Pentucket Holiday Tournament

With the parliament swooping around at another holiday wrestling tourney, the fledgling clutch of Timberlane Owls made their presence known at Tuesday's 8th Annual Pentucket Holiday Wrestling Tournament by snaring first place (137 points). The Owls B-team won the day-long tourney with an impressive balancing act that easily distanced itself from the second place Nauset Warriors (116 points).

The remaining team scores are as follows: Roxbury Latin (114), Georgetown/Ipswich (93), North Reading/Lynnfield (91), North Andover (89), Pentucket (88), Arlington (81.5), Norwood (80), Salem (79.5), Acton-Boxboro (75), Whittier Tech (71), Lexington (65), Everett (51), Sanborn (47), Marblehead/Swampscott (46), Hamilton-Wenham (35.5), and Leominster (26).

"The tournament went very smoothly as far as formatting and time wise," Pentucket coach Dennis Puleo said. "There was some competitive wrestling throughout the whole day and it was nice for everyone involved that things finished up on time."

Unfortunately for the Sachems, however, a pair of injuries will leave Pentucket short-handed for the unforeseeable future. Braeden Leach (171 lbs) and Ben Meuse (130 lbs) each suffered separated shoulders during matches. Leach is slated to be out at least two weeks, and Meuse, whose separation was more severe, will have surgery immediately and be out for the season, leaving the Sachems very under-manned for tomorrow's home quad meet (9 a.m.) against Georgetown/Ipswich, Carver, and Methuen.

"Even with those injuries, though, the kids did a credible job," Puleo said.

Andy Stasiuk (11-0) continues to roll along undefeated at 189 pounds, coolly pinning all three of his opponents en route to his second tournament title (Wakefield and Pentucket).

"Andy (Stasiuk) is wrestling really well," Puleo said. "He has a goal to be a sectional champ again and he's on his way."

Tom Funk (112 lbs) and Jake Benjamin (125 lbs) placed third, and Jeff Funk (119 lbs) placed fourth.

"Jake (Benjamin) was a great surprise for us. He's only wrestling a year so we're hoping this can really be a turning point for him," Puleo said.

The Georgetown/Ipswich Royals wrestling team finished fourth of 18 competing schools at the tournament. At 160 pounds, undefeated Shawn Kavanagh (15-0) continues to have a tremendous start and end to the 2010 season with a 7-1 finals match and a resounding first place finish. Luke Rabel (112 lbs) placed second, and Cody McCarthy (140 lbs) and Matt Prescott (145 lbs) both placed fourth for the Royals.

"All in all, it was a good team effort. We had quite a few wrestlers go deep into the tournament," Royals coach Mike Curley said. "Cody McCarthy and Matt Prescott both had breakout performances. Luke Rabel wrestled strong all day, and finally, Shawn Kavanagh continued his winning ways by winning several exciting matches all the way through the finals."

Indoor Boys Track

MSTCA Team Pentathalon

The Triton Vikings team competed at the MSTCA Team Pentathalon at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston yesterday and received an impressive third place overall showing. Jake Stelline (high jump; 6-0), Adam Jones (long jump; 19-1) and Kainoa Culverhouse (high hurdles; 8.22) recorded first place standings, and Luke Miller (shotput; 39-1) and Ben Bashaw (1000 meter; 2:49) placed fourth and sixth, respectively.

"The competition was pretty good, as most of the competing teams were either Division I or II," Triton coach Joe Colbert, who mentioned that Newton North and Burlington placed first and second. "The kids weren't worried at all about going against these bigger schools and in fact held their own. They had a lot of fun and the experience will be helpful at the end of the season in league and championship meets. It was a great experience all around."

Newburyport 46, Masconomet 40

Newburyport 66, Wilmington 20

The Newburyport Clipper mile relay team of Ashok Yalla, John Stansel, Ryan Dionne and Nick Healey ran 3:52 to earn a huge win over a vaunted Masconomet team on Tuesday. Also placing first for the Clippers were John O'Neil (high hurdles; 8.5), Ryan Clark (2-mile; 10:52), Healey (300 meter; 40.0), Dionne (55 meter; 6.6), Sean Carey (shot put), Stansel (1000 meter) and Matt Orlando (mile; 4:50).

"This was a big day for our program as many in the league had Masconomet as the premier team, and to defeat them in the final event was terrific for our program," Clipper coach Tim Foley said. "All four really boys ran well, but Ryan Dionne really opened it up for Nick Healey. Also performing well today was Ryan Clark who picked up his first win in the 2-mile and the first and second place finishes of Healey and Andrew Ross in the 300 meter."

Amesbury 52, Lynnfield 34

Jay Giambarresi (high hurdles), Delante Castle (55 meter dash), Jeff Fortuna (300 meter run and high jump), Ed Welsh (mile), Austin Parker (two mile), Mike McIntyre (shot put) and the mile relay team of Nick Fiorella, Castle, Fortuna and Giambarresi all earned first place finishes for the Indians (2-2).

"I am happy for the boys," Amesbury coach Ernie Bissaillon said. "It's nice to get a win over vacation week."

Indoor Girls Track

Pentucket 48, Lynnfield 38

Lynnfield 54, Amesbury 31

Pentucket 60, Amesbury 26

The Pentucket Sachems (6-1) girls indoor track team recorded its 100th victory with a tri-meet sweep on Tuesday.

Becca Morse (2-mile; 12:38.7), Lexi Kitsakos (high jump; 5 feet; personal best - 55 meter; 7.4; personal best), Bernie Corrado (330 meter; 47.1), Marissa Porter (600 meter; 1:48.9; personal best), Erin Donovan (55 meter hurdles; 9.7), Rachel Jenkins (mile; 6:09), and Porter, Corrado, Morse and Liz Beauregard (4x400 relay; 4:42.9) all earned first place finishes for the Sachems.

"We had some girls who were feeling under the weather but we were able to tough out two hard fought wins against two solid teams today," Sachem coach Steve Derro said. "It was a true team effort."

Megan Cullen (300 meter), Cassie Harding (1000 meter), Jessica Levarity (shot put) and Taylor Tagliente (600 meter) picked up first place finishes for the Indians.

"We had some decent performances in the middle distance events but our lack of experience in the hurdles and jumps hurt us," Bissaillon said.

Masconomet 72, Newburyport 14

Wilmington 53, Newburyport 29

Collecting first place finishes for the Clippers were Katie Gorenflo in the 55-meter and the high jump (4-4), Meghan Corbett in the 300-meter (46.0) and the 4x400 relay team of Nicki Galer, Kerry Johnson, Erica Gurczak and Corbett (4:59).

"We were undermanned today with illness and the girls who performed gave it their all and competed with zeal," Foley said.

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