When the Duxbury wrestling team traveled to Milford High School on Saturday for a quad meet, they knew that they would have their hands full with No. 19-ranked Milford and perennial powerhouse North Attleboro. Add Coventry, RI to the mix, winners of an unprecedented 17 consecutive state championships, and it was going to be a long day for the Dragon grapplers.
As a team, Duxbury witnessed firsthand some quality wrestling programs, but also saw a few of their own wrestlers rise to the occasion.Â One of those grapplers was sophomore Jake Genereux, who began the day by scoring a 15-0 technical fall over North Attleboroâ€™s Andrew McLoughlin.Â The Dragonsâ€™ senior captain Alec McKenzie won his match by forfeit at 189 and Nick Kates won by decision at 103.
Milford was next up for Duxbury, and senior captain Jamie Auer got the visitors on the board first with a second period pin of Milford junior Mark Brodeur in the 145 lb. weight class.Â Unfortunately for the Dragons, they would have to wait until the 215 lb. contest between Duxbury junior Bobby Boyle and Milford sophomore Mike Shea to win their next match.
Boyle started the second period on top, and refused to let the underclassmen escape, repeatedly throwing him to the mat before pinning him halfway through the second period.Â Sophomore Owen Grey had his chance against Milfordâ€™s Justin Strapponi in the heavyweight contest, but the Milford junior fought off his back, and returned the favor by pinning Grey.Â In similar fashion, freshman Jim Chappuis had Milford senior Ryan Richard in leg scissors twice, but couldnâ€™t get the pin.Â It was another opportunity lost for the Dragons as Milford showed their resilience, recording another pin after being on their backs.
The highlight match of the day came in the 130 lb. weight class with Jake Genereux facing off against Milford senior Richie Santiago, who is one of the top wrestlers in the state in that weight class according to MA wrestling.
After falling victim to Santiagoâ€™s quickness on his feet, Genereux cut the lead in half with a one-point escape, and then went on the offensive, scoring a critical take down of his own.Â However, a reversal by Santiago would again give him a one-point lead. The lead was short-lived when Genereux rolled on bottom, earning a two-point reversal for a 5-4 lead heading into the third period.Â After deferring to Milford in the second period, Genereux chose top to start the third.Â With both legs in, Santiago could not escape, but with 35 seconds left in the match the referee gave Genereux a warning for stalling.Â The call seemed to rattle the Duxbury sophomore for a second, and Santiago took advantage, getting a reversal of his own with less than 30 seconds remaining in the period.Â Genereux did everything he could to tie the match up, but Santiago hung on for a 6-5 victory.
Fortunately for Genereux, he would have another shot at beating a top ranked wrestler, and he did just that when he earned a hard fought 5-4 decision over Coventryâ€™s Dylan Dupree. Also winning for the second time on the day with pins were Alec McKenzie and Bobby Boyle.
The Dragon grapplers are hoping to have senior captain Pat Donovan and junior Brendan Gillis back in the lineup when they travel to North Quincy on Wednesday for a Patriot League match at 7 p.m.
- Written by Mike Halloran
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