Warwick Vets didn’t win the New England wrestling championship like it hoped, but the Hurricanes still had a pretty impressive weekend at the Providence Career & Technical Academy. Vets finished eighth overall, best among Rhode Island teams, and took home four medals, more than any other team in the field.
Sophomore John Altieri won a third-place medal, Nick Salois grabbed a fourth, and Nate Colicci and Devin Hurst each took sixth in their respective weight classes. Timberlane, N.H., won the title for the fifth year in a row with 77 points. Vets finished with 48 points.
Each of Vets four place-winners – all of whom won state titles the week before – made it to the semifinals before getting derailed in that round.
Altieri won his first match 14-3 and won 8-2 in the quarterfinals at 106. In the semis, top seed Kevin Jack of Danbury, Conn., beat him 13-5 for a spot in the finals. Pascal Medor of Westhill, Conn., won the title with a 6-2 victory in the finals. Altieri edged Jon Ryan of Dracut, Mass., to stay alive in the consolation bracket then beat Jean-Luc Lemieux of Pinkerton, N.H., 7-4 for third place.
Salois narrowly missed a spot in the finals at 182. He won his first two matches 9-2 and 4-0 before going up against Devon Carrillo of Middletown, Conn., in the semis. Carrillo slipped past him 1-0 for a spot in the finals, and he went on to the title. Salois bounced back with a 4-0 win over Ryan Neals of North Andover, Mass., before a 3-1 loss to Dave Dubin of Holliston, Mass., in the third-fourth match.
Colicci won 13-6 and 3-1 for a berth in the semis but saw his run end there. Tyler Keane of Glastonbury, Conn., beat him 17-4 for a spot in the finals. Keane lost to William Crisco from Daniel Hand (Conn.) in the title match. Colicci lost to Pat Lacroix of Central Catholic (Mass.) and Adam Corey of Timberlane in the consolation bracket.
Hurst posted a pair of close victories, 7-3 and 7-5, for a spot in the semifinals, but top seed Christopher Chorzepa of Newington, Conn., ended Hurst’s run with a pin. Chorzepa went on to win the title with a 13-2 decision in the finals. Hurst lost to Geoffrey Grant of Vergennes, Vt., and Jared Rich of Spaulding, Vt., in his consolation matches.
George Schmeider also competed for the ’Canes but took a 3-0 upset loss to Dan Connelly of North Andover, Mass., in his first match of the tournament. Ryan Therrien of Masco, Mass., then beat Schmeider in a consolation bout.
Hendricken and Toll Gate had wrestlers competing, as well. Hendricken’s Jason Davol, the state runner-up at 106, won his first match to advance to the quarterfinals before losing 7-5 to Ben Defronzo of Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.). Davol was bounced from the consolation bracket with a loss to Ben Zogby of Franklin, Mass.
Hendricken’s Nick DiMauro lost a tough 13-11 decision to Chris Elrod of Bacon Academy (Conn.) in his first match of the tourney. He then lost 6-4 to Chris Schramm of Mt. Anthony, Vt.
Toll Gate sophomore Aaron Travers lost his first match 8-0 to Johnny Do of Framingham, Mass., but came back strong in the consolation bracket. He beat Kyle Fletcher of Mt. Anthony, Vt., 4-0 and then topped Jake Paull of Pathfinder (Mass.) 4-2 before seeing his run come to an end with an 11-6 loss to Carl Luth of Foran, Conn.
Rhode Island did not have an individual champ. East Providence’s Joao Vicente came the closest with a runner-up finish at 126. Joining Altieri as third-place winners were Steve Jarrell of East Greenwich and Andrew and Christian LaBrie of Exeter/West Greenwich. Mike Murphy of North Providence grabbed a fourth, while Cumberland’s Erik Travers and Tom LaCroix both took home sixth-place medals.