Monument wrestling goes 3-0 at South Hadley Duals; Taconic 4-0 at Franklin Tech Duals
SOUTH HADLEY -- Monument Mountain's wrestling team earned three wins at the South Hadley Duals on Saturday -- with the biggest coming over defending Western Mass. champion Dean Tech, a 42-30 decision.
Eli Jones, at 106 pounds, got the Spartans a key win in that dual when he pinned Dean Tech's Anthony Barius.
"All he had to do was not get pinned, but he just wrestled really well," Monument coach Gordie Soule said.
Monument also beat host South Hadley 60-24, and beat Hampshire in a forfeit-filled dual (48-24).
Nate Cormier picked up two wins for the Spartans at 120.
"That made a difference for us," Soule said.
Three other wrestlers had two-win days -- none of them shorter than 182-pounder Jonah Christianson. He pinned Dean Tech's Jeffrey Sutron in 9 seconds, and pinned South Hadley's Zack Siman in 27 seconds.
"He did today what we needed him to do," Soule said. "No playing around."
Mark Leon-Duque was 2-0 at 170 pounds, earning a 1-point win in the Dean Tech victory. Robert Yvon registered two pins -- at 195 pounds against Dean Tech, then at 220 against South Hadley.
Taconic 4-0 at Franklin Tech
MONTAGUE -- The Braves won all four of their duals Saturday, beating Ludlow 49-30, Franklin Tech 50-30, Pathfinder 54-21, and Gateway 72-12.
Freshman Isiah Williams won four matches at 120, improving to 8-1 on the season.
Nick Bailey went 4-0 at 126. Mason Papirio won three matches at 132 and one at 138. Josh Broskey went 4-0 at 195, improving to 10-2 on the season.
Dave Jones was 4-0 at 220, improving to 10-1 on the season, and Austin Houghtaling went 4-0 at 182.
"I'm very pleased with the way we wrestled," Taconic coach Matt Chamberlain said. "I haven't seen my team wrestling this well since we won Western Mass. in 2011. I think everything is coming together. We're still missing a couple kids, but once we all come together, we have a shot at finishing at the top of Western Mass."
Greylock 2-2 at Franklin Tech
MONTAGUE -- The Mounties split their duals on the day, beating Holliston (39-36) and Gateway (66-18) while falling to Agawam (53-21) and Franklin (58-15).
Two Mounties -- Travis Hilchey at 132 pounds and David O'Brien at 160 -- had four-win days.
"For themselves, wrestling against Agawam and Franklin was good for them," Greylock coach Ray Miro said. "It really tested them. As you can see from the lopsided scores, we don't wrestle too many teams who beat us like that.
"Against Holliston, it was important that they both won. We needed their wins."
Three other Mounties -- Jude Rorke at 106, Devin Pelletier at 138 and Johnny Colon at 170 -- won three matches at the duals.
The Mounties came in cold, having not been able to practice since Monday due to weather-related school cancellations, and they were without both Cayman Mead and Hunter Abriel for various reasons.
"That did a little bit in terms of our timing and conditioning, but the kids are all right," Miro said.
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