Springfield varsity wrestlers wrap up 2017 with solid wins

The wrestling team received the second place trophy at the Hubie Wagner Invitational in Middlebury, Vt. From left to right are: John Stafford Jr., Skylar Wallace, Jayson Webster, Mason Olney, Coach Don Beebe, Coach Floyd Buck Jr., Trent Briere, Matt LaChapelle, Lucas Saunders, and Matt Prosser. In front is Gillian Guy. Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The two-day Hubie Wagner Invitational in Middlebury, Vt. saw multiple wins by our “Green Machine” members. Overall, the team placed second out of a roster of 15 teams from the region, bested only by Granville, N.Y. The coaches are very proud of the entire crew for battling their hardest and earning the beautiful trophy cup.

Senior Mason Olney was undefeated after racking up five wins, two of which came after a shoulder injury toward the end of day one. Olney was unfortunately unable to reach the finals due to his shoulder. Seniors Lucas Saunders, Matt LaChapelle, John Stafford Jr., and Jayson Webster each earned second place in their weight classes: 113, 182, 220, and 285 pounds respectively. Senior Trent Brier wrestled up a weight class to 132 pounds and claimed the third place medal. Senior Matt Prosser took home a respectable fourth place in the 182-lb weight class. Senior Gillian Guy and sophomore Brandon Bennett each claimed a win and sophomore Skylar Wallace continued to put out excellent effort and sportsmanship.

The very next day, the team – with half the kids away for the holiday – headed to Brandon, Vt. for yet another tournament. Mason Olney, not competing due to his shoulder injury, cheered his teammates on. Lucas Saunders claimed another second place medal, while LaChapelle, Webster, and Stafford each earned a respectable third place in their weight classes. Miss Guy notched another win in her record, and Briere’s arm was raised twice. Prosser, Wallace, and freshman Skyler Congdon fought hard and showed excellent effort.

Representatives from Vermont Wrestler were on hand for both events, gathering scores and taking photos to help promote wrestling in the state. To learn about upcoming tournaments, wrestler standings, and more, log on to www.vermontwrestler.com.

Springfield head coach, Don Beebe, is eager to get back in the gym and work on technique and strategy. As the rest of the team returns from the holiday and from injury, “We’ll regroup, refocus, and come back stronger than ever.”

Article submitted by Kelly Stettner.

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