Eagles 3rd after Day 1

  • Frontier's KC Mattson, top, competes against West Springfield's Octavien Coacaru in the 152 pound weight class on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier's Bailey Murry, top, competes against West Springfield's Ali Adnan in the 120 pound weight class on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Ito McMillan (standing) was one of a dozen local wrestlers to advance to today’s Championship Division semifinals at the WMass Division III Wrestling Tournament in Pittsfield. Recorder file photo

  • Frontier's Miguel Olvera-Aguilera, top, competes against West Springfield's Evan Boutet in the 170 pound weight class on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Intern
Friday, February 09, 2018

After the first day of action, 12 local grapplers are left standing in the Championship bracket in the Western Massachusetts Division III Wrestling Tournament at Taconic High School in Pittsfield.

Franklin County Technical School sits third overall as a team, with 71 points and six wrestlers alive in the championship semifinals, including the top seed in the 152-pound weight class, senior Spencer Telega.

“We had a lot of kids do some good things,” said Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache of Day 1. “We still have quite a few kids alive and battling. We’re still in the hunt as a team so hopefully we come out and wrestle well as individuals (today).”

Plenty of area wrestlers remain alive in the consolation bracket. Championship bracket semifinal bouts get underway this morning at 10 a.m., followed by consolation bracket competition. The championship finals are slated to begin at 3.

Telega survived a challenge from Southwick-Tolland Regional High School’s Dakota Wood in the quarterfinals, but the Eagle prevailed and won by decision, 3-2.

“Hopefully it’s a wake-up call,” said Gamache of Telega’s near-stumble in the quarters. “He came off the mat disappointed with his performance so I think he realizes he’s going to have to be a bit more aggressive now. I’m confident he’ll wrestle much better (today). He’s the kind of kid that usually rallies in these situations.”

Brody Wood also found success for Franklin Tech, winning his quarterfinal match over Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Mason Biagini by major decision, 9-1, including four takedowns by the junior.

The second seed for the 132-pound weight class, senior Jaden Sadlowski, also put up a good performance, pinning his opponent from Duggan Academy, Alex Mendoza, in 50 seconds.

In the 182-pound weight class, top-seeded senior Chris Ludwig found similar success, pinning Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School’s Jack O’Connell in 52 seconds.

Frontier Regional School saw five of its wrestlers advance, including a dominant showing from sophomore Ito McMillan, who took his quarterfinal match by major decision against Gateway Regional High School’s Brett Bonenfant. McMillan took down his opponent on five occasions before claiming the bout with a score of 14-5.

Teammate Connor Pettis, competing in the same 138-pound weight class as his brother, Franklin Tech’s Colin Pettis, showed up strong as well for the Red Hawks. Connor Pettis pinned Duggan Academy’s Joseph Berardi in 38 seconds.

Only one Pettis brother advanced to the semifinals, however, as Colin Pettis was edged by Monument Mountain Regional High School’s Dorian Page after 3:59.

The Red Hawks weren’t able to continue their luck in the 285-pound weight class as their second-seeded wrestler, freshman Jackie Phong, was pinned by seventh-seeded senior Tyreek Sanders from Smith Voke.

The sole semifinalist for Mohawk is Gabe Bower, as the senior pinned Southwick’s Trevor Desruisseaux to the mat in 1:49. The Warrior wrestler booked his spot in a semifinal bought with Ludwig Saturday.

Heading into Saturday, the hosts Taconic lead as a team with 91 points, followed by Hampshire Regional High School at 73,5 and Franklin County Tech at 71. Frontier currently sits sixth as a team with 60 points while Mohawk is in twelfth with 20 points.