GREAT BARRINGTON -- A strong showing in the first round and quarterfinal matches saw Monument Mountain Regional High School slide into second place at the close of the first day of the Western Mass. Division III Wrestling Tournament on Friday night.
The semifinal and final matches will be today. Monument is the host of the two-day event.
Favorite Dean Tech is in first place with 871 2 points, with Monument Mountain in second with 731 2. Franklin Tech is third with 69 points, followed by Hampshire Regional (68), Mount Greylock and Sabis (60 points each). Taconic, with 43 points, is in seventh place. Mount Everett is in 18th place with 11 points.
"Pleased?" I'm ecstatic," said Spartan coach Gordie Soule. "We've wrestled very well today."
Soule said he thought the layoff caused by the recent snowfall helped his squad.
"It enabled us to rest up and get some good practices in," he said. "I think it worked out for us."
Monument has five wrestlers in the semifinals, second only to Dean Tech's six. They are Alex Dupont at 145, Mike Molina at 152, Mark Leon-Duque at 160, Robert Yvon at 195 and Jonah Christianson at 220.
Mount Greylock is right behind the Spartans, with four semifinalists: Devon Pelletier at 120, Travis Hilchey at 126, Mitch Graves at 145 and Ross Jackson at 182.
"We're doing okay," said Greylock coach Ray Miro. "We have a lot of young guys and when you have a lot of young guys, you don't always know what's going to happen."
Taconic has three wrestlers through to the semis: Dylan Sickell at 138, Travis Kuni at 160 and Tajaye Davis at 285. Mount Everett's Bradley Lupiani (113) is in the semis, as well.
"You want all your kids to get through, but I'm happy with the three we have," said Taconic coach Matt Chamberlain. "The guys I thought would be here are here."
Davis had probably the shortest work day of any local wrestler. With a bye into the quarters, he pinned Athol's Kenkaid Stafford in just 18 seconds to advance. Hilchey recorded a pair of pins in his two matches, along with teammate Jackson, Christianson for the Spartans and Everett's Lupiani.
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