A week after taking third place in the 113-pound weight class at the NHIAA Division I High School Wrestling Championships, Manchester Central senior Cameron Sweezy capped his final varsity season by matching that accomplishment at New Hampshire’s Meet of Champions.
Sweezy, who earned a 32-8 record, defeated Campbell junior Jacob Oberto via a 8-6 decision to earn third at the all-state meet.
He was joined at Meet of Champions, which was held at Nashua High School South on Feb. 23, by junior teammates Nick Tsoupas and Nicolas Karpf, who placed fifth in the 132- and 182-pound weight classes, respectively, at the D-I meet at Londonderry High School on Feb 16.
Tsoupas, 25-12 in his junior season, earned a dramatic 9-7 overtime win against Windham’s Malay Agarwal in the fifth-place match; and Karpf earned his trip to MOCs with a 5-0 decision over Timberlane’s Mitch Hammond.
Though longtime Manchester Central head coach Jason Cumming said he would have liked to have seen a few more of his grapplers place at D-I’s, he acknowledged a positive forward trend for his program, as a whole.
“We definitely think we could have performed better, but we are a young team, so we have to keep things in perspective,” he said.
“We suffered some unexpected losses but we still had Cameron Sweezy, Nick Tsoupas and Nicolas Karpf go through to the all-state tournament. It’s a good building block for next year, and the kids know what they need to do to improve for next year.”
Alexis Dobson, who won the girl’s New England Championship in the 106-pound weight class, fell in the D-I quarterfinals to Salem’s Ryan O’Rourke.
“She’s only a sophomore, so losing in the placing round was definitely motivating for her moving forward,” said Cumming.
Others representing the Little Green at the Division I championships included 120-pounder Ali Ataee, 138-pounder Ben Mikus, 145-pounder Jackson Robidoux, 152-pounder Michael Hamel-Patrick, 195-pounder Camren Varney and 285-pound heavyweight Andrew Farrell.