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December 26, 2013

A close-up look at area holiday tournaments

Two high school wrestling tournaments are set to take place in a showcase of some of the state’s most competitive teams and most talented competitors. Pentucket High School will be hosting 18 other teams in the Pentucket Holiday Tournament, while the Vikings of Triton High School will be attending the Lowell Holiday Tourney at the Tsongas Center.

The Pentucket Holiday Tournament

This tournament will be held on Friday in an all-day event showcasing 19 local high school wrestling teams, including Exeter High School (NH), Lexington High School and Everett High School. The meets will begin at 9:30 am at Pentucket High School and conclude at 8:30 pm. Also attending the tournament is the the Georgetown/Ipswich program led by first-year head coach Ryan Archambault.

Archambault may be new to being a head coach, but he is not new to coaching wrestling, for he was with the Triton program for years as an assistant coach before finding his way to Georgetown/Ipswich. That being said, Archambault is familiar with tournaments.

Georgetown/Ipswich is 1-2 on the year, something that Archambault chalks up to not yet “competing on an elite level.” Because of their inexperience and injuries, Archambault has altered his goals heading into the Pentucket Holiday Tournament.

“We are not entering our full lineup on Friday,” Archambault said. “We are working kids off of injuries that we are going to work into our lineup on the first of the year. Realistically, we can’t compete to win the tournament. My goal is to be in the top 10, and if everything went perfect with every kid having a career day, the top 5.”

Archambault, who has spent his life around wrestling as both a competitor and a coach, has learned that dual meets are easier to get up for. At those kind of meets, there is more of an individual feel with kids wrestling largely for their own honor and respect.

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