Greylock's Jackson, Everett's Lupiani win wrestling titles
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Ross Jackson doesn't really enjoy wrestling 6-minute matches. He'd much rather pin his opponent and end the match early.
That wasn't an option in Saturday night's Mountie Invitational 182-pound championship. Jackson needed less than a minute in each win he got by pin Saturday, but was pushed to the limit before defeating Sebastian Dziadkiewicz of North Providence (R.I.) 7-5. The victory marked Greylock's only individual championship, as the Mounties took fourth place in the team standings with 121 points. Colonie Central (N.Y.) won the team title with its ‘A' squad, earning 209 1 2 points.
"I don't like going 6 minutes, but I do it anyway," Jackson said after his win. "He [Dziadkiewicz] had a lot more strength in his upper body, so he could control me a little bit more, but I still got the edge on him."
Jackson -- who had the fastest fall of the day, a 16-second pin of Monument Mountain's Stetson Moore -- was one of two individual champions from Berkshire County. Mount Everett sophomore Bradley Lupiani won the 113-pound crown, rolling through the bracket with three pins and a technical fall. One of the pins came in the championship match, as Lupiani got Yanko Diaz of North Providence in 1:12.
The championship gives Lupiani a 23-1 overall record with just two weeks left until the Western Mass. championships at Monument Mountain.
"I'd like to win it," Lupiani said. "I know I'm going to have a couple of tough [matches]. It's definitely going to be real tough to do it."
Two other Mounties -- Jude Rorke at 100 pounds and Mitch Graves at 145 -- reached championship matches before losing. Rorke was pinned by Colonie's Enrique Lopez in 1:20, while Ponagansett, R.I.'s Tyler Noury pinned Graves in 4:58.
"With Mitch, 145 is a tough weight class all around," Greylock coach Ray Miro said. "What we try to do is separate the best kids [with the seeds]. I think, in a lot of the weight classes, the best kids were there at the end."
Five Mounties won at least three matches Saturday, with eight reaching championship or consolation semifinals.
Four of Monument Mountain's 12 wrestlers reached the consolation semifinals, with 170-pounder Mark Leon-Duque placing fourth. The Spartans' next test comes Tuesday, when Greylock goes to Great Barrington for a dual.
"I think they did well," Monument coach Gordie Soule said. "We got guys one match away from placing, and Mark placed fourth. Yeah, we're happy. I think most everybody won a match."
Two of Mount Everett's five wrestlers reached finals, with Lupiani winning a championship and 100-pounder Pat Fosby finishing fourth. For Taconic, 160-pounder Travis Kuni was 3-2 on the day, reaching the consolation semifinals. Nick Bailey (120), Dylan Sickell (138) and Dave Jones (220) won two matches each.
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