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December 20, 2013

The long road to 100 wins

Boyle brothers are only local wrestlers to reach milestone


In his 16 seasons as Triton’s head coach, Shawn McElligott has coached 13 wrestlers who have eclipsed the 100-win mark. Six of those wrestlers have taken the mat as recently as 2010, and three of them (the Boyle brothers and Victor Ramirez) achieved the feat last season.

“It is still a difficult task,” McElligott said. “If you are a varsity wrestler for four years, you have to average 25 wins or better to obtain this achievement,” McElligott said. “Even if you wrestler as an eighth-grader, you have to average over 20 wins. To ask an eighth-grader or freshman to average that many wins is not really going to happen. So, to get to the achievement, I believe, says something about your career.”

In his 11 seasons as Pentucket’s head coach, Dennis Puleo has coached only two 100-win wrestlers — 2013 graduates and brothers Tom and Jeff Funk. Junior Josh Wesolowski is on pace to be Puleo’s third 100-win wrestler. After posting 41 wins as a sophomore last season, Wesolowski has 60 wins entering his junior season.

“Historically, we only wrestled about 13 matches a year,” Puleo said. “Only recently, with teams wrestling in quads and tournaments have the number of matches crept up. Theoretically, it might take a full four years with extended seasons to reach that goal.”

The one way in which it might be easier to achieve a career-long goal in wrestling — rather than, say, the 100-point mark in hockey or the 1,000-point mark in basketball — is the fact that the sport divides the competition into weight classes. So, an undersized freshman would certainly have a better chance of earning regular varsity time on the wrestling mat than in a hockey rink. Perhaps, for wrestling practice purposes, there is something to be said for growing up in a house with a similarly aged brother. Beaudoin believes brothers Paul, Ken and Michael Bianchi, who wrestled at Pentucket in the 1990s, also eclipsed the 100-win mark for their respective careers. Between the Boyles, Funks and Bianchis, the three families have accounted for more than 900 wins on the mat.

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