South sectional championships never come easy in these parts.
Particularly if you're competing all alone.
But Barnstable High School junior co-captain Will Henson achieved just that last night at B.M.C. Durfee High School, as he defeated all four of his opponents in the MIAA Division 1 South Sectional Individual Tournament, and he came home with the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler Trophy, to boot.
It is just the sixth time in school history that an individual wrestler has been crowned thusly, with Henson joining an elite cluster of Red Raiders who have taken the sectional title.
Gonzalo Sanz was the first in 2005, in the 140-lb class, Alex Glenn was the second and he won it twice in 2006 and 2007. Thiago Hoffman was the third man to do it in 2008 in the 152-lb. class, followed by Nick Kidd in 2008 (160) and Sean Donahue achieved the mark last year in the 140-lb. class.
No Red Raider has ever been crowned the 170-lb. South Sectional champion until yesterday. Henson will now advance to the MIAA Division 1 State Championships in Reading next Saturday and Sunday, and he will be joined by fellow Red Raiders Mike Botello (106), who took third place honors, as did freshman Owen Murray (220), and Colby McWilliams, a sophomore, who took home a 4th place finale in the 138-lb. class.
Henson broke the 100-career win plateau this season and he's on pace to break the school record in all-time individual victories. He is currently rankd 2nd in the state in the 170-lb. class by masswrestling.com.
As a team, Barnstable finished its regular season at 16-6-1, the most team wins in school history.