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February 5, 2013

Talented Ferri, Windham on the rise

Jaguars take aim on defending state championship

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“Of this year’s team, I would say Chris and Jeff Armstrong (25-6 at 113 pounds) are our best chances of making it.”

Ferri is definitely aiming for a state championship and he would love to advance to the New England meet. But, even if he doesn’t, he’s glad he decided to give wrestling a try as a freshman. He got a taste of it in eighth grade gym class and he was encouraged by his grandfather, who had a background in wrestling.

A three-year soccer player who switched to football this year and became a starter. Ferri’s best sport is lacrosse. He was the N.H. Division 2 defensive Player of the Year as a junior.

“Wrestling has done a lot for me,” said Ferri. “In lacrosse, I have better stamina than anyone and I started in football because of wrestling. I knew how to use my weight, how to use my body.”

At the same time, Ferri and his classmates have done a lot for Windham wrestling.

Showdown No. 1 tomorrow ...

North Andover, ranked the No. 1 team in the state last week by masswrestling.com, will be at Lawrence tomorrow in a battle to determine the MVC championship. North Andover clearly has more star power, but Lawrence has one of the top dual-meet teams in the region.

The key weights may be at 106 and 113 with Hector Reynoso and Rizky Riyanto for the Lancers and Danielle Coughlin and Peter Taylor for North Andover. Reynoso and Coughlin split last year and Taylor nipped Riyanto earlier in the year.

... showdown No. 2

Just a few miles away in Methuen, the Rangers will be favored to defeat visiting Central Catholic, although a lot will depend on the various injuries and sicknesses that have struck both teams.

The real showdown here will be the 126-pound duel between Methuen’s Christian Monserrat and Central’s Pat Lacroix, who not only are ranked one-two in the Kings of the Ring but in state rankings as well. Monserrat has never lost during the regular season and is a two-time New England finalist while Lacroix was 51-5 and took fourth in New England at 120 last year.

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