It was a family affair for the Sandwich/UCT wrestling program over the weekend.
Though the season is over for the majority of the team, two Blue Knights—and brothers—took to Methuen High School on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29, to represent the program in the MIAA All-State tournament.
Senior co-captain Connor Keegan—fresh off his second-straight Division 3 state title—took part in the 126-pound tournament, while his younger brother and fellow co-captain, Kevin, who placed fourth in the Division 3 state tournament, competed in the 136-pound division.
Connor, ranked as the top wrestler in Division 3, squared off with the sixth-ranked wrestler in Division 1, Cam Ice from Minnechaug. The elder Keegan advanced with a 3-0 decision. In the quarter finals, however, Connor fell to Chelmsford’s Patrick Hughes, the fifth-ranked Division 1 wrestler, by a score of 5-4. Hughes went on to lose in the finals.
In the consolation bracket, Connor handed Mount Everett’s Zack Lupiani, the third-ranked grappler in Division 3, a 10-3 loss. These two previously met in the Division 3 state tournament semifinals, with Connor winning via major decision, 10-1. But he went on to lose his next two matches to finish eighth in the state at the 126-pound division.
For his efforts, Connor will be an alternate at the All-New England tournament held Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, at Methuen High School.
Kevin, meanwhile, opened up as the fourth-ranked wrestler in Division 3 and battled it out with Division 1’s third-ranked Justin Zannotti from St. John’s. Zannotti came out the victor, scoring a hard-fought 7-6 decision. He followed that up with a win against Winchester’s Elias Kourafalos, Division 1’s sixth-ranked wrestler, earning the pin at 3:05.
His final match came against a familiar foe, Malcolm Crispin of Josiah Quincy. These two met in the consolation semifinals of the Division 3 state tournament, with Keegan earning a 6-2 decision. This time around, however, Crispin got his revenge in the form of a 6-1 decision.