The Swampscott-Marblehead wrestling team yesterday enjoyed its best day in the history of the program at the Division 3 North Sectional tournament. There were six place finishers out of 10 wrestlers competing. And Jake Powell (126) and Sean Taylor (285), both of whom are seniors and co-captains, become the first-ever two-time sectional champions for the Black & Blue wrestling team.
Surprising everyone at 160, including his opponent in the semi-final with a nasty spladle, was senior Joe Mitlin, who took second place and fought well against a great wrestler in Boyle from Triton in his finals match.
Congrats also belong to Ali Atallah, a 182-pound Marblehead junior, and Maleek Tiondre Newsome, a 170-pound Swampscott junior, who by winning their last consolation matches, placed 5th and will weigh in at the division 3 state tournament on Tuesday as alternates.
“With the short time between tournaments, they stand a better chance of wrestling at states than in a normal year,” said Michael Stamison, the team’s head coach.
Another surprise: Eugene Bromberg, Marblehead senior and first-year wrestler, placed 6th at 220. ”Kudos to Eugene, a first-year wrestler as a senior at an upper weight,” said Stamison. “He took his lumps this year, but he had big wins for us in some of our dual meet wins.”
The top 5 place finishers will travel to Wakefield High School for the Division 3 State Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top six place finishers in each weight class at that tournament will then move on to the All States tournament, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at Salem High School.