Boston High School: Zach Bates

Bay State Games: July 7 recap

July, 8, 2012
The annual Bay State Games officially kicked off this weekend. Communications Coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along a recap of all the action from yesterday's wrestling tournament:

BOSTON -– The 2012 Bay State Summer Games officially got underway this weekend with the annual wrestling tournament highlighting the first weekend of individual sports competition.

The event saw 450 wrestlers from around New England, including many from New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, who were welcomed to the Massachusetts games, compete over the two-day tournament. The games kicked off with Friday’s junior tournament, featuring 100 wrestlers from fifth thru eighth grade.

The scholastic and open tournaments took place on Saturday afternoon and featured 250 of the top high school wrestlers from New England, as well as 100 more competitors aged 19 and up.

More than thirty different wrestling clubs sent wrestlers to the Bay State Games, including Doughboy Wrestling in Lowell, which had two of its combatants face off in both the 106.1 pound weight class, where Ryan Stanton (Melrose) defeated Thomas Hamilton (Lincoln) and the 160.1 weight class, which saw Alec Golner (Lowell) take the crown over Vincent Benincasa (Concord, N.H.).

Ben DeFronzo (Sudbury, Mass.), also of Doughboy, took down the 120.1 weight class. Fellow Sudbury resident Joseph Rottman was victorious in the 138.1 class.

Kyle Streeter (Waitsfield, Vt.), came south to claim the 220.1 weight class in the scholastic division.

The open division featured wrestlers from many of the top colleges in New England. Those winners in the 19 and over group included David Brown (Plymouth State), Bruin Suitor (Boston University), Trevour Smith (Duke), Everett Deslips (Johnson and Wales), Howard Tobochnil (UNH), Andrew Tanner (WPI), Zach Bates (Bridgewater State) and Caleb Crump (Rhode Island College).

The winners in Friday’s Juniors Division were Andrew Fallon (Fall River), Hunter Adrian (Melrose), Cole Wyman (Brockton), Jack Darling (Boxford), Casey Broadhurst (Plaistow, N.H.), Matthew Cabezas (Methuen), Austin Cooley (Somerset), Craig Santos (Londonderry, N.H.), Ahmad Sharif (Chicopee), Ethan Bartley (Somerset), Philip Conigliaro (Dedham), Matt Kelley (Foxborough), Griffin Murray (Chelmsford), Dylan Nottingham (Melrose), Trent Goodman (Blue Hill, Maine), Connor Petros (Ellsworth, Maine), Darius Franklin (Haverhill), David O'Brien (Dalton), Joseph Rodriguez (Merrimack, N.H.) and Mathieu Messian (North Andover).

The Bay State Games continues today with weightlifting and judo competitions. The scholastic sports will begin on Monday, with the baseball and softball competitions kicking off in Waltham.

For full schedules and results, go to

Recap: Reading 28, Wakefield 27

November, 5, 2011
Ryan ManeyRyan Kilian for ESPNBoston.comRyan Maney's circus catch was one of several highlights for Reading in its 28-27 thriller over Wakefield.
READING, Mass. -- No lead was safe in Reading on Friday night, as the Reading Rockets pulled out a come from behind, one point victory over the Wakefield Warriors, 28-27.

With less than two minutes remaining and Reading trailing by seven points, sophomore quarterback Drew Belcher led Reading down the field and into the end zone, on a six-yard plunge, with 38.5 seconds remaining in the game.

“We work on that stuff a lot,” said Fiore of the game-winning drive. “We spread them out and made some plays to get our guys in space.”

Belcher’s touchdown run pulled Reading to within one point, 27-26, and Reading head coach John Fiore called for two. With his team struggling in the kicking game, Belcher took the field out of the shotgun, lowered his head and plunged in for the go-ahead conversion. Belcher had executed the same play earlier in the game, and this time the sophomore’s score gave Reading the comeback win.

“We play for 44 minutes“, said Fiore. “We made plays and made some adjustments at the half to some things we wanted to do. I am real proud of the kids and their effort tonight.”

The game was a back and forth battle throughout, with both teams coming up with big plays and turnovers to shift momentum on multiple occasions.

Reading senior Anthony DeSimone had two interceptions at crucial junctures for the Rockets, while Wakefield’s James Puccio had an interception late in the game and a lot of tough in between the tackles running on the night.

Wakefield wide receiver Matt McKenna made a juggling 16-yard touchdown reception on a halfback pass from junior running back Dan Cardillo in the third quarter. McKenna made big plays all night, as the senior also hauled in a spectacular 70-yard reception earlier in the first quarter that set up an early Wakefield touchdown.

“They are 7-2 for a reason,” Fiore said of Wakefield. “They are a physical team with some excellent kids, and we took their best shot.”

Catch of the Year: Reading wide receiver Ryan Maney made the catch of the year tonight as the junior battled pass interference and jumped up in the back of the end zone to haul in a one-handed touchdown grab while falling to the ground. Maney managed to keep possession and get one foot in bounds for the 26-yard touchdown reception.

“That was a great catch,” said Fiore.

The 6-foot-2 junior is fast becoming a household name as he has become a favorite target for Belcher and runs smooth routes and has the athleticism, strength and vertical leap to stretch a defense and haul in the big catch.

Bates Returns: Wakefield senior running back Zach Bates made his return to Reading, where he played for the past two years before coming to Wakefield this season.

Bates scored on a 15-yard touchdown run and had 64 yards on the ground on the night. The signal-caller on defense also filled the gaps from his linebacker position and came up with some key stops early on.

The Playoff Picture: Reading will match up against Tewksbury as the winner of the Middlesex Large conference. Tewksbury, despite losing to Haverhill on Friday, clinched the Merrimack Valley Division 2 conference with a Lawrence loss to Dracut.

Wakefield is also looking for a 2011 playoff berth, and plays Watertown next week in an important league match-up.

READ (6-3) 0 – 14 – 6 – 8 --- 28
WAKE (7-2) 14 – 0 – 13 – 0 –-- 27

First Quarter
W - James Bourque 1 run (Brian Auld kick)
W - Zach Bates 15 run (Auld kick)

Second Quarter
R - Alex Valente 9 run (kick failed)
R - Ryan Maney 26 pass from Drew Belcher (Belcher run)

Third Quarter
R - Jared Barros 20 pass from Belcher (kick failed)
W - James Puccio 11 run (kick failed)
W - Matt McKenna 16 pass from Dan Cardillo (Auld kick)

Fourth Quarter

R - Belcher 6 run (Belcher run)