WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Diego Cruz and Tyler Candelari won individual titles Saturday to lead the Mount Everett wrestling team to a second-place finish in the 30th Mountie Invitational at Mount Greylock Regional School.
Cruz earned a first-period pin over Pathfinder’s Taran Prak in the championship bout at 106 pounds, capping a four-pin day.
Candelari stopped Gateway’s Lucas Gilbert at 2 minutes, 10 seconds of their 126-pound final. Candelari picked up three pins in his three matches.
The Eagles finished just five points behind team champion Chicopee Comprehensive, which did not win an individual title but put four wrestlers in championship bouts.
Mount Everett’s Connor Lupiani (113) and Omar Cruz (138) each reached the finals but lost on points.
The host Mounties placed third out of 20 teams, six points behind Mount Everett.
Mount Greylock’s lone finalist was Aiden MacPherson, who used a pair of pins to reach the final at 160 before he was stopped in the first round by Taconic’s Noah Poirier.
Two Mounties placed third on their home mats.
At 220, Jayquan Vazquez pinned New Lebanon-Berlin’s Nicholas Mosher 1:43 into their final.
Mount Greylock heavyweight Hunter Marceau went 2-1 on the day before his opponent in third-place bout took an injury forfeit.
In addition to Poirier, Taconic got a title from Jake Hall at 182. He stopped Chicopee Comp’s Dimonie Bermudez just 27 seconds into their final.
The Thunder, with a couple of its mainstays sitting out the tournament, placed ninth.
Photos from this event to come.
Team standings: 1. Chicopee Comp, 139 points; 2. Mount Everett, 134; 3. Mount Greylock, 128; 4. East Longmeadow, 113; 4. Southwick, 113; 6. Athol, 108.5; 7.Westfield, 101; 8. Duggan, 95.5; 9. Taconic, 95; 10. Chariho, 88; 10. Pathfinder, 88; 12. Granby, 83; 13. Mohawk Trail, 74; 14. Hampshire Regional, 64.5; 15. Frontier, 58; 15. Springfield International Charter, 58; 17. South Hadley, 54; 18. Northampton, 48.5; 19. Gateway, 35; 20 New Lebanon-Berlin, 22.
106: Diego Cruz, ME, pinned Taran Prack, Pathfinder, 1:49.
113: Noah Dinuci, Chariho, dec. Connor Lupiani, Mount Everett, 8-1.
120: Matthew Ferrero, EL pinned Logan Luis, SH, 5:19.
126: Tyler Candelari, ME, pinned Lucas Gilbert, Gateway, 2:10.
132: Ariel Escalante, Duggan, pinned Matthew Beach, CC, 4:55.
138: William Burke, Pathfinder, dec. Omar Cruz, ME, 13-7.
145: Jeremiah Cruz, Duggan, pinned Adin Clifford, Hampshire, 3:41.
152: Daniel Magiera, EL, pinned Jeremy Beach, CC, 2:57.
160: Noah Poirier, T, pinned Aiden MacPherson, MG, :48.
170: Conner Hoffman, Frontier, pinned Riley Reed, Athol, 2:57.
182: Jake Hall, T, pinned Dimonie Bermudez, CC, :27.
195: Jake Mattson, Frontier, pinned Junior Ramsey, Granby, 5:43.
220: William VanVleet, Mohawk Trail, dec. Parisse Williams, CC, 10-8.
285: Quane Randall, Northampton, wbf, Natanael Torres, Athol.
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