Hawks pin Pats, roll into states

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The Hawks cruised past the Pilgrim Patriots 78-3 on Thursday evening during a Division I Wrestling dual meet at Bishop Hendricken.

Pilgrim has a limited roster and only participated in seven of the 14 matches. The forfeits gave Hendricken’s Connor Shao, Noah Sclama, D'ante Silva, Nick Fine, Jack Kuprevich, Isaiah Fammanue and Adolfo Betancur all easy victories.

The seven Pats that did wrestle gave the Hawks good challanges.

“It’s just a testament to the group,” Pilgrim head coach Tom O’Connor said. “We’ve got a small team. The pairings are hard, so a lot of the work, they do on their own. And they’re putting in the time and they’re getting better.”

Pilgrim’s only win on the night came when star Brady Burke earned a 10-3 decision over Mason Preble at 145 lbs.

“Brady’s a tough cat,” Hendricken head coach Kevin Hennessey said. “It was a good match for Mason, a good test to see where he is.”

“He works hard every day and every day he gets a little better,” O’Connor added. “And he leads the team in that same aspect. Work hard and you get better. Mason did well too. It was a good match to watch. It was fun, and there was a lot of change in position, and there was a lot of action, and that’s what we were hoping for.”

Burke was happy to get the win, but feels he still has more work to put in.

“It wasn’t my best match, but it felt pretty good because I had just come off an injury,” Burke said. “So, it feels good to actually get someone who’s actually a little tough. It just shows that I got to keep working and we’ll be good.”

At 106 pounds, Hendricken junior Aidan Zabbo pinned Pilgrim freshman Kiara Scanlon, 30 seconds into their match.

Next, Andrew Fallon, a sophomore, of Hendricken covered junior Aaron Gluchacki, 1:32 into the 126-pound bout,

At 132 pounds, junior Tyler Keaney of Hendricken pinned sophomore Jaydyn Moniz in the second round.

Hendricken junior Cullen McGrew covered Elijah Germain, a sophomore, with 1:34 remaining in the third round of the 138-pound bout.

Sophomore Luke Mead of Hendricken pinned Hunter Nemirow, just 29 seconds into the 195-pound match.

Finally, Hawks senior Cam Baily covered Pilgrim senior stud Dikran Krikorian, one minute and 54 seconds into the 220 lbs. bout.

“He’s been pretty consistent throughout the year and we’re expecting big things out of him at the state tournament,” Hennessey said of Baily.

Hendricken improves to 14-1 in Division I, while Pilgrim falls to 0-15.

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