Eagles post milestone victory over Greylock
For the first time in the history of its program, Franklin County Technical School pulled off a win over perennial wrestling powerhouse Mt. Greylock Regional High School on Saturday.
The Eagles added two more wins on the day and finished 3-1 overall during the Eagle Quad Wrestling Tournament in Turners Falls.
Franklin Tech upended Mt. Greylock, 45-36, and also knocked off Bristol County Agricultural Technical School (60-18) and Hampden Charter School of Science (54-27). The lone loss on the day for the hosts came against Toll Gate (R.I.) High School, 38-37.
Josh Lacosse, Kyle Laffey and Alec Milton each finished 4-0 on the day for the Eagles. Lacosse wrestled at 120 pounds and picked up three pins and a 6-1 victory over Mt. Greylock’s Travis Hilchey. Laffey, wrestling at 152 pounds, earned a pair of wins by first-period pins and a pair of wins by second-period pins. Milton, the 220-pounder for the Eagles, collected three pins and a forfeit on the day.
Those three were not the only locals to have strong days on the mats. Tyler Rock (113 pounds), Cody Brunelle (126), David Weed (138), Tyler Peters (195) and Jonathan Rawls (285) each went 3-1 on the day.
The Eagles (8-3 overall, 2-0 TCL) on the season move on for a Tri-County League showdown for first place on Wednesday night at 7 when they travel to Westhampton for a bout against the only other unbeaten remaining in the TCL, Hampshire Regional High School.
Pioneer at Eagle Quad
Kade Perrotti went 3-1 on the day at 120 pounds for Pioneer Valley Regional School during the Eagle Quads in Turners Falls.
The Panthers had just a handful of wrestlers and finished 0-4 in team competition, falling to Hampden Charter (63-12), Cathedral High School (30-24), Bristol County Agricultural High School (30-24) and Toll Gate (49-12).
Lucas Rathbun (160) and Adam Leblanc (138) both went 3-1 for the Panthers, Rathbun registering three pins, Leblanc two.
Frontier at Tiger Duals
Ryan Chapdelaine and Jake Arnold went 3-1 on Saturday and Frontier Regional School finished 2-2 during the Tiger Duals at South Hadley High School.
Frontier defeated Pathfinder Regional High School (42-37) and South Hadley (46-34), but lost to Sabis International Charter School (42-35) and Monument Mountain Regional High School (52-30).
Arnold wrestled at 138 pounds and got all three of his wins via pin, while Chapdelaine, wrestling at 285, also earned all three of his wins by pin.
Chris Toomey went 4-0 at 195 pounds with two pins, one decision due to injury default and one forfeit. Kirby Compton-Burch earned a technical fall and a pin as part of a 2-2 day at 152 pounds, and Andrew Lankarge picked up one pin and one win via major decision as part of a 2-2 day at 145 pounds. Spencer Telega also added a win via pin at 126 pounds.
Sabrina Silva broke her own school record in the shot put on Saturday during the inaugural Springfield College Winter Classic indoor track meet in Springfield.
The Mahar Regional School senior sent the shot put a distance of 40 feet, 7.25 inches and dominated the competition, besting the second-place finisher by over seven feet. She was joined on the winner’s stand by Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Natasha Olanyk, who captured the 600-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 44.97 seconds.
The area had three athletes finish second on the day. Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Darion Sadri came in second in the long jump at 19 feet, 8.5 inches, while Athol High School’s Giovanni Palermo came in second in the 300 in 38.97. Mahar’s Tiffany Tenney took second in the girls’ 300 in 45.34.
The area had six athletes earn bronze medals as third-place finishers. Pioneer’s Noah Rathbun took third in the shot put at 42-8.25, while female teammates Jen Tufano and Danielle Devine also nabbed third-place finishes, Tufano’s in the shot put at 32-2.5, Devine’s in the high jump at 5-0. Mohawk had the other three athletes, as Josh Rode took third in the 1,000 (2:55.66), Lucas Purington came in third in the 300 (39.42), and Kesheal Henderson placed third in the 300 (46.58).
Athol picked up a fourth place when Holly Brissette finished the 1,000 in 3:32.28, while Mohawk earned a pair of fifth-place finishes on the day as Ashley Pierce took fifth in the 1,000 (3:35.08), and Abbi Yezierski took fifth in the 2-mile (13:39.27).