LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
LOWELL, Mass. -- Five Mount Anthony Union High School wrestlers reached the finals and three won championships as the Patriots topped the 48th annual Lowell Holiday tournament.
It was MAU’s fourth straight tournament title at the event.
Champions were Troy Gassaway at 120 pounds, Austin Price at 182 and Jesse Webb at 285, all of whom went 5-0 during the two-day affair.
Mount Anthony scored 248 team points to outdistance Timberlane (N.H.)’s 183 and Springfield Central’s (Mass.) 180. Exeter West (RI) and Londonderry, N.H., were fourth and fifth.
Gassaway, who pinned four of his five opponents, earned the Outstanding Wrestler award in the lower weights. He beat Nick Derosa of Billerica, Mass. in the final and Timberlane’s Tyler Fitzpatrick -- the Lowell champ at 106 last season -- in the semifinal.
"The difference this year with Troy is that he keeps attacking and scoring points," said Mount Anthony coach Scott Legacy. "He’s never just hanging on, he continues to keep the pressure on."
Price won his first two matches by fall, then grinded out three decision victories, the final a 4-1 win over Nico Dionisotti of Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.)
At the same time, he scored his 100th career win during Sunday’s action.
"Austin wrestled extremely well from all three positions, up, down and neutral," Legacy said. "He wrestled some great athletes and came out on top."
Webb was efficient in his championship run, allowing only two points in his five matches -- both escapes. In the final, Webb met Springfield Central’s Kamron Anderson. After a scoreless first period, Webb escaped from the bottom for the only point of the match.
"Jesse had a kid that wouldn’t wrestle him," Legacy said.
Dylan LaFountain (132 pounds) and Tyler Mattison (195) each finished second. LaFountain fell to Londonderry’s Jean-Luc Lemieux 5-0, while Mattison was pinned by Nashua North’s Joe Chimelski. To reach the final, Mattison survived an overtime battle, scoring a fall in the extra session.
"Tyler Mattison had a great tournament all the way through, but had a speed bump in the final," Legacy said.
Other placers in the top eight were Jack Luciano (4-2) in fifth, Calvin Call (5-2) in seventh at 106 pounds and Tyler Raetz (4-2) seventh at 113.
Taber Watson (126), Bailey Willard (138), Darren Ruiz-Sauer (145), Noble Shaler (152) and Damon Young (170) each had three wins, while Jacob Woodside had two.
All 14 wrestlers won at least two matches, earning points toward the team score.
"It was a total team effort," Legacy said. "Taber Watson is stepping up, Noble Shaler too, and Darren Ruiz-Sauer."
The grind of the two-day tournament is a good prep for the end of the season.
"It’s a hard tournament to win and it sets you up for New Englands," Legacy said.
Cambridge girls win second-straight game
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Make it two wins in two games for the Cambridge Central School basketball team.
After defeating non-league opponent Duanesburg 45-40, the Indians followed up by dropping another non-league foe, Salem, 50-15 on Monday night at home.
Sarah Cuddihy was once again in the center of the action, dropping 18 points in the win to pace the Indians. Eighth-grader Helen Mooney chipped in with 13 points, and six other Indians found the basket as the team rolled.
For the Generals, Kaitlyn Curtis led the team with seven points.
The Indians started strong in the first, taking a 16-3 lead into the first break. In the second quarter, Cambridge blanked Salem, winning the quarter 12-0.
Cambridge moves to 3-4, 1-4 in the Wasaren League, with the win. Salem falls to 0-4.
The three victories equals the team’s wins from last season.
Cambridge will look to keep the winning streak alive as the girls host Berlin on Friday.
Cambridge boys fall
MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. -- Mechanicville raced out to a 25-2 lead on Monday to walk away 65-31 winners over Cambridge Central School in boys basketball action.
The Red Raiders had 10 players find a way into the scorebook, with Nico Dumas leading the way with 10 points while Chris Dunn added nine and Mike Cannizzo and Nick Vermilyea each had eight.
Cambridge was led by Caleb Rowland, who scored a game-high 13 points. Ryan Jeskie chipped in with eight and Brendan Ricketts had five.
Cambridge falls to 0-5 with the loss.