Cumberland wins close battle for team championship at John D. Gorman Memorial Wrestling Tournament
Cumberlandâ€™s Nate Skawinski (left) puts the squeeze on Bristol Easternâ€™s Zachary Marquis right before pinning him in the 160-pound quarterfinals of the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament this past weekend at the Clippersâ€™ Wellness Center. (PHOTO/ERNEST A. BROWN)
CUMBERLAND â€” Senior standouts Cody Beaudette and Chris Hayes captured their weight classes to help Cumberland win a close battle for the team championship in this past weekendâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at the Clippersâ€™ Wellness Center.
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The Clippers, who returned to the top of the team standings after watching Johnston finish first last year, scored 159.5 points to beat 17 other teams (representing four New England states) and nip runner-up Bristol Eastern of Connecticut by 1.5 points.
Two of the top-ranked teams in Massachusetts copped the next two spots, No. 7 North Andover (145.5) and No. 3 North Attleboro (143.5), while nearby North Providence (91) rounded out the top five.
The championship was the fifth in the last six years for the Clippers, who had won four straight tournament titles from 2009-12.
â€śI was happy with that,â€ť remarked Cumberland coach Steve Gordon. â€śAll in all, it was a great tournament and our kids worked hard. The kids who didnâ€™t place [in the top four of their weight classes] had won matches earlier, and in a tournament like this, those points add up.â€ť
If there was one match that certainly helped push the Clippers past Bristol Eastern in the standings, it was in the 120-pound finals, where Beaudette pinned Bristol Easternâ€™s Josh Wilson 1:36 into their showdown.
That capped a four-pin day for Beaudette, but the tournamentâ€™s Most Outstanding Wrestler honors went to Lincoln senior Alex Dâ€™Aloisio. Last yearâ€™s state champion at 120 pounds, Dâ€™Aloisio took the 126-pound crown with a 4-0 mark and a first-round pin of Johnstonâ€™s Jon Soto that took 1:33 to complete.
â€śThat weight class was very, very competitive,â€ť Gordon offered, explaining why Dâ€™Aloisio received the tournamentâ€™s top individual honor.
Hayes, meanwhile, went 4-0 to claim the 182-pound title, but in order to win, he had to survive a tough battle in the finals with Connor Humphries of East Longmeadow, Mass. that saw Hayes eke out a hard-fought 2-1 win.
Taking second place at 195 pounds was Cumberland junior Nick Giorgio, who also had an action-packed title match with North Providenceâ€™s Sebastian Dziadkiewicz that saw the N.P. senior come away with a close 3-1 triumph.
The Clippers also saw Kyle Durkin (138) finish third in his weight class and Dylan Bross (113), Kris Nordby (132), Nate Skawinski (160), and Matt Riley (285) place fourth.
Both the Clippers and the Lions will return to their dual-meet schedules this week. Cumberland, which is 3-0 in Division I-North action, will host Chariho on Thursday at 7 p.m., while Lincoln, which is 5-2 in Division II-South, will host Pilgrim on Wednesday at 7 and Exeter/West Greenwich on Thursday at 7.