Commodore, MUHS wrestlers open strong

SARANAC, N.Y. — The Vergennes and Middlebury union high school wrestling teams fared well at the Saranac Early Bird Tournament this past Saturday, taking fourth and fifth places, respectively.
One Commodore, sophomore Brandon Cousino at 170 pounds, and one Tiger, 195-pound junior Nick Beauchamp, won their weight classes.
Six of the seven Commodores who competed earned third place or better. Anthony Smith took second; and Trevon Smith, Ethan Reardon, Jeb Hodsden and Ryan Paquin all came home with third-place finishes. Luke Stinchfield also wrestled for VUHS on Saturday. Weight classes were unavailable. In all, according to Coach Nate Kittredge, VUHS wrestlers compiled a 19-8 record with 17 pins. 
For MUHS Beauchamp pinned all four of his opponents — in times ranging from 0:08 to 2:31 — to earn his title.
Three Tigers took third-place finishes: Nate Gebo at 113 pounds, Chris Gobbi at 220 and Wyatt Laberge at 285.
Gebo compiled a 3-2 record with one pin and a 17-1 technical fall. Laberge went 2-1, with victories by pin coming in 32 and 20 seconds. Gobbi went 1-2, and earned a win by pin in 24 seconds.
Coach Ethan Raymond noted that every Tiger wrestler won at least one match.
James Whitley at 145, Ben Murray at 120 and Dustin Davio at 132 each went 2-2, while Kyle Desabrais compiled a 2-4 record at 138.
Winning one match apiece were Joe Langevin at 285, Dave Many at 138, Julia Baslow at 120 and Robert Pike at 145.
The wins by Murray, Davio, Many, Baslow and Pike, all freshmen, were the first of their varsity careers. 

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