Seven Berkshire County wrestlers qualify for All-States meet
PITTSFIELD >> There were no individual champions for Berkshire County wrestlers on Saturday at the MIAA Division III championships, but seven area wrestlers will make the trek to Reading Memorial High School next Friday for the All-States tournament.
Taconic's Isiah Williams (152 pounds) and Mount Greylock duo Devin Pelletier (160) and Alex Griffis (195) were the highest placers as the D-III meet on Saturday, with all three coming in fourth for their respective weight classes.
Taconic's Zabion Powell (132) and Dalton Peck (285) finished fifth, as did Monument Mountain's Nate Cormier. Cormier's teammate, Bart Christiano, took sixth at 195. Two other wrestlers, Taconic's Mason Papirio (138) and Greylock's Cayman Mead (152) finished seventh, and will be alternates at their weight classes for the All-States meet.
Day 2 of the D-III tournament did not go as planned for the three highest finishers. Williams, Pelletier and Griffis all dropped their semifinal matches to open the morning — dropping them into the consolation bracket — and while they rebounded for wins to send them into the third-place match, none were able to get the better of their final opponents.
"I'm not mad I lost the match, I'm not upset, I'm just mad that I wrestled the way I did," Williams said of his third-place loss. "I did not wrestle to my full potential and how I have been all year.
"He wanted the match more than me, I guess. He came out for blood and got it."
Williams fell to Smith Vocational's Koby Oimette by fall at 4:12. It was Williams' third match of the day. He fell to Danvers' Quintin Holland by a 12-7 decision in the semifinals to open the day, then bounced back for an 11-9 decision in overtime over Cohasset's Sean Mavilia in the consolation semifinals.
"It's of course [an] emotional [day]," Williams said of his three bouts. "I came in, it was a good match in my semis match but I didn't get the win. And the overtime match to get into the third-fourth, that was emotional for me, also, because I had to keep my cool. It's a long day, of course. It's two days, yeah, but the first day really takes a toll on you. ... I think that was also in my head."
Pelletier's day was also frustrating. Not so much because he lost two matches, but how he lost them.
In his semifinal match in the morning, Pelletier lost by injury default to Somerset's Austin Cooley. He bounced back for a win over Cohasset's Cole Sullivan, a fall in 2:25, to make the third-place match, but in that matchup against Wayland's Jakob Warner — a wrestler Pelletier beat on Friday — Pelletier again had to back out through injury default. It was his knee that gave him problems.
"I knew going into the tournament I had a bad knee, I hurt it last week," Pelletier said. "I thought I could wrestle it enough to be OK for this week. Having it give out twice and having to forfeit two matches, it's obviously upsetting."
Griffis also had a 1-2 day. He fell to Scituate's Mark Gentile by a 6-0 decision in the semifinals, bounced back for a 9-0 major decision over Monument Mountain's Bart Christiano in the consolation semifinals, but fell to Melrose's Antonio DiFronzo by a 3-2 decision in overtime — a day after he had beaten DiFronzo by a 6-2 decision.
"I was just disappointed Alex couldn't get free," Greylock coach Ray Miro said. "You have to get out off the bottom, that's just the way things are. The kid was tough and physical, and Alex — it's the last match on the second day, and those consolation finals matches are usually pretty tough matches for you whether they are physically tough or mentally."
In the fifth-place matches, Powell topped Hanover's Danny Ryan by fall in 4:43, Cormier beat Franklin County Tech's Nate Brocker by fall in 4:51, Peck took a 6-4 decision over Franklin County Tech's Kane Rich, and Christiano fell to Dedham's Matt Dunn by fall in 2:00. In the seventh-place matches, Papirio won by fall in 1:58 against Carver's Ronnie Oliver, and Mead beat Triton's Lewi L'Heureux by fall in 2:57.
Wayland took the team title in D-III with 118 points, Norton finished second with 89.5 and Somerset took third with 76.5. Taconic finished 11th with 54 points, Greylock was 16th with 45 and Monument finished in 27th with 28 points.
106 pounds — Sean Herbert (Saugus) def. Isaiah Cardenales (South Hadley), dec. 6-4.
113 — Byron Kopkins (Sandwich) def. Jimmy Cope (Wayland), fall at 1:21.
120 — Kevin Morris (Tyngsboro) def. Conor Thompson (Quabbin), dec. 2-1.
126 — Matt Kelley (Foxboro) def. Brendan Lewis (Canton), dec. 7-3.
132 — Colby Holland (Danvers) def. Aidan Kahn (Norton), dec. 4-3.
138 — Nate Pacheco (Somerset) def. Fox Maxwell (Wilmington), maj. dec. 16-7.
145 — Deven Schuko (Norton) def. Colin Boutin (Hanover), dec. 8-6.
152 — Matt Landry (Sandwich) def. Quintin Holland (Danvers), dec. 5-4.
160 — Austin Cooley (Somerset) def. Brandon Weyant (Hampshire), dec. 2-1 in TB2
170 — Eric Reyes (Dedham) def. Kolby Smith (Sabis), dec. 5-2.
182 — John Boyle (Triton) def. Ben Jones (Wayland), dec. 11-4.
195 — Noah Malhi (Pentucket) def. Mark Gentile (Scituate), dec. 6-5.
220 — Nolan Hodgins (Granby) def. Romelo Medina (Hampden Charter), maj. dec. 11-0.
285 — Brent Leger (Quabbin) def. J.C. Cleveland (Dedham), fall at 5:48.