Seniors Take to BHS Mats for the Last Time
by Anthony Ponder
The senior wrestlers for Braintree High hit the mats at home for one final time Tuesday. The wrestling team finished the season 20-7, a record good enough to claim the second best record in school history. The team was doubted from the start. With ten new faces in the lineup this season, the expectations for the Wamps were not very high. But the boys proved everyone wrong and ended the season with a bang by defeating their opponent Norwood at home.
The evening began in the Herget Gymnasium with athletic director Mike Denise and head coach Marty Dundon addressing the crowd. Mr. Denise honored Braintree High graduate Martin Mulkerrin for his outstanding season last year. Mulkerrin received an admirable applause form those in attendance. Mr. Dundon introduced the senior wrestlers with a brief history of each of their careers at Braintree High. Coach Dundon also included each wrestler’s plans for the future. After a standing ovation from the crowd, it was time for the seniors to close out their high school wrestling careers.
The Wamps jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. There were multiple notable matches throughout the night. Senior Dom DeFrancesco pinned his opponent in the first round. Thinh Vuu, also a senior, was also able to pin his opponent. Senior Juan Sanchez was able to outmatch his opponent, winning 18-3.
Senior co-captain Tom O’Connell suffered a tough loss, losing 7-10 after putting up a tough fight in each round. Senior Troy Oriola was also handed a loss in his final match at Braintree High School. However, the Wamps were able to roll on to victory. The wrestlers, the crowd, and the coaches were all satisfied with the performance of the night.
Paul Mullin, also a senior co-captain, had some closing remarks to end the season. “With the tough season that we had, finishing with 20 wins and 7 losses shows the school, and other teams, just how tough we are. I thought we wrestled one of the best matches all year; everyone stayed off their backs and pinned where we needed 6 points. Norwood has had their struggles but they’re still a good team, and only allowing them 6 points is something for this team to be proud of.”
With the class of 2014 leaving, the wrestling team will have some considerable gaps to fill before next season. The Wamps have been faced with this challenge before so the coaches’s expectations for next season are still the same. However there will be some people who have their doubts, much like they had their doubts this year. Once again, the Wamps will look to prove the doubters wrong and continue their remarkable run.