The Duxbury High School wrestling team competed in the Division II South Sectionals held at Whitman Hanson High School on Saturday and finished third overall behind North Attleboro and Marshfield. While the third-place team finish qualifies Duxbury for the Divisional team tournament Wednesday night in North Attleboro, more importantly for the Dragons was sending nine wrestlers to States. The Duxbury High School wrestling team competed in the Division II South Sectionals held at Whitman Hanson High School on Saturday and finished third overall behind North Attleboro and Marshfield. While the third-place team finish qualifies Duxbury for the Divisional team tournament Wednesday night in North Attleboro, more importantly for the Dragons was sending nine wrestlers to States.

Duxbury’s Tim Donoghue went into the Sectionals as the #1 seed at 103 pounds, and the confident sophomore did not disappoint. After pinning Sharon’s David Gilman in the quarterfinals, Donoghue beat Mansfield’s Brandon Weiner, 9-4, in the semi-finals, and took North Attleboro’s Joe Krzyezk to his back for three points at the end of the first period to seal the championship with a 3-0 decision.

Duxbury’s Justin Carroll (119) did not fair as well in the finals against Marshfield star, Joe Pronk, who got the junior grappler in a cradle that led to a first period pin. Despite the loss the silver medalist had an outstanding run with a major decision over Oliver Ames’ Ryan Yochim in the quarterfinals, and a big time 9-4 win over North Attleboro’s Matt Turcotte in the semi-finals.

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FINISHING ON TOP: Duxbury’s Tim Donoghue was on top of his game when he won the 103-lbs. Division II South Sectional wrestling championship on Saturday.

 

Next up for Duxbury in the finals was Johnny Barrett in the 152-lbs. weight class.    The junior had an impressive 12-2 major decision over Whitman-Hanson’s Matt Coles in the quarterfinals, and a 7-4 win over Sharon’s Emmanuel Howard in the semis. In the championship match, Barrett battled his way back from an early 5-0 deficit to North Attleboro’s Jesse Kummer, and came within one point of tying the score at the end of the first period. After a scoreless second period, Barrett appeared to have a two-point reversal late in the third period that would have given him the lead and the win, but the referee did not give him the two points, and Kummer escaped with a 5-4 victory.

With the Duxbury coaches and fans still shaking their heads in disbelief, Tyler Genereux took the mat in the 171-lbs. championship match, hoping to upset the #1 seed.  Genereux had an outstanding tournament with an 11-3 major decision over Mansfield’s Alex Galanis, and a second-period pin of Sharon’s Jeff Liao after a nifty move from the bottom position. In the finals, Genereux faced North Attleboro’s Phil Tryon. With the score 2-1 in favor of Tryon at the end of the first period, Genereux chose bottom, and the decision proved fatal, as Tryon put the Dragon wrestler on his back, and got the pin halfway through the second period.

Duxbury’s last hope for another championship came in the 189-lbs. match-up with Kyle Gavoni taking the mat against North Attleboro’s Kyle Kummer, who is ranked #2 in the state. In the quarterfinals, Gavoni dominated Mansfield’s Sean Hansen with a 14-3 major decision, but it was his thrilling overtime pin of Sharon’s Dan Godlin in the semi-finals that gave the Dragon grappler a chance at the championship. Gavoni’s double leg takedown of Kummer, brought cheers from the crowd, but the night belonged to North Attleboro and Kummer, who quickly reversed and subsequently pinned Gavoni in the first period.       

Also garnering team points for Duxbury and qualifying for States was senior captain Stefan Seman (135), who battled his way back with a 4-1 win over North Attleboro’s Chris Hanifin and a 9-4 win over Whitman-Hanson’s Ryan Stephansky to earn a bronze medal after an early loss to the #1 seed and eventual champion Clinton Lowell of Marshfield.{sidebar id=1}

Junior Colin McKenzie (140) also won a bronze medal with a 9-0 major decision over Somerset’s Matt Taber, and a 7-2 win over Sharon’s Scott McPherran. 

Sophomores Robert Kates (130) and John McGeady (160) beat their Sandwich (12-3) and Sharon (3-2) opponents to secure fourth-place finishes, and a trip to Reading on Friday afternoon. Duxbury’s Zach Sanchez (125) will also be making the trip as an alternate with his fifth-place finish.