Silver Lake sent Chase Perkins and Sydne Diauto to All-State's.
KINGSTON – From serving as a reserve as a junior to All-States as a senior, it’s been quite the year for Silver Lake wrestler Chase Perkins.
Perkins’ season came to a close over the weekend at Methuen High with a 1-2 performance at the All-State Wrestling Championships.
He was joined in competition by Silver Lake freshman Sydney Diauto and she became the first Laker wrestler to take part in the Girls State Wrestling Championships, joining more than 90 grapplers from across Massachusetts. She won two matches and lost two in the 106 pound weight class during the competition.
Silver Lake Head Coach Wayne Reissfelder said Perkins’ meteoric rise is a testament to the hard work he’s put in on the mat.
“It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. He didn’t place at sectionals last year and then he comes back to wrestle a great regular season and advance all the way to the top 12 for his weight class in the entire state of Massachusetts. That’s a great accomplishment by him,” Reissfelder said.
Perkins started Friday with a loss on points to Melrose High senior Victor Rodriguez, one of the top wrestlers in Division 3 this season.
The next time Perkins wrestled he looked across the mat and saw a familiar face in fellow Patriot League competitor Steve Brooks from Whitman-Hanson. The two split a pair of matches earlier this year and this time Perkins would get the pin to advance in the consolation bracket.
Perkins final match was a major decision loss to Belmont senior Max Dionne, who would go on to take sixth place and advance to this weekend’s New England Championships.
While Perkins’ high school wrestling career in closing, Diauto’s is just beginning. The ninth grader “saw what some of the best wrestlers in the state in her weight class can do,” Reissfelder said. “She had a good tournament and now she has some goals to reach towards for next year.”
Diauto made quick work of Methuen Caitlyn McGhee in the first round, pinning her in :21. She was matched up against Chicopee’s Janiah Baez in the next round and was pinned in a time of 3:33. Baez swept all four of her matches on the way to winning the state championship at 106 pounds.
Diauto bounced right back to pin Billerica’s Ava Clark in :25 and then lost her final match of the tournament to Monty Tech’s Faith Maldonado by pin.
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