The wrestling teams from Pilgrim, Toll Gate and Warwick Vets will battle for the City Championship on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The annual event is set for 10 a.m. on Monday at Pilgrim.
Vets has won five consecutive championships. Several were dominant performances, but last year’s race was close. Vets slipped past Toll Gate by a single point to keep the crown.
The teams may be in for more of the same this season.
Vets was 2-3 in Division I action heading into Wednesday’s match against La Salle, but the ’Canes do own an impressive victory over Johnston and wrestled defending champion Cumberland close. Returning state champions John Altieri, Nathaniel Colicci and George Schmeider are the city’s three most accomplished wrestlers, and the ’Canes have several younger wrestlers showing improvement.
Still, Toll Gate and Pilgrim figure to give the ’Canes a run for their money. The Titans are 7-1 in Division II action, and their only loss was by nine points to a tough Lincoln team. Veterans like Austin Medeiros, Joe Martinez, Dave Navilliat, Max Procopio and Aaron Travers powered the near-upset of Vets at last year’s city championship. They’ll be looking to finish the job this year.
Pilgrim, which dropped back to D-II this year, was 3-4 in dual meets heading into some mid-week action. The Pats are led by seniors Jordan DeSisto, Mark Lenz and Gage Potter.
The City Championship will be part of a big few days for Vets, which will host the annual Hurricane Invitational this weekend. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Vets.
Competitors from Pilgrim, Toll Gate and Hendricken had strong showings at invitational track meets this past weekend.
Pilgrim traveled to the URI Invitational and took home seven top-10 finishes. Melanie Brunelle led the way with a second in the high jump and third in the triple jump, while Becca O’Donnell finished fourth in the both the long jump and the triple jump. On the boys’ side, Dylan Gardner finished third in the weight throw, Peter Golish took fourth and Kevin Conner finished ninth.
Both Toll Gate and Hendricken headed north for the Dartmouth Invitational. The Toll Gate girls finished 23rd overall, while Hendricken took third in the boys’ team standings.
Haley Moen led the charge for the Titans with a fourth place finish in the 1,000. Heather Allstrom added a 10th in the 400 and the Toll Gate 4x400 relay team also finished 10th. Katie Lavallee took 23rd in the 800, Jess Cawley finished 30th in the 1,000 and Erika Pena grabbed 33rd in the 300.
On the boys’ side, Henry Smithers represented the Titans well with a seventh-place finish in the 1,000.
For Hendricken, Alex Perreault finished third in the 300 and Colin Tierney took third in the two-mile run. Lee Moses added a fourth-place finish in the long jump, Cory Woodbine finished fifth in the weight throw, Nick DeCiantis finished sixth in the shot put, Joe Vincent took eighth in the weight throw, Matt Casbarro finished ninth in the weight throw, Marcus Swift took ninth in the 600 and Connor Doyle placed 10th in the 1,000 to round out the top-10 finishes. Also for the Hawks, Ben Murphy finished 11th in the high jump, Michael Potter took 12th in the two-mile run, John Cute finished 12th in the 300, Chris Cambio grabbed 17th in the 400 and Alex Cerbo finished 18th in the shot put.