Larry Tremblay has attained a number of lofty milestones in his three-plus decades as the wrestling coach at Winchester High. But no one seemed to notice when he made history on Saturday.
The state’s career leader in wins, Tremblay recorded his 700th victory when the Sachems defeated Pentucket Regional, 51-16, in a nine-team tournament at Whittier Regional Tech in Haverhill.
He wasn’t done, and neither was Winchester. The Sachems (22-6) captured the tourney with three more wins, raising their coach’s record to 703-98-5 in 38 seasons, which includes one year at his alma mater, North Reading.
In a similar fashion to Tremblay’s career, the Sachems jumped out to a large lead over Pentucket, winning the first six matches, punctuated by four pins, including a pair by Peter Gallagher (152 pounds) and Shane Gindel (160) that locked up the victory.
“I really didn’t tell anyone about ,” said Tremblay with a smile. “As you can tell, there’s no signs and stuff. For my 600th win, people were going crazy, and my 700th win, most winningest coach in New England, not one parent has come up to me and not one sign. It’s just another match.”
While Tremblay wasn’t too eager to share the news, he acknowledged that the mark did cross his mind on the way to the tourney.
“People told me we couldn’t make a winning program out of Winchester,” said the 61-year-old coach, who retired as a sergeant from the North Reading Police Department last year. “They said, ‘You’re not from Winchester, you don’t teach in Winchester, you don’t live in Winchester. How are you going to win with those kids?’ But we started winning right from the beginning.”
Tremblay started his career at North Reading, coaching his alma mater to a 13-2 finish after a 2-12 mark the year before.
Division 1 Coaches Duals — Springfield Central edged Lincoln-Sudbury for the team title at Franklin High.
Division 2 Coaches Duals — Jeff Marsh (113 pounds) and Jeremy Su (145) each recorded three victories as Natick (25-2) stopped Beverly (41-21), host North Andover (46-30), and Marshfield (44-27) for the championship. Central Catholic beat North Andover, 36-28, for third place.
Division 3 Coaches Duals — Foxborough beat host Wayland, 45-32, for the championship.
BC High 3, Malden Catholic 1 — Danny O’Connell scored the go-ahead goal with 8:14 to play as the No. 5 Eagles (9-1-4) gave sixth-year coach John Flaherty his 100th win and dealt the third-ranked Lancers (8-2-3) their first Catholic Conference loss. Luke Garrity had 17 saves, 11 of which came in the third period, to hand Malden its first conference loss of the season. Troy Ladka scored twice, the last an empty-netter.
Catholic Memorial 3, St. John’s Prep 0 — Brendan Clancy stopped 21 shots en route to his sixth shutout of the season for the seventh-ranked Knights (11-2-2). Will Schmidlein, Sean Doherty, and Harry Morrill all scored.
North Andover 3, Lincoln-Sudbury 0 — Ben Carlson (35 saves) recorded the shutout for the Scarlet Knights (9-6-2).
Boston Latin 4, Methuen 4 — Sam Mastrogiacomo netted the tying goal, his 15th of the season, with 44 seconds left for Latin (5-7-2).
Bishop Feehan 6, Martha’s Vineyard 1 — Jack Callahan’s hat trick led the host Shamrocks (10-3-1).
Duxbury 5, Silver Lake 0 — The Dragons (9-5-2) received a shutout from Nick Stewart (12 saves).
Walpole 6, Dedham 1 — Pat Donovan and Cam Martin both registered a pair of goals for the eighth-ranked Rebels (16-0-1).
Winthrop 5, Saugus 2 — Five players scored as the Vikings (13-1-2) stayed atop the Northeastern Conference’s Large Division.
Austin Prep 4, Archbishop Williams 1 — Matt Sacco and J.J. Harding scored first-period goals and goalie Dylan Regan made 10 saves as No. 2 Prep (13-0-2) dominated the Bishops in a Catholic Central matchup in Middleton.
Marshfield 7, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 — Nevan Costello had 12 saves as the No. 11 Rams (12-1-2) clinched the Atlantic Coast League title.
East Boston 4, Weston 0 — John Lockhead had two goals and two assists for the Jets (13-2-1), raising his career point total to 152.
Winthrop/Lynn 3, Masconomet 2 — Bella Perrotti netted the go-ahead goal with 8:40 left as the host Bulldawgs (9-3) qualified for the Division 1 state tourney. Olivia Driscoll and senior Mia Price also connected for Winthrop. Rachael Duval and Abby Gendron scored for Masconomet (8-4-2).