State wrestling finals

Knights keep their focus

North Andover best in Division 2

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By Bob Holmes
Globe Staff / February 17, 2011

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WORCESTER — Calling his team “train guys, and they weren’t going to be derailed,’’ assistant coach Carl Cincotta and North Andover will enjoy today’s headlines.

The Knights beat Natick for the second straight year in the Division 2 state wrestling final, beating the Red and Blue, 32-25, last night at WPI.

The win came just two days after the arrest Monday of longtime wrestling coach Dave Castricone, 60, on charges of possession of child pornography. He pled not guilty Tuesday in Lawrence District Court and was released after posting bail. He’s due back in court March 30. Castricone resigned Monday as head coach.

But last night’s news was all good.

“The toughest part was keeping the guys focused,’’ said Cincotta. “They showed no signs of being distracted.’’

Trailing, 12-10, after Natick’s James Smith beat Danny Lorra at 135 pounds, North Andover took the lead for good when Jason Ricketts beat Natick’s Nick Zinck, 4-2. It was 13-12 and the Knights never looked back.

At 145, North Andover’s Frank McCarthy won to extend the margin to 17-12. Dan Connolly then pinned Natick’s Tim Arthur to make it 23-12. Natick chipped away, with Alexe Restivo-Lage winning at 160 followed by Glenn Duffy winning at 171 to cut North Andover’s lead to 23-19.

North Andover’s Arthur Rose beat Jake Mehlman, 9-2, to push it to 26-19 and when Adam Bates pinned Natick’s Nathan Ziegler, North Andover had an insurmountable lead. Josh Cappadona’s win at 285 led to the final score.

There was no talk of a day off for anyone on the North Andover side. With the Division 2 state individuals starting tomorrow, it’s back to practice today at 2:30. After, of course, reading a few headlines.

Division 1 Lawrence 32, Springfield Central 26 — With the match tied, 26-26, after 13 weight classes and the other two divisions already decided, Lawrence junior Janer Reyes pinned Springfield Central’s Carlos Rosario to give the Lancers their first wrestling state title.

Other winners for Lawrence were Elvis Genab (103), Edgardo Rios (125), Argens Carpio (135), Shaquille Fuentes (140), Emmanuel Cintron (171), Juan Rodriquez (189), and Joshua Espinal (215).

“He had a lot of heart in that match,’’ said Lawrence coach Rob Niceforo of Reyes.

Division 3 Triton 34, Holliston 33 — After a 33-33 tie after 14 matches, the title went to Triton based on the first tiebreaker, wins.

Triton won eight matches to Holliston’s six.

Triton had a 33-27 lead going into the 285-pound match. Holliston’s Jack Hamre pinned Triton’s Andrew McManus to tie it at 33-33 but after officials conferred, Triton was given the state title.

The wrestling crown was the Vikings’ first since 1984 and a surprise since Triton has just three seniors.

The Vikings winners were Victor Ramirez (103), Mark Rosmarinofski (119), freshman Cody Nixon (130), Mark Boyle (135), Cody Miller (145), Tim Cashman (160), Bryan Giblin (189), and Ryan Clay (215).