading and Greater Lawrence at the Charbonneau Field House.