The Andover wrestling team made history when it captured the Londonderry Tournament in impressive fashion on Saturday.
In the 10 years of the program, this was the first tournament championship for the Warriors and it was against some solid competition at that. Andover was first in the 15-team field with 150 points with traditional Maine powers Marshwood (139) and Sanford (137) in second and third.
“This is huge for us,” said Andover coach Mike Bolduc. “We had some great performances all the way around. … This should be a big boost for the program.”
The Warriors had three champions in seniors Kevin Kiely (138) and Matt Meagher (160) and sophomore Kelvin Davilla (152). Kiely was tied in the finals, 13-13, when he pinned his man, Meagher won by major decision and Davilla recorded his fourth straight pin of the day.
Also for the Warriors, Ethan Coyle — in his first match since moving to 220 pounds — was second and heavyweight Payton Heidtke was third.
“What was cool was that we had a lot of guys who won matches,” said Bolduc. “The seniors (Kiely, Meagher and Heidke) led us but I’m excited by how the team wrestled.”
Heavyweight Payton Heidtke scored a pin in just 0:23 but Andover lost to North Andover 44-24 last Wednesday. Brant Long scored a pin at 132, Matt Meagher had a decision at 160 pounds and Pat Fragala had a decison at 220 pounds for the Warriors.
LaChance nets pair
Defenseman Jake Lachance scored two goals to lead Andover to a season-opening 5-0 victory over Acton-Boxboro last Thursday. Evan Arpin, Steve Ingram and Mike Reilly each added single goals. In his first varsity start, Cole Chingris needed to make just six saves for the shutout.
Wagner leads win
Emily Wagner had a goal and an assist as Andover opened with a 3-1 victory over Acton-Boxboro last Wednesday. Lily Shannon and Allison Wright each added a goal and Sean D’Urso made seven saves for the winners.
Andover fell to Westford Academy 3-0 on Saturday. Sean D’Urso made 17 saves for the Warriors.
Li takes two
Richard Li won the 100 backstroke (59.67) and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay as Andover rolled past Lowell 95-77 on Friday. William Qian won the 200 IM, Sean Bradshaw took the diving, Charley Sun won the 100 backstroke and Ryan Cook took the 500 freestyle.
Kim red hot
Emmett Kim scored a team-high 21 points and Cedric Gillette added 16 points but Andover lost a heart-breaker to Lowell 69-66 in its season-opener on Friday. Stephen Shaw and Colin Kirkpatrick added 11 points each for the Warriors.
Bramanti scores 18
Gia Bramanti tallied 18 points, but Andover fell to Lincoln-Sudbury 64-59 on Saturday. Megan Zalanskas chipped in with 17 points and Taylor Landry scored 11 points for the Warriors.