State Vocational Crown Was Extra Special for Shawsheen
DANVERS -- Last year at the State Vocational wrestling tournament was a tough time for Shawsheen Tech.
After dominating the event for several seasons, the Rams lost the title for the first time to Putnam Vocational. Shawsheen Tech was committed to not letting that happen again this time around.
Shawsheen edged Putnam for the State Vocational title with a score of 216.5 team points to Putnam’s 202 team points in a tournament that went down to the wire.
Shawsheen Tech was behind by 4.5 points heading into the finals. But led by seven champions (Austin Dube at 113, Vincent Foti at 120, Devin Deluce at 126, Brian Caldwell at 132, Stephen St. Juste at 152, Andrew Comeau at 195 and Omar Eldaly at 220), paired with Putnam losing all but one finals match, allowed the Rams to come back for the title.
Coach Mark Donovan was pleased with his team’s effort.
“This is I think our best team since the 2010 team,” said Donovan. “We were actually missing three starters today and to be able to do this, while missing some of our guys, it feels nice and gives me confidence for the postseason.”
Greater Lowell Tech coach Tom Cassidy also saw a solid day for his team, as the Gryphons took sixth place in the Large School Division.
“I feel like we’re doing well. We’re a young team with a lot of sophomores mixed in with some decent seniors,” said Cassidy.
Two of those seniors, 220-pounder Daelon Rich and 285-pounder Tory Smith, had solid days at their final State Vocational tournament as both took third place in their weight class.
Nashoba Tech had one finalist at 220 in DJ Fraser, while Soul Zaker was third at 106, Josh Valcourth third at 113, Jason Mendonca third at 138 and Kenny Keins fourth at 132.