Three Pentucket wrestlers will compete tonight against the best high school wrestlers that Massachusetts has to offer in the MIAA All-State competition.
Kyle Knox, Noah Malhi and Josh Wesolowski all qualified for the tournament with outstanding performances at the Division 3 State Tournament held last weekend. Knox finished in seventh place at 120 pounds, Malhi finished in fourth at 170 pounds and Wesolowski was the runner-up in the 132-pound division.
While each finish was a feat worthy for print for Pentucket’s three wrestlers, how they made it there is a story in itself.
Knox overcame a slow beginning in his tournament performance to win his last two matches and secure a spot on the podium. Malhi finished in fourth place; an accomplishment that came by beating the Western Massachusetts champion and surviving two one-point matches, coming away with wins.
Wesolowski’s performance, while to be expected at this point, is anything shy of usual. Already one of the best wrestlers in the history of Pentucket high school as only a junior, Wesolowski had the opportunity to secure the D3 State Championship but fell short against one of the state’s best wrestlers, the two-time Massachusetts state champion Brandon Weir from Hampshire Regional High School.
“The matches before that were slow, boring and cautious,” said Pentucket head coach Dennis Puleo. “But Josh and Brandon woke up the crowd. There was no lull in the action whatsoever. It was a zero to zero score after the first period and was two to two after the second, and Josh just couldn’t counter one move that Weir executed in the third. For fans it was entertaining and for coaches and the loser, it wasn’t, but you had to be pleased with Josh’s opportunity and his ability to do what he did. We’re hoping for more from him this week.”