Published in the March 2, 2016 edition
By DAN TOMASELLO
READING — Lynnfield-North Reading co-op wrestling senior captain Max Whyman was one win away placing from placing in the All-State Tournament at Reading Memorial High School last weekend.
Whyman compiled a 2-2 record in the 132 lb. weight class during All-States. Whyman began All-States defeating Barnstable’s Casey Connor by a 6-5 decision in the Round of 32. He fell to Danvers’ Colby Holland, a Division III State champion, by a 2-1 decision in the Round of 16.
In the first consolation round, Whyman pinned Hanover’s Danny Ryan at 4:55. In the second consolation round, Whyman fell to Sharon’s Luke Stilman by a 6-4 decision. Black and Gold head coach Craig Stone said if Whyman defeated Stilman, he would have at least earned an eighth place finish in All-States.
Stone commended Whyman’s performance during All-States. He also said he was proud of the senior captain’s accomplishments the past four years.
“It’s the most exciting tournament of the year,” said Stone. “The top place finishers from all three divisions are at one site. Just to be there and wrestling, based on your division state place finish, is a credit to your performance this year and to win matches is a testament to your advanced skill level. I would have loved to see Max place. It would have been a fitting ending to an outstanding career. But, in no way, does this diminish his accomplishments this season or over his career.”
Whyman concluded his senior year with an overall record of 45-9. He finished his four-year wrestling career with a 128-39 record, which is the third best career record in the history of the Lynnfield and LNR wrestling programs. Whyman trails only Eric Kerr (162-37) and Tom Arseneault (129-35). Whyman was also a three-time Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Tournament place finisher. He was a four-time sectional place finisher and a three-time state place finisher as well.
Over the course of the 2015-2016 season, Whyman was crowned champion of the Anthony Lisitano, Pentucket Holiday and Cohasset tournaments. He also won the CAL/NEC Tournament and was the Division 2 North Sectional Tournament runner-up. He placed sixth in the Division 2 State Tournament.