Division 2 wrestling

Titles become family affair

By Michael Grossi
Globe Correspondent / February 20, 2011

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MARLBOROUGH — The Division 2 Individual Wrestling Championships last night had a recurring theme throughout the early matches — family.

Senior James Carroll of Needham and his sophomore brother, Mark, won titles in the 130- and 103-pound weight classes.

“It is fun to compete with him,’’ said James. “I am glad I could share the excitement of winning with family.’’

Mark echoed his older brother’s sentiments, saying, “I want to be like my brother. I have always looked up to him. He showed me that hard work pays off.’’

Mark got the winning started in the first match of the night. He defeated Jon Ryan of Dracut, 5-3.

Three matches later, James beat Ricardo Vieux of Catholic Memorial, 6-1.

James controlled the tempo of the match, not letting Vieux get any momentum.

“I had a little pressure on me, but I knew what was going to happen in the end,’’ said James.

Two other sets of brothers competed in the finals, Kyle and Devin Visconti of Malden Catholic, and Jon and Jimmy Ryan of Dracut.

Kyle Visconti lost to Matt Buco of Greater Lawrence, 4-2, in overtime in the 125-pound match. In the extra time, Buco was able to get a cross face on Visconti and take him down to secure the victory.

Devin Visconti defeated Jimmy Ryan, 12-0, in the 145-pound tilt.

The North Andover grapplers again braved the distractions of the past week to post a 1-2 record in the finals, just days after capturing the Division 2 state title.

Jason Ricketts, the first competitor for North Andover, set the tone by narrowly defeating King Philip’s Austin Brais, 4-3, in the 140-pound match.

“It was a back-and-forth match,’’ said Ricketts. “[Brais] is a really technical wrestler and I just had to sprawl out and play defense.’’

Brandon Conrad of Southeastern defeated Dan Connelly of North Andover, 4-2, in the 152-pound match, and Adam Bates of North Andover lost to Brendan Battles-Santos of Nauset, 15-0, in the 215-pound match.

Natick’s grapplers, who were defeated by North Andover in the Division 2 final Wednesday, also went 1-2 in the finals. James Smith beat Quabbin’s Brandon Beauregard, 15-2, in the 135-pound match, Zach Thomas was defeated by Central Catholic’s Ryan O’Boyle, 7-0, in the 119-pound match, and Glen Duffy lost to Sean Fagan of Arlington, 5-3, in the 171-pound match.

In the other matches, King Philip’s Logan David beat North Attleboro’s Shane LeBlanc, 8-0, in the 112-pound match. Ryan Therrien of Masconomet defeated Chris Kellum of Whitman-Hanson, 14-6, in the 160-pound match. In the 189-pound match, Tom Pomella of Marshfield defeated Quinn Darcy of Quabbin, 11-4. Finally, Somerset’s Nick Almeida defeated Stoughton’s Andrew Paredes, 6-3, in the 285-pound match.