Local wrestlers place at Essex tournament

ESSEX — Wrestlers from Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes union high schools all posted top-six finishes at this past Saturday’s Michael J. Baker Classic tournament, hosted by Essex High School.

Tiger wrestler Avery Carl at 132 pounds and Eagle wrestler Wyatt Allenson at 195 earned the best results, each finishing second in their weight classes.

Carl won by decision and pin before coming up short by a point in the final to Essex wrestler Anthony Matas, 3-2.

Allenson pinned his first two opponents before Kameron Cyr of Essex pinned him in his final.

One wrestler from each area school earned a third-place finish: Tiger Alex Sperry at 113 with a 3-1 record, Eagle Devan Hemingway at 126 with a 4-1 record, Otter Dom Davis at 190 (4-1), and Commodore Jamison Couture at 220 (3-1).

Submitting fourth-place efforts were OV’s Sam Martin at 220 (2-2) and Nick Sheldrick from MUHS at 285 (2-2).

Commodore Eli Brace was fifth at 126 (4-2), as were Tiger Calvin Kennett at 170 (4-2) and Otter Derek Li at 285 (2-2).

Eagle Matt Conant went 3-3 and finished sixth at 138, and Tiger Liam Wagner went 1-3 and was sixth at 195.

Spaulding (195 points) came in first in a field of 21 teams, followed by Essex (174) and Plymouth, N.H. (140.5).

The Tigers finished highest among the local teams, taking ninth with 73 points. Mount Abe (56), Otter Valley (53) and VUHS (51) were grouped tightly, finishing 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

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