CUMBERLAND — Another snow day, another lost practice session for Cumberland High’s wrestling team.
“This makes me very uncomfortable,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon was saying on Tuesday morning as another snowstorm hit the region. “I don’t have any control over the kids’ weights when we can’t practice. But my guys know what to do. They are pretty good about it. Some of them will go over to Northeast Elite (a wrestling school in Woonsocket) and get a workout in. We can’t practice at the school because if school is cancelled, it’s over. You can’t practice.”
Defending state champion Cumberland, unbeaten in dual-meets this season, is scheduled to host La Salle Academy tonight (weather permitting) and then will visit powerful Cranston West on Thursday night. The match with Cranston West kicks off the home stretch of the dual-meet season, a run that also includes matches with state contenders Bishop Hendricken and Warwick Vets.
The dual-meet finale with Warwick is set for Feb. 16 at home. The state championship meet begins nine days later at the Providence Athletic Center.
Cumberland got some work in over the weekend by traveling to Concord, N.H. for the Capital City Classic. The Clippers won the team title by 80 points over runnerup Bishop Hendricken and crowned four champions.
“We had eight wrestlers in the finals,” Gordon said. “Kody Beaudette won at 103 pounds. He beat the No. 1 kid in the tournament, Alex Gerhold of Pinkerton Academy, by an 8-0 score.”
Beaudette, a freshman, is undefeated in statewide dual-meets so far. He’ll be tested on Thursday against returning state finalist Katelyn Bouyssou.
Cumberland’s twin tandem of Shai and Shoneil Lariviere won at 119 and 125 pounds, respectively. Shai pinned Hendricken’s Nick Parente in 5:36 while dominating an opponent he will see again next week.
Shoneil won by a pin in 2:51.
Gordon was most pleased with Nick Maccini’s run to the title at 145 pounds. The senior defeated Joe Badger of Noble, Me. by a 13-6 score.
“All takedowns,” Gordon said. “Nick just took Badger down and let him up, took him down, let him up. He’s having a great senior season for us.”
Cumberland’s four second-place finishers were Jon Maccini (135), Chris Smith (152), Tom Lacroix (189) and Josh Delannoy (275). Lacroix lost to Hendricken’s Jeff Techinten 3-2 in overtime.
Sophomore Erik Travers got beat 5-4 in the 130 semifinals by Dom Farrar of Pinkerton Academy. Travers came back to win his third-place final easily.