SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The junior high and high school wrestling season is well underway, and the Springfield team is hitting the mats hard. Participants include seniors Brandon Bennett and Skylar Wallace; juniors Dominic Bates and Donavin Sprano, who started off strong but had a knee injury end his season; sophomores Bryan Stafford, Logan Webster, and Tim Amsden; and freshmen Cole Wright, Trenton Rumrill, and David Rigney. Junior high participants are Hunter Ferland, Armando Stettner, Marshall Simpson, Noah Markwell, Dillan Lacasse, and John Jasinski.
Wrestlers have already competed around the state, most recently at Otter Valley High School in Brandon. Skylar Wallace, competing at 285 pounds, battled to third place, and both Brandon Bennett, 195 pounds, and Bryan Stafford, 220 pounds, each secured a second place spot on the podium. Several Springfield wrestlers had their arms raised in victory at Otter Valley.
The green grapplers continued to impress Jan. 11 at the Mount Abraham tournament. The junior high team made a strong showing, battling several large New York teams as well as Vermont teams. Dillan Lacasse, John Jasinski, and Hunter Ferland each pulled out strong second place spots on the podium, and Noah Markwell nailed a third place medal. For the junior varsity team, freshman Trenton Rumrill placing third and first-year wrestler Logan Webster secured fourth place in his bracket. Both wrestlers put out super efforts and “left it all on the mat,” says team manager Angela Ferland.
The varsity team brought their A-game to Mount Anthony in Bennington. Bryan Stafford, Cole Wright, and Tim Amsden showed great improvement, impressing head coach Don Beebe with their progress. Skylar Wallace and David Rigney each battled their way to fourth place, and senior Brandon Bennett led the day with a hard-won first-place medal.
To learn more about the team, contact SpringfieldVTWrestling@gmail.com.