Chelmsford may be the defending state wrestling champions, but it is a new year.

The Lions stumbled against highly thought of Shawsheen Tech, 41-29, on Dec. 9.

It was the final bout of the wrestling quad competition at Danvers High. Shawsheen finished 4-0.

Chelmsford defeated Beverly, 54-24, Foxborough, 49-28, and Westford Academy, 63-18, before falling to Shawsheen.

Four Lions won four matches, including Anthony Hubbard at 126 and Evan Goodall at 145 who finished with four pins each.

Evan Kinney, 113, and Patrick Hughes, 120, also won four matches.

Chelmsford’s triple winners were Jeremy Ware with three pins at 182 and 195, Devon Giannino, 152, and Aiden Ahearn, 195/220, who also had three pins.

Mike McLarney (106), Zach Reynolds (138), Matt Kilmartin (160) and Josh Esperanza (170) won two matches, while Tyler Jennings (106) and Mitch Kiluk (132) record their first varsity wins.

Aided by a pair of victories from Chelmsford wrestlers, the Merrimack Valley Conference defeated the Middlesex League, 55-7, in the Pin Cancer wrestling match Dec. 6.

Kinney defeated Cam Soda of Burlington at 106 pounds, 6-2, while Goodall won his 145-pound bout against Steven MacIntosh of Melrose via a pin at 1 minutes, 8 seconds.

"They both wrestled well,” Chelmsford coach Bruce Rich said. Evan at 106 had faced the Burlington kid before and had some tough matches with him.”

Rich coached the MVC team with Frank Camissa of Bridgewater State University and Bill James of Methuen

“They've both worked hard in the offseason and are in good shape for this time of year,” Rich said.