Local Stars Compete at National Tournaments
Local high school wrestling fans had plenty of talented athletes to cheer for this past winter season, perhaps most notably Nashoba Regional’s Brevin Cassella and Lucien Perla, as well as Monty Tech’s Isaic Paulino.
The high school season has come and gone, however these three superstars have kept on competing for Doughboy Wrestling Club, based in Lowell. The club is in the midst of spending back-to-back weekends competing at national-level tournaments.
Last weekend, the club headed to Lake Placid, New York, as Paulino got to flex his muscles in the city made famous by the Miracle on Ice while competing in the Pop & Flo National Duals.
This Saturday and Sunday, all three wrestlers will travel to Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the NHSCA national duals. It’s a familiar site for Cassella and Perla, who previously competed in the NHSCA national individual tournament earlier in the spring.
The tournaments offer the athletes a chance to prepare for the next season.
“I’m finding out what I need to improve on,” Paulino said.
The Doughboy Wrestling Club will also compete in the AAU Scholastic National Duals, more commonly known as Disney Duals, in Orlando. Perla and Cassella will also take part in the Fargo Freestyle National Tournament during the summer.
Michael Marshall, one of Doughboy head coaches — ably assisted by David Shunamon and Tim O’Donnell, among others — was excited to see how these trips could play out.
“These are always great trips,” he said. “We try to treat these like business trips. So yes, these guys on these trips, we want them to have fun, but we also want them to realize it’s work.
“Practice is work. Matches are work. But we also want them to have fun with that aspect, so it can be good business trip. Getting to compete in these national tournaments and doing well in them, it’s the fruits of their labor and their reward, and it’s also the reward for their parents’ dedication and how much time they dedicate for their wrestlers.”
Marshall has high expectations for the local trio when it comes time for them to compete.
“Paulino, Perla, Cassella, they’re all competitors and tough kids for us,” he said. “I expect they’ll all do well this weekend. Perla and Cassella I think will most likely be at Disney Duals, too, for us, and I think they’re heading to Fargo and competing nationally in freestyle. So, all good things for those kids and the club. And their schools are lucky to have those three, because I think they’re going to help make big names for themselves and their schools.”