By Joe Mitchell
The Lynnfield High School wrestling team opened up a brand new season last Saturday, Dec. 8, and came away with one win in a tri-match at Wilmington. They lost to Whittier (48-36) and Hopkinton by the same score, before beating the host team, 41-27.
Stuart Glover (126-pounds, 4:33 win by pin), Tim Leggett (138, 3:54, win by pin), Dylan Reardon (152, 0:53, win by pin), Dan Ryan (160, 1:35, win by pin), Sean McCullough (182, win by forfeit) and Greg Camier (220, 1:29, win by pin) were the Lynnfield winners against Whittier.
“It was an action-packed dual meet from start to finish, with the lead going back and forth throughout the meet. It was a great way to start the season,” said veteran coach Craig Stone.
“We were unable to fill two weights (113, 120), and as a result we had to forfeit 12 points, which was the difference in the match,” Stone added. “We are much improved over last season, but you have to be able to compete in all 14 weight classes to beat a good team like Whittier.”
Glover (1:44, win by pin), Leggett (0:21, win by pin), Chris Metrano (138, 1:28, win by pin), first-year junior Cam Randazzo (145, 3:49, win by pin), Reardon (1:54, win by pin) and McCullough (0:55) took care of business against Hopkinton.
“We were up 36-24 after 182-pounds, but unable to close it out, because of the forfeits,” said Stone.
Christian Real-Costa (106, win by forfeit), Glover (0:47, win by pin), Leggett (18-2, win by technical fall), Randazzo (145, 0:45, win by pin), Reardon (1:20, win by pin), Giovanni Colucciello (182, win by forfeit), McCullough (1:47, win by pin), Camier (285, win by forfeit) collected enough points to beat the Wildcats.
Captains Glover, Leggett, Reardon and McCullough all started the year well with three straight triumphs.
“It’s always good to get the first win of the season,” said Stone. “But it was a little discouraging because we could have won all three, but at the same time I was very encouraged with the attitude, their abilities and the potential of the athletes we do have.”