Pentucket freshman Tyler Knox wrapped up one of the area’s all-time great wrestling seasons on Saturday with a second place finish at the New England championships.
Knox, who entered New Englands undefeated after winning the Cape Ann League, Sectional, Division 3 state and All-State championships, kept his momentum going with a pair of first-period pins to reach the 106-pound semifinals. He followed that with a solid 6-1 decision over Xavier (CT) standout Michael Rapuano, setting up a decisive championship match with Coventry, R.I. star Joziah Fry.
Once in the finals, Knox and Fry gave each other everything they had. But for the first time, Knox couldn’t pull out the victory.
Knox and Fry battled to a draw through the first two periods, with Fry taking an early lead on a takedown before Knox came back with a reversal in the second to tie the match at 2-2. Once in the third, Fry scored a pair of takedowns to pull ahead 6-3, and though Knox scored another reversal to make it a one-point match, Fry seized control with an escape and a match-clinching takedown with less than 30 seconds remaining, giving him the 9-5 victory.
Though Knox fell one win short of his stated goal of the New England championship, it was still a historic season for the freshman, who finished the year with a 49-1 record. He now owns a career record of 89-9 and will have a great chance at shattering the area’s all-time wins record if he continues at his current pace over the next three years.
Ostrander hasstrong showing
There is a good chance that all-time wins record will be held by Triton’s Anthony Ostrander when all is said and done, and this weekend the junior ended his terrific season with a strong performance at New Englands.
Ostrander went 1-2 at 170 pounds, winning his opening match against Mt. Anthony (VT) star Stephen Brillion by a 12-0 major decision before losing his next two matches. The first came against All-State champion Jayden Curley of Mansfield 13-3, and the next came in the consolations against Wethersfield (CT)’s Alec Arnold 5-2.
Ostrander finishes the season 47-11 and will enter his senior year with 161 career wins.
He will have a great shot at becoming the area’s first-ever 200-win wrestler next winter.