2017-02-15 / Front Page

Wrestlers do well in home tournament

Peter Berlenbach during his match against a Vergennes wrestler. — COURTESY PHOTOPeter Berlenbach during his match against a Vergennes wrestler. — COURTESY PHOTOSPRINGFIELD — Grit. Determination. Resilience. These are all qualities that will get one through life, and they are embodied in the kids on the Springfield Wrestling Team. Boys and girls in grades K-12 have been training hard and traveling to tournaments around the tri-state area to test their mettle against the best of New England, and it’s paying off.

The big home tournament last Saturday was host to more than 100 Junior High and Junior Varsity wrestlers from Vermont and New Hampshire. Lots of excellent, nail-biting matches were to be seen all day.

Coming in third place were Springfield wrestlers Skyler Congdon, Skylar Wallace, Gillian Guy, and Mo Stettner. Second place winners were Mason Olney, Matt Prosser, Brandon Bennett, and Trent Lewis-Briere. Landing first place were Tim Bapp-Cederholm and Josh Sharron, newcomer to the ‘green team’ from Newport, New Hampshire.

Also, this past weekend, 170-pound junior Matt LaChapelle went 4-0 and brought home the title of CHAMP from the Jason Lowell varsity tournament at Mt. Mansfield. First-year wrestler Garrett Brickey, a feisty second-grade wrestler with the team, grappled his way to the gold in the Queen City Classic tournament in Manchester, New Hampshire. Way to go, Cosmo wrestlers!

Many thanks to all the team’s supporters this year, with a special shout-out to the following: IVEK Corporation, Outnumbered Grill on Wheels (formerly the Silver Bullet Food Cart), Springfield Parks & Recreation Department, JH Dunning, Suburban Propane and the Paige Graham Memorial Fund.

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