Rebels Turn Heads with Whaler Upset


The two wrestling captains pose for a photo.

Justin Rouhana

The two wrestling captains pose for a photo.
The two wrestling captains pose for a photo.

Walpole Wrestling improved their record to 8-4 this past weekend on Saturday, January 5, at New Bedford High School for their annual New Bedford quad meet. In addition to New Bedford, they also faced Xaverian Brothers and Stoughton, and came out 3-0 at the end of the meet.

Walpole wrestled Stoughton first in the quad meet and won. Sophomore Joe Delaney started the meet out for the Rebels at 106 lbs. and pinned his opponent, making the team score 6-0. Classmates Kyle Kilroy and Nick Glover followed, with a win coming from Kilroy. After climbing through the weight classes, the Rebels came to the 160 lbs. weight class in which junior Trevor Wassel wrestled and beat his opponent, continuing his season of domination on the mat. The Rebels continued on with a few more wins and come to Wassel’s classmate Noah Kung, in the 220 lbs. weight class. Kung, a force on the mat so far this season, pinned his opponent in the second period.

Walpole had the most important match of the quad meet next, against 24th ranked New Bedford. The Rebels started the match off getting 6 team points for a forfeit by New Bedford at 113 lbs. weight class. Followed up with a win from Glover, putting the Rebels ahead in the team score. As the match went on, the score went back and forth and by the time the match had reached the heavyweight division, the score was tied up 33-33. Junior Armen Andonian pinned his opponent in his bout at heavyweight to put the Rebels up 39-33. The match ended in a loss by Delaney at 106 lbs. in overtime.

The last match for the Rebels in the quad meet was against Xaverian Brothers High School. The Rebels dominated the team, allowing minimal team points to them. Big wins came from the top wrestlers: Kung, Wassel, and Glover at 220, 160 and 120 lbs. weight classes respectively.

In all, the Rebels came out with the new season record of 8-4 after the quad meet. With one of the best records out of all the winter sports teams at Walpole High this season, the Rebel Wrestlers are a lot better off than last year. Things have certainly turned around for the team.