After a successful regular season, in which they posted a 10-5 record, Andover's wrestling program has moved into post-season mode this February.
Andover crowned two individual champions at the Class A league tournament at the Hyde School in Bath, ME back on February 1st. Colin Nugent ’23 went 3-0 at 126 lbs, pinning his first two opponents in the first period, and defeating his St. Paul’s opponent 7-0 in the finals. Co-captain Eamon Garrity-Rokous ’20 also won his first Class A championship at 170 lbs; he pinned his first two opponents, and tech falled his NMH opponent 27-12 in the finals.
Four other wrestlers earned sports in the top three of their respective weight classes. Arnav Bhakta ’22 (113) and Miles Palmer ’23 (120) both dominated their first two matches, but fell in the finals and placed 2nd. Co-captain Marisol Nugent ’20 (145) and Thomas Radzik ’20 (285) each went 3-1 and placed 3rd in their respective weight classes.
Head Coach Kassie Archambault recapped the tourney, and looked forward, "Colin dominated his first two matches, with a first period pin in both the quarterfinals and semifinals. He had a strong finish with a 7-0 decision over his opponent in the finals. Eamon pinned his first two opponents, although both his semifinals opponent and his opponent in the finals gave him a bit of a challenge. The team placed 4th overall out of 12 teams. Our 3 seniors all ended the tournament with a win, as Eamon placed 1st, and Marisol and Thom each placed 3rd in their respective weight classes. We have a lot to work on before the New England championships, but our goal as a team is to place top 10."
Eight Andover wrestlers qualified for the New England championships based on their dual meet record and/or their results at the Class A tourney: Arnav Bhakta, Miles Palmer, Colin Nugent, Marisol Nugent, Riggs McGrath, Eamon Garrity-Rokous, Nick Buehler, and Thomas Radzik.
This year's New England Prep Championships run from Friday, February 14th to the 15th and are being held at the Governor William A. O'Neill State Armory in Hartford, CT.