CUMBERLAND — There’s more than just the Lariviere twins behind this year’s Cumberland High wrestling team. Defending state champions Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere have help from a collection of ever-improving teammates, especially 130-pound sophomore Erik Travers.
“The twins improve the team just by their presence,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. “They make everyone else better.”
That was apparent during Saturday’s 12-hour tournament, a day filled with wrestling as 17 teams from three different states converged on The Wellness Center to do battle. Cumberland outscored Bristol (Ct.) and South Windsor (Ct.) to win the team title. The Clippers got individual titles from Shai Lariviere, Travers and Jon Maccini.
Shoneil Lariviere lost a 6-3 decision in the 125-pound finals to South Windsor’s Brandon Lopez. Because they lose so rarely, it is news when one of the twins loses a match. Here’s a brief rundown.
“Shoneil wasn’t himself today,” Gordon said. “He was frustrated by his semifinal match, when his opponent wouldn’t wrestle him. Shoneil is such a team guy and he wants to pin everyone and get extra points for the team. But when he couldn’t pin that kid in the semis, he got frustrated and it carried over into the final.”
Lopez took Shoneil down midway through the first period. The Cumberland senior quickly reversed and then escaped early in the middle stanza for a 3-2 lead. But Lopez hit his second double-leg takedown late in the session for a 4-3 lead. The match stayed that way until late in the third period when Lopez countered a deep takedown shot and fell on top of Lariviere for the clinching two-pointer in the final seconds.
Shai Lariviere also had to work hard, edging South Windsor’s Sam Odell 5-1 in the 119 finals.
“Those were two tough kids,” Gordon said of the South Windsor wrestlers. “In Shoneil’s case, sometimes a loss can be helpful. You can learn more when you wrestle a tough kid. Shoneil will bounce back quickly.”
Travers took the mat minutes after the Lariviere loss and pinned Steve Hall of Weymouth, Mass. in 1:59. The future leader of Cumberland’s program got the Clippers back on track and was named Outstanding Wrestler for the entire tournament after scoring four pins in four matches with a cumulative pinning time of 6 minutes, 55 seconds.
Jon Maccini followed with a convincing 15-4 win in the 135 finals.
“Jon is a takedown artist,” Gordon said of his junior wrestler, another rising star for the Clippers.
Nick Maccini, perhaps the most improved Cumberland wrestler, won three matches to earn a date in the 145 finals with Carrick Driscoll of East Longmeadow, Mass. Driscoll jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead and seemed on his way to a dominating victory. But Maccini kept coming, eventually reversing and adding a takedown in the third period to lose by a respectable 11-5 margin.
Lacroix dropped a 9-0 decision to East Longmeadow’s Kyle Humphries in the 189 finals.
Ponaganset’s Nathan Gould also had a great tournament at 215 pounds, winning three matches before losing 6-5 to Weymouth’s Patrick Murphy in the championship final.
La Salle Academy’s Michael Georges was the only other Rhode Island winner besides the three Cumberland champs. Georges ruled the 160-pound class.
Cumberland will head to Burrillville on Monday for a quadrangular meet before resting up for a few days.
JOHN D. GORMAN
Team scoring: 1. Cumberland 183.5; 2. Bristol Central 163.5; 3. South Windsor 156; 4. Weymouth 139; 5. North Attleboro 122 (17 teams entered)
103 – Eric Beneviedes (Durfee) def. Peyton Soucy (Bristol, Ct.) 6-2
112 – Andrew Chase (B.C.) def. Shane Leblanc (North Attleboro) 8-6
119 – Shai Lariviere (Cumberland) def. Sam Odell (South Windsor) 5-1
125 – Brandon Lopez (South Windsor) def. Shoneil Lariviere (Cumberland) 6-3
130 – Erik Travers (Cumberland) pinned Steve Hall (Weymouth) 1:59
135 – Jon Maccini (Cumberland) def. Dzhokhar Tsarvaey (Cambridge Regional) 15-4
140 – Casey Mitchell (South Windsor) def. Eli Wolfang (La Salle) 11-2
145 – Carrick Driscoll (East Longmeadow) def. Nick Maccini (Cumberland) 11-5
152 – Jake Odell (South Windsor) def. Joe Krzynek (North Attleboro) 15-0
160 – Michael Georges (La Salle) def. Jesse Tommey (Weymouth) 6-2
171 – Matt Braddock (South Windsor) def. Mitch Temple (Weymouth) 4-2
189 – Kyle Humphries (East Longmeadow) def. Tom Lacroix (Cumberland) 9-0
215 – Patrick Murphy (Weymouth) def. Nathan Gould (Ponaganset) 6-5
275 – David Medeiros (Durfee) pinned Dan Parker (B.C.)
103 – Conor Caffrey (South Windsor) def. Ken Hernandez (East Longmeadow) 6-1
112 – Corey Cormier (B.C.) def. Liam Howland (North Providence) 1-0
119 – Josh Dess (B.C.) def. John David (North Attleboro) 6-4
125 – Corey Devlin (North Attleboro) def. Hayden Joeckel (B.C.) by default
130 – Aaron Wolfang (La Salle) def. Weston Fazzino (East Longmeadow)
135 – Craig Sasu (B.C.) def. Matt Hintz (Weymouth) 1-0
140 – Sean Creamer (Cumberland) def. Emerson DeBrito (North Providence) 5-3
145 – Dolan Jacobs (Weymouth) def. Joe Pecchia (Johnston) 1-0
152 – Mike Gaudiana (Johnston) def. Matt Marques (B.C.) 5-1
160 – Tom Howard (Smithfield) de. Austin Renzi (North Attleboro) by major decision
171 – Jose Contreras (Central Falls) def. Tim Carr (La Salle) 1-0
189 – Dan White (Smithfield) def. Matt Massotti (North Providence) 1-0
215 – Matt Piazza (B.C.) def. C.J. Phillips (Burrillville) 1-0
275 – Paul Sullivan (South Windsor) def. Jared Anderson (East Longmeadow) 1-0