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Schools: Phong forfeit clinches Frontier wrestling win

  • Above, Frontier’s Bailey Murry, left, and Mahar’s Erick Aldrich compete in the 120-pound weight class Wednesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Below, Frontier’s Ito McMillan, left, and Mahar’s Adam Clement compete in the 145-pound weight class. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Ito McMillan, left, and Mahar’s Adam Clement compete in the 145-pound weight class Wednesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Justin Dediego, top, and Frontier’s Victor McNutt compete in the 132-pound weight class Wednesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Hnery Ndayisaba, top, competes against Frontier’s Connor Pettis in the 138-pound weight class Wednesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Nate Austin, front, competes against Mahar’s Cole Emery in the 195-pound weight class Wednesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Adam Clement, top, competes against Frontier’s Ito McMillan in the 145-pound weight class Wednesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Ed Bennington, top, competes against Frontier’s Eric Trueswell in the 160-pound weight class Wednesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It may not go down as the most memorable victory for Frontier Regional School wrestler Jackie Phong, but it was the difference on Wednesday.

The Red Hawks’ heavyweight earned a forfeit at 285 pounds in the final match of the night to snap a 33-33 tie and lift Frontier to a 39-33 win over Mahar Regional School in a Suburban League North Division match Wednesday night at Vi Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier (9-4) rushed out to a 24-0 lead after four consecutive pins at the lightest four weights, but Mahar stormed back with four straight wins (three pins, one decision) in the next four bouts to cut the deficit to 24-21. Frontier took a 33-21 lead with a decision and a pin at 160 and 172 pounds, but Mahar answered with back-to-back pins at 182 and 195 to tie the score.

Jake Mattson defeated Jeffrey Kidwell by pin in 2 minutes, 57 seconds at 106 pounds, and Tanner Finch followed at 113 with a 29-second pin over Domenic Cacciolfi. Bailey Murry pinned Eric Aldrich in 45 seconds at 120 pounds for Frontier, and Avery Tuttle earned a pin in 3:24 over Jeremy Vezina at 126.

Mahar (4-3) came back as Justin deDiego pinned Victor McNutt at 132 pounds in 4:31, and in one of the top matches of the night Henry Ndayisaba pinned Connor Pettis with four seconds remaining in the third period at 138 pounds. Adam Clement defeated Ito McMillan, 17-14, at 145 pounds, and Todd Chiasson pinned KC Mattson at 152 pounds in 1:47.

Frontier’s Eric Trueswell earned a 4-2 win over Ed Bennington at 160 pounds, and teammate Miguel Olvera-Aguilera pinned Anurak Jittang in 40 seconds at 170. Mahar’s Peter Tattan pinned Joey Hildreth in 1:29 at 182, and Cole Emery pinned Nate Austin in 3:31 at 195 to tie the score.

Both teams forfeited at 220 pounds.

FC Tech 45, Athol 30 — Both Franklin County Technical School and Athol High School collected four pins Wednesday but the Eagles earned three forfeits and a decision to get past the Red Raiders, 45-30, in a SL North wrestling match in Athol.

Athol picked up one forfeit at 220 pounds but Franklin Tech’s Kyle Brunelle (126), Spencer Telega (160) and Cameron Tuttle (285) won by forfeit to provide much of the difference in the match.

Chris Ludwig also earned a 7-3 victory over Chris Waslaske at 182 pounds in the top bout of the night. Waslaske is the defending WMass Division III runner-up at 170 pounds and also finished fourth at the Division III State tournament last season. But Ludwig, who finished fourth at WMass at 145 pounds a season ago and has gained nearly 40 pounds this winter, earned the victory and three big points, avenging his only loss in the finals of the Red Raider invitational.

“That’s a good win for Chris. He is now 20-1 on the season and has been working really hard. He’s focused. He was disappointed in the way the first meeting went, felt like he didn’t wrestle to his potential.”

Peter Saladino earned a pin for the Eagles (7-2 overall) over Athol’s Bryce Shufelt in 2:57 at 120 pounds, and teammate Noah Fuess topped Luke Inniss in 1:08 at 138 pounds. Tim Fritz earned a win at 152 pounds when he pinned Logan Wornham in 1:19, and Brody Wood collected a pin over Joe Gray in 1:29.

Jon Mahoney earned a pin for Athol at 113 pounds when he stuck Caleb Ellis in 3:33, and Caleb Cox topped Jaden Sadlowski in 3:08 at 132. Ryan White earned a pin in 1:51 over Ian McClure at 145, and Dakota Gilman stuck Ayden Stacy in 2:51 at 195.

Smith Voke 46, Mohawk 36 — Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School defeated Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 46-36, in a Tri-County League wrestling match Wednesday in Buckland.

Mohawk coach Mark Biagini had no further information to report.

Hockey

Greenfield 3, Wahconah 1 — Sean O’Sullivan scored back-to-back power play goals in the second and third periods to lead Greenfield High School to a 3-1 win over Wahconah Regional High School in an independent hockey game Wednesday night in Dalton.

The game was tied at 1-1 after the first period but O’Sullivan scored an unassisted goal 9:41 into the second period on the power play to give the Green Wave (5-2-1) the lead for good. He then connected again on the man-advantage in the third period, this time with 1:35 remaining in the game, on assists from Cassidhe Wozniak and Alec Jordan, to seal the victory.

“We’ve been working on the power play and we’ve got a couple of units,” Greenfield coach Adam Bouchard said. “Our second unit stepped up and buried a couple goals for us.”

Evan Simmons gave the Green Wave a lead 3:09 into the game when he took a pass from Doug Hanieski and broke in on Wahconah goalie Jake Risley to bury a goal. Just over two minutes later Wahconah tied the score as Ryan Polastri scored on an assist from Hunter LaBrode.

That was the only shot to get past Green Wave goalie Riley Drew, who made 15 saves to earn the victory, including stopping all eight shots he faced in the third period. Mike McGoldrick and Jordan had strong defensive games in front of him. Risley turned aside 24 shots in the loss.

Greenfield returns home Saturday night at 5:30 to face Fitchburg High School.