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Saturday, 7 January 2017 in Belmont, Massachusetts

The sixteenth Annual Brendan Grant Memorial Wrestling Tournament was once again a success, held at Belmont High School on its traditional calendar date of the first Saturday in January. This year weather was a major influencing factor, with a major winter storm bearing down on the region. Fortunately the snow held off until a noontime start on the day of the tournament so that the tournament was able to fully be completed by early afternoon (just before 3:00 pm). Adjustments were made to accelerate the schedule with certain match period shortened throughout the day to one minute instead of two, and skipping the fifth/sixth place consolation round. Further only twelve teams participated this year due to the threat of snow having an earlier impact on teams traveling to and from the south shore where the storm was more intense. Ultimately it was yet another successful and well-run tournament.BG Wrestling Tournament

The field of twelve high school teams utilized the bracket format similar to previous years. By the end of the tournament, the first place team winner was the squad from Woburn that just edged out the 2nd place East Providence squad. The final team standings were:

#1 Woburn MA (137.5)
#2 East Providence RI (134.5)
#3 Newton North MA (125.0)
#4 Catholic Memorial MA (118.5)
#5 Masconomet (112.5)
#6 Arlington MA (107.0)
#7 Needham (MA 98.5)
#8 Dedham MA (92.0)
#9 Alverne NH (84.0)
#10 Lexington (MA 83.5)
#11 Josiah Quincy MA (51.5)
#12 Belmont MA (18.0)

Each year at the conclusion of the tournament all coaches vote for the one wrestler who stands above all others as the 2016 Wrestling Tournament most outstanding wrestler. This year’s honor was bestowed upon 126 lb. wrestler Nick Milinazzo from Alverne High School in Hudson, NH. This was Alverne’s first time attending the Brendan Grant Memorial Wrestling Tournament, and it included Nick capturing his 100th win as a high school wrestler.
2017 Wrestling Tournament
The tournament’s outstanding wrestler award was renamed the “Warren Farrell Outstanding Wrestling Award” in honor of Belmont resident Warren Farrell who had a key role in founding the tournament in 1982 when his oldest son Stephen was Captain of the Belmont squad, winner of the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the inaugural tournament, and who later would be Captain of the Harvard wrestling squad and an Ivy League Champion. Several years later another of Warren’s sons, Richard, followed in his older brother's footsteps as another wrestling standout. Wrestling is a fundamental part of the Farrell family.

The following is a summary of the top four placing wrestlers in each weight class from the 2016 tournament:

Weight: 106
1st: Kyle Randall, Newton North
2nd: Trevor Nugent, Masconomet
3rd: Cade Motta, Dedham
4th: Ryan Brown, Catholic Memorial

Weight: 113
1st: Jack Darling, Masconomet
2nd: Paul Sankakora, Arlington
3rd: John Lafferty, Woburn
4th: Ivan Orup, Catholic Memorial

Weight: 120
1st: Charles O’Connor, Woburn
2nd: Tai Sei Akatsu, Arlington
3rd: Joe Gbedema, Catholic Memorial
4th: Constantino Capobiancco, East Providence

Weight: 126
1st: Nick Milinazzo, Alverne
2nd: Brady Liss, Needham
3rd: Michael Marianno, Newton North
4th: Liam McAveney, Masconomet

Weight: 132
1st: Cam McClure, Alverne
2nd: Matt Pickett, Arlington
3rd: Nate Beatrice, Newton North
4th: Dahir Hersi, Josiah Quincy

Weight: 138
1st: Lucas Aquire, Lexington
2nd: David Sheldon, East Providence
3rd: Kevin Hearn, Catholic Memorial
4th: Max Dionne, Belmont

Weight: 145
1st: Dan Haverty, Woburn
2nd: David Kurker, Needham
3rd: Conor Nichols, Newton North
4th: Jay Mirabito, Masconomet

Weight: 152
1st: Stephen Willis, Lexington
2nd: Billy Stevens, Masconomet
3rd: Anthony DiRusso, Newton North
4th: Dean Smida, Arlington

Weight: 160
1st: Anthony Calcagni, Newton North
2nd: Tyler Chagnon, East Providence
3rd: Alec Prescott, Alverne
4th: Jack Scialoia, Catholic Memorial

Weight: 170
1st: Josh Bechen, Catholic Memorial
2nd: Brandon Reyes, Dedham
3rd: Nathan Vincent, East Providence
4th: Michael Doherty, Arlington

Weight: 182
1st: Dan Aksman, Needham
2nd: Joey Perkins, Masconomet
3rd: Jordan Correia, Josiah Quincy
4th: Emmanuel Santiago, East Providence

Weight: 195
1st: Cameron Bailey East Providence
2nd: Jon Stix, Lexington
3rd: James Schneider, Catholic Memorial
4th: John Bowen, Arlington

Weight: 220
1st: Dave MacNeil, Woburn
2nd: Garret Olbrych, East Providence
3rd: OJ Pekacar, Dedham
4th: John Corbet, Needham

Weight: 285
1st: Dan MacNeil, Woburn
2nd: JC Cleveland, Dedham
3rd: Zack Benjamin, Newton North
4th: Zachery Amaral, East Providence

The tournament results have been kept for the last 15 years, and these statistics are now summarized each year and will be posted at next year’s tournament. The following are the latest summary statistics:
Most Recent Year Tournament Results (2017)
Summary of Team Overall Results (2003 – 2017)
Summary of Team Results by Alphabetical (2003 – 2017)
Summary of Team Results by Rank (2003 – 2017)

This particular high school wrestling tournament was first held in January 1982, and was renamed in 2002 as a tribute to Brendan Grant who was a member of the wrestling team for four years and a senior captain in the 1999-2000 season. Thus, while this is the 16th Annual tournament named after Brendan, overall it is the 36th Annual Belmont Wrestling Tournament. 07jan_wrestling_tourn_010.jpg (59185 bytes)

This event is hosted annually by the Friends of Belmont Wrestling in conjunction with Belmont High School, and it is their single annual fundraising event. A lot of thanks go all around for the numerous volunteers under the direction of Friends of Belmont Wrestling, and the dedicated staff of Belmont High School led by BHS Athletic Director Jim Davis. Click here for the full story of last year's 2016 tournament.

Next year’s tournament is tentatively scheduled for the first Saturday in January, and we hope you can join us!