Wrestlers Eye State Prize
Cameron Stuart, Veritas Sports Editor
Two Rockland High wrestlers, senior Dennis McPeck and junior Brad Gasdia, competed in the MIAA State Wrestling Tournament last Friday and Saturday in Wakefield. The roads for these wrestlers were not easy, however, as not only did they have to qualify for the sectional tournament in Foxborough but they also had to wrestle well enough to qualify for states.
McPeck thrived in sectionals, making it all the way to the final match in his weight class in Division 3. McPeck lost a three-round (maximum) heartbreaker, 6-4. In the state tournament, McPeck ran into a bit of controversy in his 6-5 loss. The official called McPeck for stalling and trying to send the match to overtime, awarding the deciding point to his opponent from Danvers.
“It was questionable,” McPeck said, “but there’s nothing we can do to change it.”
McPeck’s day ended with a 6-2 loss in the next round.
Junior Brad Gasdia continued his successful season by having a very successful state tournament. Gasdia’s 4 wins in the state tournament earned him a spot in the All-State tournament.
Gasdia won in convincing fashion with 2 pins, a forfeit, and an 11-3 decision en route to a 6th place finish in the 138 pound weight class.
“It’s refreshing,” Gasdia said, “I worked really hard for this and All-States is going to be a lot of fun.”
The All-State tournament will take place Friday Feb. 27 and Saturday Feb. 28 at Salem High School.