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Eagles double up Red Hawks in mat opener

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>FCTS David Weed vs Fro Andrew Lankage

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    FCTS David Weed vs Fro Andrew Lankage

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>FCTS Gabe Stafford is in control against Fron Jake Arnold

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    FCTS Gabe Stafford is in control against Fron Jake Arnold

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Tech's Brett Bean takes down Fro Gavin Hamill

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Tech's Brett Bean takes down Fro Gavin Hamill

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>FCTS David Weed vs Fro Andrew Lankage
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>FCTS Gabe Stafford is in control against Fron Jake Arnold
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Tech's Brett Bean takes down Fro Gavin Hamill

Franklin County Technical School won six matches via pin to double up Frontier Regional School, 54-27, in a Tri-County League wrestling match Wednesday night in South Deerfield.

Two Eagle wrestlers recorded pins in under one minute as Pat Lashway stuck Connor Pettis in 49 seconds at 106 pounds, and Alec Milton pinned Mike Mattson in 58 seconds at 220 pounds. Josh Lacosse beat Spencer Telega in 1 minute, 13 seconds at 120 pounds, while Tyler Rock earned a pin of Connor Hamilton at 113 pounds in 1:35. David Weed earned a pin over Andrew Lankarge in 2:33 at 145 pounds, and Brett Bean earned a pin over Gavin Hamill in 3:16. The Eagles also picked up three forfeit wins on the evening.

The best bout of the night came at 152 pounds where Frontier’s Jeff Tikos battled Tech’s Kyle Laffey. The match could not be decided in three periods, as the combatants battled to a 1-1 draw through regulation. In the first overtime, the two wrestlers went toe-to-toe until Tikos scored a takedown in the waning seconds to earn a 3-1 victory.

The Red Hawks also picked up four pins on the night. Chris Toomey earned the fastest win of the match with a 39-second pin over Milton Rock at 195 pounds, while Jake Arnold earned a pin over Gabe Stafford in 2:10. Saul Soto stuck Caleb Baranoski in 3:46 at 170 pounds, and Ryan Chapdelaine pinned Jonathan Rawls in 5:13 at heavyweight.

Hampshire 51, Pioneer 15 — Phil Peduzzi had a solid night on the mat for Pioneer Valley Regional School during Pioneer’s 51-15 loss to Hampshire Regional High School Wednesday night in Northfield.

The Panthers are young this season and many of the wrestlers are still in the learning phase, but Peduzzi, one of three seniors on the squad, showed some veterans leadership on Wednesday in his match at 195 pounds against Jeremy Kaulback. Peduzzi wound up earning a pin in 1:42 and he impressed first-year coach Kevin McKeown.

“From the very beginning, Phil went out there and was real tough,” the coach said.

Hayden Manson also picked up a pin for the Panthers, sticking Mason Lollis in the second period at 132 pounds. Adam Leblanc was the third and final winner for the Panthers on Wednesday, earning a 4-1 win over Nick O’Hare at 138 pounds.

Dean Tech 54, Athol 30 — Athol High School earned three pins on Wednesday but it wasn’t enough in a 54-30 loss to Dean Technical High School in a TCL wrestling match in Athol.

Christian Courier pinned Phillip Fernandez in the second period at 220 pounds for the quickest of the three pins by Athol. Mike Keniff earned a third period pin over Giovani Delgado at 160 pounds, and Trevory Carey stuck Luis Robles in the third period at 120 pounds.

Tom LaRose and Lorenzo Carra each added forfeit wins for the Red Raiders.

Boys’ basketball

Nashoba Tech 69, FC Tech 57 — Franklin County Technical School ran into foul trouble in the second quarter and got outscored 19-4 in the frame and it cost the Eagles in the end during a 69-57 independent boys’ basketball loss to Nashoba Valley Technical High School Wednesday night in Westford.

Franklin Tech (1-2) led 17-15 after the first quarter and either tied or outscored Nashoba in three of the four quarters on the night. The issue came in the second quarter when the Eagles had three starters — Jake Earl, Gerald Richardson and Nate Boyer — pick up two fouls apiece and each had to go to the bench, not wanting to pick up their third foul in the first half. The result was the 15-point edge in scoring by Nashoba and it wound up too big a deficit for the Eagles to overcome in the second half.

“Foul trouble reared its ugly head,” Tech coach Rick Recore said. “That’s where our youth and inexperience, it didn’t hurt us, but we were not as consistent. From my stand point, what is really hurting this team is the inability to defend anyone. We’re very confused at this time and we are trying to find our way.”

Recore admitted that he has been pleased with the play of the offense. Aside from the second quarter, the Eagles averaged nearly 18 points per quarter, and the coach said he has seen the players growing as a unit.

“To be honest, these guys are starting to learn to play with one another, and it’s showing,” he said. “The guys are gelling. There’s a lot of encouragement, but we need to pick it up on the defensive end and it’s safe to say we will be spending plenty of time on defense in practice.”

Jake Earl led the Eagles with 20 points, while Chris Wetherby had a big night, scoring 11 points to go with 17 rebounds (including nine offensive boards) and four blocked shots. Kyle Jarvis hit three 3-pointers to finish with 9 points, and Gerald Richardson finished with 7 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive) and four assists.

Turners 61, Smith Voke 44 — Liam Ellis scored 19 points and Turners Falls High School earned a 61-44 victory over Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in an independent boys’ basketball game Wednesday night in Turners Falls.

Wyatt Bourbeau finished with 14 points for the Indians (3-1), and Malcolm Smith scored 10 points. Melvin Moreno, who came into the game averaging 19 points per game in the first three games of the season, finished with just 3 points. Tyler Charboneau added 6 points, and Nick Fisher added 4.

Jordan Castillo led Smith Voke with 18 points.

Girls’ basketball

Nashoba Tech 31, FC Tech 27 — Bri Lumbert and Brianna White each scored 8 points for Nashoba Valley Technical High School in a 31-27 victory over Franklin County Tech in an independent girls’ basketball game Wednesday night in Westford.

The Eagles got off to a slow start, falling behind 9-2 after the first quarter, and trailing 13-5 at the half. Both teams picked up the offense in the second half, and the Eagles closed the deficit, but the comeback fell short.

Jasmine Farr-Marcum led the Eagles (1-3) with 10 points, while Brooke Meuse dumped in 6 points. Alyssa Andrews and Megan Aldrich each contributed with 5 points.

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