Tiger wrestlers place sixth in Granville
GRANVILLE, N.Y. — The Middlebury Union High School wrestling team was the top local squad at Saturday’s invitational tournament in Granville, N.Y., as five Tigers earned podium finishes and MUHS, with 80 points, placed sixth out of 14 teams.
Otter Valley wrestlers tied for 10th place in the Coach Ken Harrison Memorial Tournament with 49 points, and Vergennes claimed 13th with 34 points.
Each of the three local schools had a wrestler finish second.
Freshman Avery Carl led the way for MUHS by taking second at 132 pounds. Carl won his first two matches by pin and a technical fall before losing in the final, 6-1, to CVU’s Tanner Poquette. Carl improved his record to 4-1.
Senior Calvin Kennett wrestled at 172 and took third with a 3-1 record that included three pins.
Freshman Alex Sperry took third at 118 with a 3-1 record. He earned third place by upsetting the No. 3 seed from host Granville.
Senior Tucker Kennett at 160 and sophomore Owen Larrow at 172 both placed fourth with 2-2 records.
Sophomore Chris White at 160 didn’t place, but scored a win by pin and important team points, according to Coach Ethan Raymond.
Two Vergennes wrestlers made the podium. Taylor Stearns earned second place at 152, losing, 4-1, to a Mechanicville-Stillwater wrestler in the championship match. At 126, Commodore Eli Brace was third, blanking a CVU wrestler, 7-0, in the consolation final.
For Otter Valley, Simon Martin was the top finisher, earning second place at 215. He was pinned in the final.
Two Otters claimed fourth place; Jackson Marks at 110 and Austin Cormany at 138 were both pinned in the consolation final.
Other Otters wrestling at the meet were Kingston Cotter at 126, Ben Marks at 145, Malachi Sheldrick at 152 and Tucker Babcock at 160.
Tiger wrestling had opened on Dec. 14 by splitting a pair of dual matches hosted by Mount Mansfield.
The host Cougars edged the Tigers, 39-34. Winning for MUHS in contested matches were Carl at 132 and Sperry at 120, both by decision, and Liam Wagner at 220 by a third-period pin.
The Tigers defeated Mount Abe 27-12. In contested matches at 120, Eagle Devin Hemingway pinned Sperry; at 138, Carl edged Matt Conant, 3-1; and at 152, Eagle Lucas Grover pinned junior Milo Gordon.
Mount Abe started fast then held off a Middlebury surge in Friday night’s game.
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