BYFIELD — The Cape Ann League Open wresting tournament wa held over the weekend at Triton Regional, and although the overall winner was the cooperative team of North Reading and Lynnfield (207 points), the three River Rival programs involved gave valiant efforts.
Placing second was the host team, the Triton Vikings (152.5 points), fourth were the Pentucket Sachems (137 points), and placing ninth was the Georgetown/Ipswich (52) cooperative team. The other teams included Beverly (3rd; 147), Danvers (5th; 114), Masconomet (6th; 104.5), the cooperative Marblehead/Swampscott team (7th; 60), Peabody (8th; 54), Salem (10th; 42), and Saugus (11th; 23).
Out of the 11 Triton Vikings (14-6-1) who wrestled, eight were named to either the All-League team or to the All-Star team.
“I was just very pleased with how everyone competed,” said Triton coach Shawn McElligott. “It was a long weekend and the kids stepped up.”
Triton senior Mark Rosmarinofski has a tremendous tournament, going 3-0 and taking first place in the 126-pound division. In the process, the All-League Rosmarinofksi was awarded as the most outstanding wrestler of the tournament for the lower weight classes, and he received the Dan Madigan Memorial award for the most falls in the least amount of time — the second time he’s won both of these awards.
Perhaps most impressive is that Rosmarinofksi also became Triton’s first wrestler since Glen Guilmette in 1978 to become a three-time Cape Ann League champion.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Rosmarinofski, who believes his team has what it takes to make another deep late-season run. “We have a ton of talent, a couple holes, but I’m confident that this team can make another go at the state title. This team has determination. We have the talent, but we also have the will power to never give up.”
Also making waves for the Vikings was the tandem attack of sophomore Luke Boyle (139 lbs.) and his older brother Mark (160 lbs.; 34-3 record), both of whom went undefeated on the day and earned back-to-back CAL titles.