Milford falls on the mat to Hollis Brookline

HOLLIS – The Hollis Brookline wrestling team had been out of the gym for three days over the past week, but in its match against Milford, the Cavaliers looked like haven’t been off the mats for weeks.

The Cavaliers took a commanding 35-24 victory over the Spartans in Division II competition on Wednesday evening.

The Spartans played a daunting game of catch up all night, but came the closest when Alex Nguyen and Derek Davidson squared off on the mat with the Cavaliers hanging on to a 20-12 advantage.

“Under the circumstances, they performed as we wanted them to perform at this stage of the game,” HB head coach Brian Bumpus said.

Milford’s Alex Nguyen was poised to pull his team out of its deficit when he held a 5-2 lead in the second round over Derek Davidson. After struggling to keep Nguyen off of him, Davidson suddenly reversed the roles on the mat to take a 12-6 win over Nguyen that had his team’s bench booming. The triumph boosted the Cavaliers’ lead to 23-12.

“This was his first real varsity match which was just fantastic,” Bumpus said. “That match was certainly a turning point for us because if Milford had won then they may have got on a roll and the cards may not have fallen the way that they did.”

The Cavaliers rode on the momentum of Davidson’s win with victories from Nathaniel Lindsay, Lucas Cummings and a forfeit for Jon Lopez.

The Cavaliers initially jumped out to an early 13-0 lead with three straight victories by Wyatt Farwell, Andrew Butler as well as a 2:57 pin by Caleb Lomme, but the Spartans got a got a spark from Scott Dannewitz’s 1:40 pin on Kayne Robert.

“Our senior leadership really showed tonight,” Milford co-head coach Dana Bourassa said. “We never let down. We got down by a whole lot and Dannewitz went out there and got a big stick for us and even thought the match was out of hand Dolliver didn’t lay down.”

Milford’s Devin Dolliver closed the meet with a 24 second pin on Christian Lopez.

“We did well conditioning wise,” Milford co-head coach Jeff Sellars said. “I think the boys were in good shape tonight.”

Dominic Nguyen of Milford defeated Thomas Hoey, 10-7, at 113 pounds. Lindsay beat Jacob Girouard, 7-1, at 126 pounds. Milford’s Michael Pellitteri downed Nick McPherson at 132 pounds. Cummings defeated Payton Dannewitz 7-3 at 132 pounds. At 138 pounds, Farwell defeated Mitchell Rota, 16-7. At 152 pounds, Lomme pinned George Horta at 2:57. At 160 pounds, Butler beat Jake Ricca, 6-3. At 170 pounds, HB’s Austin Bumpus beat Dustin Post, 14-2. At 195 pounds, HB’s Chris Lazich defeated John Shaw, 8-3. At 195 pounds and Milford’s Travis Hughes had a forfeit at 285.

“Every one of our kids was in every match because wrestling is a team sport,” Bourassa said. “As soon as it becomes a bunch of individuals that’s when you start losing.”