Monument, Taconic, Mount Everett in Top Four at Western Mass

By Stephen Sports
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BUCKLAND, Mass. – Sam St. Peter earned his third pin of the day in the last bout of the night to give the Monument Mountain wrestling team a second-place finish at the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Championships at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
St. Peter pinned Northampton’s Quane Randall in the first minute of their championship match at 285 pounds.
That gave St. Peter’s Spartans 156 team points, one point ahead of third-place Taconic in the team standings.
Hampden Charter won the team title with 172 points after taking home three individual titles, most by any team at the sectional meet.
Mount Everett, which sent five wrestlers to the first-place bouts, took a pair of titles. Diego Cruz got a second-period pin at 106, and Tyler Candelari pinned Taconic’s West Dews in the second period of their 126 final.
Those wins helped the Eagle place fourth in the 16-team field.
Candelari’s win also came in one of three championship bouts to feature a pair of Berkshire County grapplers.
Monument Mountain’s Colin Kinne earned the Spartans first title of the finals at 113 with an 11-2 win over Mount Everett’s Connor Lupiani.
Taconic’s Noah Poirier gave the Thunder its only individual title in a 10-4 win over Mount Greylock’s Aiden MacPherson in the 160 final.
MacPherson’s run to the finals helped the Mounties finish the meet in the top half of the field with 104 points.
The county was well represented with the Spartans, Thunder and Eagles finishing in the top four of the team standings and 12 local wrestlers reaching finals in the 14 weight classes.
The top four finishers at the sectional meet advance to next weekend’s Division 3 State Championships at Wakefield High School.
Photos from this event to come.
Team Scores
1. Hampden Charter East, 172 points; 2. Monument Mountain, 156; 3. Taconic, 155; 4. Mount Everett, 146.5; 5. Smith Vocational, 129; 6. Duggan, 106.5; 7. Southwick-Tolland, 106; 8. Mount Greylock, 104; 9. Frontier, 103.5; 10. Franklin Tech, 71; 11. Northampton, 70; 12. Hampshire, 55; 13. Mohawk Trail, 49; 14. South Hadley, 44; 15. Gateway, 43; 16. Springfield International Charter School, 26.
Championship Bouts
106 Diego Cruz (Mount Everett) pinned Mateo Henriques (S. Hadley), 2:57.
113 Colin Kinne (Monument Mountain) def. Connor Lupiani (Mount Everett), 11-2.
120 Michaell Harris (Hampden Charter) pinned Max Manning (Mount Everett), 3:06.
126 Tyler Candelari (Mount Everett ) pinned West Dews (Taconic), 3:42.
132 Ariel Escalante (Duggan) pinned Matthew Small (Smith Voc), :44.
138 Alex Martinez (Smith Voc) def. Nicholas Sikland (Southwick), 5-3.
145 Jeremiah Cruz (Duggan) def. Forrest McSweeney (Smith Voc), 7-6.
152 Alex Willard (Hampshire) def. Michael Devoti (Mount Everett), 5-4.
160 Noah Poirier (Taconic) def. Aiden MacPherson (Mount Greylock), 10-4.
170 Conner Hoffman (Frontier) def. Broc Healey (Taconic), 14-5.
182 David Czartoryski (Hampden Charter) pinned Collin Eddy (Franklin Tech), :46.
195 Jake Mattson (Frontier) pinned Luke Hartshorn (Monument Mountain), 2:39
220 Jerameel Vazquez (Hampden Charter) pinned Willam VanVleet (Mohawk Trail), 2:36.
285 Sam St. Peter (Monument Mountain) pinned Quane Randall (Northampton), :58.
Third Place Bouts
106 Keegan Dargie (Monument Mountain) pinned Aaron Petschke (Southwick), :25.
113 Wyatt Finch (Frontier) pinned Landon Purington (Mohawk Trail), :45.
120 Logan Luis (South Hadley) def. Alexander Rodriguez (SICS), 7-0.
126 Isiah Wood (Southwick) def. Ethan Laviolette (Duggan), 8-7.
132 Owen Johnson (Southwick) pinned Dominic Dignard (Monument Mountain), 1:11.
138 Fevze Elevli (Hampden Charter) def. Omar Cruz (Mount Everett), 13-11 (OT).
145 Adin Clifford (Hampshire) pinned Borese Antropov (Southwick), 4:17.
152 Ali Younes (Hampden Charter) pinned Levi Kelly-Smith (Taconic), 4:24.
160 Keegan Hollister (Northampton) def. Andrew Albert (Monument Mountain, 6-1.
170 Eli Gilbert (Gateway) pinned Alan Misenheimer (Hampden Charter), 3:00.
182 Jake Hall (Taconic) pinned Shaun Frank (Monument Mountain), :47.
195 Ahmed Elkadri (Hampden Charter) pinned Nicholas Bellora (Mount Greylock), 1:16.
220 Schuyler Trapani (Northampton) pinned Logan O’Connell (Mount Greylock), :42.
285 Javion Cabrera (Frontier) pinned Joshua Lynde (Franklin Tech), 3:34.
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