London, Allen Take Gold In Wilmington

Tewksbury High wrestling team has two individual winners; team takes fifth at Wilmington Sons of Italy Tournament.

Chris London picked up right where he left off. David Allen came out of nowhere.

 ended up in the same place, however -- the winner's circle at the Sons of Italy wrestling tournament in Wilmington this weekend.

in the 160-pound weight class, improved his 2011-2012 record to a perfect 8-0, having beaten anybody and everybody who stood in his way so far.

London pinned his first three opponents, then shut out Masconomet's Nick DeLibero, 6-0 in the championship round to capture first place in the 170-pound weight class. London has pinned six of the eight opponents he has faced so far this season.

"He's been very solid so far," said of London. "He's pretty focused on getting better, too. He's got a mindset right now that he wants to keep building (on last year's success) and I think he's got an opportunity to do some big things this year."

Allen, who had yet to see the starting line-up in Tewksbury's first two dual meets, got an opportunity to compete in the 220-pound weight class and he made the most of it. Allen pinned three of his four opponents, winning the championship match over Shawsheen Tech's Brian Rapucci with a second period pinfall.

"He (Allen) is kind of an unassuming looking kid but he's stronger than he looks," Aylward said. "His technique has gotten better and better. We told him he had to be real aggressive and try and score on top, and that's what he did."

Tewksbury finished fifth overall in the 16-team field, up two places from a year ago.

Tim Martel took second place for the Redmen in the 195-pound class, winning his first two matches by fall and taking an 8-6 decision over Mark Martinos of Minuteman Tech to qualify for the finals, where he lost to Wilmington's Alex Furlong.

Three other Tewksbury wrestlers took fourth place in their divisions. Matt Greenwood took fourth at 138 pounds, Brandon McCarthy took fourth at 152 and Derek Tarpey took fourth at 182.

Mike McAteer took sixth for Tewksbury at 106 pounds, while Andrew Conserva came through with a sixth place finish in the heavyweight division. Mike Davidian took sixth at 160, and Dan Altavesta took sxith at 152.

Aylward was encouraged by the performances of McAteer and Conserva, who earned points at two weight classes that haven't been performing well in dual meets so far.

"The strength of our line-up is in the middle weights, but a lot of those guys had a tough day in this tournament because they lined up against some of the top wrestlers in their weight classes (in the state)," Aylward said. "But if we can get some wins from those guys at either end of the line-up, that's going to be huge for us."

Tewksbury wrestles again Friday afternoon at Shawsheen Tech against Lowell, Tyngsboro and the host Rams.


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