Franklin title has a cost

READING — Area wrestlers claimed three individual all-state titles here yesterday.

One came relatively easy.

Another was a little tougher.

But the third might have come with a very heavy price.

Methuen's Darius Franklin opened the second period of a scoreless 182-pound classic between longtime rivals with a quick move to his feet from the down position. But Lowell nemesis and top-seed Malik Settles immediatley brought the sixth-seeded Franklin back to the mat.

Unfortunately, Franklin's head bounced hard off the mat after the ferocious slam, leaving the Ranger senior on his stomach near the center of the mat.

And there he remained motionless except for some movement in his left leg until paramedics arrived, rolled him onto a stretcher about a half hour later and wheeled him to an awaiting ambulance.

"Thery're taking him to I think Winchester Hospital to be evaluated," said concerned Methuen coach Bill James. "Obviously it is an unfortunate situation. (Settles) lifted him up and kind of lost control and landed him in an awkward position.

"I think he was ( unconscious) for a period of time and obviously he wasn't moving for a bit. Beyond that, it's up to the doctors to tell us what's going on. But obviously he's pretty hurt."

There were optimistic signs, however, the longer he lay on the mat.

"He was talking a little bit," said James, who remained at Franklin's side the entire time. "Towards the middle and the end (of his stay on the mat), he knew what day it was and he knew where he was at, so that's good.

"(The trainors) just wanted to talk to him and make sure he was fairly alert. I just wanted to make sure he stayed awake and keep him talking. We'll have to figure out what was going on."

As for the match outcome, Franklin earned the title by injury default as a result of an illegal slam. Settles had defeated Franklin the previous two weekends at the Division 1 North Sectional and state tournaments.

"When you lift a person up, you have to return him to the mat with care," James said. "And since (Settles) didn't do that ... Darius ended up winning the match. But obviously we'd much rather out there healthy, so anything else isn't important right now."

Desfosses dominates again

Central Catholic's Brandon Desfosses remained perfect for his senior season with a workmanlike 7-1 decision over Davey Goodall of Chelmsford in the 152-pound final. The top seed in all three postseason tournaments, Desfosses ran his record to 43-0 on the season and 153-17 in his career.

"I've just kept taking it one match at a time," Desfosses said of living up to his top billing. "Once you get to these stages everyone you face is good. So you have to wrestle everyone smart."

At Reading, Desfosses won his four matches by a convincing 33-8, including a tough 3-1 decision over No. 4 seed Reece Millington of Haverhill, who finished sixth.

"I knew my semifinal match was going to be a real tough one going against the kid from Haverhill," Desfosses said. "But I think I stayed smart wrestling against him, and then in the finals I just laid everything out."

Carnevale a champ

St. John's Prep heavyweight Jay Carnevale of North Andover needed overtime, but used an escape to eke out a 2-1 decision over Hopkinton's Josh Sokol, who also finished second last year.

"I don't know what I was thinking," Carnevale (61-1, 137-32) said of his electric move to open the overtime for the escape. "But that's what practice is for. When it matters most you rely on what you know."

Wehring runnerup

Methuen's other title contender was 126-pound hopeful Billy Wehring, who finished third last year. This time through, the senior improved one position after dropping a 3-0 decision to Foxboro's Matt Kelley, who was the 113-pound champ last year.

"He was just a scrambler," Wehring said of the victor. "He had some good moves. I would have liked to do a little bit better, but I'll be happy with what I did."

Wehring (52-4, 194-22) reached the finals with a sudden 2-0 overtime victory against top-seeded Josh Lee of Burlington

"It was 0-0 going into overtime," he said. "We were both having a hard time scoring. But I ended up catching him and getting the takedown."

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Sachems, Georgetown crown two sectional champs



Pentucket and Georgetown-Ipswich finished fifth and sixth respectively at the Division 3 North sectional at Triton and both had two champions.

For Pentucket, Kyle Knox was the winner at 145 after taking a 6-5 decision in the championship match and Noah Malhi was top man at 195, prevailing with a 5-2 decision in the finals. Also for the Sachems, Kalon Boston was runner-up at 182.

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Central breezes with four champs

BEVERLY — You know how high expectations must be for a team when a 60-point rout in the sectionals leaves a coach unsure of his squad's success.

But that was the result of Central Catholic's lopsided run through the Division 2 North field yesterday at Beveryly High School as four Raiders claimed crowns en route to a 216.5 point finish.

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Phillips takes 3rd


Phillips Academy had a strong performance at the Class A prep championships, finishing third. The Big Blue advanced seven wrestlers to the New England prep meet with four wrestlers taking third place. Ian Blythe of Georgetown was fourth at 160.

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Brooks takes third


North Andover's Nick Konovalchik (160) and heavyweight Owen Rosenberger repeated as league champions to pace Brooks to third place at the Independent School League meet at Belmont Hill Saturday.

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Windham wraps it up

With its win today, Windham clinched the Division 2 dual meet. Nick Sawyer was the fastest to pin his opponent at 1:25, and Patrick Hume took care of the heavyweight division in 3:24 for the Jaguars.   

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Morales sparks win


Lawrence heavyweight David Morales, who had been injured all year until last week, had a first-period pin to highlight Lawrence's 48-30 win over North Andover. 

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Londonderry 2, Danbury 0


Londonderry won three of four at the New Fairfield duals, falling only to Connecticut power Danbury. Ryan Cabezas, Tyler Byrd and Mahdi Achab were all 4-0.

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Pin for Baker


Jeremy Baker had a second-period pin to highlight Salem's 46-32 victory over Goffstown.

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Millington stays hot


Reece Millington remained on a roll as the postseason nears with four wins at 160 and Jake Prescott followed him by going 4-0 at 170 as Haverhill won three of four meets to improve to 18-10.

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