Astros wrestle to good day at Capital Classic

TIM JEAN/Staff photoPinkerton Academy's Sterling McLaughlin, top, was a champion at this weekend's Capitol Classic.

Pinkerton’s wrestling team had a great showing at Saturday’s Capital Classic in Concord, finishing third with 169 points behind Haverhill (171.5) and Rhode Island power Bishop Hendricken (170.5).

The Astros had a superb day led by champions Sterling McLaughlin (182) and Kyle Setzer (195), the latter of whom won 3-0 in the finals and didn’t give up a point in three matches. Also, Tyler MacKiernan was runner-up at 152, losing a competitive 9-5 decision in the finals.

Haverhill showed its depth by placing in nine weight classes and piled up points by winning their final match on six occasions. Ben Davoli (106) and heavyweight Jay Levy were both runners-up, and Jake Nicolosi (138), Jake Prescott (160) and Ryan McCartney (195) all came in third. Kevin Fuller (113) took a fourth.

“What impressed me most today was we managed to win the title without any champions,” said Haverhill coach Tim Lawlor. “Great team day as we battled a lot of bad luck but still came out on top.”

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