EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 13, 2013

Velez, Lancers gear up for duel against Methuen

By Dave Dyer
ddyer@eagletribune.com

---- — Senior 195-pounder Yariel Velez is back and it couldn’t happen at a better time for the Lawrence wrestling team.

Out all season with a broken hand , Velez returned to the lineup last week and yesterday won all three of his matches as the Lancers romped past Billerica (52-15), Haverhill (46-9) and Central Catholic (45-27) to improve to 14-3 and gain some momentum with several key dual meets upcoming, starting with Wednesday at Methuen.

“Today was really the first time all year we’ve had our whole team, so this was a good performance,” said Lawrence coach Rob Niceforo. “With everyone back, I feel we can compete with anyone in the state.”

Velez, who was a stalwart on last year’s 20-4 team, couldn’t be happier to be back.

“I was dying to get back,” said Velez, who missed time during the football season with a dislocated shoulder. “I helped out my teammates as much as I could, but it was tough just watching.”

Among those Lancers also having a big day was 132-pounder Sonlly Pena.and 182-pounder Chris Pena. Nathaniel Cruz lost his first match of the year at 160 to Central’s Dave Sergi.

Owls win three at Festival

Wrestling in the National Festival duals, Timberlane won three of five matches, losing to Pennsbury, Pa., and Blair Academy, the No. 1 team in the country. Dan Scalzo was the standout of the day, going 4-0 with two pins at 132 while backup Mike DiGregorio was 2-1 with two pins, Harry Denoncourt was 2-0 at 182, Josh Burnham finished the day 3-1 and 106-pounder Tyler Fitzpatrick had the only win against Blair, which rolled to the title with a 61-6 romp in the finals.

Windham wins crown

Windham continued its upward climb in New Hampshire wrestling, edging Hollis-Brookline for first place at the Pelham Invitational. The Jaguars were led by 182-pound champion Chris Ferri, who had a pin in the finals, and relied on superior depth. Jeff Armstrong was second at 113 for Windham and David Crichton was runner-up at heavyweight.

“It was great that everyone contributed for us,” said Windham coach Tom Darrin. “We had guys scoring in 12 weight classes.”.

Sanborn’s Jon Scheidegger pinned his way through the 152-pound division and was named tournament Outstanding Wrestler while Kevin DeAngelo won his second tournament crown in two weeks for host Pelham, winning 8-5 in the 138-pound finals.

Knights place fifth

Banged-up North Andover, missing standouts Danielle Coughlin, Stephen Cincotta and Ryan Neals with minor injuries, placed fifth at the Cumberland (R.I.) Invitational. Zane Melillo pinned his way through his competition to win the 132-pound title and Brad Drover was first at 160. Fritz Hoehn lost his first match of the year, 4-3 in the finals to the defending Connecticut state champion. Peter Taylor had a strong tournament and took third at 113 for the Knights and Nick Cincotta was fourth at 138.

Monserrat shines;

Methuen falls

Christian Monserrat was at his best, but it wasn’t quite enough to keep the Methuen winning streak alive.

Monserrat had four first period pins and was named “Outstanding Wrestler” but the Rangers fell in the finals of the Brookline Dual Tournament, 45-21 to Plymouth South, snapping a 35-meet winning streak over the last two years. Monserrat, who has never lost a dual meet, is now 28-0 on the year.

Also going 4-0 for the Rangers, now 15-1, were 106-pounder Billy Wehring, who improved to 26-1, 132-pounder Paul Sughrue (18-0) and 170-pounder Gio Rivera (17-3). Mike Golio won three matches at 220 to improve to 22-2.

Rheaume shines

Salem 120-pounder John Rheaume won the Merrimack Tournament for the fourth straight year and was named Outstanding Wrestler as the Blue Devils came in fifth as a team. For Londonderry, which was fourth, Kyle Byrd was a champion at 138 and Will Bean was first at 145.

Tuneup for Astros

Unbeaten Pinkerton tuned up for Wednesday’s home clash with powerful Timberlane by sweeping Manchester Central and Manchester West. Nine wrestlers were unbeaten on the day for the Astros (11-0) including 113-pounder Eric Daigle and 120-pounder Nick Arsenault..

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North Reading/Lynnfield improved to an area-best 16-0 with a quad-meet sweep over Salem, Minuteman and Saugus. Joe Morse and Eric Kerr got things rolling with three wins each at 106 and 113.

North Andover places fifth

Team places: 1. La Salle, R.I. 5. North Andover

North Andover placers:

113: 3. Peter Taylor; 132: 1. Shane Melillo; 138: 4. Nick Cincotta; 152: 2. Fritz Hoehn ; 160: 1. Brad Drover

Timberlane wins three

Team scores: Pennsbury, Pa. 36, Timberlane 24; Blair 73, Timberlane 3; Timberlane 50, Emmaus, Pa. 13; Timberlane 42, St. Benedict’s, N.J. 13; Timberlane 39, Souderton 9

Timberlane results:

106: Tyler Fitzpatrick 2-1; 113: Tim McLinden 2-2; 120: Adam Corey 1-2, Jake Durkin 1-1; 126: Ryan Peters 0-3, Jake Kappler 1-1; 132: Derek Bohle 0-1, Dan Scalzo 4-0, 2 pins; 138: Bohle 1-0, Josh Burnham 2-1; 145: Shaun Ahern 2-0, Zach Kliska 0-1, Brian Lonergan 0-1, Burnham 1-0; 152: Kliska 0-1, Luke Appleton 0-2, Lonergan 2-0; 160: Appleton 0-2, Chris Pagliccia 1-2 ; 170: Pagliccia 1-0, Josh Riley 2-2; 182: Harry Denoncourt 2-0, Mike DeGrgorio 1-1; 195: Cam Gargano 1-2, DiGregorio 1-0; 220: 1. Shawn Grenier 2-2; HVY: Zach Stewart 1-2

Records: Timberlane 14-2

Brookline Duals

Team scores: Methuen 60, Brookline 16; Methuen 66, Newton South 18; Methuen 42, Duxbury 20; Plymouth South 45, Methuen 31 (finals)

Methuen records:

106: Billy Wehring 4-0; 113: Will Wilder 2-2; 120: Remy Colon 0-2, Jean Varella 1-0; 126: Christian Monserrat 4-0; 132: Paul Sughrue 4-0; 138: Aaron Labrecque 2-2; 145: Jimmy Summa 3-0, Rafael Caceres 1-0; 152: Dan Aziz 2-2; 160: A.J. Bolduc 3-1; 170: Gio Rivera 4-0; 182: Ben Fitzgerald 1-1, Fouad Samara 1-1; 195: Alex Lima 1-1; 220: Mike Golio 3-0; HVY: George Deleon 2-1

Records: Methuen 15-1

Merrimack Tournament

Team results (14 teams):1. Fairfield, Conn., 2. Noble, Maine, 3. Nashoba, 4. Londonderry, 5. Salem

Local placers:

120: 1. John Rheaume (Sal); 126: 2. Jake Barr (L) 3-1; 138: 1. Kyle Byrd (L) 4-0, 4. Jackson Peck (Sal); 145: 1. Will Bean (L) 4-0; 152: 2. Cody Sharpe (Sal0, 3. Jon Young (L) 4-1; 170: 3. Richard Bilodeau (L) 4-1; 182: 4. John DiSessa (L) 3-2; 195: 3. Mike Poulin (Sal); 220: 3. Tyler Greene (Sal)

Pinkerton sweeps

Pinkerton records:

106: Derek Low 2-0; 113: Eric Daigle 2-0; 120: Nick Arsenault 2-0; 126: Jean-Luc Lemieux 2-0; 132: Brenden Sullivan 2-0; 138: Dakota Krol 1-1; 145: Brett Wilson 1-1; 152: Tyler Wilson 1-1; 160: Tony Messina 1-1; 170: Dylan Barreiro 2-0; 182: Hunter Morris 2-0; 195: Kevin Ell 2-0; 220: Ben Trickett 1-1; HVY: Cam Crowel 2-0l

Records: Pinkerton 11-0

Pelham Invitational

Top 6 team scores (19 teams): Windham 137 1/2, Hollis-Brookline 135, Westerly, R.I. 125, John Stark 13, Nashua South 101, Whittier 93

Winners and local placers:

106: 1. Kevin Melanson (NS), 2. Jared Boyden (Pel), 4. Sam Richards (Whit) ; 113: 1. Kenny Kiriga (NS), 2. Jeff Armstrong (Wind); 120: 1. Codi Gaudreau (JS), 4. Zach Sprague (Wind); 126: 1. Nich Widmann (JS), 4, Devin Marino (Wind); 132: 1. Cody Brown (Westerly), 4. Xavier Boisvert (Whit); 138: 1. Kevin DeAngelo (Pel), 2. Tristan Leek (Sanborn); 145: 1. Stephan Nix (Newport); 152: 1. Jonathan Scheidegger (Sanborn); 160: 1. Adam Smullen (Con-Val), 4. Sholoh VanHyll (Wind); 170: 1. Kaegan Pearsall (Harwood), 4. Shaheeb Blount (Whit); 182: 1. Chris Ferri (Wind), 4. Jeremy Martinez (Whit); 195: 1. Nate Ashe (H-B), 3. Corey Alberico (Wind); 220: 1. Cameron Crook (Souhegan); HVY:1. Sean Taylor (Marblehead), 2. David Crichton (Wind)

Reggies drop pair

Team scores: Shawsheen 58, Gr. Lawrence 9; Reading 58, Gr. Lawrence 21

Top Gr. Lawrence records:

113: Jorge Quinones 2-0 ; 182: Reinaldo Camilo 1-1 ; 220: Luis Mateo 2-0; HVY: Angel Abreu 1-1

Lawrence sweeps

Team scores: Central 51, Haverhill 27; Central 42, Billerica 30; Lawrence 52, Billerica 15; Lawrence 46, Haverhill 9; Lawrence 45, Central 27

Local records:

106: Hector Reynoso (L) 2-0, Tom Pagliarulo (CC) 1-0, Dan Doherty (CC) 0-2; 113: Braulio Reyes (L) 1-2, Jack Kiely (CC) 3-0; 120: Rizky Riyanto (L) 1-2, Brandon Desfosses (CC) 3-0; 126: Anthony Green (L) 1-1, Many Arias (L) 0-1, Pat Lacroix (CC) 3-0; 132: Sonlly Pena (L) 1-0, Arias (L) 1-0, Green (L) 1-0, Nate Hall (CC) 3-0; 138: Julio Hernandez (CC) 2-1, Pena (L) 2-0, Rafael Medina (L) 1-0; 145: Jeremiah Damiron (L) 2-1, Donovan Nolan (CC) 0-2; 152: Henry Carpio (L) 1-0, Rangel Villar (L) 1-0, Reese Gemmell 0-1, Matt Mears 0-1, John Mendonca (CC) 0-1; 160: Nathaniel Cruz (L) 2-1, Dave Sergi (CC) 3-0 ; 170: Eriberto Batista (L) 2-0, Jonaly DeJesus (L) 1-0, Jack Putnam (CC) 1-2; 182: Chris Pena (L) 3-0, Zach Janco (CC) 1-2; 195: Yariel Velez (L) 2-0, Pat Dziedzic (CC) 0-3; 220: Velez (L) 1-0, Andy DelaCruz (L) 0-2, Ben Tavitian (CC) 2-1; HVY: Dave Veilleux (CC) 2-1, Hector Jimenez (L) 1-1, Jan Pichardo (L) 1-0

Records: Central Catholic 7-4, Lawrence 14-3

North Reading sweeps

Team scores: North Reading 61, Minuteman 6; North Reading 39, Salem 9; North Reading 51, Saugus 6

North Reading/Lynnfield results:

106: Joe Morse 3-0 ; 113: Eric Kerr 3-0; 120: Chris Yee 2-1; 126: Joey Wise 2-0, Lucas Pascucci 1-0; 132: L.Pascucci 2-0, Travis Clark 1-0; 138: Eric Goucher 1-0, Jack Maccario 2-0; 145: Alex Pascucci 2-0, Kevin Robert 2-1; 152: A.Pascucci 1-0, Brendan Ritchie 1-1; 160: Joey Romano 1-0, Josh Intorcio 2-0; 170: Intorcio 1-0, C.J. Finn 2-0; 182: John Klug 3-0; 195: Chris Connor 3-0; 220: Tom Arseneault 3-0; HVY: Andrew Kibarian 2-1

Records: North Reading 16-0

Phillips 55, Deerfield Academy 24

Team scores: Phillips 55, Deerfield 24; Phillips 57, Hyde-Conn. 18; Phillips 54, Hyde-Maine 30

Phillips records:

106: Andreas Shiekh 3-0; 113: Tom Daly 3-0; 120: Christian Vallis 2-0, Paul Tulungen 0-1; 126: Chase Gottlich 2-0, Vallis 1-0; 132: Justin Mutchnik 1-0, Gottlich 1-0; 138: Mutchnik 2-0; 152: Alyssa Augustin 0-2; 160: Henry Manning 0-1; 170: James Palmer 3-0; 182: Alex Rubin 2-0, Zach Merchant 1-0; 195: Henry Curtis 3-0; 220: Matt Simon 3-0; HVY: Alex Humphreys 2-1

Records: Phillips 4-2