Danyel Ayala’s 285-pound final win propels Norton to Division 3 wrestling championship
Posted On July 21, 2021
“As soon as I stepped on the mat, I felt a surge of confidence,” Ayala said. “You know, it happened earlier this season, and at the time I was super nervous and stuff, but as soon as it happened here I knew I just had to flip a switch and I had to do something right. “
Ayala took a two-point advantage at the start, but Hayden Delisi tied the game 2-2 at the start of the third period.
“To be honest, I got nervous,” Ayala said. “In the middle of a game I got nervous, 2-2, the second half or something. In my head, I’m just thinking, ‘I messed up a bit.’ “
In the final period, with the championship on the line, Ayala jumped at an opportunity and clinched a 5-2 victory with a three-point drop, spoiling the host’s unbeaten season, 35-30.
The Southern Lancers champion (9-1-1) fell into an early deficit after Finnley Packer (106 pounds) and Lucas Bistany (120) pinned their opponents and Chris Montes (126) won by decision for the Vikings (11-1).
The pins of Steven Chaffee (113), Jason Winston (132) and Nate Tripolone (145) kept Norton’s deficit to three points, and then the visitors made their own streak.
Senior captain Nick Andreasen (160) made a five-point decision to register a victory on his 18th birthday, and Lancer teammate Gabe Thomasson followed with a decision win in the 170-pound showdown. Northern coach Pat Coleman’s “unsung hero” of the day Ben Khokhlan (182) won his first game of the season with a pin after recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
“We have no doubts that we are a well-rounded team,” said Coleman. “We don’t have superstars, but everyone contributes. And I think our kids did a really good job today overall. “
The Vikings, one loss to be mathematically eliminated, won the next game when Hunter Parrott (195) made a three-point decision, questioned by Norton’s coaches, as time ran out in the third period . Ashton Wonson (220) followed this up with a pin, pulling the hosts under two and putting Ayala in position to be the hero of the day.
Triton also recorded decision wins in the 138 and 152 weight classes by Dylan Karpenko and Alexis Montes, respectively.
Division 2 Status
Natick 45, Plymouth South 18th – It was dark outside and inside the gymnasium, but under the bright light of the center mat, host Redhawks (14-0) took seven straight wins and 11 in total, to claim the doubles title state competition against the champion of the South Panthers (18-2).
Junior captain Jake Adelmann (170 pounds), sophomore Louie Linton (106) and junior Sammy Papadopoulos (138) recorded pins for coach Bob Anniballi’s team.
Sophomore Tucker Vician opened with a win at 152, but the Redhawks forfeited 160 to push Adelmann to 170.
“It was a strategy,” Anniballi said. “In double encounters you have to put your ego aside and [put] kids where they can be successful and where the team can be successful. “
Adelmann delivered a pin in the second period.
“Coach Anniballi came to me, because their best player is at 160, he’s going” I’m going to take a forfeit there and I need your six [points]. ‘We’d rather balance than potentially drop points there at 160-170. I had to pin my guy down to make it work. Fortunately, I was able to perform and get the team rolling with my pin. “
Anniballi moved each wrestler between 160 and 220 in a weight class, and the Redhawks each won, including runner-up Bennett Sonneborn (195), who rallied after being shaken in the first out. David Seiche (182), Will Lederman (220) and Joe Babson (285) also won.
“Receiving a pretty hard blow to the head made me feel a bit disgusted,” he said. “I ended up stepping up, I went crazy about it. I just knew it was time for me to step up because the team needed it. “
The Panthers recorded bowling at 120 (Cole Freeman) and 126 (Kagan Roper), trying to rally, but Natick won the game on senior Nick Kruczynski’s major decision at 132.
“I listened to the coach [Anniballi] and he told me to keep it close or pin it, ”Kruczynski said. “I was just trying to do it. It was a crazy atmosphere. “
Victor Akhonen was victorious at 113, and Mike Annaballi won 17-13 at 145.
“This state championship will be more memorable than any other,” Anniballi said. “I’m really happy for the kids. Power to programs. Easier said than done in the regular season, let alone a COVID season. It’s total community involvement. “