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December 5, 2012

Whittier wrestlers could contend in CAC

OUTLOOK: After finishing 11-11 in his first season as head coach, Whittier’s Harry Takesian is optimistic that the Wildcats can take a major step and perhaps be a Commonwealth Conference contender. But Shawsheen Tech, which has developed one of the strongest Division 1 programs in the state, is an overwhelming favorite to repeat as CAC champs.

Greater Lawrence

2011-12 season: 12-7, 7th in Division 2 North

Returning starters (3): Fred Tavarez, Sr., 113/120; Jorge Quinones, Sr., 106; Julio Morales, Sr., 160

Returning lettermen: Jonathan Leon, Soph., 145

Candidates: 55; Captains: TBA

Returning Division 2 North top-4 placers: 3rd Fred Tavarez

Fast facts: Much of the team got a late start to practice because of the football team playing in the State Vocational Large Bowl. ... Assistant Adam Porro is a former Haverhill High assistant while assistant Luis Ruiz wrestled at Greater Lawrence.

Assistants: Adam Porro, Luis Ruiz

Coach Bryant Dube (4th year, 32-25-1): “We have a lot of young kids and a lot of inexperience. It’s definitely a rebuilding year. It’s up to the kids to determine how competitive we can be.”

Whittier-Amesbury

2011-12 season: 11-11, 12th in Division 2 North

Returning starters (7): Josh Diaz, Sr., 120; Austin Roy, Sr., 220; Josh Zaino, Sr., 182; Shahib Blount, Sr., 170; Christian Foresta, Sr., 195 Tyler Tannian, Jr., 113; Zach Zullo, Soph., 152/160

Returning lettermen: Chris Perry, Soph., 182/195; Xavier Boisvert, Soph., 126; David Sachs, Soph., 285

Promising newcomers: Chance Patrick, Soph., 138; Sam Richards, Soph., 106; Dylan Chaffee, Frosh., 145; Shane Mambro, Frosh., 145; Stefano Zarro, Frosh., 120

Candidates: 52

Captains: Josh Zaino, Shahib Blount, Tyler Tannian, Josh Diaz

Returning Division 2 North top-4 placers: None

Fast facts: After Rich Durkin resigned late last year, Harry Takesian was named interim coach in the preseason and soon after permanent head coach. ... Sophomore Chance Patrick is a transfer from Triton. ... Adam Hadley transferred to Salem, Ma. ... There are five freshmen who wrestled for the Haverhill Youth program. ... Ryan Richards, formerly of Haverhill High, is a new assistant for the Wildcats.

Assistants: Chris Grandmaison, Ryan Richards

Harry Takesian (2nd year, 11-11): “I’m optimistic. We had a lot of kids working out in the offseason, more than we’ve ever had. We have a lot of potential. I think we’ll surprise some people. We should be pretty tough at the lower weights and from 152 and up.”

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