BRISTOL - Itâ€™s always said that when Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central face off in any sport, records can be thrown out the window.
But thatâ€™s not true in every case.
The Bristol Eastern wrestling team, ranked No. 2 in the state coachesâ€™ poll, wrapped up a perfect 15-0 dual meet season with a 58-13 romp over the Rams on Thursday night.
â€śItâ€™s a credit to the kids, the parents and the coaches,â€ť Bristol Eastern head coach Bryant Lishness said. â€śIt takes a lot of work to do that. Itâ€™s really about the states though, thatâ€™s where we want to show it. â€¦ When you set a big goal like that, you find the success along the way.â€ť
Easternâ€™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 Easternâ€™s team. Barrett is 33-1 on this season so far.
â€śToday our team had an outstanding performance, despite the few losses we had,â€ť Barrett said. â€śBut as a whole, we came in and dominated the rival high school like we planned to.â€ť
Central has not won in the series since 2010, and the Lancers did not allow this year to be the Ramsâ€™ 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.
â€śWe knew it wasnâ€™t going to be that close with the score,â€ť Bristol Central head coach Matt Boissonneault said. â€śBut I was happy with how we wrestled for the most part.â€ť
Centralâ€™s Mike Guzman beat Easternâ€™s Hyderel Mangual by a 4-2 decision in the 220-pound match, adding three more points to the Ramsâ€™ score.
â€śI told my kids before, you want to wrestle the best teams at the end of the year,â€ť Boissonneault said. â€śYou want to be wrestling the best, so it gives you an opportunity to know where you are.â€ť
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 Ramsâ€™ Chris Trelli beat the Lancersâ€™ Thomas Nichols in a 13-5 major decision.
â€śA lot of guys showed up tonight,â€ť Trelli said. â€śTonight showed that we have some work that we need to do. Weâ€™re really growing and we show that weâ€™re a young team and we can always work toward something. Thereâ€™s always margin for improvement.â€ť
At 126, Easternâ€™s Carson Sassu pinned Centralâ€™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.
â€śYou have to be grateful whatever the margin, whatever the score is,â€ť Trelli said. â€śWhether you win or lose, you just have to be grateful, be happy youâ€™re here on the mat.â€ť
Both teams will compete in the CCC Invitational meet at Berlin High on Saturday as they tune up for next weekâ€™s Class L state championships.
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