“This was a bonus. It was supposed to be at Marblehead, but because of the snow (earlier this week) we got it here. The kids are always excited to wrestle at home and it’s always nice to win in your own gym.”
The Black-and-Blue didn’t get the victory but had some inspiring performances, led by their two seniors. Cam Budrow won by pin in the second round over Beverly’s Will Bennett at 132, while fellow senior Ali Atallah won by an 8-2 decision at 182 pounds in the final match of the night.
The seniors’ performance drew praise from head coach Mike Stamison, who also was very pleased with the way Hopkins wrestled considering he’s just a freshman.
“I liked the way our two seniors wrestled and they both won, which is big for seeding at the CAL/NEC meet in two weeks. And their wins were over quality opponents,” noted Mike Stamison.
“With seven guys it’s tough to win dual meets, but I thought we came in not afraid and wrestled well. And Stephen Hopkins looks like he may make some noise at sectionals.”
The Black-and-Blue will be at home next Wednesday against Salem on Senior Night. Beverly, meanwhile, is home for its next three matches and looks to continue to build momentum going into the league meet and sectionals.
“I’m excited about where we are right now. We’ve made a lot of strides the last couple of weeks,” said Thomas. “We started off the season young but now those younger guys have gotten their feet wet. They are moving through the season well and coming along nicely.”