WESTMINSTER -- On Saturday, the Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team traveled to Northbridge, Ma. to participate in the annual Northbridge Invitational wrestling tournament. Nineteen high schools from throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island participated in the event. Bellows Falls-Hartford was the only Vermont team that participated.
Narrangansett, R.I. high school won the tournament with 206 team points. The Bellows Falls-Hartford team totaled 170 points followed by Tollgate, R.I. with 150. The team represented Vermont well. Other than MAU, it is seldom that a Vermont team leaves a mark at these large tournaments south of the border, stated Terriers coach Claude Weyant.
"They certainly knew we were in town," said Weyant. "The team represented our two high schools and Vermont well."
Eight of the twelve wrestlers the team entered into the tournament placed in the top five positions.
At the 113 pound weight class, junior Austin Viens worked his way to the championship by defeating wrestlers from Mt. Everett, Ma. and Narragansett. Viens then defeated Ritchie Elgar from Tri-County, Ma., 9-0 in the championship match. Viens was on target with his wrestling and had three good matches. He has improved his season record to 22-2 along with three tournament championships.
At the 120 pound weight class, freshman Cameron Viens went 1-2 at the event. It was a big win for Cameron. Right after Cameron, Bryce Smith went 1-2 at the 126 pound weight class. Smith replaced Brendan Kendall who normally wrestles 126 but had to miss the tournament because of illness.
Each win brings team points at a tournament. These two wins that were won as they were wrestling back to try to take third place were big boosts for the team, stated Weyant.
At the 138 pound weight class, BF-Hartford’s Steve Cerrone defeated his first two opponents making it to the championship match. Steve found himself up against Max Procopio, a tough senior wrestler from Tollgate, R.I. It was a hard fought championship match but Cerrone fell short in a 3-2 point match. Cerrone has improved his season record to 19-5.
At the 145 pound class senior co-captain Nolan Viens was crowned champion at that weight class. After defeating his first two opponents, Nolan faced Aaron Traverse from Tollgate. Traverse was a last year state champion and is the top ranked wrestler in Rhode Island at the 145 pound class. Viens won the match 7-1. The one point scored by Traverse was the first point that anyone has scored against Nolan this season. Viens improved his season record to 27-0, winning his fifth tournament championship this season, and was also was awarded the Most Outstanding Wrestler award that is voted on by all the coaches.
The team will be put to the test next Saturday when they travel to East Windsor, Ct. to participate in the annual Rodney Smith Invitational tournament, probably the toughest in season tournament according to Weyant. The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Clark wins overall in Grand Prix
Mammoth, CA -- Three time Olympian, gold and bronze medalist, Burton Team member, Kelly Clark has been named to the 2014 U. S. Olympic Snowboard Team for the fourth time. She won four of the five qualifiers for the eligible U. S. ladies, earning her not only the first position on the team but also the overall U. S. Grand Prix title for 2014.
Clark will attend the X-Games in Aspen before leaving for Russia. Clark has won 70 Gold medals--the most decorated of any male or female athlete in the sport--and hopes to add one more Gold at the World Olympics in Sochi.