GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- On Saturday the Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team traveled to New York state to participate in the annual Lions Tournament. Sixteen schools from both Vermont and New York participated in the event. After a long day of battling opponents, the Bellows Falls-Hartford team finished in second place with 140 points. Only Warrensburg, N.Y. High School scored more. The closest Vermont school in the standings was seventh place Middlebury who had 99 points.
At 113 pounds, Austin Viens went 3-0 and was crowned champion. After pinning his first two opponents from Averill Park and LaSalle, New York high schools, he was up against Ethan Reardon from Vergennes Union High School. Due to poor road conditions the Vergennes team had to leave early causing Viens to win by forfeit. He was a little down not being able to wrestle that championship match, but he also realizes that things happen and in the end was the champion.
Cameron Viens went 1-2 during the day. Cameron was able to have his first varsity win. That first varsity win as a ninth grader is huge, stated Terriers coach Claude Weyant. "They begin to get a little more confidence. Cameron seems to be improving each week," he said.
Brendan Kendall had to bump up to the 132 pound class. Brendan went 3-2 during the tournament and placed fourth.
Steve Cerrone went 1-2 at the 138 pound weight class. Cerrone, who took second in Vermont last year, found himself in a very tough weight class. Lined up above him were two last year Granville champions and the last year Vermont state champion. Cerrone ended the day being defeated by top-seeded wrestler, Nathaniel Palmer of Granville, 1-0. It was an amazing hard fought match.
Nolan Viens went 4-0 and was crowned champion at the 145 pound class. After defeating wrestlers from Middlebury, LaSalle, and Mill River high schools, Viens faced Lane Oehier from Warrensburg in the championship match. Viens won by tech fall, which is scoring 15 more points than the opponent. Viens put the score up to 16-0 seconds into the third period.
Patrick Libuda went 3-1 and took second place at the 152 pound weight class. After defeating wrestlers from Otter Valley, Warrensburg, and Granville, Patrick faced top-seeded Derrick Gardner from Averill Park in the championship match. Patrick lost that hard fought match 3-1.
Freshman Kevin Gosslant at the 160 pound weight class, fell short in the win column going 0-2 during the event. Gosslant continues to slowly improve. Hitting the varsity line up as a freshman having no previous experience can be pretty rough. He continues to improve at each event.
Kyle Record went 2-1 and took second at the 182 pound weight class. After defeating wrestlers from Vergennes and Whitehall-Fort Ann schools, Record faced a tough Middlebury opponent, Jake Trautwein. Record lost by pin in 3:38 minutes.
Jake Lober went 3-2 and took fourth at the 220 pound weight class. After losing his first match to his Granville opponent, Lober came back and won his next three matches pinning his opponents from South Glens Falls, Warrensburg, and Burr and Burton high schools. Jake went up against Shawn Latham of Averill Park in the consolation finals match. After jumping ahead in the match, Lober got caught and was pinned by Latham part way through the second period.
John Harris went 2-2 and took fourth in the heavy weight division. John defeated wrestlers from Burr and Burton and Mill River. In the consolation finals John was pinned by Zach Rozwell of Whitehall-Fort Ann. It was a hard fought match that went into the third period. Harris, who is now 7-3 this season, has improved tremendously over his first year, according to Weyant.
The Terriers have faced 26 teams at the last two tournaments throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. To be outscored at these two tournaments by only Warrensburg, a tough Section 2 New York team, is pretty amazing, stated Weyant.
The wrestling team next travels to Middlebury to participate in a two-day tournament with approximately 15 team participating. Wrestling begins at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Twin Valley 40,
Green Mountain 33
CHESTER -- Savannah Nesbitt scored a dozen points, Hannah Swanson grabbed 17 rebounds and Colton Butler (8 points, 7 rebounds) did a little bit of everything to help the Wildcats advance to the Green Mountain Tournament finals.
Twin Valley will meet MSJ, which beat Springfield in the other first round game, on Friday at 6 p.m. in Chester.
Jessica Fox chipped in with eight points versus Green Mountain, which took a 26-23 advantage into the fourth quarter. Kira Courchesne and Natalie Herrick also played well for the Wildcats, while Sammy Cunningham did a nice job defensively against Chieftains star Madi Huntley (8 points).
Men’s league basketball results
BRATTLEBORO -- Green Mtn. Creamery / Commonwealth Dairy clipped Vt. Pressure Wash and Painting, 67-61, last week in men’s hoops at Gibson-Aiken Center.
Lee McColgen drained 25 points and Josh Laffend had 13 for the winners, while Colby Bonnett led Vt. Pressure Wash with 24 points.
In game 2, Lane Construction took an 87-84 win against The Marina. Joel Porter led the way for Lane with 25 points and had offensive assistance from Matt LeBlance with 23 points. Steve Rennicle racked up 24 points for The Marina.
Putney school kicks off
new ski season
PUTNEY -- Nordic skiing has been a tradition at The Grammar School since it was founded 53 years ago. A guided walk through the woods near the original Grammar School campus on Aiken Road in Putney will take you to a decidedly precipitous drop of some ten meters down an embankment. If one’s imagination removes the tangle of trees and forest detritus, and adds instead a blanket of snow, you’ll be standing at the site of a ski jump that challenged and enthralled TGS students through the 1960s.
The school’s ski history is deeply rooted in a community rich with stories of skiing, ski competition, and exploration.
Thanks to the season’s first significant snow storm of the season, last weekend, children in grades K-8 at The Grammar School enjoyed the first day of XC skiing at school last Monday.