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Bulldogs ruin Eagles’ night

Franklin Tech's Nate Crocker, in blue, and Sabis' Andrew Berthiaume tangle Wednesday in Turners Falls during their 138-pound tussle won by Berthiume by pin. Sabis won the Suburban League wrestling match, 43-30.
Recorder/Mike Phillips

Franklin Tech's Nate Crocker, in blue, and Sabis' Andrew Berthiaume tangle Wednesday in Turners Falls during their 138-pound tussle won by Berthiume by pin. Sabis won the Suburban League wrestling match, 43-30. Recorder/Mike Phillips

Franklin County Technical School was prepared for a big Senior Night, but Sabis International Charter School spoiled the celebration.

The Bulldogs registered a half-dozen pins and went on to defeated the Eagles, 43-30, in a Suburban League wrestling meet Wednesday night in Turners Falls.

Kyle Laffey, wrestling at 160 pounds, led the Eagles’ senior contingent by keeping his perfect season alive with a fall over Kyle Pingree in 1 minute, 22 seconds. The win boosted his season record to 31-0.

Tyler Rock (120) had the other win with a pin against Brian LaValley in 4:50. David Weed lost his first match of the season via major decision, 12-3, while Jonathan Rawls had a forfeit win at 220.

Also honored were Alec Milton and Caleb Baranoski, who are unable to wrestle due to injuries.

“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get the win, but I’m proud of our seniors, and proud of the way we are wrestling overall as a team,” said Tech head coach Joe Gamache. “Moving up [to the Suburban League] has been challenging, but we are where we should be, and the future is bright.”

Rounding out the night, Tech’s Brett Bean (145) pinned Joey Malmborg at 1:22, and Ryan Bezio won by forfeit at 285.

The Eagles return to action Saturday at 10 a.m., when they travel to South Easton to compete in the State Vocational Wrestling Tournament, to be held at Southeastern Regional Vocational School.

Athol 54, Mahar 24 — Athol High School recorded seven pins en route to a 54-24 victory over Mahar Regional School in a Tri-County League wrestling match Wednesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.

Jordan Carrasquillo, competing at 120 pounds, had the Red Raiders’ quickest pin of the night as he stopped Mahar’s Jimmie Costa in just 14 seconds.

It was one of five falls for Athol in the first period; Dan Chabot (106) downed pinned Miller Richardson in 1:18, Trevor Carey (138) finished off Zach Duguay in 1:27, Mike Gray (145) recorded his win over Ben Gilmore in 1:38, and Anthony Pontenti (126) upended Kyle Lloyd in 1:42.

Mike Keniff (170) ended his match against Chad Marcoux in 3:07 and Merrick Decker (113) needed 4:19 to beat Dylan Castine for the Raiders’ other pins.

The Senators’ wins both came via pin — Cody Jean (152) dropped Dustin Aikey in 3:35, and Aaron Stowell (160) felled Ryan Hurlburt in 4:35.

Frontier 36, Pathfinder 35 — Frontier Regional School moved its record to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Tri-County League as it defeated Pathfinder Vocational-Technical High School, 36-35, in Three Rivers Wednesday night.

Pat McGranaghan got the Red Hawks on the board at 126 with a pin over Meghan Arnold (1:00). Jake Arnold, wrestling at 145, pinned Anthony Robitaille in just 18 seconds. At 160, Kirby Compton pinned James Haraghey in 1:13. Miguel Olvera, at 170, pinned Mike Terrell (1:12). Saul Soto beat Billy Sikorski by a first-period injury default.

Frontier’s team win was secured by first-year wrestler and seventh grader Nathan Austin. While Austin lost to Josh Kozak 17-0 by technical fall, the rookie was able to avoid the pin, which allowed Frontier to take home the one point win.

The Red Hawks return to the mat Saturday morning at 10, when they travel to Northampton High School.

Belchertown 30, Pioneer 18 — Belchertown High School earned its first TCL win over the season with a 30-18 win Pioneer Valley Regional School on Wednesday night in Belchertown.

Kade Perotti, competing at 132, recorded a fall in 1:59 for the Panthers’ only contested match win.

Girls’ basketball

Sci-Tech 29, FC Tech 24 — Franklin Tech took a 12-10 lead into the locker room at halftime, but was unable to capitalize in the second half and fell to Springfield School of Science & Technology, 29-24, in a Tri-County League North Division girls’ basketball game Wednesday night in Springfield.

The teams both registered 8 points in the third quarter, but Sci-Tech (6-7, 3-2 TCL North) took control of the fourth to come away with the win.

Only three players made the score sheet for the Eagles (8-5, 2-3 North). Brooke Meuse and Brittany Andrews each hit for 9 points and Alyssa Andrews finished with 6.

Mohawk 40, Dean Tech 6 — Despite a first quarter that saw Mohawk Trail Regional High School shoot 2-for-22 from the field, the Warriors were able to regroup and smother Dean Technical High School, 40-6, in an independent girls’ basketball matchup in Buckland Wednesday evening.

Leading just 7-3 after one quarter, Mohawk (4-9) outscored Dean 33-3 the rest of the way and cruised to the victory.

Emma Poplawski led the Warriors with 8 points, and Hope Lively tossed in 7. Abbie Boswell and Makayla Hicks each added 6 for Mohawk.

The Warriors return to the hardwood Friday night when they host Turners Falls High School at 7 p.m.

Catholic 43, Greenfield 18 — Holyoke Catholic bolted out to a 15-0 lead after one period and went on to defeat Greenfield High School, 43-18, in an independent girls’ basketball contest on Wednesday night at Chicopee High School.

Kyra Robins led the Gaels with 17 points, and Lindsey Robins pitched in with 8 points.

Kylee Monkiewicz and Erika Glabach each scored 4 points for the Green Wave.

Catholic led 24-8 at the half.

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