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December 3, 2012

North Andover's Konovalchik leads Brooks

Deeper Brooks should contend for ISL crown

OUTLOOK: Over the years, Brooks and Phillips have been among the top prep schools in New England.

After years of great success, Brooks has been rebuilding the last two years while Phillips has enjoyed considerable success. The roles could be reversed this year.

Brooks, led by Andrew Konovalchik and Nate Gibeley, should have its best team in years and compete for the Independent School League title. Phillips is rebuilding around star junior Christian Vallis.

Brooks

2011-12 season: 10-11, 3rd at ISL Meet

Returning starters (9): Ryan Miles, Sr., 195, Groveland; Andrew Kimball, Sr., 152; Andrew Konovalchik, Jr., 160, North Andover; Nate Gibeley, Jr., 170; Geoff Fulgione, Jr., 220, North Andover; Tommy Connelly, Jr., 285; Chris Cervizzi, Soph., 145, North Reading; Tom Caron, Soph., 113, Andover; Andrew Bolte, Soph., 138

Returning lettermen: Gavin Ugone, Sr., 145; Jun Yabuki, Jr., 132; Jake Bradford, Jr., 160; Graham Grieve, Jr., 152; Cole Millington, Soph., 145

Promising newcomers: Will Collins, Soph., 285; Hamilton Coke, Jr., 132; Jake Gottfried, Frosh., 182, North Andover; Jake Hesse, Frosh., 132, North Andover

Candidates: 25; Captains: Andrew Kimball, Andrew Konovalchik

Returning ISL top-4 placers: Andrew Konovalchik 1st, Nate Gibeley 1st, Andrew Bolte 3rd, Andrew Kimball 4th

Fast facts: Andrew Konovalchik, who was 29-3 last year and second in New England, missed the football season with an injury but should be back in action by the first of the year. ... Former All-American Sean Bilodeau, a four-year starter at Lehigh, is a new assistant. ... Senior Ryan Miles, who started as a sophomore, is back after missing all of last year with an injury. ... Sophomore heavyweight Will Collins is a transfer from Bishop Guertin. ... Junior Nate Gibeley was 3-2 at the Super 32 tournament in November and has looked terrific. .. Freshman Jake Gottfried of North Andover was a youth school New England champion last year. ... Brooks faces a tough schedule that includes home meets with powers Natick (Friday night) and Franklin. Pjhillips will be at Brooks Jan. 30.

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