Two of five Swampscott-Marblehead wrestlers earned medals at the 2012 Daniel Gionet Memorial Wrestling Tournament held at Pelham, N.H. Marblehead junior Sean Taylor took second place in the heavyweight division and junior Jake Powell took second place in the 113-pound division.
Taylor lost 2-1 in his championship match to Zach Migneault of Hollis-Brookline, N.H. Migneault, who is ranked No.1 in Division 2 New Hampshire, has become a bit of a nemesis for Taylor. Taylor lost to him 1-0 in three over times earlier this season at the Tyngsboro Tournament and 2-1 in a match last year. Taylor is presently ranked as the No. 2 heavyweight among Division 3 wrestlers in Mass.
"Taylor lost a tough one against Migneault, who is a great wrestler and a good kid, too," said Mike Stamison, the Swampscott-Marblehead head coach. "Unfortunately, Zach is a senior, and the only time they'd see each other again would be New Englands… so an outside chance. I thought Sean wrestled well for someone who has missed half a season."
Powell, who is presently ranked as the No. 8 wrestler in the state at 113 pounds, lost by just one point in his championship match to Tom Funk of Pentucket, 3-2. "Powell wrestled tough against Funk," said Stamison. "I'm glad they ran into each other for the first time this season at Pelham. Funk will be an adversary of Jake's for the rest of the season, as they will undoubtedly be meeting again at both the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference or CAL/NEC League Tournament, as well as the Division 3 North Sectional. We will rewatch the video of this match, as well as try some different strategies at practice this week to help Jake become a more complete wrestler."
The Black & Blue wrestling team finished in 14th place overall on the day.
The Swampscott-Marblehead wrestling team will travel to the Somerset, Mass. for a wrestling tournament next Saturday.