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Schools: Bagdon records 100th career wrestling victory



Recorder Staff
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Brian Bagdon knows what it’s like to celebrate 100 career wrestling wins.

As a Frontier Regional School student, the 1998 graduate celebrated 100 wins as a wrestler under coach Don Gordon. He then moved on to wrestle at Roger Williams University, where he again celebrated 100 wins as a competitor under coach Dave Kemmy. Now, in his second year Frontier coach (his 12th-year as a varsity coach overall), Bagdon again got to celebrate.

Bagdon went into Saturday’s Franklin County Technical School Quad meet at 99 career wins and, after his Red Hawks went 3-1 on the day, he exited with 102 wins, marking his third century-mark celebration.

The Red Hawks defeated Nashoba Valley Technical High School 59-6 for Bagdon’s 100th career victory. Frontier went on to defeat Worcester Technical High School (24-0) and Northbridge High School (59-18), and dropped their lone match of the day to Quabbin Regional High School (48-27).

Bagdon picked up his 99th career win Wednesday with a victory over reigning WMass champion Monument Mountain Regional High School. That set him up for Saturday, when he surpassed the mark.

“My high school and college coaches mentored me on what it is to be a successful coach,” Bagdon said. “It’s all about the kids. If you get good kids and good families, you will put some wins together.”

Bagdon said that learning from two Hall of Fame coaches helped prepare him for a career after competing. Kemmy is in the Rhode Island Hall of Fame, while Gordon is in the Massachusetts High School Coaches Hall of Fame.

“Those are two pretty good guys to learn from,” Bagdon said.

Connor Pettis led the way for Frontier at 132 pounds, going 4-0 with a pin. Bailey Murry at 126 went 3-0 with a pin, and Ito McMillan went 3-0 at 145 with two pins. Joe Hildreth finished 3-1 with two pins at 182 pounds, Tanner Finch went 3-0 with two pins at 113, and Nate Austin went 3-0 with two pins at 195. Jackie Phong was 2-1 with a pair of pins at 285.

Frontier hosts Mahar Regional School Wednesday at 7.

Tech results

Franklin Tech finished 4-1 on the day at its own quad meet to improve to 6-2 on the season.

The Eagles beat Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School (55-15), Quabbin (40-34), Northbridge (66-12) and Hampshire Regional High School (42-33).

Spencer Telega (152 pounds), Chris Ludwig (182/195) and Ayden Stacy (195/220) each went 5-0 to lead the Eagles. Caleb Ellis (113), Peter Saladino (120), Kyle Brunelle (126) and Brody Wood (170) finished 4-1 on Saturday.

Mahar results

Mahar competed at the Franklin Tech Quad Saturday and finished 3-1 with victories over Northbridge (48-30), East Longmeadow High School (48-18) and Montachusett Technical High School (46-36). The Senators dropped a 51-15 decision to Sabis International Charter School.

Todd Chiasson was 4-0 with three pins at 152 to lead the Senators on the day. Peter Tattan also went 4-0 with three pins at 182.

Adam Clement at 145 finished 3-1 with three pins. Justin deDiego had two pins at 152, while Henry Ndayisaba (138) and Luke Chiodo (120) each had a pin and a forfeit on the day.

Indoor track

Meet 3 results

Aaron Hendry and Ash Shaw had big days for Mahar Friday afternoon to lead the Senators to a wins over Hampshire (78-17) and Pioneer Valley Regional School (68-27) during Meet 3 of the PVIAC indoor track & field season at Smith College in Northampton.

Hendry finished fourth in the 300-meter dash (38.28 seconds), fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.72) and ninth in the 55 dash (7.08). Shaw took third in the high jump (5-5), fourth in the 1,000 meter (2:57.18) and ninth in the 55 hurdles (9.91).

Hugo Frost also had three top-10 finishes, placing fourth in the long jump (18-7¾), sixth in the 55 hurdles (8.75) and ninth in the 600 (1:34.13).

Nick Sharp had a nice performance in the shot put, placing second in the shot put at 46-6¾, and Sean Doyle was ninth in the event at 33-8½. Sebastian Shaw took 10th in the high jump at 5-1.

Kris Selanis continued to dominate the shot put as he easily won the event at 53-11 to help Athol High School to a 67-27 win over Pope Francis High School.

Mason Barrieau had three top-10 finishes, placing sixth in the 600 (1:31.41), seventh in the 55 hurdles (8.83) and ninth in the long jump (17-11). Chase Michaud took fifth in the 600 (1:31.38) for Athol, and Dennis St. Jean came in fifth in the 1,000 (2:58.07). James Laford finished eighth in the 300 (39.70), and Gabe Roberts was eighth in the high jump (5-1).

Scott McDonough was second in the long jump (19-6½) and sixth in the 55 (6.99) to help Pioneer to a 64-27 win over Hampshire.

Adrian Wilson was fifth in the shot put (38-4½) and Jacob Comiskey was eighth (34-½) for Pioneer.

• On the girls’ side, Anna Wetherbee finished second in the 600 (1:47.81) and third in the long jump (15-4¾) to help Mahar to wins over Hampshire (55-40) and Pioneer (83-11).

The 4 by 200 relay team of Wetherbee, Jordyn Berry, Mackinley Drew and Kamryn Reilly broke the girls’ school record with a time of 2:01.59 to place eighth.

Kamryn Reilly was fourth in the 55 (7.87), fourth in the long jump (15-¼) and seventh in the high jump (4-5) for the Senators, while Caroline Chase took sixth in the 600 (1:52.20), Marie Nottleson was sixth in the 55 hurdles (10.48), and Chloe Taddeo was sixth in the shot put (24-9).

Emily England was ninth in the 300 (48.70) for Athol but the Red Raiders fell to Pope Francis, 61-32. Pioneer also suffered a 51-32 loss to Hampshire.