Andover finished third, followed by Haverhill in fourth, Chelmsford fifth and host Methuen in sixth. Warriors Lead Strong MVC Outing at D1 North Wrestling Champs

Andover finished third, followed by Haverhill in fourth, Chelmsford fifth and host Methuen in sixth.

It was the beginning of a crazy stretch of MVC-hosted state and regional tournament hosting Saturday as Methuen hosted the Division 1 North wrestling championships.

The hosts scored one champ on the day, 170-pounder C.J. Brown, who improved to 43-1 on the season with a tech-fall win in the finals – hopefully, a good enough performance to get Brown back into the MassWrestling.com rankings.

Methuen’s C.J. Brown holds the bracket showing his win at 170.

He will get a potential to rise on the home mat again Feb. 21-22 in the Division 1 tourney at MHS, where he’ll see sectional champs and MW-ranked wrestlers Desmond McLaughlin from Springfield Central and CJ Glaropoulos from Mansfield.

Methuen will then host All-States on Feb. 29 and then the New England Championships the first weekend of March.

Methuen scored one other finalist en route to a sixth-place team finish, as Anthony Romano came from the sixth spot, beat No. 2 Garrett Dunn from St. John’s Prep in the semis before losing to Shawsheen’s Aidan Leffler. Romano was up 7-5 late in the match before Leffler scored a pin.

Fellow MVC competitors Andover had a stellar day, finishing third overall, as 160-pounder Elias Maita and 285-pounder A.J. Heidtke both scored titles. No. 2-ranked Heidtke took down current MVC King of the Ring and No. 1-ranked Jay Levy from Haverhill with a 6-3 decision in the final. Levy was No. 10 in the MW rankings.

Andover wrestlers pose after a third-place overall finish at the 2020 Division 1 North championships.

The Warriors got second place finishes from Jonathan Davila at 145 and Sean Ballou at 170. Maita’s younger brother, Yasser, pulled off a surprise third-place finish at 220, taking down Methuen’s Nick Notenboom in the consolation final.

And to wrap up a great day for Andover, head coach Mike Bolduc was named the Division 1 North Coach of the Year.

Haverhill also continued their strong start to 2020 with a fourth-place finish Saturday, as injured wrestlers have returned to fill out the lineup. Jake Nicolosi continued to roll since a three-week absence with a knee injury. He won at 145, joining teammate Edgar Feliciano (132) on the winners’ podium.

Finishing second for the Hillies were Levy at 285, Steven Wise at 152 and Ben Davoli finished third at 113.

Chelmsford finished fifth as Evan Kinney took home the title at 113 and Evan Goodall continued his MVC dominance at 152.

Lawrence finished seventh as Eric Sanchez captured the 220 title to move to 31-3 on the year. Luis Mauricio continued his stellar year at 106 with a second-place finish. John Vazquez also finished second at 138.

Lowell finished eighth and Billerica finished 10th.

The top four finishers in each weight class move on to the D-1 champs this weekend at MHS. Here’s who qualified from the MVC:

106: 2. Luis Mauricio, Lawrence; 3. Isaiah Adams, Chelmsford; 4. Felix Miranda, Lowell

113: 2. Evan Kinney, Chelmsford; 3. Ben Davoli, Haverhill; 4. Andrew Phal, Lowell

120: 2. Hunter Williams, Lowell; 3. Michael Crowe, Methuen; 4. Davidson Theomsy, Lawrence

126: 2. Patrick Hughes, Chelmsford

132: 1. Edgar Feliciano, Haverhill

138: 2. John Vazquez, Lawrence; 3. Anthony Hubbard, Chelmsford; 4. Joe Gangi, Methuen

145: 1. Jake Nicolosi, Haverhill; 2. Jonathan Davila, Andover

152: 1. Evan Goodall, Chelmsford; 2. Steven Wise, Haverhill; 3. Kelvin Davila, Andover

160: 1. Elias Maita, Andover; 3. Cam Salter, Billerica; 4. Dom DeMaio, Methuen

170: 1. CJ Brown, Methuen; 2. Sean Ballou, Andover

182: 2. Anthony Romano, Methuen; 4. Connor Sheehan, Andover

195: 4. Brendan Major, Andover

220: 1. Eric Sanchez, Lawrence; 3. Yasser Maita, Andover; 4. Nick Notenboom, Methuen

285: 1. A.J. Heidtke, Andover; 2. Jaydahrius Levy, Haverhill; 4. Gustavo Ventura, Lowell

Tim Wood

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