1984 All State

FIRST TEAM

98 - Chris Davey, Smithfield

105 - Chad Karl, Toll Gate

112 - Mark Masiello, Coventry

119 - Chris Almonte, Cranston West

126 - Rob Smith, Coventry

132 - Jim Eno, Pilgrim

138 - Ron Denson, Pilgrim

145 - Joe Moretti, Hendricken

155 - Bill Lepre, Hendricken

167 - Chris Zarella, La Salle

185 - David Donabedian, East Providence

275 - John Clear, Central

SECOND TEAM

98 - David Tyson, Pilgrim

105 - Dan Chianese, Bristol

112 - John DelBonis, Cranston West

119 - Joe Amato, East Greenwich

126 - Jim Hanley, East Greenwich

132 - Rick Palumbo, Cranston West

138 - Shannon Sullivan, Middletown

145 - Kevin Palumbo, Cranston West

155 - J. Passarelli, Coventry

167 - Kyle Rodriques, Bristol

185 - Chris Schwas, Barrington

275 - Mike Jackson, Middletown

Rob Smith and Mark Masiello, wrestlers who won individual state championships and led Coventry to its third straight team title, head this year's Journal-Bulletin All-State team.

The top squad also includes Pilgrim's Jim Eno and Ron Denson, and Hendricken's Joe Moretti and Bill Lepre. Rounding out the team are Chris Davey of Smithfield, Chad Karl of Toll Gate, Chris Almonte of Cranston West, Chris Zarrella of La Salle, David Donabedian of East Providence and Jon Clear of Central.

The team, one of the most experienced ever, with four juniors and eight seniors, was also one of the most dominating. Every member won individual statechampionships and 11 entered the state meet as the number one seeds.

The most dominant of all might be Coventry's Smith, on the team for the third year. The 126-pounder had a career dual-meet record of 109-0, including 68 pins. This year he also captured the New England crown.

His teammate, Masiello, piled up a 23-2 record at 112 pounds, including a thrilling overtime victory over Cranston West's John DelBonis in the state finals.

The only other New England champ in the group was Toll Gate's Karl, at 105 pounds.

Cranston West's Almonte, a 119-pounder, was voted the outstanding wrestler in the state meet for a performance that included three pins. His career record is 40-1 in dual meets.

Denson was 22-1 at 138 pounds, making him 45-3 over two years, while Eno was 21-0 at 132, and 52-9 for his career. Moretti was 19-1 at 145 pounds and Lepre 20-0 at 155.

Smithfield's Davey and Central's Clear both came out of the Suburban Division and won titles, Davey at 98 and Clear in unlimited. Clear's 20-1 record included 18 pins.

La Salle's Zarrella, whose father is the principal at Clear's school, Central, scored one of the most exciting victories in the state meet, topping Bristol's Rodrigues in overtime in the 167-pound division. East Providence's Donabedian posted the closest thing to an upset by edging Barrington's previously unbeaten wrestler, Chris Schwab, at 185. Donabedian had previously tied and lost to Schwab and finished 17-1-2 on the season.