While the Bishop Hendricken varsity wrestling team is one of the top contenders for the state title this season, the Hawks’ freshman and junior varsity teams have already taken care of business.
Over the weekend at Coventry High School, Hendricken captured both the freshman and junior varsity state titles. On the freshman side, the Hawks’ score of 161.5 was just enough to get past Johnston, which finished with 156.
For the junior varsity, Hendricken dominated with a 176 to comfortably top second-place Cumberland. The Clippers finished with 156 points.
In the freshman meet, Hendricken’s top finisher was Anthony DiMauro, who came in first place at 132 pounds. DiMauro won three of his four matches by pin.
The Hawks also added four second-place finishers to the fold. At 106, Nicholas Celico was the runner-up, falling 1-0 in the finals to West’s Max O’Connell. Matthew Jacobsen had a similar path at 120, as he came in second as well and suffered a one-point loss, 4-3, in the finals to Johnston’s Mike Caparco.
John Arruda lost a one-point showdown with East Providence’s Casey Coburn 3-2 in the finals at 138, to finish second, and John Grasso took second at 145.
Hendricken’s Ryan Gomez took fourth place at 126.
In the JV meet, the Hawks were even more dominant.
They captured four titles, and also added a second and fourth-place finish.
Adam Berg took first at 106 after picking up three pins in his four matches, and William DiGiuseppe won at 126 with three pins of his own.
At 170 Daniel Fedorenko went home with first place in 170 and Pierre-Lou Arcand was first in 182. Arcand won a 1-0 decision over Cumberland’s Barrett Bernier in the finals.
John Coburn lost a tight match to Coventry’s Michael Rocchio in the finals at 138 – giving Coburn second place – and Paul Moore came in fourth place at 160.
Pats, Titans, ’Canes turn in strong efforts
The Warwick public schools also wrestled well over the weekend. Vets led the way with a 12th-place finish in the freshman meet, while Pilgrim came in 19th and Toll Gate took 21st.
The ’Canes had 47 points, the Pats had 30 and the Titans finished with 27.
Toll Gate’s Edmund Pierce continued his strong freshman campaign by finishing in first in the 170-pound class. He had two pins en route to the title.
Vets was paced by Mickenzey Pacheco in third place at 132 and Davin Lourenco in fourth at 106.
Pilgrim’s top finisher was Nathan Brice in third place at 170, while Michael Pereira grabbed fourth at 195.
In the JV meet, Toll Gate finished in 13th with 40 points, Pilgrim took 16th with 30 points and Vets was 28th with six points.
Emmanual Pimental came in third place for Vets at 106 and Toll Gate’s Ryan Sherry captured third at 120 with a 4-2 overtime win over Classical’s Ben Pennick in the third-place match. Pilgrim did not have a finisher inside the top four.