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January 2, 2014

Sports in a Minute

Both ranked No. 4

Roger Williams University’s wrestling team enjoyed a fine first semester and local wrestlers were a big reason for that. Two locals, former Pinkerton standout Collin Crowell and Salem’s David Welch (at 184 pounds), are both ranked No. 4 in the country in Division 3.

Crowell, a senior captain wrestling at 165, won his 100th match in his career in a win over the Merchant Marine Academy, joining a Roger Williams group that includes former Salem star Joe Fitzsimons and former Timberlane standout Pete Doucet.

Roger Williams, which is 5-0 in dual meets and is ranked 16th nationally as a team, has also gotten a strong first semester from Pat Lacroix, the freshman from Central Catholic and Salem, N.H.

DiGregorio with an ‘i’

Unfortunately, a couple of references to Timberlane senior 195-pounder Mike DiGregorio in last week’s big win over North Andover, had his name spelled as DeGregorio. The way he wrestled that night, it’s doubtful the same mistake will be made again.

Unique sports promotions

I’ve always been intrigued by sports promotions and there were some unique ones in 2013.

Kansas State lured fans to its women’s basketball opener by giving away 300 pounds of bacon. The Florence Freedom, a Kentucky minor league baseball team, saw the Manti Te’o fictional girlfriend story as too good to pass up. It was offering a bobblehead of the “girlfriend.” The boxes, however, would be empty.

Finally, the minor league Lehigh Valley IronPigs enticed fans with a free funeral in a promotion the club said represented not outside-the-box thinking, but “inside the box.”

In retrospect ...

The more I think about it, Haverhill’s 28-21 victory over Lowell on Thanksgiving was one of the top local games in 2013 and a tremendous credit to the Hillies. Haverhill was a definite underdog against a Lowell team that gave Super Bowl champ Central Catholic all it could handle and the Hillies’ 21-0 second half rally is something to marvel at.

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