EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- Bellows Falls-Hartford beat 13 other wrestling teams to take the Rodney Smith Tournament title on Saturday. The champs scored 173 points, Fairfield-Ludlow of Connecticut was a close second with 170 points, and East Providence, R.I. took the bronze with 151.
At the end of the tournament, prior to announcing the top teams, Rodney Smith announced that the Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling program was the recipient of this year’s Arlene B. Davis Award for Excellence. Mr. Smith began to talk about where the wrestling program has come to at Bellows Falls. He spoke about coach Claude Weyant attending with one or two wrestlers only a few years ago to where the team is today.
It was a big day for junior Steve Cerrone at the 138-pound weight class. After several second place tournament finishes, Cerrone won his first tournament of the season by pinning Chris Rojas of South Hadley, Mass., in the finals.
Nolan Viens improved his season record to 30-0 and won his sixth straight tournament championship. in the finals, Viens pinned Bobby O’Connell of South Hadley, Mass.
Placing second for Bellows Falls-Hartford were Austin Viens (113), Kyle Record (182) and John Harris. Jahleel Denson (195) and Jake Lober (220) each finished third.
At the 170 pound weight class, D.J. Snide went 2-2. Patrick Libuda, Brendan Kendall and Brady Illingworth all went 1-2 at the tournament in their weight classes. Also participating were Cameron Viens, Bryce Smith and Shane Brown.
Two wrestlers from the junior high team also participated in a tournament in Concord, N.H. on Saturday. Lucas Saunders placed first and Spencer Clark placed second.
Bellows Falls-Hartford’s varsity team will compete at Keene High on Friday at 6 p.m. and then compete at Mount Mansfield on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.