JERICHO -- The Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team traveled to Mt. Mansfield to participate in the annual Jason Lowell Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday. The team placed third out of fifteen teams that attended.
Northern Adirondack, N.Y. High School won the tournament, followed by Mt. Mansfield, who took second.
It was the first varsity tournament top-three placement that BF-Hartford coach Claude Weyant has received in his 17 years of coaching.
Sophmore Austin Viens improved his season record to 31-6, and was crowned champion at the 113 pound weight class. After receiving a first round bye, Viens defeated his opponent from Spaulding.
Viens then faced Bryce Bernandine from Mt. Mansfield in the championship match. Viens was able to win the match 8-3, which gave him the no. 3 position in the unofficial state rankings as Bernandine was ranked above him. It was a big win for Viens.
Sophmore Steve Cerrone improved his season to 24-5 and won his first high school tournament championship at the 132 pound weight class. Steve went as far as taking second place in Vermont last year, but has never been crowned champ. After defeating his opponents from Mill River and White Mountain, he faced Dylan Hempstead from Milton. Hempstead was ranked second in Vermont, with Cerrone in the third position.
This win puts Cerrone in the
no. 2 spot in the unofficial state rankings. Cerrone won his championship match 5-4.
Junior captain Nolan Viens improved his season record to 36-1 and was crowned a tournament champion for the sixth time of the season at the 145 pound weight class. After defeating wrestlers from Mill River and Northern Adirondack high schools, he faced Brendon Gireaux from Mt. Mansfield in the championship match. Viens was able to win by pinning Gireaux in the second period.
Viens is currently the top-ranked wrestler in Vermont and is ranked no. 6 in New England.
Sophmore Kyle Record improved his season record to 35-7, and placed third at the 152 pound weight class, defeating an opponent from Mill River. He then was defeated by an opponent from Northern Adirondack. Kyle then defeated his next opponent from Mt Mansfield. He then faced Issak Young, from Mill River, for a second time, in the finals for third place by pinning Young in the second period.
Patrick Libuda wrestled at the 138 pound weight class. After winning his first match, he reinjured his shoulder in his second match causing him to not be able to continue at the tournament.
Libuda is currently ranked in the top four in the unofficial state rankings and will be an important participant for the team in upcoming events.
The team finishes up its regular season schedule this week by traveling to MAU on Saturday for a 9:30 a.m. meet.