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Telega eclipses 100-career-win mark

  • Franklin Tech wrestler Spencer Telega (on top) works over Timberland foe Nate Szpak from New Hampshire Wednesday during their 160-pound match at the Pentucket Individual Invitational Tournament in West Newbury. Telega, a senior, picked up his 100th career victory. Franklin Tech wrestler Spencer Telega (on top) works over Timberland foe Nate Szpak from New Hampshire Wednesday during their 160-pound match at the Pentucket Individual Invitational Tournament in West Newbury. Telega, a senior, picked up his 100th career victory.

  • Franklin Tech wrestler Spencer Telega (right) jockeys for an advantage over Timberland opponent Nate Szpak from New Hampshire Wednesday during their 160-pound match at the Pentucket Individual Invitational Tournament in West Newbury. Telega, a senior, picked up his 100th career victory. contributed photo



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thanks to four victories Wednesday, Franklin County Technical School senior Spencer Telega etched his name into the Eagles’ wrestling record books.

Telega finished third overall at 160 pounds and eclipsed 100 career wins in helping the Eagles to an impressive fourth-place team finish at the Pentucket Individual Invitational Tournament at Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury.

“He’s a hard-working kid,” offered Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache of Telega. “He’s put a lot of work in over the years. He’s been a great leader for us on and off the mat. It’s certainly an honor for him and one more check-mark off the list of accomplishments.”

Franklin Tech finished the tournament with 111 points for its fourth-place finish in the 20-team event. Host Pentucket captured first, followed by Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and Timberlane Regional High School (N.H.). The Eagles were just a half-point behind Timberlane for third.

“It was a tougher tournament than what we have competed in this year,” Gamache said. “The goal is to keep improving as we go. So far we’ve been able to do that.”

Senior Chris Ludwig was the lone champion for Tech on the day, compiling a 3-0 record at 182 pounds to capture the title in his weight class. Ludwig pinned Lynnfield-North Reading’s Sean McCullough in the final in 3 minutes, 28 seconds. He improved to 10-1 overall on the season.

Brody Wood earned a runner-up finish at 170 pounds for the Eagles. Wood fell to Whittier Tech’s Shaun Mears, 10-3, in the title match after winning his first three contests via pinfall.

Telega went 4-1 to nab third at 160 pounds and post his 102nd career win. He pinned Timberlane’s Nate Szpak in 57 seconds in the consolation final, and he also defeated Szpak, 7-4, earlier in the tournament in what was career win No. 100.

Tech’s Kyle Brunelle was also third in his weight class, as he pinned Lynnfield-North Reading’s Josh Bedell in the second period of the consolation finals at 126 pounds. Brunelle was 3-1 overall on the day with three pins.

Peter Saladino added a fourth-place finish for the Eagles at 120 pounds where he finished 3-2 overall. Cameron Tuttle won two matches, both via pinfall, to contribute for Tech at 285 pounds.

The Eagles next travel to Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, Vt. for a tournament on Saturday.