Not since 2005 have the Blue Knights had a state champion in wrestling. Last weekend junior Greg Zaw won the MIAA Division 3 State Championship in the 120-pound weight class, finishing undefeated at 4-0. Jameson Silvia won the Division 2 State Championship for Sandwich in the 152-pound weight class in 2005.
Zaw (120), Matt Landry (138), Bryon Hopkins (113) and Marc Petersen (195) will move on to wrestle today and tomorrow at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell in the All-State Meet.
In the preliminary round of last weekend’s match, Zaw pinned his opponent in just 48 seconds. He then moved on to face Holliston’s Sam Goldberg and won by a 6-0 decision. In the semifinal round Zaw manhandled Scituate’s Ellis Rose, winning a 17-2 technical fall. In the final round Zaw faced Foxboro’s Bryan Kelley, whom he defeated 9-2 for the win.
Matt Landry, who along with Zaw, entered the state meet as a South Sectional champion, won his preliminary match in the 138-pound weight class, but ran into some trouble in the quarterfinal, losing to Chris Behen of Danvers. Dropping down to the consolation bracket, Landry won his next three matches, pinning Nauset’s Kyle Cambone and winning by decision over Central Sectional champion Declan Heaslip from Dedham and North Sectional champion Constantine Galanis from Georgetown/Ipswich. In the finals of the consolation round Landry suffered a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Chris Rojas from South Hadley giving him a fourth-place finish.
“That 138-pound weight class in Division 3 is extremely tough this year,” coach Jerome Fay said. “Matt faced some pretty tough kids.”
Bryon Hopkins, wrestling at 113 pounds for the Blue Knights, won his preliminary round bout by a 12-0 major decision. He then faced the Central Sectional champion, Peter Martinkus from Weston, defeating him by a 7-5 decision. In the semifinal round Hopkins lost to Ryan Stanton from Melrose (2-1). He dropped down to the consolation round semifinal round and suffered a 1-0 loss to Michael Neff of Danvers. Hopkins then won his 5th/6th place bout over Aidan Kahn from Norton to claim fifth place in his weight class.
Marc Petersen won both of his opening matches at 195 pounds, but ran into trouble in the semifinals, where he fell to Wakefield’s Dan Wensley by a 9-3 decision. Petersen then lost in the semifinals of the consolation round to Mike Doucette of Melrose, but came back to win in the 5th/6th place bout over Dedham’s Joe Amponsah, who was forced to retire due to injury.
“Marc started off pretty good,” coach Fay said. “He beat the West Sectional champ in Robert Yvon from Monument Mountain in the quarterfinals.”
Spencer Cleary, wrestling at 182 pounds for the Blue Knights, was injured in his opening match and unable to continue.
“Spencer was hurt in the second period of his first match,” coach Fay said. “He tried to wrestle again, but could not continue. He had been wrestling lights-out for us and we were expecting a great tournament from him.”
In the past 15 seasons, Sandwich has sent just two wrestlers to the All-State Meet.
“We only had two sectional champions prior to this year, and this year we have two in Zaw and Landry,” Fay added. “Now we have four kids going to the All-State and we’re pretty excited about that.”