For the second year in a row, the Norton wrestlers have won the D-3 Central Sectionals outscoring Wayland, Tyngsboro, Holliston, Hudson and 10 other teams in a hotly contested tournament at Wayland Monday.
Behind 32 points after the quarterfinals, the Lancers rallied through the consolations and championship finals to win by 18 over host Wayland. At the same time, they avenged a loss to Holliston which cost Norton the Tri-Valley League championship earlier in the season.
Twelve of 14 Lancers earned medals for their performances. JT Taylor (145) and Stephen Hudson (285) were weight class champions while Mike Travers (182) finished a close second. Myles McAlpine (152), Jack Cuneo (160), Elliott Johnson (170) and Tim Casagni (195) all finished third with Cuneo picking up his 103rd career victory, becoming the sixth member of the Century Club, a group of Norton's 100 career winners.
Rounding out the scoring, Ahrayah Saintius (120) was 4th, and Aidan Kahn (106), Deven Schuko (113), Brett Pike (138) and Alek Donovan (220) all finished 5th. The tournament victory pushes the Lancers' record to 27-3, the most wins ever for a Norton wrestling team.
Coach Coleman was voted sectional Coach of the Year.
Norton High sent 13 of its junior varsity wrestlers to N. Attleboro on Presidents' Day to compete in the JV State Tournament. The Lancers fought hard against a field of nearly 250 wrestlers from some of the best teams in the state and came home with three place winners. Junior Grant Monast (160) and freshman Connor Merriott (170) both battled their way into the finals and finished 2nd while freshman Anthony Cardone (152) fought his way back through the consolation rounds to finish 3rd. Meanwhile, freshmen Keyshawn Harris (115), Taylor Lucero (120), Zach Scarpetti (132) and Lucas Lavallee (182), along with sophomore Adam Marcon (182) and senior Kevin Hathaway (145) all won matches but did not place.
This young team finished the season with a record of 11 wins and five losses.