It’s a group that has put together a spectacular season already, but when the Leominster High wrestling team hits the mats Saturday morning, it will be with a larger purpose looming.
The Blue Devils will host the inaugural Ross Reynolds Dual Wrestling Tournament this morning at Leominster High School, honoring the memory of one of their own. Reynolds, a former LHS grappler and Marine Captain, was killed in a plane crash during a NATO training exercise in Norway on March 18, 2022.
The 27-year-old was a member of Leominster High School’s Class of 2013 and a 2017 Worcester State University grad, attaining a criminal justice degree.
Starting at 9:45 a.m. with a ceremony honoring Reynolds, the event will see the 9-1 Blue Devils square off with five other high-quality opponents, including a strong Chelmsford High squad, with awards presented to the tournament’s top finishers.
Admission to the event is $5, with food available, as well as raffles. Half of the proceeds from the tournament are slated to go to the Ross A. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship fund, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Leominster High wrestling program.
Bulldogs honoring Smith
Monty Tech will also host a wrestling tournament Saturday, this one honoring the team’s former coach. The Kieron Smith Memorial Tournament will draw nine programs in addition to the Bulldogs.
Natick High, Nashoba Regional, Worcester Voke and Northbridge will be among the teams taking part in the Kieron Smith Memorial Tournament. Smith, the longtime head coach of the Bulldogs, died unexpectedly on Aug. 25, 2022.
Paulino claims title
Collegiate wrestling is going well for former Monty Tech standout Isiac Paulino.
The freshman claimed the 125-pound title at the Williams Open last Saturday for Springfield College, posting a 4-0 record on the day. The second-seeded Paulino posted two decisions and a major decision to advance to the final, where he bested top-seeded David Yeh of Williams to take home the crown.
In addition to Paulino’s first-place finish, Nashoba Regional grad Lucien Perla had a solid showing at the Williams Open. The first-year Springfield grappler went 5-1 on the day to finish third at 149 pounds.
Springfield’s roster also includes North Middlesex Regional grad Mark Thomas, a 174-pound wrestler majoring in athletic training.
The Pride are in action this weekend at the Budd Whitehill Duals in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.