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February 27, 2012

All-State Vikings: Giblin heading to New England's

SALEM — A trio of Triton Vikings — freshman Luke Boyle (126 lbs.), junior Mark Rosmarinofski (120 lbs.) and senior captain Bryan Giblin (182 lbs.) competed for statewide glory on Friday and Saturday in the All-States wrestling tournament at Salem High School.

Giblin, who has had a monumental senior campaign with a 47-3 record, matched his No. 2 ranking with a second place finish to Holliston's Dave Dubin, 11-4. He is only the second All-State finalist for Triton since the tournament's inception in 1993, when Todd Oljey made it to the championship round. On top of that, Giblin also qualified for this weekend's New England tournament in Providence, R.I.

"It's not exactly how I had envisioned it going," said Giblin, who entered the All-States still recovering from a stomach bug.

In spite of his limitations, Giblin persevered — earning a 9-2 victory over Oliver Ames' Matt Harding in the quarter-finals and a come-from-behind win against Masconomet's Aydan Strachan in the semi-finals, in which he cinched a takedown with 23 seconds remaining to secure a 6-5 victory.

"Bryan had a great weekend," Triton coach Shawn McElligott said. "Even in the finals he was tremendous; he kept pushing the entire time. So proud of Bryan."

Boyle, the first freshman in Triton history to qualify for All-States, and Rosmarinofski, a Division III North sectional champion, both went 0-2 on the weekend. McElligott believes they'll be back where they left off next season if they continue to strive for success.

"They lost some tight and winnable matches, but they also both wrestled tough," McElligott said. "Hopefully they will take the experience they gathered from this weekend and take it with them to improve during the off-season."

Junior Victor Ramirez (106 lbs.), who qualified for the All-State tournament, was unable to compete due to injury.

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