It was only a matter of time before the Milton High wrestling team broke out and did something extraordinary. On Saturday, Feb. 9, that time arrived.
Led by second place finishes from seniors Alex Caputo, Micah Allen, and Ryan McGroarty and with a total of 12 wrestlers placing fifth or better, the Wildcats claimed their first Division 2 Metro Sectional team title in program history.
Milton was able to capture the Sectional crown with relatively surprising ease.
Its 204.5 total points were 37 points better than second-place Burlington (167.5 points) and 37.5 more than third-place Arlington (167 points).
With the win, head coach Ted Carroll was named the Div. 2 Metro Sectional Coach of the Year, a well-deserved honor quite a few years in the making.
The Wildcats’ seniors had quite a day.
Along with the impressive showings from the aforementioned Caputo (195 pounds weight class), Allen (220), and McGroarty (285), fellow upcoming graduates Lacyre Fleurimond (182) and Mark LaBelle (145) took third place finishes to help pace the red and white while 12th-graders Ramsey Julmice (132) and Austin Wright (138) both finished fourth in their respective competitions.
Three juniors also stepped up big in competition for Milton. Wacy Heller (170) and Cameron Pentland (126) both took home fourth place finishes while Alex Malmstrom was fifth in the 120-pounds. tournament.
Other key contributors to the Wildcats championship, freshmen Jackson Matejka and Alex Paxhia, not only chipped in on this day, but also supplied a glimpse of what could be a promising future.
Matejka grabbed a bronze medal in the 113-pounds division, while Paxhia was fourth at 106 pounds.
All 12 wrestlers qualified for the Div. 2 State Tournament, including Malmstrom serving as an alternate.
The Wildcats next traveled to Beverly High School for D2 States on Feb. 15 and 16. Pentland, Wright, Fleurimond, Caputo, Allen, and McGroarty were able to make it through the first day.
Fleurimond was the Wildcats’ highest finisher, taking home eighth place in his weight class in the final competition of his high school career.
Milton finished tied for 31st in the team standings.
After years of developing a young team and starting wrestlers early with a well-rounded youth program. Carroll and his “Cats on Mats” finally have some hardware to show off how hard they worked and how far they came for this moment.
With the youth program growing even bigger, aided by some strong returnees at the high school level, the Milton High wrestling team could be in for some bigger and better things down the line.