BELMONT — Nearly two months after the regular season, there were a number of wrestlers in less than top condition yesterday at the Prep-Public Braggin’ Rights All-Star dual meet at Belmont Hill.
Methuen junior Christian Monserrat was not one of them.
Monserrat looked in mid-season form while dismantling New England prep champion Aidan Conroy of Northfield Mount Hermon in a matchup of 126-pounders who both now weigh close to 140.
With two quick takedowns and two back points, Monserrat zoomed to a 6-1 lead in the first period and was ahead 12-3 in the second period when he pinned Conroy at the 3:24 mark, one of only two pins on the day.
”I’m in just as good shape now as during the season, maybe better,” said Monserrat, who was 55-0 and the New England 126-pound champion this year. “I’ve been wrestling twice a week (at Smitty’s Barn) and working out the other days.
”I felt good out there. He (Conroy) wasn’t bad, but I thought I was in control.”
Overall, in fact, Monserrat and the public school wrestlers dominated the match, winning by a 42-9 landslide. Last year, the public school wrestlers only won 21-18.
Only three prep wrestlers won decisions and one was against late fill-in Tom Arsenault of North Reading/Lynnfield. Arsenault only got the call to wrestle two days ago but he wrestled admirably against Tabor’s Todd Bazarewsky, who was a New England prep runner-up and was fifth at prep nationals.
In what was an intense defensive battle, the score was 1-1 until the final seconds when Bazarewsky got a takedown for the 3-1 win. A junior, Arsenault was 41-2 last year, one of the losses an injury default at the state tournament when he dislocated his shoulder.
Two Phillips Academy wrestlers competed well in tough setbacks. New England prep 170-pound runner-up James Palmer dropped a 4-3 decision to Chelmsford’s Ben Melisi while Christian Vallis of Boxford dropped a back-and-forth 6-5 decision to Billerica’s Nick Derosa.