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March 11, 2014

Masco Youth Wrestling wins Middle School state championship

It’s hard to believe that the first Masco Youth Wrestling class will head off to college in the fall. This year’s group is continuing the tradition of excellence started by those outstanding young men.

Masco Youth Wrestling had its best day ever at the recent Massachusetts Youth Wrestling Association state championships at Algonquin High School. It crushed the competition in the 7th and 8th grade category to win the event with 137.5 points, far ahead of second place Chelmsford’s 68 and Springfield’s 64.

Having won the North Sectional title, MYW brought a dozen wrestlers to the state championship. Eight placed in the 16-man brackets against 54 teams from across the state.

The same group of young wrestlers had won the grades 5-6 grade state title two years in a row, and in 2013 they took the New England championship.

Now the Masco Youth Wrestlers will attempt to defend their New England Championship title this Saturday and Sunday at North Andover High School.

“It was an excellent day for the team,” said program founder Todd Darling. “They came and competed at an extremely high level throughout the day. As teams go, this was our most talented and deepest by far.”

Four Masco Youth wrestlers went all the way to finals. Ryan Garlitz of Manchester (81 pounds) and Jack Darling of Boxford (88 lbs.) were best in the state in their weight categories. Teammates Colin Vallis of Boxford (143 lbs.) and Josiah Burns of Middleton (106 lbs.) also reached the finals and placed second.

Harrison Shapiro (118 lbs.) and Trevor Nugent (74 lbs.) of Boxford placed third along with Joey Perkins (136 lbs.) of Topsfield, while Michael Haskell of Swampscott was fifth (118 lbs.).

The middle school team had great support from the Novice Division (grades 5-6), with Billy Stevens of Topsfield placing second against an opponent who had previously defeated him at Sectionals. Adam Schaeublin of Salem (63 lbs.) was third and Caridad Nugent of Boxford (81 lbs.) finished sixth.

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