PROVIDENCE — East Providence High School’s Jonah Aurelio placed third in the 285-pound heavyweight division at the 49th Annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships held Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at the Providence Career and Technical Academy Field House.
Aurelio wrestled back to the position after losing to eventual champ Jesse Webb of Mt. Anthony (Vt.) in the quarterfinal round of the main draw. Webb, who defeated Aurelio 5-2, also helped his side win the overall team title.
Aurelio claimed third with a first-period victory over Donovan Lozada, of Chicopee (Mass.). The EPHS senior won by pin in 1 minute, 28 seconds. Aurelio received a bye in the opening round of the tournament, then won his opening match over over Kevin Beane, of Pembroke (Mass.), 11-7, before losing to Webb. Aurelio rallied with a pin-fall victory (3:59) over Camden Crowell of Pinkerton (N.H.) and a similar result (1:56) over Aaron Lint of Winslow (Mass.). In the consolation semis to reach the third-place match, Aurelio defeated Corey John-Jacques, of St. John’s Prep (Mass.), 5-2 in overtime.
Two other locals participated in the regional tournament, both in the 106-pound class. State champion Jason Davol, of Bishop Hendricken, went 2-2 and did not place. His loss in the main draw came in overtime (6-3) to Hector Reynoso, of Lawrence (Mass.). Reynoso would later earned fifth place overall in the division after East Providence’s Collin Cardoso was unable to compete in the consolation round match due to injury.
Cardoso, who finished as runner-up to Davol at states, won twice before losing to eventual class runner-up Joe Rosetti of Glastonbury (Conn.) 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the main draw. He then suffered what EPHS coaches said was a shoulder injury in a loss to Cam Kelly of Franklin (Mass.) in his consolation round semifinal match and wasn’t further able to compete.
Cardoso accounted for 10.5 points with Aurelio scoring the rest of the Townies’ 32.5 points, good for a 14th-place result in the team standings. Mt. Anthony won the championship with 109. Timberlane was second with 69.5 with Exeter-West Greenwich leading the Rhode Island teams in third with 64.5. E.P. actually posted the second-most points of the 15 schools in the state with entries into the tournament. State champ Hendricken placed 59th with 13 points. Davol tallied five points for the Hawks.