Last year, Noah Robley competed in the Rhode Island state wrestling championships with a broken femur. On Tuesday, the 285 pound senior competed in his team’s final meet with a broken and dislocated wrist. And in both cases, Noah came away the winner.
The team’s final meet of the season was at home against the Mariners, in a scene that was all too familiar to coach Drew Genetti.
Last year the two nearly undefeated teams paired off for that season’s final match. This year, however, Mr. Genetti was expecting a different outcome.
“Last year at the 195 weight, that was the deal-breaker,” he said of the two teams’ previous meeting. “I knew it was coming to this.”
When the Eagles hosted Narragansett High School for the Feb. 18 showdown, both teams came in with identical 15-1 records.
From the start, the Eagles struggled against the Mariners in the lighter weight classes, losing the first three matches. It wasn’t until Benjamin Wright came away with the first Barrington win that the Eagles began to turn things around.
But it came down to the heavyweights, Max Robey, Quinn Morvillo and Noah Robey to boost the Eagles to 16-1.
Down 28-24 with three matches left, Max Robey pinned his opponent in the third period to gain a 34-30 lead. After a match that went into three overtime periods, Quinn Morvillo held onto a 34-33 lead for Barrington, leaving the outcome of the meet up to Noah.
Noah scored the only two points of the match in the second period, with his opponent unable to make an effective move to counter.
At the end of the third period, those two points held the win for the Eagles.
“I had him the entire time,” Noah said after winning the match. “It was just hard to get him down with one hand,” he said.
For Mr. Genetti, the dedication of his team was more valuable than the win.
“It’s family that we built around this place. We’ve built a great tradition,” he said.
With the RI State Championships on March 1, Mr. Genetti shared his thoughts on the outcome.
“Quinn (Morvillo) locked up the two-seed. He’s there. He’s got the potential,” Mr. Genetti said of placing in the States.
And in the higher weight class, Mr. Genetti is looking to Noah to capture the title.
The team will compete in the division championships this coming weekend. There, said Mr. Genetti, he’s shooting for the team to place among the top three.