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  • Franklin Tech's Chris Ludwig, top, competes against Mahar's Cole Emery at 195 pounds on Tuesday where Ludwig earned a pin to help the Eagles to a 52-24 win in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech's Spencer Telega, top, competes against Mahar's Todd Chiasson at 152 pounds where Telega earned a pin to help the Eagles to a 52-24 win in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech's Spencer Telega, top, competes against Mahar's Todd Chiasson at 152 pounds where Telega earned a pin to help the Eagles to a 52-24 win in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar's Adam Clement picks up Franklin Tech's Ian McClure at 145 pounds where Clement earned a victory for the Senators during a 52-24 loss to the Eagles Tuesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech's Brody Wood, top, and Mahar’s Peter Tattan wrestled at 182 pounds on Tuesday night where Tattan pulled out a 7-4 win by decision in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech's Brody Wood, top, and Mahar’s Peter Tattan wrestled at 182 pounds on Tuesday night where Tattan pulled out a 7-4 win by decision in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Visiting Franklin County Technical School captured wins in seven of the 11 contested matches, rolling to a 52-24 victory over Mahar Regional School in a Suburban League North wrestling match Tuesday night in Orange.

All seven victories came via pinfall for Franklin Tech (8-2, 2-0), which pulled into a first-place tie atop the Suburban League North with Frontier Regional School and Granby High School at 2-0.

Caleb Ellis needed just 33 seconds to capture a pin at 113 pounds, while Peter Saladino pinned Luke Chiodo at 120 pounds in 1 minute, 23 seconds.

Tech’s Kyle Brunelle (126 pounds) and Spencer Telega (152) also picked up wins via pinfall, as did teammates Tim Fritz (160), Jack Fuller (170) and Chris Ludwig (195). Telega won a tough match over Todd Chiasson, pinning him in 2:44, while Ludwig got past Mahar’s Cole Emery with a pin in 4:45.

Adam Clement paced Mahar (4-4, 0-3) at 145 pounds, pinning Tech’s Ian McClure in 2:54. Justin deDiego pinned Tech’s Jaden Sadlowski in 3:32 at 132 pounds, while the Senators received decision wins from Henry Ndayisaba (138 pounds) and Peter Tattan (182).

“They’re pretty deep,” offered Mahar coach John Speek of Franklin Tech. “We’re running seven first-year wrestlers in varsity matches so it’s a lot of development for us. The guys that we’ve got going and have been going for awhile are wrestling tough but we’ve got a lot of newcomers still learning.”

Tech next travels to the Bert Burger Tournament in Chicopee on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Boys’ basketball

Greenfield 64, Athol 55 — Nate Haselton scored 14 points to lead three players in double figures, and Greenfield High School outscored Athol High School by seven points in the fourth quarter to capture a 64-55 victory in a Hampshire League North boys’ basketball game Tuesday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Owen Phelps and Hunter Campbell had 10 points each for the Green Wave (3-6, 2-1), while Colin Cloutier added 9 points and Jonath Roman tossed in 7.

Greenfield led 33-24 at halftime but Athol (1-8, 1-3) cut the deficit to just 44-42 entering the fourth quarter. The Wave held a 20-13 edge in the final stanza.

Mark Ferrari led all scorers with 17 points for the Red Raiders, while Colby Mason (11 points) and Evan Saisa (10) joined him in double figures. Maysin Tarbell tossed in 7 points on the night.

Duggan 53, FC Tech 51 — Franklin Tech had two shots to tie the game late, but both attempts were off the mark and Duggan Academy survived to grab a 53-51 victory in a Tri-County League North boys’ basketball game played Tuesday night in Springfield.

The Eagles (6-5, 1-2) trailed 49-31 entering the fourth quarter, but a wild comeback bid had Franklin Tech in striking distance in the final seconds.

“Our conditioning kicked in, our defense kicked in,” Franklin Tech coach Matt Llewelyn said. “We just fell a little short. We can’t dig ourselves an 18-point hole and expect to have a chance. I’m very proud of the guys, though. Duggan’s been beating teams big and we played right with them.”

Jared Bergmann led the way for the Eagles with 20 points, including 8 points in the fourth-quarter comeback effort. Max Charest had 5 of his 7 points in the final period. Garrett Cole finished with 13 points on the night, while Joel Farrick tossed in 7.

Kamari James paced Duggan (8-2, 3-0) with 20 points. The hosts stormed out to a 24-9 lead after one quarter and carried a 34-21 advantage into halftime.

Franklin Tech hosts Baystate Academy Friday night.

Girls’  basketball

FC Tech 47, Westfield Tech 12 — Jordan Hurlbert and Amber Merritt scored 10 points each, and visiting Franklin Tech rolled to a 47-12 win over Westfield Technical Academy in an independent girls’ basketball game Tuesday in Westfield.

“We really worked well as a team,” said Hurlbert of the win. “We played well defensively and offensively for all four quarters.”

Franklin Tech (6-3) led 20-6 at halftime and put things out of reach with a 20-point third quarter that extended the advantage to 40-8. Westfield Tech was held to four points or less in all four quarters, and the Tigers managed just three field goals on the night.

Courtney Churchill hit a 3-pointer for the first varsity points of her career in the victory. Jocelyn Crowningshield and Isabelle Duga each added 6 points for the Eagles.