New England comes up big!
From WIN MAgazine's Rob Sherill:
New England comes up big: What a performance Lehigh recruit Sean Bilodeau (152) of North Andover (Mass.) Brooks School turned in. He had the Gorrarian Trophy locked up prior to the finals, and wound up with his eighth of the tournament ? the most by any wrestler in any of the four events ? by pinning two-time Illinois champion Conrad Polz of Orland Park Carl Sandburg High.
All this came after Bilodeau, who had six first-period pins, five in under a minute, lost a period for the first time as Polz won the opener 4-2. Polz had his hands full for two reasons: trying to derail one of the tournament?s hottest wrestlers while helping Illinois hold off hard-charging Iowa and New Jersey for the Wells Fargo Insurances Cup state team title.
But Bilodeau was just one of two All-Americans from the Bay State, and one of three from New England.
And those other two aren?t among the region?s superstars, which should give other New Englanders considering making the Fargo trek in future years cause for optimism.
Massachusetts? other All-American is Patrick Walsh of Stoughton High, who finished in seventh place at 215. Walsh didn?t win the Massachusetts All-State tournament, finishing second. But he did bounce back to win the New England Championships the following week.
And Anthony Ricco of Stratford (Conn.) High, fourth at 105, didn?t even qualify for the New England Championships. That?s because Ricco, the Class M champion, finished only fourth in the State Open Championships at 112. Only the top three Connecticut wrestlers at each weight get their tickets punched to the New England meet.