McLaughlin finishes runner-up at New England's

TIM JEAN/Staff photoPinkerton's Sterling McLaughlin, top, works on Mt. Hope's Cory Grifka during the 182-pound quarterfinals Saturday. McLaughlin rode Grifka for the entire third period for a 4-3 victory. 

It didn’t end the way Sterling McLaughlin wanted to, but he still put together a fabulous season on the mat.

Pinkerton’s star senior made it all of the way to the 182-pound final at last weekend’s New England championship before falling to Essex (Vt.) senior James Danis. McLaughlin, who finished the season with a superb 44-2 record, was tied Danis 2-2 after two periods, but an escape and sudden takedown early in the third changed the complexion of the match and Danis (58-2) prevailed, 7-3.

McLaughlin finished sixth at New England’s as a junior, so this season was a drastic improvement.

The Astros also got a pleasant surprise from sophomore Jack MacKiernan over the weekend, who placed sixth at 160.

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