MARSHFIELD — Three of Cape Cod’s finest high school wrestlers went home Sunday wearing the crown of a champion.
Barnstable’s Owen Murray (285) and Sandwich High School’s Greg Zaw (120) and Matt Landry (152) each took home first place finishes Sunday afternoon and all three were undefeated in their respective weight classes. In dramatic fashion, two of Cape Cod’s very best were pitted against each other in the 152-lb. championship: Landry and Barnstable High’s Charlie
McWilliams. McWilliams, a senior co-captain, had previously been undefeated before Landry took him by decision, 3-0.
As a clarification, results from Sandwich’s wrestlers were not made available for some reason until this morning.
Regardless, Landry performed brilliantly throughout the two-day tournament – as did his final opponent, McWilliams – as the 152-lb. Marshfield Tournament Champion went 4-0. Landry defeated Moulye Sangare of Cumberland (RI) by pin (3:41), Shane McGrath of Sharon High School by pin (3:53), North Attleboro’s Colin Fiske by pin (2:39) and as mentioned before, McWilliams in the title bout.
Landry’s teammate Zaw was crowned the 120-lb. tourney champ by also going 4-0 over the course of two days of competition. He was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. A senior, Zaw defeated junior Daniel Burnell of Southeastern Regional by pin (1:22) in round two on Saturday (he received a bye in the first round), followed by a pin (4:34) of Hanover High School freshman Rian Boutin. On Sunday, Zaw returned to defeat Hingham High’s Samuel Lincoln by technical fall, followed by his title victory over Somerset’s Sean Botelho by an 8-2 decision.
Barnstable’s heavyweight, Owen Murray, the defending two-time Division 1 South Sectional Champion, also went 4-0 on the weekend before taking home his title crown.
Murray defeated Plymouth South’s Matt Irving by pin (2:13) on Saturday morning, followed by his pin (1:08) of New Bedford’s Damien Alexandre the same day. Murray faced Duxbury High’s Matt Boyle this morning and defeated him by pin (1:42) before taking home the title crown in a hard-fought bout versus St. John Prep’s top dog, Jay Carnevale. Carnevale, a junior, had also been unbeaten at 3-0
before heading into the title bout with Murray.
Three other Sandwich wrestlers who grappled in the consolation bouts today, placed in the top eight of their weight brackets: Bryon Hopkins (113) went 2-3 and finished in 6th place, Spencer Cleary (182) went 3-2 and finished in 7th place and Patrick Sullivan (195) finished in 8th place at 3-3. Sullivan fell to North Attleboro’s Thomas Girouard by a 7-3 decision in his final consolation bout.
Nauset’s Kyle Cambone (152) finished in 7th place behind Landry and McWilliams, as he went 4-2 on the weekend. Fellow Nauset Warrior Parker Morris – who went an astounding 6-2 for the weekend – did not place but did finish on a solid note by defeating Mansfield’s Ryan Larkin in a 7-5 decision.
Barnstable High School senior 220-pounder Donnie Mach took home a third place medal after going 6-1 on the weekend, including an incredible, 4-0 run today. Mach defeated Cumberland’s Dylan Herrera (pin 4:39), North Attleboro’s Yaseen Abdalla (5-1 decision), Somerset’s Drew Gagnon (pin 1:18) and Oliver Ames’ Joey Tepper by pin (1:40) all on Sunday to take home the bronze medal. Mach’s sole loss came at the hands of St. John’s Prep’s Ian Butterbrodt in their third round bout yesterday. McWilliams, who went 4-1 in the tourney, was awarded second place.
Barnstable’s Casey Connor also wrestled today in the consolation bracket of the 126-lb. division, finishing at 3-2 for the weekend. Connor defeated Hingham’s Joe Lindsay in his first bout Sunday, by an 8-6 decision, but then lost twice before ending the tournament on a bright note with a victory by injury default (0-0) over Plymouth South’s Dylan Findlay.
— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm