Schools: Brunelle wins state vocational wrestling championship

  • Franklin Tech’s Kyle Brunelle grapples with Patrick Griffin of Tri-County Regional in the 126-pound finals at the State Vocational Wrestling Championships Saturday at Essex Tech in Danvers. Brunelle captured the title to give the Eagles their first vocational champion in three years. Submitted photo

  • Franklin Tech’s Kyle Brunelle has his hand raised in the air after defeating Patrick Griffin of Tri-County Regional in the finals at 126 pounds to win the State Vocational title Saturday at Essex Tech in Danvers.

Recorder Staff
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kyle Brunelle defeated Patrick Griffin of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School, 14-1, in the championship at 126 pounds to earn the state vocational championship in the weight class Saturday at Essex Technical High School in Danvers.

Brunelle, who finished a perfect 4-0 for the day, became the first vocational champion from Franklin Tech since 2015. His finish helped the Eagles to seventh-place overall out of 18 teams. The Eagles finished with five wrestlers in the top five of their weight class.

Peter Saladino defeated Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Ken Keins, 7-1, in the consolation finals at 120 pounds to place third in the weight class. Saladino went 4-1 on the day.

Spencer Telega went 3-2 Saturday and bested Alex McKenna from South Shore Vocational Technical High School, 11-2, in the fifth-place match at 152 pounds. Brody Wood pinned Drew Hanson of Tri-County in 57 seconds at 170 pounds to earn fifth place as he went 3-2 overall. Chris Ludwig also went 3-2 overall and picked up a 17-2 win over Tom Eyles from Nashoba Valley Tech to earn fifth place at 182 pounds.

Franklin Tech will host Frontier Regional School Wednesday night at 7 for the Suburban North championship.

Mahar at Wayland

Mahar Regional School went 1-1 during a Saturday wrestling meet at Wayland High School.

The Senators defeated Leominster High School, 51-29, but fell to Wayland, 51-24.

Henry Ndayisaba (138), Peter Tattan (182) and Cole Emery (195) each went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins for the Senators. Todd Chiasson (152) and Luke Chiodo (120) each went 1-1 with a pin.

Frontier at Greylock

Connor Pettis went 3-0 win the title Saturday at 138 pounds at the Mountie Invitational Tournament at Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Great Barrington.

Nate Austin finished second at 195 pounds as he went 2-1, the lone loss coming by decision in the title bout. Joey Hildreth (182 pounds) and Miguel Olvera-Aguilera (160) each finished third at their weight classes, and Tanner Finch was fourth at 113 pounds. Bailey Murry (120), Rearkeous McMillan (145) and Jake Mattson (106) each took fifth place.

Duggan 48, Mohawk 30 — Despite earning three pins and two forfeits Saturday, Mohawk Trail Regional High School fell to Duggan Academy, 48-30, in a wrestling match at East Longmeadow High School.

Tristan Keyser-Parker earned a pin at 106 pounds, Dylan Wooldridge picked up a pin at 145, and Gabe Bower earned a pin at 182.


Greenfield 14, Gardner 0 — Evan Simmons had one goal and three assists to move within four points of 100 for his career and Greenfield High School dumped Gardner High School, 14-0, in an independent hockey game Saturday at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

Simmons now sits at 96 points for his career and has a chance to eclipse the 100-point plateau during a busy upcoming week for the Green Wave. Greenfield travels to Fitchburg High School Wednesday, heads to Belchertown High School for a 4 p.m. start Thursday at the Mullins Center Practice Rink, and then returns home Saturday night at 5:30 against Easthampton.

Sean O’Sullivan had a huge offensive night for the Wave with four goals and an assist, and Bryan Baumann finished with four helpers. Jacob Bryant had two goals and two assists, and Doug Hanieski, Bryce Jordan and Mike McGoldrick each had one goal and two assists. Ethan LaFleur finished with two goals, and Cassidhe Wozniak and Cam Rice each had a pair of helpers. Kyle Barnes had a goal and an assist, and Sam Battisti notched his first career varsity goal.

Gardner had just seven skaters and trailed 2-0 before Greenfield went on a five-minute man advantage following a boarding penalty in the first period. That extended man-advantage produced four Wave goals that blew the game open.

Alex Gurganus made his first varsity start and stopped six shots to earn a shutout. Alex LaFreniere made 29 saves in the loss.

• In junior varsity action on Sunday, Adam Savoy scored a shorthanded goal from Kyle Barnes and Gurganus made 24 saves but Greenfield fell to Chicopee High School, 6-1.

Boys’ hoop

Mahar 64, Hoosac 34 — Something clicked for the Mahar Regional School offense in the second half on Saturday.

After scoring just 19 points in the first 16 minutes, the Senators erupted for 45 points after halftime to pull away from Hoosac Valley Regional School, 64-34, in an independent boys’ basketball game in Cheshire.

Mahar led 19-15 at the break, following a defensive-minded first half, but the Senators scored 24 points in the third quarter alone to begin to pull away.

“It was a great Saturday of basketball for the program,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “The guys came out and didn’t make a mistake defensively with our recognition and awareness. On offense, we got it going in the second half and everyone was feeling good about themselves.”

Sam Paul finished with 13 points and 14 assists in the win as he did a nice job breaking the Hoosac press. Softc also credited Deven Patch with taking a pair of charges during the run that helped the Senators pull away, and was pleased with the play of Matt Jenks.”

“Those charges are plays winning teams make, especially in the Berkshires,” Softic said. “I can’t say enough about Matt Jenks and his tenacity and his will. For a kid who’s playing for the first time, what he is doing is pretty impressive.”

Quinn Gervais had 11 points and 7 rebounds for the Senators, and Jenks added 10 points (on 5-for-6 shooting) and 6 rebounds. Patch finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 blocked shots.

Girls’ hoop

Pioneer 42, Pope Francis 31 — Olivia Rowe scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and Pioneer Valley Regional School pulled away from Pope Francis High School for a 42-31 victory in a girls’ basketball game Saturday in Chicopee.

Pioneer held a 25-22 lead after three quarters and Rowe had just six points, but the forward stepped up big in the final eight minutes with 14 points. Rowe added 17 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

“Like any team, the girls have great offensive quarters when they move the ball quick and make good decisions,” Pioneer coach Meg Burrington said. “If we continue to play to our potential, we can compete with better teams.”

Liz Lambert finished with 9 points, and Paige Loughman added 4 points, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots. Steph Scoville finished with 6 points, and Abby Briggs dished out 6 assists.

Julie Garvey led Pope Francis with 14 points.