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Hampshire wrestler Brendan Weir wins state title at 120 pounds

  • GAZETTE FILE PHOTO<br/>Hampshire Regional sophomore Brendan Weir, front, won the state Division 3 championship at 120 pounds Wednesday.

    GAZETTE FILE PHOTO
    Hampshire Regional sophomore Brendan Weir, front, won the state Division 3 championship at 120 pounds Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GAZETTE FILE PHOTO<br/>Hampshire Regional sophomore Brendan Weir, front, won the state Division 3 championship at 120 pounds Wednesday.

    GAZETTE FILE PHOTO
    Hampshire Regional sophomore Brendan Weir, front, won the state Division 3 championship at 120 pounds Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GAZETTE FILE PHOTO<br/>Hampshire Regional sophomore Brendan Weir, front, won the state Division 3 championship at 120 pounds Wednesday.
  • GAZETTE FILE PHOTO<br/>Hampshire Regional sophomore Brendan Weir, front, won the state Division 3 championship at 120 pounds Wednesday.

Brendan Weir is a state champion again.

The Hampshire Regional sophomore defeated Jake Dorman of Foxboro 5-2 at 120 pounds to win his second straight state Division 3 championship Wednesday at Wakefield High School.

“It was great,” Weir said. “It was a great feeling walking around after and everyone telling me good job, even people you don’t know. “It’s one of the best feelings getting that championship.”

Last season Weir won the title at 106.

“At the beginning of the season it was different,” Weir said of the change in weight. “Kids are a lot strong and bigger. In my first match today the kid was bigger but I think I handled it pretty well.”

Weir earned the first takedown against Tom Funk in the semifinals and went on to win 3-2.

“It’s huge” getting that first takedown, Weir said. “It completely changes the match. ... It changes you and your opponents mindset.”

Senior Frankie Weir, Brendan’s brother, finished second at 170 pounds.

“I’m not really sure how to feel,” Frankie said. “Second place is a good place but I wanted first.”

Frankie beat Elliott Johnson 7-0 in the semifinal round, then fell to Stevie Heaslip of Dedham 9-6 in the finals.

“It was a good match to start but then toward the end I stated to get really hot and kind of lost it,” Frankie said. “I lost my focus.”

Hampshire junior John Lachowicz placed third at 220.

Lachowicz pinned Phillip Fernandez of Dean Tech in 3 minutes, 7 seconds. He advanced to the consolation finals with a forfeit win over Tom Arsenault of Lynnfield/North Reading. In the finals, Lachowicz beat Christian Currier of Athol 9-5.

Hampshire placed ninth with 66 points. The Raiders sent five wrestlers to the two-day tournament, the fewest among the top 10 teams. Hampshire was one of seven teams to have two finalists. Only Pembroke, which won with 129 points, had more finalists with four.

Ninth is “always good for us as a team,” Frankie said. “We didn’t bring as many guys this year so it’s good to be top 10 in a tournament with a lot of teams.”

Sam Rexer of Gateway Regional placed fourth. Rexer beat Tom LaRose 3-2 and Johnson 8-5 to advance to the consolation finals. He lost to Jake Gallagher 10-4.

Frankie and Brendan Weir, Lachowicz and Rexer move on to the All-State tournament. Due to weather concerns, the MIAA moved the tournament up one day. It will begin Friday and end Saturday at Salem High School.

“It’s going to be different,” Brendan Weir said. Thursday “I’m going to try to have an easy practice, keep loose and keep my weight down. Since everyone has to go through the same thing I’m not too worried about it.”

It is a great ancient sport that goes way back to the first Greek Olympics. I used to wrestle many moons ago. I heard that 2016 would be the last of the olympic wrestling because the lacks of people watching it. It will be a really sad day when it ends.

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