Local wrestlers solid in tourney

MILFORD – Milford High’s Ricky DeBernardo had enough of losing this fall in a 2-7 high school football season.

He’s taken the wrestling season into his own capable hands.

Saturday, at 170 pounds, DeBernardo destroyed the field in the 26th Milford-Souhegan Invitational Championship — taking the title match over Coventry, R.I.’s Colin Metcalf in 10 seconds.

The top-seeded DeBernardo simply didn’t disappoint, himself or any of the home fans.

DeBernardo sent the home crowd into a frenzy, at least those who were quick enough to see the lightning-like first-round pin for the title.

“He’s been a tough opponent, but I caught him in a bad spot and took advantage. I’m a little heavy right now, I might be cutting a couple weight classes, but it’s good to see I can be successful here,” said DeBernardo, who is heading to 160 or 152. ”

It feels good (after a tough football season) to come out here and get a couple victories.”

Checking out the rest of the placers in the 12-team event:

Souhegan’s Paul Trombi pinned his teammate Cam Albert in 5:08 to grab third at 126 pounds.

Sabers’ 132-pounder Victor Ceballos was third, taking a 6-1 decision over Hollis Brookline’s Dan Delong.

Milford’s Ethan Briggs scored a major decision over HB’s Teddy Moscatelli to take third at 138.

At 145, Milford’s Trevor Grenier was third, pinning Memorial’s Jason Kinberger in the first period of the third-place match.

Another Spartan footballer, Maverick Dodier had a sharp day, grabbing third with a 40-second pin in 160 consolation match.

Finally at 195, Milford’s Dominic Goulette had a huge day, dropping a 5-2 decision in the title match to Manchester Central’s Cam Varney and settling for second.