Eagles down Rams in Suburban League debut
NORTHFIELD (December 18, 2013) — Pioneer's Tyrus Cobb and Frontier's Dylan Butynski during Wednesday night's wrestling match at Pioneer. Recorder/Trish Crapo
NORTHFIELD (December 18, 2013) — Pioneer's Tyrus Cobb is victorious in his match against Frontier's Dylan Butynski during Wednesday night's wrestling match at Pioneer. Recorder/Trish Crapo
NORTHFIELD (December 18, 2013) — Pioneer's Clayton Garland and Frontier's Walker Picard during Wednesday night's wrestling match at Pioneer. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Franklin County Technical School made its Suburban League wrestling debut with a 42-30 victory over Southwick-Tolland Regional High School Wednesday night in Turners Falls.
Eagles coach Joe Gamache was very pleased with his team’s effort in the new league, which is a step up from its former home in the Tri-County League.
“It feels good to get the first Suburban League win, no doubt,” he said. “Both of the teams tonight are pretty young and inexperienced, so it was a pretty good match up for us to start out with. We will face teams with more experience as the season rolls on, and we know we have to keep improving, but we’re certainly happy with where we’re at right now.”
The Eagles won seven of the 12 matches that were wrestled, with Brett Bean leading the way at 145 pounds with a pin over Nolan LaBourque in just 25 seconds. At 113, RJ Hubert pinned Chris Kibby in 45 seconds. At 220, Jonathan Rawls got the pin over Nick Tingley in 1:13. Kyle Laffey, who moved up a class to wrestle at 170, pinned Colin Degrouseux in 1:15. At 120, Tyler Rock pinned Jacob Stathers at the five minute mark, in what was a very close match until the pin. Caleb Baronoski and Gabe Vorce won their matches via decision at 182 and 195 respectively.
Tech returns to the mat Saturday when it hosts the Eagles Holiday Bash, a tournament which features 17 teams from all over New England.
Frontier 48, Pioneer 12 — Frontier Regional School won three of the five matches that were wrestled and took forfeit wins in five weight classes to beat host Pioneer Valley Regional School 48-12 at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield Wednesday night.
The Red Hawks Saul Soto moved up from 195 to 220 to beat the Panthers Trey Raymond with a pin at the 43 second mark. At 132, Frontier’s Pat McGranaghan pinned Spencer Ross at 2:40. The third Red Hawks win came on an injury default at 113, with Walter Picard getting credit for the win over Clayton Garland.
The Panthers took the 106 class with Tyrus Cobb pinning Dylan Butynski at 3:45. At 138, Kade Perrotti pinned Spencer Talega at 1:54 for Pioneer.
Pathfinder 54, Mahar 22 — Mahar Regional School hosted its first-ever varsity Tri-County League wrestling match in Orange Wednesday evening, dropping a 54-22 decision to Pathfinder Vocational Technical High School.
Despite the loss, Senators coach John Speek took a lot of positives from the contest.
“We are so young and inexperienced, especially in the lower weight classes, that it will take some time for us to get up to speed,” he explained. “We were giving away some easy things, and not taking advantage of errors our opponents were making. We’ll work on that in practice, and improvement will come with time. Right now most of our success will come from 160 and up.”
Leading the way for the Senators was Kevin Kowalczyk at 170, who pinned Pathfinder’s James Haraghey in 58 seconds. At 195, Aaron Briggs pinned Brian Odiome in 3:40, while at 160 pounds Aaron Stowell took an 8-1 decision over Richard Kszaszcz. Mahar’s remaining points came from a forfeit at 182.