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Celico brothers advance to quarterfinal round


PROVIDENCE — Four of the five local high school wrestlers are still alive in the New England championships.

The Celico brothers of Westerly, who attend Bishop Hendricken, reached the quarterfinals on Friday at Providence Career & Technical.

Nicholas Celico received a bye into the second round, where he defeated Shayne McCann of Portsmouth, N.H., 3-0 in the 113-pound weight class.

Celico is the top seed from Rhode Island, having won the state title last weekend. McCann, the No. 2 seed from his state, moved into the second round with with a 4-0 victory against Billy Wehring (Mass. No. 4).

Celico, a junior who has a 42-4 record, will wrestle Danbury’s Jeremy Fields in the quarterfinals when wrestling resumes today at 9 a.m. Fields is the Connecticut three seed.

Jonathan Celico, the two seed from Rhode Island, also got a bye into the second round, where he posted an 8-0 major decision against Matthew Dowler of St. Bernard. Dowler is the Connecticut two seed.

Celico (43-2), a sophomore who was runner-up at 106 in the state meet, will face Mass. No. 1 Michael Aguino of Catholic Memorial. Aquino pinned Mass. No. 5 Ben Marshall of Boston Latin in 3 minutes, 16 seconds after receiving a bye.

Chariho High’s Sal DeSantis pulled out a 3-2 win against Shawn Grenier in the consolation bracket to earn the right to return to today’s final day of the event. Grenier is the New Hampshire two seed.

DeSantis, the Rhode Island No. 3, began his night by pinning Vermont No. 5 Xavier Giddings of St. Johnsbury, 1:04 into the first round of the 220-pound bout.

DeSantis then lost to Ian Butterbrodt in the second round, getting pinned in 4:55. Butterbrodt is the Massachusetts top seed.

DeSantis is now 43-4 for the season.

Abe Bloom, a Westerly resident who attends Moses Brown, lost in the second round to Mass. No. 2 Cam Kelly of Franklin High, 4-2.

Bloom, a freshman who was 30-4 coming into the regional, had a bye in the first round. Bloom will face Connecticut four Jacob Martin of Windham today.

Westerly High’s Shane Shortt dropped into the 152 consolations when he was pinned in the first round by Bryan Burnette in 3:14 and then was eliminated by Mass. No. 6 Alex Webb of Franklin, 12-4.

Burnette is the three seed from Connecticut. Shortt, the three seed from Rhode Island, finished his junior season with a 37-6 record.



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