Haverhill Hillies Wrestling '16-'17

D1 North: Methuen's Franklin struts his stuff

METHUEN — Darius Franklin admits that there is some pressure when you’re undefeated heading into the postseason.

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Wrestling, 03/13/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Owls' McGonagle wins New Englands with a pin

PROVIDENCE — This time, Connor McGonagle left no doubt, and left nothing to chance.
After finishing as a New England runner-up as a freshman, McGonagle swept through the New England tournament in resounding fashion over the weekend to capture the 126-pound title.
McGonagle won his first three matches, giving up only one point, winning 9-1, 6-0 and 5-0, and then pinned Tyler Sung of New Canaan, Conn., at 3:46 in the second period of the finals. That raised his record to 47-2 and — with the extra team points with a pin — lifted Timberlane into fourth place in the tourney.
McGonagle was one of two local finalists. In the last match of the night, WIndham’s Mike Tanguay lost a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker to Lincoln-Sudbury’s Andrew Marshall.  
Thanks to McGonagle and a fourth-place finish from junior Dylan Tremblay at 170, Timberlane finished with 57 points. Danbury (Conn) was the overwhelming champion, finishing with 114 points, well ahead of runner-up Newtown (Conn.) and Mount Anthony (Vt.).
“We would have liked to have finished higher, but we had some disappointments and lost some close matches early,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian. “But it’s such a tough tournament and our two placers wrestled great.”
McGonagle gave up a takedown in the final match, but recovered quickly to take a 4-2 lead into the second period. When he saw an opportunity for a pin, he pounced.
“It’s definitely more satisfying getting the pin,” said McGonagle. “I wasn’t looking for it, but when I had the chance I wanted it.
“The difference this year is that I was wicked calm and wrestling to win, not to not lose. Last year was difficult being here as a freshman. This year I was more aware, more prepared.”
McGonagle won two New England titles in middle school but, he said “I’m going for three in high school.”
Tremblay had several memorable matches, none more so than in the consolation semifinals. Trailing 9-3 in the third period, he got an escape, takedown and near fall to tie it and then won in overtime for the right to wrestle for third.
Methuen senior Darius Franklin sailed into the 182-pound semifinals still undefeated for the season Saturday afternoon, but he left in pain and disappointment.
Wrestling against Maine champion Ryan Fredette, Franklin showed a lot of energy early and took a 2-1 lead into the second period. But an injury to the same knee that ended his freshman season proved his demise.
Ahead 3-1, Franklin hurt his knee in the second period and had it checked at the end of the frame. Trailing 5-3, he had limited mobility for the third period and lost 10-5, lying on the mat in pain for several minutes before getting up.
Forced to injury default his next two matches, Franklin officially finished sixth, winding up his season with a 40-3 record, but only one loss on the mat. 
Travis Manick did not place at 195 pounds Saturday but he certainly came close. 
The Methuen junior dropped a tough 9-8 decision to Windham’s Mike Tanguay in the quarterfinals but came back in the consolations with a technical fall. Then he bowed out one match shy of winning a medal, falling 6-4 to Mass. state champ Henry Behaeghel.
It was a strong tournament for Salem’s 145-pounder Tristen Cabinta, who placed fifth.
After losing 7-3 in the quarterfinals, he wrestled back in consolation action with two wins before dropping a tough one-point overtime decision in the consolation semifinals. But he came back strong, winning his last match, 6-4 over Austin Shorey of Noble, Maine. 
A year ago, North Andover sophomore Joey Valentino couldn’t even wrestle at New England, having missed the last half of the season with an injury. Over this past weekend, he made up for the absence, placing fifth at 120 pounds.
In one of the toughest weight classes, Valentino defeated Mount Anthony’s Keenan Taylor 8-5 in his final match. It was his second win over Taylor of the day.  
This time, Shawsheen Tech senior Jake Ferri was more than ready.
The defending New England champ prevailed at 113 pounds, defeating well-known sophomore rival Ryan Garlitz of St. John’s Prep 6-0 in the finals. It was the fourth time in four weeks that the two had faced each other, with Garlitz winning at the Division 1 state meet.
Ferri, who is headed to Kent State, finished the season at 59-1 while Garlitz closes at 55-3, with all three losses coming to Ferri. 
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Wrestling, 03/04/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Franklin breaks through

Methuen’s Darius Franklin claimed his first divisional state championship on home turf Saturday, but it didn’t come easily. After dominating his first three matches, Franklin faced down unbeaten Cambridge Rindge and Latin star Toru Goto in the final and had all he could handle.

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Wrestling, 02/25/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies finish second


haverhill sophomore Sam Prescott seemed eager to return to the mat Saturday. Out briefly with bruised ribs, Prescott came back strong at the Hillie duals, pinning five straight opponents at 145 as the Hillies finished second in the dual-meet tournament.

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Rolling Rolando


Haverhill heavyweight Rolando Carrasco improved to 20-1 and recorded his 19th pin of the season as the Hillies moved over the .500 mark (7-6) with a 57-18 romp over Andover. Nick Tejada continued to wrestle well at 132, recording a technical fall.

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Wrestling, 01/11/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Heavyweight tandem


Junior heavyweight Rolando Carrasco won twice and freshman understudy Jaydahrius Levy had a pin as Haverhill won twice and placed third at the Natick duals. Nick Tejada (132) and Matt Coyne (138) were both 3-0 on the day.

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Wrestling, 01/07/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

At the buzzer

Haverhill wrestling got a bunch of big performances in its 56-24 win over Tewksbury, but none more dramatic than from Sam Prescott. The 152-pounder got a pin right at the buzzer, recording the fall at 5:59.

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Wrestling, 01/04/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Santoro shines


Haverhill lost tough dual meets to Lincoln-Sudbury and St. John's Prep. but it was a big day for sophomore 195-pounder Joe Santoro, who had two pins. Also, heavyweight Rolando Carrasco continued to shine, getting two pins, including one over returning state placer Franciso Colon of Lincoln-Sudbury. For St. John's Prep, North Andover's Zach Alexander won his 100th match.

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Wrestling, 12/31/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

North Andover in 2nd


North Andover may be short in numbers but the Knights are not lacking in talent as they showed Sdaturday by finishing a strong second at the Wilmington tournament, just 13 points behind Shawsheen.

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Wrestling, 12/17/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Haverhill 2, Acton-Boxborough 0


Hillies go 1-2

Haverhill's rebuilding squad won two meets in a quad-meet, losing only to Acton-Boxboro 40-39. Jake Nicolosi had three pins in an impressive debut at 126 and senior Matt Coyne had three pins at 138. Heavyweight Rolando Carrasco was also 3-0.

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Wrestling, 12/10/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars