Jude Rorke

Eighth grade, Mount Greylock

106 pounds

Rorke made great strides at 98 pounds last season, and continued his progress this season. He was a Western Mass. Division III runner-up in his weight class, going 31-9 in the regular season for the Mounties.

The coach's take: He needed to step up, and he did. He grew; he filled out. That was the big thing. He filled out more. Hopefully, he'll continue to do some work.

-- Ray Miro, Mount Greylock coach

Patrick Fosby

Eighth grade, Mount Everett

113 pounds

Fosby went 26-19 this season and placed fifth at the Western Mass. Division III meet, qualifying for states. He was 22-15 in the regular season for the Eagles.

The coach's take: He did pretty well for only being an eighth-grader and moving up a class. He won quite a few matches. He's got to work on a few more moves beside the cradle. He's going to be a pretty good wrestler next year, too. He's pretty young and beating pretty old people.

-- Dave Lupiani, Mount Everett coach

Nate Cormier

Freshman, Monument Mountain

120 pounds

Cormier went 26-19 this season for the county champion Spartans, placing third at the Western Mass. Division III meet and qualifying for states.

The coach's take: He's just very coachable. He made the weight, and that was kind of the catalyst for everybody on our team to lean out. He wanted to wrestle at 126, but early on, he realized 120 would be a better fit for him.

-- Gordie Soule, Monument coach

Bradley Lupiani

Junior, Mount Everett

126 pounds

Lupiani, last season's All-Eagle MVP, was a Western Mass. champion and a state runner-up at 126 this year. He won the Mountie Invitational and Berkshire Holiday Tournament championships, going 36-6 this season and qualifying for the All-States tournament. He'll likely move up to 132 next season.

The coach's take: Bradley got sick right before sectionals, and I don't know if he really was on his game. He looked a little sluggish through the tournaments. ... Hopefully, we'll try to win everything next year. We've just got to do a little bit of work in the offseason.

-- Dave Lupiani

Nick Bailey

Sophomore, Taconic

126 pounds

Bailey went 29-12 this season, placing fourth in the Western Mass. tournament and picking up a big early-season win over fellow All-Eagle selection Bradley Lupiani of Mount Everett.

The coach's take: He started off real good. He had his win against Lupiani. He was pretty consistent tournament-wise. I'd say 126 was one of the toughest classes at states. He had some close matches, and he improved a lot from last year.

-- Jeremy Tetreault, Taconic coach

Travis Hilchey

Junior, Mount Greylock

132 pounds

The All-Eagle MVP went 48-6, losing just once in the regular season and taking second at Western Mass., third at states and going 3-3 in the All-States tournament. Hilchey was unbeaten in Berkshire County.

The coach's take: His weight class was tough. Three of the better kids throughout the state were in his class. For him, he had to notch it up a little bit, and he did.

-- Miro

Stephen Cormier

Junior, Monument Mountain

132 pounds

Cormier was 26-13 this season, earning a fourth-place finish at the Western Mass. Division III meet and qualifying for states. His wins helped Monument to a Western Mass. team championship.

The coach's take: I think Steve Cormier is a monster. He's really going to assert himself next year. He certainly arrived this year.

-- Soule

Devin Pelletier

Freshman, Mount Greylock

138 pounds

Pelletier's biggest win came in the Western Mass. Division III championship match, when he pinned South Hadley's Chris Rojas in 1:18 to earn a sectional championship for the Mounties. Pelletier went 44-9 this season, reaching the D-III state tournament.

The coach's take: He's doing the right thing right now. He's been lifting ever since the season ended, and he's going to Journeyman. You're not going to get any better areas than [those]. Those are two great ways to improve yourself. He's got some natural ability. From the neck up, he's got what it takes.

-- Miro

Sebastian Zapata

Senior, Monument Mountain

138 pounds

Zapata went 33-11 for the county and sectional champion Spartans this season, placing fifth in Western Massachusetts. All of his wins in the sectional meet came by pin -- two of them in less than a minute, and one of those in just 18 seconds.

The coach's take: Three-year captain at Monument, probably the only three-year captain in the history of the program. I'm going to miss Sebastian.

-- Soule

CJ Lillie

Senior, Mount Greylock

145 pounds

Lillie earned his way to the Division III state tournament with a third-place finish at the Western Mass. meet. He finished 39-15 this season.

The coach's take: I was really pleased for him. He didn't start out with a lot of God-given ability, but he worked for everything, and he got it together. Finally, it started kicking in toward the end of January. He picked the right time to wrestle his best.

-- Miro

Dylan Sickell

Junior, Taconic

152 pounds

A repeat All-Eagle selection, Sickell went 28-7 this season, and was a Western Mass. runner-up at 152. He went 25-4 in the regular season for Taconic, starting the season at 145 pounds.

The coach's take: I didn't make the decision to change him until right before Western Mass., but ... he was good enough that, during the season, I could give him the harder match [at 152], and he would win.

-- Tetreault

David O'Brien

Sophomore, Mount Greylock

160 pounds

O'Brien went an impressive 43-8 this season, reaching the Division III state tournament after finishing third at the Western Mass. meet.

The coach's take: The sky's the limit for him. He's got all kinds of talent. He just has to get a little bit more mental toughness, and a lot of that comes with maturity. [He's] physically put together, and wrestling kids who are juniors and seniors. Part of it for him is believing in what he's doing and carrying through.

-- Miro

Mark Leon-Duque

Junior, Monument Mountain

170 pounds

A leader for the Western Mass. Division III team champion, Leon-Duque was 40-7 for Monument this season. His third-place finish at the Western Mass. meet qualified him for states. All of his sectional victories came by pin.

The coach's take: It is not [easy to win 40]. I think that's the most wins of any Monument wrestler in any season. He's a smart kid. He wrestles in the summer. He's humble. He wants to be good.

-- Soule

Johnny Colon

Senior, Mount Greylock

182 pounds

In just his second year as a wrestler, Colon reached the top of Western Mass. at his weight class, winning the individual sectional championship and reaching the D-III state championship match. Colon went 42-10 this season for the Mounties.

The coach's take: He was a kid that could have wrestled 160. We'd wrestle him up [from 170] every once in a while. For him, it was finally buying in to the way you're supposed to wrestle. ... He put it together up in Essex. He had a good tournament up there, and then I asked him to go 182.

-- Miro

Jonah Christianson

Senior, Monument Mountain

182 pounds

Christianson was a state qualifier at 182, placing third at the Western Mass. D-III meet and third at the state meet a week later. Christianson was 39-11, reaching the All-State meet for the county and sectional champion Spartans.

The coach's take: Second in the state, [then] third in the state, two times third at Western Mass. He certainly bolstered our program. He brought a little bit of that [New York] Section 2 attitude to our wrestling room. The physicality, the technique.

-- Soule

Robert Yvon

Junior, Monument Mountain

195 pounds

Yvon's biggest win of the season came in the Western Mass. Division III-A championship match, when he pinned South Hadley's Riley Baker in 1:25 to earn a sectional crown. His 4-0 day helped Monument win the team championship. Yvon went 31-11 this season.

The coach's take: Robert was a kid who, because our program was so thin when he started, got thrown to the wolves. I just have a lot of respect for Robert. He lost a lot of matches early and persevered. The championship is certainly a testament to his perseverance.

-- Soule

 

Dave Jones

Junior, Taconic

220 pounds

Jones went 32-12 this season, placing third at the Western Mass. Division III tournament and sixth at the state meet. Jones was 25-8 in the regular season for the Braves.

The coach's take: Dave was always one of those guys who was right in the finals at every tournament we went to. He actually wrestled a close match at states in the [consolation] semis, where I thought he could have been wrestling for third or fourth. ... He definitely stepped it up big-time since last year. He's got another year to go, so I have big expectations for him as well.

-- Tetreault

 

Jacob Hines

Junior, Monument Mountain

285 pounds

Hines went 28-15 this season, helping the Spartans earn Berkshire County and Western Mass. Division III team championships. For his part, Hines finished fourth in his class at the Western Mass. meet.

The coach's take: Jacob's a big, strong kid and very coachable. You think about Berkshire County, and you think about Jacob winning that match against Abriel from Greylock, and you think about him not getting pinned against Jones from Taconic. So we win that match.

-- Soule