Four middle school wrestlers capture state titles at RIPCOA meet

Four middle school wrestlers capture state titles at RIPCOA meet

GLOCESTER – The Ponaganset Middle School wrestling team felt right at home at the RIPCOA Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Ponaganset High School, as the Chieftains finished seventh out of 33 schools in the team standings and saw three wrestlers capture state titles.

Jacob Joyce (88 pounds), Jason Hood (94), and Andrew Reall (100) won Ponaganset’s state championships, and for Hood, an 8th-grader, the title was his second – he took the 88-pound championship last winter.

Joyce ruled his weight class by winning all four of his matches with pins. His first three took 40, 24, and 49 seconds to deliver, and in the finals, he pinned Lincoln’s Zachary Henault in 64 seconds.

Hood posted 15-0 and 17-1 technical-fall victories in his first two matches, delivered a 59-second pin in the semifinals, and pinned Kickemuit’s Carson Correia in the second round of their title match. And Reall only needed to win three matches, producing an 85-second pin in the quarterfinals, a 4-0 win in the semis, and a 9-0 victory over Feinstein’s Luke Lagasse in the finals.

A year after taking second place to Hood in the 88-pound class, Scituate Middle School wrestler Gabriel Bouyssou also became a state champion. Bouyssou went 4-0 record at 106 pounds and wrapped up his tournament with a 63-second pin of Feinstein’s Hayden Myers in the finals.

Bouyssou also won two of his matches with technical falls, winning his first match by a 22-5 score and his semifinal-round match, 20-3, and in the quarterfinals, he delivered a third-round pin.

Two more Ponaganset wrestlers hit the medals podium, Jared Hood, who pinned three opponents to place second at 70 pounds, and Isaiah Dunn, who took fourth place at 70. Two of Bouyssou’s teammates also placed in the top eight of their weight classes; Karter Riggs took sixth place at 88 pounds and Kryssceah Ravenelle placed seventh at 126.