North Andover, MA - The Natick Redhawks finally captured the elusive Division II Dual Meet State Championship title two years after finishing in 2nd place, and a year after taking third place. The Redhawks, currently ranked #3 in Massachusetts according to Masswrestling.com, entered the tournament as the second overall seed behind only Central Catholic, the second ranked team in Massachusetts. In the round of 16, the Redhawks received a bye while awaiting the winner of the Milford v. Beverly match. During the quarterfinal round, the Redhawks knocked off Beverly by a final score of 41-21 to secure a spot against North Andover in the state semi-finals. During the semi-final round, the Redhawks defeated the North Andover Scarlet Knights by a final score of 46-30 to move into the state finals for the second time in three years.
On the other side of the bracket, Marshfield, the #5 seed in the tournament, put together a string of upset victories over the #4 seed North Attleboro (35-35 - Criteria), and the #1 overall seed, Central Catholic (42-33), to advance to the state finals against the Redhawks.
In the state finals bout, the Redhawks defeated the Marshfield Rams by a final score of 44-27 to secure their second Division II Massachusetts Coaches Association State Championship in program history (2011; 2017). With the state championship victory, the Redhawks move to 25-2 overall (10-0 BSC). On their return trip home from North Andover, the State Champion Redhawks were greeted by a police escort courtesy of the Natick Police Department to celebrate their championship victory.
The Redhawks travel to Framingham High School on Wednesday night for their final dual meet of the season against the #17 Framingham Flyers as they look to improve their overall record to 26-2 and secure yet another Bay State League Championship. On Saturday (2/11/17), the Redhawks will host the Division II Metro Sectional Championships at Natick High School, and look to secure its 13th Sectional Championship in program history.
Round 1 - State Round of 16
#3 Natick - Bye
Round 2 - State Quarterfinals
#3 Natick 41, Beverly 21
Round 3 - State Semi-Finals
#3 Natick 46, #19 North Andover 30
Round 4 - Division II State Championship
#3 Natick 44, #13 Marshfield 27