Athlete of the Week: Senior Wrestler Larry Enright
The senior 112-pounder has lost only one match all season for the 12-2 Panthers.
The Holliston High wrestling team is in the midst of doing something very special this season. And one of the prime reasons has been the leadership of senior 112-pounder Larry Enright.
His team fresh off a tri-meet sweep over Canton (62-12) and host Watertown (50-18) on Saturday, the captain has his squad in perfect position to make a legitimate run at a state title. The Panthers improved to 12-2 with Saturday’s performances and now set their sights on Bellingham at home Wednesday.
Enright, the defending Division III Central sectional champion, finished third in the state at 103 pounds last year. It's been more of the same this year for Enright, who went 4-0 with two pins last week. But it hasn't been easy climbing a weight class to 112.
"(The 103-pound weight class) is mostly freshman and sophomores and 112 is definitely way more experience," said Enright. "It (the transition) has definitely been rough but I did a lot of work in the offseason so it hasn't been that bad. Only one loss, so it's definitely been pretty good so far."
In a week where Holliston torched Tri-Valley League rival Hopkinton 63-3 and faired extremely well in two other tournaments (third at the Quabbin Tournament and the match in Watertown), Enright showed why he's arguably the Panthers’ leading wrestler.
“Larry has been wrestling great for us all season," said Panther coach Paul Capobianco. "He has only one loss on the year and continues to be impressive. He's a real team leader.”
Enright has been nearly flawless all year, winning the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Milford Tournament on Dec. 18., while leading the Panthers to a fourth-place finish.
And earlier this season, Enright went 3-0 with two pins at 112 pounds in a quad meet as the Panthers beat Dedham (54-4) and Hudson (54-19), while losing to host Wayland (45-17).
And with age has come maturity for Enright, who has steeled his resolve, focusing on that which he can control and not the peripheral concerns.
"Last year, I usually thought a lot about my opponents but this year I know that you can't really control who your opponent is going to be," said Enright. "You just have to wrestle your own style."
One opponent, however, that Holliston has its eyes on is Wayland, the reigning Division III state champion and the team Holliston is looking to unseat from the throne this year.
The Panthers might have the horses to do so, thanks to a lineup that features three returning sectional champions (Enright and fellow senior quad-captains Tim Garry and Brad Losurdo) and two sectional runners-up.
Enright, Garry (125 pounds), and Losurdo (152) won championships at the Cohasset Tournament to help their team finish with an event-high 228 points.
For Enright and Co. to fight their way to the top of the Division III mountain, they'll have to go through Tyngsboro, Hudson, Pembroke and Mt. Greylock not to mention the dominant (and unbeaten) Wayland team.
And if the Panthers can knock off the Warriors, Enright will be leading the charge.
"Being a leader on a team that could win a state title is something that everyone dreams about," said Enright. "I'm just so lucky to have this chance right now."