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April 19, 2013

Eagle-Tribune Wrestling All-Stars: Perfect season for Rangers' Monserrat


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Honorable Mention

Andover — Joe Solimini, Sr., 160; Jack Reilly, Jr., 138

Brooks — Geoff Fulgione, Jr., 220; Jake Gottfried, Frosh., 182; Ryan Miles, Sr., 195

Central Catholic — Brandon Desfosses, Frosh., 120; Dave Sergi, Sr., 160; Morgan Bronson, Jr., 195; Jack Kiely, Soph., 113

Georgetown/Ipswich — Dave Ingraham, Sr., 132

Greater Lawrence — Luis Mateo, Sr., 220; Jorge Quinones, Sr., 113

Haverhill — Orlando Rojas, Soph., 126; Reece Millington, Frosh., 132

Lawrence — Sonlly Pena, Jr., 132; Anfernee Green, Jr., 126; Henry Carpio, Sr., 152; Luis Severino, Sr., 120

Londonderry — Amir Daouk, Frosh., 106; Mitch Rose, Jr., 113; Jon Young, Jr., 152; John DiSessa, Sr., 182

Methuen — Billy Wehring, Frosh., 106; Jimmy Summa, Sr., 145; Gio Rivera, Sr., 170; Mike Golio, Jr., 220

North Andover — Danielle Coughlin, Sr., 106; Zane Melillo, Jr., 132; Peter Taylor, Soph., 113

North Reading/Lynnfield — Chris Connor, Sr., 195; Joe Morse, Soph., 106; Josh Intorcio, Sr., 160

Pelham — Jared Boyden, Jr., 106; Kevin DeAngelo, Sr., 138; Matt Blanchard, Sr., 182

Pentucket — Tom Funk, Sr., 120; Josh Wesolowski, Soph., 132; Jeff Funk, Sr., 145

Pinkerton — Kevin Ell, Jr., 195; Dylan Barreiro, Frosh., 170

Salem — John Rheaume, Sr., 120; Dom Gigante, Sr., 220; Tyler Greene, Sr., 285; Jackson Peck, Sr., 138

Sanborn — Tristan Leek, Soph., 138

Timberlane — Tim McLinden, Jr., 113; Dan Scalzo, Soph., 132; Ryan Peters, Frosh., 126

Whittier — Shahib Blount, Sr., 170; Xavier Boisvert, Soph., 132; Dave Sachs, Jr., 285; Tyler Tannian, Jr., 113

Windham — Chris Ferri, Sr., 182; Jeff Armstrong, Sr., 113; Dylan Swiderski, Sr., 13

HECTOR REYNOSO, Lawrence Senior, 106

Three-year wrestler peaked at right time. After mild slump, came on strong, finishing first at Division 1 North, third at Division 1 States and second at All-State. His fifth at New England was the highest Lawrence finisher in recent memory. All-MVC. One of five Lancer captains. Works hard at sport in offseason. At his best against top competition. Played soccer for Lancers. Wants to wrestle in college.

TYLER FITZPATRICK, Timberlane Junior, 106

Led best team in area in total wins, finishing 45-6. First year as full-time starter. Captured titles at rugged Lowell Holiday and Sanford tournaments as well as Division 1 States and Meet of Champions. Had Owls’ lone win vs. Blair (N.J.) Academy, the No. 1 team in the country. Tireless worker. “He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever had (at the Barn),” said assistant coach Matt Smith. “He wants to be the best.”

ADAM COREY, Timberlane Senior, 120

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Three-time winner at Meet of Champions. Always at his best in big meets. Placed fifth at New England for second straight year. Finished season at 37-8 for a career record of 134-33. Wrestled up and beat Pinkerton’s Jean-Luc Lemieux in dual meet. Co-captain. Aggressive style, known for his head locks. “He’s very explosive on his feet and very tough on top,” said coach Barry Chooljian.

PAT LACROIX, Central Catholic Senior, 126

Last of three Lacroix brothers from Salem and most accomplished. Went 54-4 with 36 pins. Runner-up at New England after finishing fourth as junior. Set new school record with 180 career wins. Three of four losses were to New England champ Christian Monserrat of Methuen. Wrestled for New England All-Star team. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. “He’s a real competitor and just hates to lose,” said coach Dennis King.

JEAN-LUC LEMIEUX, Pinkerton Sophomore, 126

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Moved up three weight classes in one year. Finished 33-6 with 19 pins. After adjusting to new weight, came on strong. Named Outstanding Wrestler at Hollis-Brookline Tournament and Division 1 state meet. Placed first at Meet of Champions. Two-year record of 73-10. Relentless attacker. Started wrestling as a 3-year-old at Manchester YMCA. Former Elementary School national champion.

PAUL SUGHRUE, Methuen Senior, 132

Went 43-3, giving him three-year record of 138-10. Finished season with 28 pins, six technical falls and three major decisions. Won four tournaments. All-State champion for third straight year. Last of three standout brothers to wrestle for Methuen. Has similar aggressive style to older brother John Sughrue, a former unbeaten New England champ. Eagle-Tribune All-Star at 126 last year and 119 as a sophomore.

JOSH BURNHAM, Timberlane Senior, 138

Rare four-year starter for Owls. Went 152-42 for career, 40-12 this year. Repeat winner at Meet of Champions. Finished sixth in New England. Confident. Co-captain helped Owls finish 24-2 and second in New England. “Josh was a very good leader and that was key in developing the positive chemistry on this year’s team,” said coach Barry Chooljian. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Hopes to wrestle in college.

FRITZ HOEHN, North Andover Sophomore, 152

Enjoyed another outstanding season despite wrestling in arguably New England’s toughest weight class. Division 2 state champion and named Division 2 Outstanding Wrestler. Came in fourth in New England with surge through consolation bracket. Finished 45-5 for second straight year. Aggressive and relentless. Almost as strong in the third period as the first. Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year at 138.

JON SCHEIDEGGER, Sanborn Senior, 152

Enjoyed a spectacular regular season with a 41-0 record, which included 26 pins, 4 technical falls and 6 major decisions. Victorious at Meet of Champions. Won nine tournaments and was named Outstanding Wrestler three times. Three-time Division 3 state champ. His father coached two-man Sanborn team. Plans to wrestle for Division 1 Sacred Heart. Former cross country runner played football and was a standout for Indians.

BRAD DROVER, North Andover Junior, 160

Two-time New England finalist. Lost heartbreaking 4-3 decision in New England finals despite strong third period. Division 2 state champion. Finished 44-3 for two-year record of 91-13. Often wrestled up a weight class in dual meets. Technically sound. Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year at 145. Wrestled at 130 as a freshman. “Brad’s good at everything, but he’s phenomenal on his feet,” said coach Carl Cincotta.

ANDREW KONOVALCHIK, Brooks Junior, 160

Repeat ISL champion. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. New England Prep champion after finishing second as sophomore. Came in sixth at Prep Nationals. Completed season with 28-3 record. Former football player. Coached by his father, who wrestled and played football at Harvard. Two-year letterman in lacrosse. North Andover resident. His brother Nick, an eighth grader, is a state wrestling champion headed to Brooks.

JOSH RILEY, Timberlane Senior, 170

Four-year starter saved best season for last. Came back strong from midseason staph infection. Finished 35-6, giving him career record of 105-26. Victorious at Division 1 States, Meet of Champions and Sanford Tournament. Division 1 state champ as a junior. Tough to turn. Approaches each match with “won’t lose” approach. “He has all the tools to be a great college wrestler,” said coach Barry Chooljian.

RYAN NEALS, North Andover Senior, 182

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star at 182. Division 2 state champion. Finished regular season undefeated. Came in second at All-State and New England. Finished season at 42-2 with 30 pins. Posted major decision over Timberlane’s Harry Denoncourt in dual meet. Two-time New England placer with 90-8 record over last two years. Co-captain. Has great endurance. Will wrestle at Division 1 Drexel or Boston University.

HARRY DENONCOURT, Timberlane Senior, 182

Broke into lineup with a bang as a junior and kept improving. Soft spoken. Lets his action on the mat speak for him. Repeated as state champion and completed tremendous 43-5 season by placing fifth in New England. Surprisingly quick on his feet. Rarely makes a mistake. 5-foot-6. Two-way football player, hopes to play in college. Older brother Mitchell also wrestled for Timberlane.

BEN TAVITIAN, Central Catholic Senior, 220

One of the strongest wrestlers in region. Set school record in wins with 56-6 record and record for pins with 45, most coming in the first period. Division 2 state champion. Stepped it up after 42-10 junior campaign Only started wrestling as a freshman. Quad-captain in wrestling and football. Excellent football lineman earned All-MVC honors. Hopes to play Division 2 college football. Haverhill resident.

SAMIE Al-ZIAB, Haverhill Sophomore, 220

Started the season by dominating at Sons of Italy Tournament. Also placed first at Chelmsford Tournament and third at Lowell Holiday Tournament. Defeated Central’s Ben Tavitian in two memorable matches. Came in second at Division 1 state meet, losing, 3-2, in closing seconds to New England finalist Ian Butterbrodt of St. John’s Prep. Finished 33-7 with 20 pins. Promising guard-defensive end for Hillie football team.

CAM CROWELL, Pinkerton Senior, 285

Enjoyed impressive season after taking two years off. Compiled a 39-5 record with 29 pins, most of which were in the first period. Started season by winning Blue Devil Classic to clinch team crown. Also won Capital City Classic, Division 1 States and Meet of Champions. Second-team All-Division 1 lineman in football. Brother Collin, a former Eagle-Tribune All-Star, was an NCAA Division 3 wrestling quarterfinalist this winter.

Perfect Monserrat reaches goal

Christian Monserrat is a tough guy to satisfy.

After finishing second at New England two years in a row, he reached his goal of becoming a New England champion. Still, the Methuen junior was not entirely pleased.

“I should have had more points,” said Monserrat.

Central Catholic senior Pat Lacroix might disagree, however. He lost to Monserrat in the New England 126-pound finals, 5-2. It was only his fourth loss of the year, but third to Monserrat.

Monserrat’s championship victory capped a remarkable season in which he finished 58-0, recording 36 pins, eight technical falls and six major decisions.

Monserrat was at his best against the toughest foes. In his 17 wins in postseason tournaments, he had four pins, six technical falls and four major decisions. At All-State, he was named Outstanding Wrestler for the lighter weights.

But it’s hard to say that he stepped it up much. This was his third straight unbeaten regular season and third straight All-State title. He has yet to lose outside of New England and will bring a stunning 155-2 record into his senior season. He’s well within range of John Sughrue’s school record 204 career wins.

“I’ve still got a lot more I want to accomplish,” said Monserrat, who has been training at the Barn in Danville for over five years. “I have to stay focused and keep working.”

agateHed:Former MVPs (Dimmy Gavriel Award)

2012 — Zach Bridson, Timberlane and Ryan O’Boyle, Central; 2011 — Nick Lawrence, Timberlane; 2009-10 — Isaiah Williams, Haverhill; 2008 — Trevor Dearden, Salem and John Sughrue, Methuen; 2007 — Derek Sickel, Timberlane; 2006 — Aaron Kalil, Salem; 2005 — Shawn Fendone, Central; 2004 — Joey Fendone, Central and Phil Moricone, Pinkerton; 2003 — Joey Fendone, Central and Nick Dalicandro, Salem; 2001-02 — Matt Smith, Timberlane

2000 — Luis Piantini, Greater Lawrence and Eric Bradley, Timberlane; 1999 — Matt Smith, Timberlane; 1997-98 — Jay Holder, Timberlane; 1996 — Brian Williams, Salem; 1995 — Brian McLaughlin, North Andover; 1994 — Paul DiGiantommaso, North Reading; 1993 — Dimmy Gavriel, Timberlane; 1992 — David Leonardo, Haverhill; 1991 — Dan Alicea, Methuen; 1990 — Jeff Lee, Methuen

2013 Wrestling All-Star Team Name School Year Weight Hector Reynoso Lawrence Sr. 106 Tyler Fitzpatrick Timberlane Jr. 106 Adam Corey Timberlane Sr. 120 Pat Lacroix Central Sr. 126 *Christian Monserrat Methuen Jr. 126 Jean-Luc Lemieux Pinkerton Soph. 126 Paul Sughrue Methuen Sr. 132 Josh Burnham Timberlane Sr. 138 Fritz Hoehn North Andover Soph. 152 Jon Scheidegger Sanborn Sr. 152 Brad Drover North Andover Jr. 160 Andrew Konovalchik Brooks Jr. 160 Josh Riley Timberlane Sr. 170 Ryan Neals North Andover Sr. 182 Harry Denoncourt Timberlane Sr. 182 Ben Tavitian Central Sr. 220 Samie Al-Ziab Haverhill Soph. 220 Cam Crowell Pinkerton Sr. 285 * Eagle-Tribune MVP