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ALLPRESS SPECIAL

6 | Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Herald Press

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Peyton Soucy, Eastern

Andrew Chase, Eastern

Josh Dess, Eastern

Mike Pokorny, Central

D.J. Russo, Terryville

Hayden Joeckel, Eastern

Tyler Burrow, Central

Craig Sassu, Eastern

All-Press Wrestling Team Seven Lancers, four Rams, three Kangaroos, one Falcon make list

By JOHNNY J. BURNHAM STAFF WRITER

Through the years, wrestling has firmly set its roots deep into the Greater Bristol area. There’s a tradition of excellence inside the circle as the local squads fight for league titles, consistently crown individual state champions and send several to the State Open and beyond each season. That tradition continued this past winter. Two state champions were crowned, three others reached the Class finals, a total of nine wrestlers qualified for the State Open, one went onto the New England event and a team ended a six-year league title drought. And now, a combined 15 grapplers from the likes of Bristol Eastern, Bristol Central, Terryville and St. Paul Catholic can add All-Press honors to their list of accomplishments this season. On the strength of capturing the school’s first CCC Southern Division title since 2004, seven Lancers are situated on the AllPress team. Andrew Chase, Josh Dess, Craig Sassu, Matt Piazza, Peyton Soucy, Hayden Joeckel and Dan Parker account for nearly half of the squad’s picks. They’re joined by four from Central (D.J. Sanderson, Mike

Mike Orazzi | Staff

Bristol Eastern’s Andrew Chase was one of two state champions that make up our All-Press wrestling team.

Pokorny, Chris Dionne and Tyler Burrow), three Kangaroos (Scott LaMarre, D.J. Russo and Dom Folino) and one Falcon, Tucker

Bachand. The selection of both Chase and LaMarre comes on the heels of each staking claim to a state

championship. Chase, after completing the regular season with an impressive 29-1 mark took home the

112-pound Class L title. He went on to place second in his weight class at the State Open and earned a sixth-place finish at the New England event the following week. In doing so, Chase became the first-ever two-time New England place-winner in Eastern history. In addition, the senior won the 112-pound CCC South Tournament championship and was named All-CCC South for the third consecutive year. LaMarre, after winning nearly 92 percent of his bouts during the regular season, put on a show at the Class S State Tournament. The Kangaroos junior 145-pounder took out the field’s No. 19, No. 6, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds en route to the championship. LaMarre knocked off two-time defending state champion Zachary Cooke of Killingly in the finals. He was unanimously selected as the Class S Most Outstanding Wrestler. The Class S crown came after LaMarre won the Berkshire League title for the second year in a row. That all happened after being sidelined for the beginning of the season after suffering a significant injury. He finished the year with an overall 30-3 record. Sanderson earned the distinction as one of the state’s elite heavyweights. The Central

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