Wednesday December 12, 2012

Monument Mountain

Coach: Gordie Soule

Returners: Alex Dupont, Sr., 145 pounds; Nate Bradbury, Sr., 120; Sebastian Zapata, Jr., 138; Craig Cooley, Jr., 160; Clayton Gaudette, Jr., 152; Robert Yvon, So., Hwt.; Jacob Hines, So., 195; Ronnie Moretz, So., 158; Robert Kahlstrom, So., 126; Jordan Stuber, So., 132; Michael Molina, Jr., 152; Mark Leon-Duque, So., 170; Marcos Cando, Sr., 170.

Newcomers: Jonah Christianson, Jr., 220; Stetson Moore, Fr., 170.

Things you should know:

n Soule expects a number of wrestlers to take big steps forward this season, including Bradbury, Dupont and Zapata. "We have some depth at 150," Soule said at an early-season dual meet at Mount Greylock. "We have a couple of good kids and they're going to battle it out."

n Christianson's addition should help the team in the higher classes. A transfer from Averill Park, N.Y., Soule calls Christianson a smart wrestler.

n The coach didn't want to go too far when it came to predicting the county pecking order. "I think we're going to be improved, and I think Greylock is still the favorite," Soule said. Mount Everett

Coach: Dave Lupiani

Returners: Bradley Lupiani, So., 106/112; Todd Clay, Jr., 126/132; Matt Fosby, Sr., 138/145; Nic Scapin, Fr., 145/152; Nick Turnbough, Jr., 160; Tracy Anstett, So., 195.

Newcomers: Patrick Fosby, 7th grade, 106; Peter Reagan, Jr., 138.

Things you should know:

n Numbers are about the same as they were last year in Sheffield. Early in the season, wrestlers between classes will wrestle at the heavier classes. "It's all going to come down to numbers," Everett assistant Dan Lanoue said. "We lost a lot of talent last year."

n Fosby's presence at 145 makes that weight class among the toughest in the Berkshires. "Matt's a senior, so he's been through the wringer," Lanoue said. "That was kind of a competitive weight class last year, too."

n Lupiani has grown approximately 2-3 inches, according to Lanoue. The Eagles expect improvement from their sophomore.

Mount Greylock

Coach: Ray Miro

Returners: Geneeva LeSage, So., 106; Allison Crews, Sr., 113; Travis Hilchey, So., 126; CJ Lillie, Jr., 132; Mitch Graves, Sr., 145; Ross Jackson, Sr., 182.

Newcomers: Devon Pelletier, 8th grade, 120; Cayman Mead, Fr., 132; Joey Gwozdz, So., 138; David O'Brien, Fr., 145; Noah Howard, Fr., 195.

Things you should know:

n Graves, a co-captain, was called a smart, coachable wrestler by his coach. He's one of three strong 145-pounders in the county, with Everett's Fosby and Monument's Dupont. "We're still in the early season, but he did a lot of work in the spring and it showed," Miro said. "He's going to be tough on himself because he wants to do everything well. He's going to be one of our solid kids."

n Jackson wrestled all the way up at 195 last year, giving up a lot of weight to his opponents. This year, it's his decision: 170 or 182? "He had to eat and drink nonstop so he could be over 170 to qualify for 195," Miro said. "He liked wrestling up there. The only problems he had is when he'd make a mistake and get his weight under guys. With full-fledged 195-pounders, it's tough. But he can pull himself up through there."

n Miro expects bigger things out of LeSage and Crews. "[Geneeva has] come to that step where she is now stronger, more mature and her technique is very good," the coach said. "Allison was coming on at the end of last season."

Taconic

Coach: Matt Chamberlain

Returners: Hope Chapman, Sr., 106; Josh Tassone, So., 126; Austin Gaudette, So., 126; Gabe Gach, So., 145; Travis Kuni, Sr., 152; Basil Billow, So., 160; Josh Broskey, So., 170; Al Kolodziej, Jr., 182; Dylan Sickle, So., 138; Eric Hoffman, So., 195; Dave Jones, So., 220; Tajaye Davis, Sr., 285.

Newcomers: De'shane Johnson, Fr., 113; Nick Bailey, Fr., 220; Tim Brooks, Fr., 138.

Things you should know:

n Numbers are down, but certainly not in the sophomore class. "It makes it hard, but we've got a good crop of kids coming up in the youth program," Chamberlain said. "We look like we have a strong future."

n Despite the low numbers, Chamberlain likes the lineup he has -- despite having just one junior on the roster and very little in the way of backups. "We miss that leadership from that class stepping up," the coach said. "If we had 3 or 4 juniors, that would put us up around 20, which would make things easier."

n Davis couldn't wrestle last season, due to a concussion suffered in football. Damion Murray stepped in for him at 285 and became an All-Eagle wrestler. Chamberlain hopes Davis will pick up where both he and Murray left off. "We wrestled Saturday at Athol, and I saw a little bit of everything from Tajaye," Chamberlain said. "He wound up pinning his way through the tournament. He didn't spend more than 31 seconds in the mat in any one match."

-- Berkshire Eagle Staff