WEST NEWBURY — It was a pretty fair day for New Hampshire wrestling yesterday at the Pentucket Tournament and an even better day for North Reading/Lynnfield, which captured its first tournament title since 2010.
But it was a great day for the Funk family of West Newbury.
Senior Tom Funk won his second straight Pentucket tourney title, rolling to the 120-pound crown after winning at 113 last year, while overshadowed twin Jeff won his first ever tournament crown, pinning his way through the 145-pount field.
“That was great to see,” said Pentucket coach Dennis Puleo. “Jeff has a lot of technique and is putting it all together this year. I think he was tired of finishing second (in tourneys).”
Although he has not had nearly the success of Tom, who was 44-9 last year and won two matches at New England, Jeff has been more motivated than envious of his brother’s success.
“I support my brother and it just encourages me to work harder,” said Jeff. “When he won today, it gave me a boost and got me ready.”
Tom Funk improved to 12-1 on the year and is feeling confident wrestling up a weight class.
“I feel stronger and it’s easier than last year to make weight,” he said. “My goals are to win Division 3 (states) and do better at New England.”
The titles by the Funks, complemented by an impressive runner-up finish at 138 by Kevin Clark and a third-place finish by Sean Clohisy at 195, lifted Pentucket to third-place, ahead of Cape Ann League foe Masconomet in the 18-team field. Clark beat top-seed Jake Kappler of Timberlane 8-5 in the semifinals and Clohisy had two pins and would have made the finals if not for an unexpected pin while leading his match in the semis.
“We had a couple of disappointments, but overall it was a good day for us,” said Puleo.