Roundup: Taconic wrestling wins Eagle Holiday Classic
MONTAGUE — The Taconic wrestling team had four wrestlers crowned champion of their weight class, leading to a first-place finish at the Eagle Holiday Classic hosted by Franklin Tech on Saturday. The Braves finished with a team score of 176. Franklin Tech finished second with 146, followed by Granby with 144. Monument Mountain placed fifth with 99 points. Mount Everett placed eighth with 67 and 1/2 points.
Taconic's Zabian Powell finished first at 132 pounds. Nick Bailey earned a first-place finish at 145. Isiah Williams and Austin Houghtaling finished first at 152 and 182, respectively.
Anthony Lupiani was Everett's lone champion, finishing first at 106. Pat Fosby placed second at 120. Matt Lane placed third at heavyweight and Charles Kerzner placed fourth at 126.
Monument had two champions, as Dorian Page won at 126 and Bart Chirstiano won at 195. Max Buffoni lost to Lupiani for the 106 title. Nate Cormier (145) and Steven Wool (182) earned third-place finishes, respectively. The third-place finish earned Wool the first medal of his career.
Monument coach Simon Jones said his wrestlers took a big step forward in their wrestling skill level against strong competition.
For Taconic, Zack Mathis (106), Ari Burke (113), Tanner Hastings (170) and Tyler Klose (195) finished in third place in their weight class. Mason Papirio finished in second place at 138.
"Our goal is to win Western Mass and we're right up there," Taconic coach Jeremy Tetreault said. "We've had two tournaments, finishing first and third, and we beat Mount Greylock. ... We have young guys that are coming along good. So things look on the up-and-up."
In Cohoes, N.Y., the Mount Greylock wrestling team placed fourth out of 10 teams during the two-day event.
On Friday, the Mounties beat Essex, Vt. 60-21, Berlin, N.Y., 66-22 and Saratoga, N.Y. 54-27. They lost to Shaker, N.Y., 55-28.
On Saturday, the Mounties dropped two of five matches. They beat Burr and Burton (Vt.) 66-22, Cairo-Durham (N.Y) 68-8 and host Cohoes, N.Y. 47-18. They lost to Tamarac, N.Y., 55-27, and Duanesburg, N.Y. 47-33.
Three wrestlers finished the meet undefeated. Alex Griffis went 9-0 at 195, Hunter Abriel went 9-0 at 220, and Devin Pelletier went 9-0 at 160. Pelletier was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for Greylock. He beat two highly-rated wrestlers from New York, and reigning Vermont state champion Jack Carney.
"I thought we did good," Greylock coach Ray Miro said. "Disappointed not to win last match [against Duanesburg], but it was tough. We have a lot of young kids, and they were facing experienced wrestlers."
ATHOL 58, DRURY 54 (2OT)
In Athol, the Drury girls basketball team fell to the Red Raiders a double-overtime game.
Katie Toomey fought hard for Drury, scoring 13 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter to force the first overtime. Toomey had the only two points in the first overtime period for the Blue Devils.
Nikky Crews' 3-pointer were Drury's lone points of the second overtime. The Red Raiders depth allowed them to close out the game. They had four players score in the final period.
Emily Casella led Athol with 26 points.
"It was just two really good teams battling it out for as long as they could," Drury coach Brian Flagg said, "It was a good defensive game on both sides of the ball."
DiGennaro 1-0-2, Lamarre 4-0-10, M. Moulton 1-4-6, Crews 1-0-3, Barton 2-0-4, Toomey 9-0-21, J. Moulton 2-0-4, Carlson 2-0-4. Totals: 22-4-54.
Robideau 2-0-4, Hamlett 3-1-8, Jillson 2-1-5, Carey 4-2-10, Casella 8-10-26, Ricko 0-0-0, Parker 0-5-5. Totals: 19-9-58.
3-points goals — D 6 (Lamarre 2, Crews 1, Toomey 3). A 1 (Hamlett 1).
MCCANN TECH 33, POPE FRANCIS 22
From Thursday in Springfield, the McCann Tech girls earned an impressive win on the road against Pope Francis. The Hornets withstood a Cardinals third-quarter rally, using a 9-3 fourth to pull away. Alanza Quinines led McCann with 11 points. Kelly Dobbert added nine points.
Dobbert 3-3-9, Quinones 4-0-11, Gibeau 1-0-2, Budaj 2-3-7, Dean 0-2-2, Deblois 1-0-2. Totals: 11-8-33
POPE FRANCIS (22)
Velazquez 5-1-13, Gonvalves 1-0-2, Easton 2-3-7. Totals: 8-4-22.
3-point goals — MT: 3 (Quinones 3). PF — 2 (Velazquez 2).
SABIS 54, WAHCONAH 38
From Friday in Springfield, Wahconah (1-1) played stellar defense in the first half against Sabis, holding the Bulldogs to 14 points in the opening 16 minutes.
But Sabis outscored the Warriors 22-7 in the third quarter, and never trailed again.
"We struggled to put the ball in the basket," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "We battled but we struggled to finish around the basket."
Shane Sinopoli and Cole Morrison had 11 points each for Wahconah and Joe Lavinio added 10. Nelson Colon, one of three Bulldogs in double figures, had a game-high 18 points.
Schneider 0-2-2, Morrison 2-7-11, Sinopoli 4-3-11, Steinman 2-0-4, Lavinio 2-6-10, Noyes 0-0-0, Washburn 0-0-0, Moynihan 0-0-0, Roughley 0-0-0. Totals 10-18-38.
Rodriguez 0-0-0, Colon 4-8-16, Cruz 2-0-4, Griffin 4-0-8, Gabriel 5-1-12, Rennis 7-0-14, Mark 0-0-0. Totals 22-9-54.
3-point goals — Sabis 1 (Gabriel).
ST. MARY'S 6, TACONIC 3
In Pittsfield, the Taconic hockey team came up short against St. Mary's at the Boys & Girls Club.
St. Mary's stayed consistent throughout the game, scoring two goals in each period to take the victory.
Taconic scored one in the second through Kevin Quinto, assisted by Steve Poripski and Shane Tierney, and got two more in the third. Quinto scored unassisted on the first goal of the third, then Brandon Peaslee scored on a pass from Quinto.
Aaron Houghtaling took the loss in goal for Taconic.
M — Evan Blanchard (Johnathan Spear, Reilly Start), 7:39. M — Start (Spear, John Pitoniak), 8:15.
M — Start (UA), 5:41. T — Kevin Quinto (Steve Poripski, Shane Tierney), 8:37. M — Charlie Bonatakis (UA), 10:18.
T — Quinto (UA), 0:59. M — Quinn Powers (Sam LaBombard), 5:36. T — Brandon Peaslee (Quinto), 11:44. M — Tanner Hart (Bonatakis), 13:50.
MOUNT EVERETT 3, GREENFIELD 3 (MOUNT EVERETT WON SHOOTOUT 1-0)
From Friday in Greenfield, the Mount Everett hockey team earned a shootout victory over Greenfield, in the first round of the Greenfield Tournament.
Jake Corcoran scored the winning goal in the shootout, freezing Greenfield goalie Finn O'Connor with a head fake and firing the shot into the net. Eagles goalie Jonah Swotes made three saves during the shootout.
The game was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. Mount Everett trailed 3-1 until Corcoran scored in the 10th minute off an assist from Carly Duval. Matt DiSilva added the equalizer in 3 minutes and 50 seconds into the third period.
G — Evan Simmons (Tyler Minor), 3:55. ME — Matt DiSilva (Andrew Conlon, Grayson Duval), 6:17. G — Sean O'Sullivan (Minor), 10:19.
G — Tyler Townsley (Minor), 1:32. ME — Jake Corcoran (Carly Duval), 10:00.
ME — DiSilva (Brendan Dempsey), 3:50.