Four fatigued wrestlers eye All-States
FCTSs Josh Lasosse , wrestles Franklins Daniel Pisani in the 120 pound semi final match during Saturdays tournament at FCTS.
It’s a quick turnaround for Massachusetts wrestlers.
Four locals will join the rest of the field that qualified for the MIAA All-State Individual Wrestling Championships this morning at Salem High School. First-round matches will begin at noon, less than 48 hours after all the wrestlers finished up at the State Championships.
The reason for the short break is the winter storm that dumped about two feet of snow on the region, pushing the regional championships back to this past weekend. Because the New England Championships are scheduled for March 1 and 2 and were not going to be rescheduled, Massachusetts wrestlers must finish up this weekend.
Although there is little anyone could do about the tight schedule, it does present the issue of injuries they might otherwise not have endured had they had proper rest.
“My honest opinion is that it’s too much top-level competition in a short period of time,” Franklin County Technical School coach Joe Gamache said. “Kids have not had enough time to recover from the bumps and bruises that otherwise might have healed if they had a full week before they had to go back and compete at a high level.”
Gamache has three wrestlers making the trip to Salem. Kyle Laffey finished second both at the Division III WMass and State championships at 152 pounds and enters as the top-seeded local wrestler. He suffered a slight shoulder injury at States but is likely to wrestle.
Teammate Josh Lacosse earned a fifth-place showing at 120 pounds at States after placing second at WMass. The third Eagle wrestler to qualify is 145-pounder David Weed, who had to settle for sixth place after suffering a chest injury. Weed will make the trip to the All-States, but his status is still questionable. Regardless of how his three wrestlers fare, Gamache said he is pleased with his guys’ performance. And after having four wrestlers at the All-States last season (Lacosse, Weed, Dan Boyden and Max Williams), three more Eagles will represent their school this season.
“Overall, we’ve been blessed with some kids who want to work hard and improve,” Gamache said. “They’ve done offseason camps that ultimately have helped their performance. And we sought out high-level tournaments in the eastern part of the state during the season to try and help our kids prepare for the level of competition they see in the postseason.”
Athol High School’s Christian Currier is the fourth local wrestler to lock up a spot in the All-States after finishing fourth at States at 220 pounds. That came on the heels of a second-place WMass showing.
Athol’s Tom LaRose (170 pounds) and Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Adam Leblanc (138) both finished seventh at the Division III State tournament Wednesday and serve as the first alternate in their respective weight classes.
Three locals at All-States
Three athletes will represent Franklin County during the MIAA All-State Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday.
The meet was pushed back 90 minutes to 9:30 a.m. Saturday due to the potential for wintry weather late in the day.
Mahar Regional School’s Sabrina Silva is the top seed in the girls’ shot put after she won both the WMass and the Division IV State meets. Silva’s distance of 40 feet, 0.5 inches at the Division IV States tied her with Newton North High School’s Michaela Smith, who won the Division I meet. Silva has routinely bested 40 feet this season, and her personal best is 40-7 this year. She finished fifth at the All-State meet as a junior last season.
The Senators had a second girl qualify for the meet after sophomore Tiffany Tenney finished third in the 300 at States. Her time of 42.79 seconds put her as the 24th and final seed in the 300. Shrewsbury High School’s Dominque Hall is the top seed in the event with a time of 40.07.
The final local qualifier was Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Danielle Devine, who is 17th-ranked high-jumper in the meet with her height of 5-1. The freshman finished seventh at the Division IV meet and will try to knock off top-seeded Ellen Dipietro from Marshfield High School who leads the pack with a height of 5-8.