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Winnisquam wrestling team sweeps tri-meet

It certainly didn’t take long for the Winnisquam wrestling team to shake off the winter break cobwebs.

With a roster finally full with athletes eligible in their respective weight classes, Winnisquam (5-1) defeated St. Thomas, 72-9, and Oyster River, 78-6, in a three-team meet at St. Thomas yesterday, just one day after returning from a week and a half vacation.

At 120 pounds, freshman Edward Ojikutu was one of three Bears to win by pin against the Saints (6-0). Christian Duquette (152) and Tayler Labonte (285) also pinned their opponents. Winning by forfeit were Login Patten (106), Tyler Swain (113), Tyler Field (120), Jared Blount (145), Justin Serrano (145), Rich Mills (170), Billy Chavanelle (195) and DJ Aldridge (220).

Against Oyster River, Serrano (145) and Duquette (182) won by pin. Again, Patten, Swain, Field, Blount, Mills, Shavarelle, Aldridge and Labonte won by forfeit.

“We’re seeing big improvements,” Coach Paul Hrycuna said. “I know it’s a long season...but it’s good to see them working hard.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

John Stark 28, plymouth 23

The Generals led the Clippers 10-3 after the first quarter, trailed 12-11 at the half, then finished strong to improved to 2-2.

Stephanie Goulet (eight points, seven rebounds) and Jordan Shatney (eight points) led the offense for the Generals, and the entire team played solid defense.

Hopkinton 50, Mascenic 28

The Hawks tied Mascenic (1-6) at eight points after the first quarter, but dominated offensively in the following quarters to take the lead and the win.

Hopkinton led 25-12 at the half, 41-17 after the third quarter and tacked on nine more points in the fourth for insurance.

Sabrey Montore (12 points, five steals, four assists) was the top scorer for the Hawks, and both Jessica Quinn (10 points, five rebounds) and Brittany Marshall (11 points, nine rebounds) contributed to the offensive effort.

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