By: Jake Loomis — Correspondent
The Sharon Eagles are 6-1 with the biggest match on their season to this point against perennial superpower North Attleboro and they did not disappoint.
Sharon, whom had only beat North 3 times in program history, pushed that to 4 with a big win. The Eagles also put their Davenport Championship odds very high with the win. The Eagles started fast and set the tempo early in the lower weights and got pins early by Yeruva, Birnbaum and Shockett. Later in the match, it got tight though as Sharon surrendered some pins, however they would fight back with big threes by Horlbogen and then a big match by Ethan Siao sealing the win for the Eagles, thus pushing their record on the season to 7-1.
Next up would be a big challenge for the Eagles as they hosted a tough quad at home against Powerhouses Norton, Hingham, and Franklin on Saturday the 23rd. First up the Eagles faced Norton, a very good team and the Eagles got pins early from Rangaraman, Landstien, Birnbaum, and a big win from Stafford through 137. The Eagles were hot to start but then they would cool down not getting another pin till 170 with Phillip Varvack. At 195 Mason Lelling had his first varsity start of the season and he took the match to OT and won it there, a momentum booster for the Eagles. At this point, there were two matches left and the Eagles just needed to not get pinned in one and they would win. At 220 Connor Grew was pinned and that left it all on the line for Heavyweight Akhill Adusmilli making his first start of the season. The match would go to OT and all he needed to do was not get pinned and that’s just what he did winning the match for the Eagles.
The rest of the quad however did not go as planned as Sharon lost to Franklin and Hingham. Sharon did have positives though as they got a good number of pins but it hurt when they got pinned too many times. After two matches against Franklin and Hingham, the Eagles would fall to 8-3 on the season and the Quad would not affect the hopes of a Davenport Championship.
In the Eagle’s next four matches they faced Stoughton in a dual meet where they won 60-0 and moved up in the Davenport standings. Then a few days later the Eagles swept another quad against Catholic Memorial, Belmont, and Concord-Carlisle, all of which are very good teams. The Eagles however had their biggest match of the season coming up @ OA, a match that could determine the Davenport title.
Against OA it was wild, ahead of it Junior Heavyweight Ron Lobel said that “Our team’s performance has been really good. We’ve had some covid issues but we seem to be moving forward. We seem strong, most of the team is looking healthy and we’re looking good. I am looking to destroy them, they are our rival, that’s how we treat them, we are ready, we are prepared, we are stronger, faster and more determined,” said Lobel. Sharon got key wins early from Lelling, Horlborgen, and Siao as the match started at 170. After heavyweight, Yeruva had a clutch pin for the Eagles and then Vehnil Rangaraman had an insane match where he silenced the hectic OA crowd and gave Sharon the momentum. Adam Landstien pin, Cam Birnbaum pin, and Nick Varvack had a big match where he stated after that “It was good, he was a good opponent and he kinda backed off at the end I don’t know why. It was a fun match. It was a good team match. We didn’t put Kyle out and we were missing 138s and we still managed to get a big win for the boys” said Varvack. Then Sharon would take a forfeit and lose their next match, only needing to win one out of two to win the match. Aaron Cashton had a big win and sealed the victory for the Eagles 37-33 in the big Davenport match. After the Match Cormac Horlbogoen reflected on the big team win saying “I think the team came in here and did what they had to do, I did not perform the way I wanted to but the team came out there, they got my six and that’s all that matters” stated Horlbogen.