Shawsheen Redemption Raises Record to 3-2

With the match on the line, Justin Muchnick ’16 stepped up to the mat to face off against his Shawsheen opponent. What started off as an intense matchup at the 152-pound weight class ended with bruised ribs, as Muchnick was thrown into the wall. Deemed an illegal move by the referee, the underhand tactic granted Andover the 40-36 win.

Andover Wrestling’s win over Shawsheen on December 18 brought its record to 3-2 after going 1-2 in a quad meet on December 14.

Charlie Talcott ’14 also contributed with a decisive 15-3 win.

In the first match of the quad meet, titled the “North Andover Duals,” Andover fell to Brooks by a close score of 30-43.

Andover’s second loss came at the hands of North Andover High, 24-51.

Despite the two losses, Andover’s Co-Captains shone. Christian Vallis ’14 brought Andover close with a pin 1:19 into his match against Brooks, and James Palmer ’14 pinned his North Andover opponent in the 35th second.

Redemption came in the final match of the quad meet when Andover beat Andover High School. Losing only two matches, one of which was a forfeit, Andover dominated 72-12.

“I feel we have done well so far. The team has shown intensity during practice, and it has shown with some great wins already this year,” wrote Vallis in an email to The Phillipian.

The team, however, knows that it must continue to work harder in order to find the same success it had against Andover High School.

“I got absolutely destroyed and pinned with two seconds left in the second period. I could probably have worked a little harder on bottom, there were some times where I could have gotten an escape but I got mat-returned,” wrote Bennet Sherr ’17 in an email to The Phillipian.

Vallis has committed to wrestle at Johns Hopkins University, a testament to Andover’s talent and potential.

“I’m absolutely pumped to wrestle at Hopkins. It’s exciting to know that I will be able to continue my wrestling career at such a prestigious school,” said Vallis.

The team hopes this excitement will be contagious and will give Andover the energy it needs to grab a win against Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) on Friday.

“With NMH on Friday we’re going to need to work on taking it to our opponents and being aggressive like we were against Shawsheen,” said Sherr.