The household plan is alive and nicely in Haverhill.
Led largely by the three Morris boys within the lineup, the Hillies have gone 14-1 in twin meets and are ranked within the prime 10 in New England in each twin meet and match codecs, in response to the most recent Schwartz Report.
Freshman Aiden Morris is ranked among the many prime 5 wrestlers within the state at 106 kilos, whereas his brother Shea is the third-ranked Bay State wrestler in a loaded 138-pound weight class. If that wasn’t sufficient to drive opposing coaches loopy, their cousin, Michael Morris, is ranked second within the state at 113 kilos.
“It’s really great having the three of them on the team,” mentioned Haverhill coach Tim Lawlor. “We’ve been lucky that we’ve had lots of relations on the group earlier than, so that is like having an prolonged household on the roster. Having the three of them does add a component to the wrestling room as a result of they work very exhausting every single day.
“They are all awesome boys, great kids who make it easier for me. The three of them are very similar as wrestlers in the sense that they have a little funk in their style, they’re not always the traditional type of wrestler.”
Despite their present successes, the Morris brothers didn’t precisely take to the game as love at first maintain. Both credited their father Matthew (a former standout wrestler at Pentucket) with serving to them recover from the hump.
“I started wrestling when I was five and actually I didn’t like it,” Shea Morris mentioned. “I would get mad after losing and I think I was too young to understand how much work I needed to do. I learned once I started putting in the hard work, I started winning and realized that it was something I had to do.”
Added Aiden Morris: “I think I started wrestling at birth and I didn’t like it all. Once I got to middle school and started to see people I knew wrestling, I started to realize that this is something I wanted to do.”
Michael Morris was molded by his father (Joel) and uncle (Matthew) and he’s clearly reaped the advantages. The junior just lately cracked the 100-win mark and has no intentions of slowing up.
“To get the 100th win was awesome, it was nice getting a lot of praise after the match,” Morris mentioned. “There were a lot of family and friends there along with my teammates, so it was a great feeling.”
Talk to the three Morrises, one underlying theme is the love they’ve for the group. Aiden Morris sums issues up completely.
“There’s nothing better than being in the wrestling room here at Haverhill, it’s the best around,” Aiden Morris mentioned. “You have so many people pushing each other to get better. It really is like a family,”
Every winter day for the previous 27 seasons, Newton North coach John Staulo eagerly waited for the tip of the day to get all the way down to his beloved wrestling room.
The current Newton lecturers strike put an finish to that routine.
Like each different trainer and coach within the Newton college system, Staulo has been in a holding sample, ready to see when the strike would finish and he can resume teaching. Making the scenario harder for Staulo is the truth that the sectional match is every week away and never having the ability to correctly put together his group is irritating.
“We’ve had to cancel some dual meets and a quad meet,” Staulo mentioned simply earlier than the strike ended Friday evening. “We don’t have much time left in the season because the cutoff date is next week, so it’s become very tough for guys like myself and (Newton South wrestling coach) Alan Rotatori.”
It isn’t essentially lacking meets as a lot because the practices main as much as the occasions. Staulo is nicely generally known as a kind of guys who wears his feelings on his sleeves, which explains why he has a big roster.
“That’s the part I really miss,” Staulo mentioned. “We got about 45 kids on the team, they show up to practice every single day because they like being a part of the team. Not having that continuity is really frustrating because they really look forward to this.”