Despite injuries & reduced squad, Wrestling team showing no signs of diminished effort.Over a month into the season, the Swampscott-Marblehead Co-Op Wrestling team is working harder than ever to push through the heart of their season and are seeing pockets of success amongst it's team.
While their Dual meet record isn't where they'd like it to be, the Varsity Wrestlers, lead by Captain Ali Atallah of Marblehead, continue to wrestle tough. After tough back-to-back losses against Danvers & Masconomet last week, the Black & Blue attended the Weymouth tournament on January 18th and two wrestlers made the placements. Atallah (182) and Freshman Stephen Hopkins (106) each placed 4th in the very competitive tournamnet which sees some of the best high school wrestling talent the South Shore has to offer.
On Thursday, 1/23, the team wrestled the Panthers at Beverly High School. Senior Cam Budrow (132) had a decisive win by fall, pinning his opponent in the 2nd period. Also winning, were Hopkins (Major decision) and Atallah (Minor decision).
Also seeing success this season is 8th Grader Michael Haskell (120) who continues to wrestle tough every match and make the transition from youth to High School wrestling. Haskell had a big win by fall against Gloucester in the first match of the night- something which set the tone for his teammates who followed him. The future is very bright for this strong, young grappler who has 4 more years of Varsity wrestling ahead of him.
Freshman Joe Warren (170) is a first year wrestler who is learning on the fly and has been thrown into the Varsity fire. Warren had his first win by fall on 1/12 at the State Freshman Tourney at Brookline High School. Warren will only get better as he continues to refine his wrestling technique.
Currently out on injury, but are due to return soon, are Freshman Noah Levine (138) & Sophmore Riain Flynn (220). Levine recently placed 2nd at the Brookline Freshman Tourney including two wins by fall. Flynn, another first year wrestler is "learning in the cauldron" and shows much quickness for an upperweight wrestler.
Sophmore Max Bazarov (145) has recently returned to the team and is regaining his form- preparing for the D3 North Sectionals in February. Senior Ben Grant (160) had a win by fall at the Weymouth Tournament in a very tough weight class.
Marblehead Senior, David Bolognese (152) is yet another first year wrestler who the coaching staff only wishes came out as an underclassman to wrestle. "Bolo" shows immense grit every time he steps on the mat, is very athletic and very strong for his weight. He had a great win by fall against Gloucester which proved to be critical to the team win that evening.
The Black & Blue will host Salem in their ONLY home meet of the season on Wednesday, January 29th at the Swampscott High School Gym at 5:00pm. Admission is FREE !! The High School Wrestling Booster Club strongly encourages all Marblehead & Swampscott resident to attend this only home meet of the season and root the Black & Blue wrestlers on. Flashy new Wrestling Programs will be available, as well as food (pizza, home baked goods). It is also Senior night, where the four Senoirs will be acknowledged.