By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – The Bristol Eastern wrestling team switched things up a little bit in its CCC South challenge against Plainville on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
And even with a couple changes, the Lancers still managed to nabbed a big victory and — in the process — set a new team record.
Against the Blue Devils, Eastern made 10 pins — establishing a new standard at the school — as the Lancers sank Plainville 60-19 from the Kegel Gymnasium in Plainville.
Eastern (11-0) picked up an 18-0 edge off the bat, withstood a middle of the match run by the pesky Blue Devils but then scored 36 straight points to ice the event.
“I know they’re a little down this year,” said Eastern coach Bryant Lishness of Plainville. “I told my guys to go out there and wrestle, wrestle smart, wrestle hard and things would take care of themselves. Got to be business, professional. I’m a Red Sox fan, but I joke with (the guys) sometimes…you know, we’re New York Yankees, we’re business (and) let’s go out and get it done.”
“They did a good job.”
Plainville (2-10) hung around in the event, closing the deficit to 24-19 with six matches left. But that was as close as the home team could get.
“We’re having too many guys getting stuck,” said Plainville coach Rusty Spence. “As a rule, we have a small team and we cannot get pinned. The pins are going to kill us every time and it rips me up to see our guys looks like they’re not even fighting out there. It’s looks like they’re going right to their backs.”
Eastern’s Zach Thompson (132), Joe Marozzi (138), and Joe Hermann (145) started the evening with three straight pins for an 18-0 lead but the Blue Devils made a serious run in the meet.
Plainville’s Connor Oakes (152) picked up a 12-6 decision over Louis Morocho while Mischa Hoffman (160) proved his worth and made a pin-fall at the 2:40 mark of his match against Ivan Centeno.
Later, Marcus Slivinsky (182) picked up a 10-1 major decision over Luis Rivera-Lopez while Timmy West’s last second, second period pin of Tyler Dionne as the Blue Devils closed the deficit to 24-19 and the undefeated team from Bristol knew what it was getting into.
“We knew where they were strongest,” said Lishness of Plainville. “Oakes is decent. Oakes put in some hard work in the off-season. Marcus Slivinski, who’s up at 182, is also pretty decent. Hoffman (is) real solid for a sophomore, real solid.”
“Those are all kids that are going to have a real good shot at placing in the Class S (meet).”
It’s the strength of the Plainville squad and it was almost good enough to getting a shot of the lead.
“From our 152 to our 195, those guys are pretty solid,” said Spence about the middleweights.
But at 170, Eastern’s James Pevelchak made a critical pin of Kurt Walker and the fall was a big one.
“James did do a good job,” said Lishness. “He’s been putting some matches together lately for us.”
Eastern came right back and put the meet away, starting at 220 pounds.
Jacob Pelletier dominated the third period and pinned Miles Mitera in 4:41 while at 285, Christian Paparazzo picked up a huge win and pinned Dylan Fusco in 1:56 to lead Eastern to a 36-19 edge.
From there, the Lancers’ lightweights took center stage and four pins followed.
“That’s definitely where our strength is this year at 106 (pounds with Josh Wilson), 113 (Dan Morocho) is solid,” said Lishness. “(Austen) Parks is coming through in a big way this year. He’s doing a really good job. (Peyton) Soucy is Soucy. Thompson for a freshman, (Wilson) and Thompson have been phenomenal.”
“They don’t wrestle like freshmen at all.”
Wilson pinned Doug Romano in 1:38, Morocho needed just 1:11 to take Justin Plourde to the mat. Parks pinned tough Tim Lister in 2:26. Finally, Soucy’s pin came in 1:17 as Eastern took the meet with a 41-point victory.
“Eastern is tough,” said Spence. “I wasn’t expecting to win it. I just wanted to get 30 points. If we could have gotten 30 points, it would have been a respectable loss. But I feel we’ve got more than 19 points on that team. We just couldn’t find it today. It was not good.”
For Eastern, it was another stop closer to a consecutive CCC South championship and an undefeated campaign.
“Our line-up was a little different tonight,” said Lishness. “We gave our guys some rest. We have a little bit of the injury bug but nothing major. We just wanted to protect a few guys. It’s also exam week and a couple of those guys, we said… ‘Don’t worry, we’ll hold you out, stay home and study, do what you have to do.’”
BRISTOL EASTERN 60, PLAINVILLE 19
from the Kegel Gymnasium, Plainville
132 pounds: Zach Thompson (BE) pin Sam Lindgren, 1:10; 138: Joe Marozzi (BE) pin Dom Villardi, 1:08; 145: Jozef Hermann (BE) pin Cedric Rivera, 3:34; 152: Connor Oakes (P) dec. Louis Morocho, 12-6; 160: Mischa Hoffman (P) pin Ivan Centeno, 2:40; 170: James Pevelchak (BE) pin Kurt Walker, 1:13; 182: Marcus Slivinsky (P) major dec. Luis Rivera-Lopez, 10-1; 195: Tim West (P) pin Tyler Dionne, 3:59; 220: Jacob Pelletier (BE) pin Miles Mitera, 4:41; 285: Christian Paparazzo (BE) pin Dylan Fusco, 1:56; 106: Josh Wilson (BE) pin Doug Romano, 1:38; 113: Dan Morocho (BE) Justin Plourde, 1:11; 120: Austen Parks (BE) pin Tim Lister, 2:26; Peyton Soucy (BE) pin Andrew Marsh, 1:17.
Records: Bristol Eastern 11-0; Plainville 2-10