SWAMPSCOTT — The Marblehead/Swampscott wrestling team waited the entire winter season for the opportunity to wrestle in front of a home crowd. When the time finally came for the Black and Blue to showcase their skills in their own gymnasium, coach Mike Stamison’s boys rose to the occasion and took home their second win of the season.
With Salem visiting the Swampscott gym last night, Marblehead/Swampscott earned a 36-30 win.
“It’s nice to get a win on Senior Night,” said Stamison. “We have a pretty big youth program and a lot of the young kids were in attendance. It’s a good wrestling gym and we’re lucky to wrestle here. It was a perfect night.”
There were only five varsity matches on the night as both squads were forced to forfeit at a number of weight classes. Salem (2-13) was forced to forfeit at two more spots than the Black and Blue, giving Marblehead/Swampscott a 12-point advantage.
Ali Atallah wrestled the Witches’ Ed Duran at 182 in the opening match of the night and the Black and Blue’s senior captain did not disappoint, pinning his opponent less than a minute into the match.
The only other winner for Marblehead/Swampscott was freshman Stephen Hopkins over Jonathon Connelly at 113. Hopkins dominated throughout the opening round eventually scoring the pin with just three seconds left in the period.
Fellow senior Cam Budrow wrestled up a weight class to 138 and while he was bested by Salem’s Peter Duffy, Stamison was pleased with the effort he got from one of just four seniors on the team.
“Ali stuck his kid within a minute, Hopkins wrestled great and Cam we bumped up to 138,” said Stamison. “We told him (Budrow), this is what sports are all about. You’re only as good as your competition.”