Saturday's roundup: Big day on mats for local wrestlers
BARRE -- In a tune-up for next week's dual-meet state tournament, Monument Mountain's wrestling team went 2-1 at a quad meet at Quabbin Regional on Saturday.
The county champion Spartans (22-3) defeated Quabbin 46-21 and Somerset Berkley 36-34, and fell 41-24 to Wayland.
"In the Somerset Berkley match, we started at 113 [pounds]," Monument coach Gordie Soule said. "We were down 34-33 at the 106-pound match, and Eli Jones won a big match for us. He had a nice takedown and back points in the second period, and then just rode the guy out the rest of the way."
Robert Yvon (220) and Mark Leon-Duque (170) went 3-0 on the day, with Leon-Duque defeating a wrestler ranked in the top three in his class by MassWrestling.com. Stephen Cormier wrestled well at 132, according to Soule, as did Mike Molina at 160. Jacob Hines earned two wins at 285 pounds, while Sebastian Zapata did the same at 138.
Monument closes its county season Wednesday at Mount Everett.
Everett, Greylock at Pathfinder Duals
PALMER -- The Eagles picked up their second dual win of the season, and what a win it was. Mount Everett beat traditional power Dean Tech 42-34 as part of a 1-2-1 day.
Mount Greylock, though, went unbeaten in four duals. The Mounties beat Chicopee Comp 45-30; beat Southwick 66-24; beat Hudson 64-6; and beat Pathfinder 54-21.
Mount Everett tied Pathfinder at 36, and lost to Agawam (42-12) and Southwick (48-28).
"They finished off well," Everett assistant coach Dan Lanoue said of the Eagles. "When they got guys on their backs, they finished the pin. When they [the Eagles] were on their backs, they fought off. They showed a little heart tonight."
Bradley Lupiani went 4-0 at 126 pounds for Everett (2-5-1), while Nick Scapin was 3-1 at 145. Sergio Winston got his first career win at 152 pounds in the Southwick dual.
Taconic at Sabis
SPRINGFIELD -- The Braves went 2-1, beating Mahar (54-26) and Hampden Charter (42-30) but losing 47-27 to Sabis.
Dylan Sickell (145-152), Jordan Knowlton (160), Josh Broskey (195) and Dave Jones (220-285) each went 3-0 for Taconic.
"The three kids [Broskey] had were guys he needed to beat," Taconic interim coach Jeremy Tetreault said. "The toughest kid he had was the Sabis kid. He beat him 8-3; the other kids, he pinned."
Tetreault added that, at 195, everyone is neck-and-neck when it comes to possible Western Mass. seedings.
"We're giving up four weight classes and spotting 24 points to these teams," the coach said. "We wrestled real well. Sabis ... they're going to contend for the Western Mass. title this year. We wrestled them tough."
Nick Bailey (126), Austin Gaudette (138) and Tyler Klose (170) won two matches each for the Braves (8-6).
Boys basketball: Hoosac Valley 65, Athol 41
CHESHIRE -- The Hoosac Valley boys basketball team is back in the Western Mass. tournament for the first time since 2011.
A 31-point first half put the Hurricanes in the driver's seat against Athol, and they cruised to a 65-41 win at home.
"It's going to be new to them -- the idea of win and move on, lose and go home," coach Bill Robinson said. "There's going to be a little pressure on them."
Jameson Coughlan continues his solid play for the Red and White, picking up nine of his 15 points in the first quarter. Trevor Alibozek helped him in the scoring department with 13 points, nine of which came in the first half.
Hoosac led 54-29 after three quarters, and that allowed Robinson to empty his bench. Eleven different players found their way into the scorebook for Hoosac.
Hockey: Belchertown 7, Taconic 4
AMHERST -- Harrison Rapant scored twice for the Braves, but Belchertown picked up three second-period goals and two third-period goals to put the game away Saturday.
Nick Whittaker and Connor Conant also scored for Taconic, with Brian Henault picking up two assists.
Wahconah 7, St. Mary's 3
PITTSFIELD -- Jeff Hancock notched his first hat trick of the season, the Warriors scored on the power play once in each period, and Wahconah's win put it over .500 (at 7-6-1) for the first time since the first game of the season.
Hancock scored twice in the first period and again in Wahconah's three-goal third at the Boys & Girls Club.
"He is a rock in front of the net," said Wahconah coach Don Disbrow of Hancock. "I think two of the three were tip-ins from the point. He gets set up, and he's very difficult to move. He's got good hand-eye coordination, gets a good angle on the stick and he's tipping stuff in."
The Warriors had struggled on the power play as of late, so Disbrow focused on it in practice. They may have only converted three of nine opportunities Saturday night, but the coach was pleased.
"We spent probably 20 minutes on it Friday at practice," he said. "It worked out pretty well."
Devon Battaini added a goal and an assist for Wahconah, while Patrick Jamross scored in the third and had three assists for the winners.
Girls basketball: Miss Hall's 51, Cheshire Academy 32
PITTSFIELD -- Grace Guachione's 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals led the way for the 10-5 Hurricanes.
Sarah Willson added 10 points, while Nanya Okeke had eight points and 12 rebounds for Miss Hall's. The Hurricanes held Cheshire point guard Chelsea Dow to six points.
"She's got a ton of range offensively, so we guarded her and she actually ended up getting in foul trouble," MHS coach Matt Ward said.
Miss Hall's went with a triangle-and-2 defense, caused many first-half turnovers, and played an offense that took advantage of Cheshire's zone front, according to the coach.
Friday's girls basketball: Pittsfield 51, Taconic 34
PITTSFIELD -- Peyton Steinman's game-high 19 points led the way for PHS, which also got 15 points and six steals from Dom Satrape and eight points, 13 rebounds and five steals from sophomore Allie Hunt.
Steinman also made six steals.
Nyanna Slaughter's 10 points led the way for Taconic.
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