Laffey, Decker, Rawls grab top WMass seeds

Franklin Tech's Kyle Laffey is WMass' No. 1 seed at 160 pounds, bringing with him an unblemished 41-0 record this season.
Recorder/Mike Phillips

Franklin Tech's Kyle Laffey is WMass' No. 1 seed at 160 pounds, bringing with him an unblemished 41-0 record this season. Recorder/Mike Phillips

Kyle Laffey has been the mark of perfection during the regular season and on Sunday the Franklin County Technical School wrestler was rewarded for his unblemished mark.

Laffey joined two other area wrestlers in picking up No. 1 seeds when the WMass Individual Division III Wrestling seeds were announced at Holyoke High School.

The Division III championship begins Friday afternoon at Holyoke High School with preliminary-round action. The wrestling continues into Saturday morning with championship-bracket semifinals, consolation-bracket action, and eventually, the championship bouts in the early evening.

Laffey is 41-0 on the season and earned his 150th career victory over the weekend. He will lead the field in the 160-pound weight class, and is the only area wrestler seeded at that weight. Athol High School’s Merrick Decker is the top seed at 113 pounds, and Frontier Regional School’s Saul Soto is the top seed at 220 pounds. Tech’s Jonathan Rawls may meet Soto at some point after picking up the fifth seed.

Franklin Tech finished with nine seeded wrestlers. David Weed, who has just one loss this season, picked up the No. 2 seed at 170 pounds, while Brett Bean earned the No. 3 seed at 145. Graham Lowery earned the fifth seed at 182 pounds for the Eagles, Tyler Rock (120), Alex Giurgiu (126) and Kane Rich (285) each notched seventh seeds, and Gabe Vorce earned the eighth seed at 195.

Mahar Regional School, a first-year wrestling program, placed four seeds. Isaac Fortner was seeded sixth at 182 pounds, while Aaron Briggs earned the sixth seed at 195 pounds. Miller Richardson came in seventh at 106, and Kevin Kowalczyk is seeded eighth at 170.

Besides top-seeded Decker, Athol had one other wrestler earn a seed as Trevor Carey picked up No. 4 at 132. Frontier also had one other seeded wrestler, Jake Arnold seeded fifth at 145.

Pioneer Valley Regional School had one wrestler seeded wrestler, Cade Perrotti, who took the sixth seed at 132 pounds.

Franklin Tech, Mahar and Athol each wrestled at the Eagles Super Quad Saturday in Turners Falls.

The Eagles went 5-0 as a team, defeating Northbridge High School (48-12), Athol High School (60-18), Mt. Everett Regional High School (54-17), Northampton High School (37-30) and Mahar (54-24).

Nate Crocker went 5-0 at 138 pounds, earning all five wins by pin. Brett Bean (145), Kyle Laffey (172) and David Weed (180) were also unbeaten on the day with 5-0 marks. Tyler Rock (126), Gabe Vorce (195) and Jonathan Rawls (220) went 4-1 on the day.

Mahar finished the day 2-2. Aside from the loss to Franklin Tech, the Senators defeated both Mt. Everett (42-27) and Gateway Regional High School (48-30), and lost to Northampton (60-22).

Aaron Briggs had a big day for the Senators at 195 pounds with a perfect 4-0 record, including three pins and a forfeit. Miller Richardson also had a nice day at 106 pounds for Mahar with a 3-1 record and all three wins by pin.

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