Boys' Wrestling falls to Braintree, shifts focus to sectionals

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Jeremy Frankel

Boys’ wrestling lost to Braintree 40-33 at home last Wednesday. “We just need to continue working hard throughout the whole match and not get gassed,” said senior Eric MacDonald, a captain with seniors Alastair Poole and Nick Tobin.

MacDonald, junior Isaac Krieger, and freshman Matheus Pires all recorded pins in the 152, 138, and 220 pound weight classes, respectively.  “All three had great matches,” said campus aid John Staulo, the head coach. “They all did the best they could possibly do.”

Poole, Tobin, junior David Koo, and sophomore Declan Griffin all recorded wins in their matches but were unable to pin their opponents. Each pin is worth six points and a win is worth three. “It’s like the Patriots marching all the way down [the field] and kicking a field goal,” said Staulo.

Staulo cited several reasons for the teams’ results up to this point.  According to Staulo, “Illness, injuries and inconsistent attendance” has hurt the team’s performance. He added, “I think everyone had done a nice job given the experience that permits.”

According to Staulo, the team is focused on preparing for Sectionals. “They need to take everything they learned, the habits they adapted, and take it on to what they do next,” said Staulo.

To prepare for the playoffs, MacDonald said, “The coaches work with us a lot on our specific skill set and style of wrestling.”

North, 4-5-1, hosts Brookline on Wednesday for their final regular season meet.