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Saturday, 6 January 2018 in Belmont, Massachusetts

The seventeenth 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.
2018 Wrestling Tournament
Similar to last year, this year the weather was an influencing factor. A classic Nor’easter hit the region two days prior on Thursday 4/January, dumping 15 inches of windswept snow in Belmont. School was cancelled on Thursday and Friday, and although the streets and parking lots were cleared by the day of the Tournament, it created several logistical challenges such as the inability to deliver one of the mats. On top of this, on the day of the Tournament the Boston area set records for the extreme cold temperatures and wind (5F with a 20 mph wind), and it was a great day to be inside for a wrestling tournament.

These handicaps proved to be minor and the Tournament proceeded smoothly throughout the day. The tourney used three mats instead of four, and the timing actually turned out favorably because the field was narrowed to twelve participating teams, since two of the fourteen scheduled teams did not attend (Watertown beforehand and Josiah Quincy the day of the tournament). Ultimately it was yet another successful and well-run tournament.

The field of twelve high school teams utilized the bracket format similar to previous years. By the end of the tournament, the Dedham squad came out on top as the first place team winner, edging-out traditional powerhouse Catholic Memorial. The final team standings were:

#1 Dedham MA (208.5)
#2 Catholic Memorial MA (176.5)
#3 Newton North MA (163.5)
#4 Alvirne NH (137.0)
#5 Masconomet MA (112.5)
#6 Needham MA (106.0)
#7 Woburn MA (99.0)
#8 East Providence RI (98.0)
#9 Arlington MA (90.0)
#10 Belmont MA (70.0)
#11 Lexington MA (66.0)
#12 Scituate MA (44.0)
#13 Josiah Quincy MA (00.0)

The team results for 2018 and the previous 15 years are also summarized on a one page handout. Further, all the participating teams since 2003 are compiled alphabetically and also by rank based on their overall cumulative score per times at the tournament.

Each year at the conclusion of the tournament all coaches vote for the one wrestler who stands above all others as the Tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. Last year 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. This year’s honor and winner of the “Warren Farrell Outstanding Wrestling Award” was 120 lb. wrestler Jack Darling from Masconomet in Boxford, MA.

The top four placing wrestlers in each weight class from the 2018 tournament can be downloaded in a one page format. The following is a summary of the top four 2018 wrestlers in each weight class:

Weight: 106
1st: Nate Chandler, Newton North
2nd: Johnny Fain, Alvirne
3rd: Fabian Heaslip, Dedham
4th: Thomas Fulbrook, Needham

Weight: 113
1st: Trevor Nugent, Masconomet
2nd: Cade Motta, Dedham
3rd: Michael Curtin, Catholic Memorial
4th: Joe Woodnorth, Needham

Weight: 120
1st: Jack Darling, Masconomet
2nd: Ivan Orup, Catholic Memorial
3rd: Adam Kates, Needham
4th: Varune Sharma, Dedham

Weight: 126
1st: Michael Mariano, Newton North
2nd: Liam McAveney, Masconomet
3rd: Peter Bannon, Needham
4th: Jon Avery, Woburn

Weight: 132
1st: Ryan Hellman, East Providence
2nd: Adrian Scott, Newton North
3rd: Jon Lafferty, Woburn
4th: Jack Marcin, Lexington

Weight: 138
1st: Nathaniel Beatrice, Newton North
2nd: Suraj Malvo, Arlington
3rd: Tim Barrett, Alvirne
4th: Matt Mammone, Dedham

Weight: 145
1st: Cameron McClure, Alvirne
2nd: Finbar Heaslip, Dedham
3rd: Benny Paton, Newton North
4th: Alvardo Mendoza, Lexington

Weight: 152
1st: Steve Kolodko, Woburn
2nd: Kevin Hearn, Catholic Memorial
3rd: Owen Watts, Alvirne
4th: Gino Callahan, Lexington

Weight: 160
1st: Kyle Gora, Alvirne
2nd: Brandon Reyes, Dedham
3rd: Lucas Aguirre, Lexington
4th: Anthony Calcagni, Newton North

Weight: 170
1st: Jason Dwight, Scituate
2nd: Jack Scialoia, Catholic Memorial
3rd: Dylan Uhrmann, Dedham
4th: Keegan Seagrave, East Providence

Weight: 182
1st: Josh Bechen, Catholic Memorial
2nd: Bryson Lipson, Belmont
3rd: Joey Perkins, Masconomet
4th: Carl Serhan, Needham

Weight: 195
1st: Caelan Conboy-DePasqula, Catholic Memorial
2nd: Jon Bowen, Arlington
3rd: Mo Abdel-Salem, Belmont
4th: James Weldon, Dedham

Weight: 220
1st: OJ Pekecar, Dedham
2nd: Matteo Xhuelli, Arlington
3rd: James Schneider, Catholic Memorial
4th: John Corbet, Needham

Weight: 285
1st: Jonathon Cleveland, Dedham
2nd: Chris Alvarez, Newton North
3rd: Zachery Amaral, East Providence
4th: Tim Driscoll, Alvirne

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 17th Annual tournament named after Brendan, overall it is the 37th Annual Belmont Wrestling Tournament.

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 2017 tournament.

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