The recap this week is pretty easy considering both in state events this past weekend were cancelled due to weather. We did have two teams travel out of state for high level national competition. Pinkerton Academy traveled to Pennsylvania for the Flo-Excalibur tournament and Timberlane traveled to the University of Delaware for Beast of the East.
Pinkerton put 2 wrestlers into the semi-finals with Robbie Fahey at 220 and Deane Hill at 285. Both wrestlers dropped their semi bouts. Fahey wrestled through the lower half of the bracket to finish 4th and Hill finished 6th.
At Beast of the East the story was Connor MgGonagle getting through day one and into the quarterfinals. McGonagles opponent in the quarters was Nick Raimo, the #4 or #5 ranked 126#er in the nation depending on what service you ask. Needless to say, this was a very high quality opponent. Raimo proved too much for McGonagle defeating him by MD 14-6. McGonagle then won his next bout in the bottom half of the bracket before matching up with Senior Daniel Planta of Maryland and St Pauls. Planta is the #15 ranked 126#er in the nation and has already committed to wrestle collegiately at Penn. McGonagle was again out maneuvered and dropped to the 7th/8th match. Once there, McGonagle ended his tournament on a high note defeating a tough wrestler from perennial wrestling power Bergen Catholic to finish 7th. Navigating a 57 man field of some of the best wrestlers in the nation is no small feat. Congrats to Connor for a successful tournament.
Looking ahead the question for McGonagle becomes what to make of the Transfer of Ramazan Attasauov to Wayland Ma High School. You will hear this name again in future blog posts, but these two could provide some very interesting material at Lowell and beyond.