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January 13, 2014

Strong pedigree

Methuen freshman Franklin aiming to create own legacy

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“He’s worked with me a couple of times (recently) and he helped give me advice at the Framingham tournament,” said Franklin.

Looking ahead, Franklin would like to be as successful as his older brothers, in his own way.

“I want to accomplish what they’ve done, but I want to choose my own path,” he said. “I want to create my own legacy.”

Thus far, he’s off to a good start.

Pinkerton proposal

Second-year Pinkerton coach Dave Rhoads has set in motion a plan to hold a 12-team “Border War” dual meet tournament Jan. 17, 2015 in Pinkerton, bringing together six top teams from Massachusetts and six from New Hampshire. It’s a great idea and interested teams are encouraged to contact Rhoads. However, schedules can be somewhat constricting so it may take a year or two before an elite field can be assemblesd.

Martin comes back

Greater Lawrence junior Angel Martin, who was a receiver and then quarterback for the football team in the fall, is back on the mat after taking a year off and is starting to make some noise. Despite being bumped up more than a weight to 195, he had a pin against Central Catholic last week to improve to 5-2.

The Reggies have struggled a bit, but first-year coach Adam Porro is encouraged by a strong sophomore class that he hopes he can keep together for the next two years.

Sanborn down to one

With the graduation of state champion Jonathan Scheidegger, who is wrestling at Sacred Heart, Sanborn is down to one wrestler, Tristan Leek, representing the school. Leek, a 145-pound senior, works out at Exeter High School and is accompanied to tournaments by his father. He has been wrestling extremely well all season.

Leek is currently 15-2 with his only losses coming to the 2013 state champion from Vermont and Nolan Viens, a fifth-place finisher at last year’s New England Tournament, and he was mighty impressive while placing first at the Chelmsford Tournament last Saturday.

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