Bristol Eastern wrestling wraps up perfect dual meet season with rout of Bristol Central

Published on Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:30
Written by SHELBY IAVA


BRISTOL - It’s always said that when Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central face off in any sport, records can be thrown out the window.

But that’s not true in every case.

The Bristol Eastern wrestling team, ranked No. 2 in the state coaches’ poll, wrapped up a perfect 15-0 dual meet season with a 58-13 romp over the Rams on Thursday night.

“It’s a credit to the kids, the parents and the coaches,” Bristol Eastern head coach Bryant Lishness said. “It takes a lot of work to do that. It’s really about the states though, that’s where we want to show it. … When you set a big goal like that, you find the success along the way.”

Eastern’s Justin Marshall pinned Caleb Buden of Central in 4:22 during the 152-pound match, setting the tempo for the meet.

There were three forfeits, at 195, 182 and 160 pounds.

Though he did not get a chance to compete on the mat, Lancers 160-pounder Michael Barrett is one of the most dominant wrestlers on Eastern’s team. Barrett is 33-1 on this season so far.

“Today our team had an outstanding performance, despite the few losses we had,” Barrett said. “But as a whole, we came in and dominated the rival high school like we planned to.”

Central has not won in the series since 2010, and the Lancers did not allow this year to be the Rams’ year.

Central was able to add three to its score when Damian Mahaffy beat Dylan Levesque by a 7-4 decision at 170 pounds.

By the 220-pound match, Eastern led 24-3.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be that close with the score,” Bristol Central head coach Matt Boissonneault said. “But I was happy with how we wrestled for the most part.”

Central’s Mike Guzman beat Eastern’s Hyderel Mangual by a 4-2 decision in the 220-pound match, adding three more points to the Rams’ score.

“I told my kids before, you want to wrestle the best teams at the end of the year,” Boissonneault said. “You want to be wrestling the best, so it gives you an opportunity to know where you are.”

The Lancers won the next three matches at 285, 106 and 113.

Andrew Cercone pinned John Ducan in one minute during the 285-pound match, while Bryce Beebe beat Jake Aldi by a 10-0 major decision in the 106-pound match.

Jordan Champagne then pinned Adam Ward during the 113-pound match in 1:15.

At 120 pounds, the Rams’ Chris Trelli beat the Lancers’ Thomas Nichols in a 13-5 major decision.

“A lot of guys showed up tonight,” Trelli said. “Tonight showed that we have some work that we need to do. We’re really growing and we show that we’re a young team and we can always work toward something. There’s always margin for improvement.”

At 126, Eastern’s Carson Sassu pinned Central’s Leo Kavanaugh in 1:42.

The Rams extended their score at 132, when Mason Hale beat Gabe Soucy by a 5-4 decision.

Noah Piazza and Diego Fernandez finished the night off for the Lancers as they both pinned their opponents. Piazza pinned Joey Frechette in 58 seconds during the 138-pound match and Fernandez pinned Andrew Mahaffy in 3:32 at 145.

“You have to be grateful whatever the margin, whatever the score is,” Trelli said. “Whether you win or lose, you just have to be grateful, be happy you’re here on the mat.”

Both teams will compete in the CCC Invitational meet at Berlin High on Saturday as they tune up for next week’s Class L state championships.

Shelby Iava can be reached at (860)801-5096 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern on Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:30. Updated: Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:32.