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December 6, 2012

Funk twins to lead Pentucket wrestling

:OUTLOOK: The Beast of the Cape Ann League, North Andover, has moved on to the MVC, so there is a void to fill and three teams are vying to occupy it.

Masconomet and Division 3 Triton are the most likely successors to North Andover, but don’t discount North Reading/Lynnfield. The Hornets were 20-4 last year and boast their biggest squad (50 wrestlers) in at least 20 years.

Cape Ann League

Georgetown-Ipswich

2011-12 season: 3-18-2

Returning starters (10): David Ingraham, Sr., 132; Chris Paquette, Sr., 145; Mike Maher, Sr., 120; Kevin Hand, Sr., 113/120 ; Michael Gallanar, Jr., 126; Mason Dalley, Jr., 220; David Conway, Jr., 182/195; Jared Conway, Soph., 182; Charlie Galanis, Soph., 113; Matt Curry, Soph. 182

Promising newcomers: Scott Perry, Jr., 152; Jovan Geronimo, Frosh., 120; Carsten Ueckert-LaPlante, Frosh., 106; Trevor Hebb, 8th, 120

Candidates: 18; Captains: David Ingraham, Chris Paquette

Returning Division 3 North top-4 placers: Matt Prescott 1st

Fast facts: Last year’s top wrestler, junior Matt Prescott, is lost for the season because of a knee injury suffered in football. ... New assistant Dan Curley, the coach’s son, wrestled at Plymouth State last year. ... Jay Nemeroff, another new assistant, is a former Georgetown wrestler.

Assistants: Dan Curley, Jay Nemeroff, Dom Butera

Coach Mike Curley (5th year, 28-53-4): “If we can break .500, that would be good given the size of our team. We’d like to get our better guys far into the tournament.”

North reading-lynnfield

2011-12 season: 20-4, 3rd in Division 3 North

Returning North Reading-Lynnfield starters (7): Joe Romano, Sr., 152, 160; Alex Pascucci, Sr., 145; John Klug, Sr., 182; Andrew Kibarian, Sr., 285; Tom Arsenault, Jr., 220; Erik Kerr, Jr., 113; Lucas Pascucci, Soph., 132

Returning North Reading lettermen: Travis Clark, Sr., 132; Chris Connor, Sr., 195; Eric Goucher, Sr., 138; Anthony Manganiello, Sr., 152; Josh Intorcio, Sr., 152/160; Scott McGrath, Jr., 120

Promising North Reading newcomers: Joe Morse, Soph., 106

Candidates: 50

Captains: Erik Kerr, Tom Arsenault

Returning Division 3 North top-4 placers: None

Fast facts: North Reading-Lynnfield got the OK in September to extend the co-op team for at least another two years. ... This year’s roster of 50 wrestlers (25 from each town) is the most in at least 20 years. There are 17 freshmen out. ... New assistant Nick Secatore was a three-time state placer for head coach Craig Stone.

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