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February 3, 2014

Weekend area roundup: Danvers, Beverly wrestlers taste success at CAL/NEC Tournament


CAL/NEC Tournament: Danvers had four different wrestlers win their weight classes at the annual Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Tournament at Beverly High Saturday morning. Sophomore Michael Ness won at 113 pounds for the Falcons, as did junior captains Chris Davis at 120 pounds and Chris Behen at 138 pounds, as well as senior Sam Anderson at 152. In addition, sophomore Dan Papalegis was fourth at 132.

Behen was named NEC Wrestler of the Year during the meet. Danvers was also named the NEC dual meet champions for the season, while the Falcons’ Mark DeCiccio was awarded Coach of the Year.

Beverly finished with 106 points, good for fifth place. Senior Tom Wilbur (170 pounds) won his weight class and was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament after going 3-0 on the day. Freshman John Jones (106) and Mike Cirelli (126) placed fourth in their respective weight class. Sophomore Ahmad Alshrafi (113) and senior Jonah Feingold (120) were both third, while senior Joe Kozlowski (145) placed second.

Peabody senior Brandon Rapoza captured the 285-pound weight class.

St. John’s Prep sweeps competition: The Eagles went a perfect 3-0 over the weekend after topping Dighton-Rehoboth (77-6), Braintree (72-3) and Durfee (63-12) to improve to 34-3. Malcolm Mitchell (106 pounds), Michael Dik (120), Hunter Costa (126), Ryan Collins (138), Jared Costa (145), Fred Colberg (152), Ben DiNatale (160), Solomon White (170), Spencer Jenkins (182), Jim Messeder (195) Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Jay Carnevale (285) all went undefeated at 3-0 on the day.


Beverly 5, Marblehead 1: Beverly’s Julie Nearis led the way with three goals and an two assists during Saturday’s win over Marblehead. Kristen McCarthy added a pair of goals and two assists as the Panthers improve to 11-2-1. Anna O’Neill (2 assists), Caitlin McBride (assist) and Rachel Spenser (assist) also contributed to the win. Beverly goalie Madison Jalbert turned away 16 shots.

Brooke Keough put Marblehead on the board in the second period. Netminder Aly Hopkins made 27 saves, while Lauren Perry and Caroline Hughes contributed with assists on Keough’s goal.

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