GRANBY, Mass. -- The Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team traveled Saturday to the Franklin County Tech School in Turners Falls, Ma, to participate in the annual Franklin County Tech duals. After dropping their first two duals to Granby and Hampshire Regional High Schools, the Terrier team came back to defeat Pioneer Valley and Belchertown High Schools. The team is 4-9 this season in dual meet team competitions.
"Due to our number of wrestlers and having to forfeit many weight classes, team victories have not been around for many years," said BFUHS coach Claude Weyant. "We still have several holes in the line up, but when we face opponents who also have some holes, and our wrestlers wrestle like they did today, we end up in the win column as a team."
At the 113-pound weight class, sophmore Austin Viens went 4-0, improving his overall season record to 25-4. At the 132-pound weight class, sophmore Steve Cerrone went 4-0, improving his overall record to 19-5. He is 8-1 at his new 132-pound class.
At the 145-pound weight class, junior captain Nolan Viens improved upon his undefeated season to 28 straight wins, and also went 4-0.
In the 152-pound weight division, Kyle Record went 4-0, improving his season to 28-4. In the 138-pound weight class, Patrick Libuda went 3-1. His lone loss was in overtime to Pioneer Valley’s Adam LeBlanc. Libuda improved his overall record to 16-5.
These five wrestlers with their combined 116-18 record are having an outstanding season. All four wrestlers are ranked in the top four positions in their respective weight classes in the state. "They are dedicated wrestlers that work hard and it shows," stated Weyant.
Junior Chris Earle was back with the Terrier wrestling team after a lengthy illness. He was 3-1 at the 195-pound class, only losing one match against a top ranked wrestler from Granby. Earle is wrestling well, considering what he has been through health wise this season.
Junior Shane Brown came up empty in the win column at the 182-pound weight class. Brown is finding himself in a more competitive weight class, dropping down from 195, but is showing more aggressiveness and promise with each match, noted Weyant.
Also participating in some matches for the first time was senior wrestler John Snide. Snide went 1-1 on the day. Freshman John Harris was unable to participate due to illness.
The team continues to grow. With an entire team coming back next year, and with an experienced group of 8th grade wrestlers joining the team next year, dual team victories will become more and more common on the Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team, said Weyant.
Next up for the wrestling team is the last home event for
the season on Wednesday. Wrestling starts at 6 p.m. Hapton Charter School, Ma, and Fair Haven (Vt) High Schools will be coming to Bellows Falls to participate in a three-team meet.