By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BERLIN – The wrestlers of Bristol Eastern program made a strong second place showing at Berlin’s C.J. McCormack Invitation on Saturday, Dec. 19.
And it was a very tough field in which a squad from Vermont earned the championship in the end.
Mt. Anthony Union of Bennington, Vermont wrapped up 15 pins and had five individual champions to took the championship for the sixth straight year, defeating the Lancers by a 253-158 tally.
Eastern had top finishers in just about every weight class, which included an exhibition 99 pound division.
In the finals of 99, Nick Brandi was the runner-up, falling by pin-fall in 3:45; while at 106 pounds, Jordan Champagne fell to Berlin’s Daniel Veleas by 6-4 decision.
At 120, the Lancers’ Noah Corliss fell in the third place challenge to Windham’s Alejandro Garcia via a 15-4 major decision; while in the 126 pound championship, Justin Marshall was pinned by Union’s Keenan Taylor in 3:46.
Again in another championship bout, Eastern’s Jack Kachidurian fell to Berlin’s Josh Veleas in a 1:58 pin-fall loss; but Josh Wilson (138 pounds) pulled it out for the Lancers in the third place match, getting a pin in 5:33.
In the third place match at 145, Eastern’s Greg Lozier fell by 6-4 decision to Union’s Chris Meyer; and at 152, Anthony Lozier lost the third place showdown to Union’s Chris Meyer in 4:14.
Again in a third place bout, this time at 160 pounds, Mikey Barrett was pinned by Union’s Tyler Burgess in 4:56; but in the fifth place tilt of 170, Ethan Pearson won the match over Berlin’s Nino Marino via a 4-2 decision.
But the big prize of the afternoon was won by Zach Marquis at 182 pounds.
Marquis won the championship in the class as he downed Luke Brenardo of Hand high school in a third period, pin-fall win of 5:35.
Anthony Circosta (195) took a third place, 3-2 decision when he downed Berlin’s Vin Biscoglio; and then in the third place match at 220 pounds, Luis Rivera battled well but dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Union’s Sebastian Rocher.
And then in the heavyweight division, Hidekel Mangual was pinned by Fitch’s Kevin Berardi in the third place match in a pin-fall loss at 3:32 of the bout.
C.J. McCormack Wrestling Invitational
from Berlin High School
Team results: 1. Mt. Anthony Union, Vt., 253, 2. Bristol Eastern 158, 3. Foran-Milford 156, 4. Windham High 145, 5. Nashoba Regional (MA) 110, 6. Fitch-Groton 97½, 7. Hand 90½, 8. Harborfields (NY) 82½, 9. Berlin 67
99 pounds (exhibition): Dylan Ross (Mount Anthony Union) pin Nick Brandi (Bristol Eastern) 3:45; 3. Kyle Davern (Daniel Hand) dec. Justin Klei (Harborfields) 6-0
106: Final — Jarod Kosman (Fitch) dec. Tyson Sauer (Mount Anthony Union) 11-5; 3. Anthony Flores (Windham) pin Nick Carino (Harborfields) 2:49; 5. Daniel Veleas (Berlin) dec. Jordon Champagne (Bristol Eastern) 6-4
120: Final — Calvin Call (Mount Anthony Union) dec. Mark Hartman (Daniel Hand) 6-0; 3. Alejandro Garcia (Windham) dec. Noah Corliss (Bristol Eastern) 15-4; 5. Nathan Basile (Nashoba) pin Will Mauro (Foran) 0:41
126: Final — Keenan Taylor (Mount Anthony Union) pin Justin Marshall (Bristol Eastern) 3:46; 3. Don Mastrioanni (Harborfields) pin Elijah Moretti (Foran) 0:58; 5. Moses Marino (Berlin) win by injury default over Sebastian Stultz (Windham)
132: Final — Josh Veleas (Berlin) pin Jack Kachidurian (Bristol Eastern) 1:58; 3. No third place winner, disqualification; 5. Jubilee Witte (Foran) dec. Gage McLaughlin (Mount Anthony Union) 8-7
138: Final — Tyler Raetz (Mount Anthony Union) dec. Ryan Luth (Foran) 8-6; 3. Josh Wilson (Bristol Eastern) pin Liam Sullivan (Daniel Hand) 5:33; 5. Luis Torres (Windham) pin Shaun Sandt (Fitch) 0:59
145: Final — Lucas Cordio (Nashoba) dec. Michael Ross (Foran) 3-1; 3. Chris Meyer (Mount Anthony Union) dec. Greg Lozier (Bristol Eastern) 6-4; 5. William Hendrick (Daniel Hand) 3-2, Sr. over Dylan Daniels (Berlin) 1-3, So. (Fall 1:37).
152: Final — Ronan Ball (Nashoba) dec. Zak Santoemma (Daniel Hand) 11-3; 3. Austin Condo (Mount Anthony Union) pin Anthony Lozier (Bristol Eastern) 4:14; 5. Ronnie Gaul (Foran) over Chauncy White (Fitch), forfeit
160: Final — Billy Goff (Fitch) dec. James Kilgo (Nashoba) 3-1; 3. Tyler Burgess (Mount Anthony Union) pin Mikey Barrett (Bristol Eastern) 4:56; 5. Sammy Ruiz (Windham) over Iain White (Harborfields) forfeit
170: Final — Alex Perez (Windham) dec. Noah Hubler (Foran) 5-3; 3. Mark Malico (Harborfields) dec. AJ Wright (Mount Anthony Union) 9-2; 5. Ethan Pearson (Bristol Eastern) dec. Nino Marino (Berlin) 4-2
182: Final — Zach Marquis (Bristol Eastern) pin Luke Brenardo (Daniel Hand) 5:35; 3. James Tully (Harborfields) dec. Qasim Khan (Foran) 14-0; 5. Hector Alvarado (Windham) pin Colin Crowley (Mount Anthony Union) 0:50
195: Final — Jake Kennedy (Nashoba) dec. Dakota King (Mount Anthony Union) 6-4; 3. Anthony Circosta (Bristol Eastern) dec. Vin Biscoglio (Berlin) 3-2; 5. Colby Stuart (Foran) dec. Xavier Torres (Windham) 5-3
220: Final — Seiji Arzuaga (Windham) dec. Trent Evans (Fitch) 7-2; 3. Sebastian Rocher (Mount Anthony Union) dec. Luis Rivera (Bristol Eastern) 1-0; 5. Jake Fire (Nashoba) pin Matt Pampuro (Berlin) 0:33
285: Final — Calvin Hayford (Mount Anthony Union) dec. Luke Edmondson (Foran) 3-2; 3. Kevin Berardi (Fitch) pin Hidekel Mangual (Bristol Eastern) 3:32; 5. Nate Oaks (Windham) over Eddie O`Connor (Nashoba) forfeit
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