Tewksbury's Chandler Claims Division 2 State Wrestling Championship
Feb 24, 2020 11:41AM
By Bill Gilman
Chandler has been virtually unbeatable this season, leading the Redmen to their first MVC championship in 23 years.
At the D2 States, hosted by Milton High, Tewksbury placed 6th as a team with 70 points, but were just 13 points out of 2nd place. Central Catholic ran away with the team title with 118 points.
Chandler, coming off his North Sectional championship, opened the State Tournament Friday by pinning Darioush Ghazian, of Milton, in just 37 seconds. He followed up with a dominant 8-3 win over Joe Flannery, of Nashoba Regional to advance to Saturday's semifinals.
In the semis, Chandler earned a hard fought 2-0 win over Yousef Lotfi, of King Philip. That set up a championship match showdown with Manny Rosado, of Walpole.
After a scoreless first period, Chandler began the second period in the top position. For over a minute, Chandler held the advantage and denied Rosado a 1-point escape. Instead, Chandler was able to power Rosado onto his back and gain the pinfall victory and the title at 3:29.
Also enjoying a successful weekend for the Redmen was Pat Fleming, who took 4th place at 170 pounds. A pair of pinfall wins on Friday moved Fleming into the semifinals. There, he dropped a tough match to eventual state champ Josh Cordio, of Nashoba, getting pinned in 3:07.
The loss dropped Fleming into the consolation bracket, where he beat Tyrian Saeturn, of Dracut, 8-6, to move into the 3rd place match.
Fleming and Mike Edmonds, of North Atleborough, wasted little time getting after each other. The score was 3-2 when Edmonds scored a pinfall victory with just 17 seconds left in the opening period.
Next up for Chandler and Fleming will be the All-State Tournament, this weekend at Methuen High.
Also posting Top 8 finishes for Tewksbury were Danny Lightfoot (7th, 132) and Connor Charron (7th, 138).
Shawsheen Tech competed in the D1 State Tournament, placing 13th as a team with 64 points. Leading the way for the Rams was Austin Dube, who reeled off three straight wins to advance to the championship match at 120 pounds.
In the final, Dube engaged Jake Ice of Minnechaug in what became one of the most riveting matches of the tournament. For three periods, 6 full minutes of action, Dube and Ice went back and both. Neither was able to gain a clear advantage and the match went to overtime, tied, 4-4. In the extra session, Ice was able to score a takedown at 26 seconds to claim the championship and force Dube to settle for second place.
Also for Shawsheen, Frank Foti took 3rd at 126, Andrea Comeau took 5th at 195 and Aiden Leffler took 7th at 182.
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