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Coach: Darren Burkey, seventh year
Last year’s record: 2-19
Last tournament appearance: 17th in 2012 WMass Division 3 Tournament
Returning athletes: Seniors — Jake Cote (138), Troy Doming (120), Charlie Merrick (145), Nick Fisher (160); Sophomores — Matt Delude (106), Daytona Barrows (195)
Newcomers: Seniors — Dwight Gregiore (220), Jacob Suarez (126); Sophomore — Kyle Fuller (182); Freshmen — Casey Beaudry (132), Denis Cameron (152), Caleb Holmes (160)
Outlook: Despite a second to last place finish in the D3 tournament last year, the future appears bright for Belchertown. Cote, who went 18-7 last season, returns as the catalyst of the squad. Aiding Cote will be Doming, a seasoned veteran who finished 22-11 last year. Burkey thinks newcomers Holmes and Beaudry, a transfer from Granby, are prepared to contribute immediately.
Coach: Kyle Seetal, first year
Last year’s record: 10-9
Last tournament appearance: 12th in 2012 WMass Division 3 tournament
Returning athletes: Seniors — Chris Toomey (195); Juniors — Jake Arnold (138), Ryan Chapdelaine (195), Kirby Compton-Burch (145), Jeff Tikos (152); Sophomores — Ben McGranaghan (106), Andrew Lankarge (132); Freshman — Christian Chapdelaine (138); Eighth-graders — Ewen Bennett, Jordan McDonough, Mikael Mattson (195), Mike Rogers (125)
Newcomers: Sophomores — Saul Soto (160), Gavin Hamill (125), Olivia Baronas (135); Eighth-grader — Matt Manhein (120); Seventh-graders — Patrick McGranaghan (113), Connor Pettis (106) Spencer Pelega (113)
Outlook: Seetal takes over for 36-year coach Don Gordon, who will serve as Seetal’s assistant and mentor. The task won’t be easy as the first-year coach takes over a team that lost six seniors. Toomey, Tikos and McGranaghan, who finished third in the 106-pound class at the WMass tournament, are experienced wrestlers that Seetal will count on. Newcomers Baronas and Patrick McGranaghan could also step up for the Red Hawks.
Coach: Nick Langone, seventh year
Last year’s record: 2-12-1
Last tournament appearance: 15th in 2012 WMass Division 3 tournament
Returning athletes: Seniors — Justin Seney (120), Sam Rexer (170), Andrew Goskowicz (152); Juniors — Brandon Noe (140), Kyle Bessette (152); Sophomore — Christian Tweed (285); Freshmen — Kenny Bourdon (145), Mike Scuderi (106), Joe Bean (112), Gus Kopasz (120), Garrett Margariates (112)
Newcomers: Eighth-grader — Joe Jones (120), Freshman — Killian Dubourq (152)
Outlook: The Gators were forced to concede several weight classes last year due to a lack of wrestlers. This year could be different, as Langone brings back his entire team, including Seney, who took third at WMass at 120 pounds, and co-captain Goskowicz, who finished fifth at WMass at 160. Langone expects big things from co-captain Rexer (15-4 last season), and Scuderi, who fell one spot shy of placing at WMass at 106 as an eighth-grader.
Coach: Joe Denette, eighth year
Last year’s record: 15-6-1
Last tournament appearance: Ninth in 2012 WMass Division 3 tournament
Returning athletes: Seniors — James Cupak (182), Charlie Humphrey (160), Ben Rideout (152); Juniors — Chad Coderre (220), Shane O’Connor (138), Dao Phuthavongsa (285), Kayden Hatch (132), Ben Roux (152); Sophomores — Nick Sousa (285), Hunter St. Georges (152), Kaliph Thompson (132); Freshmen — Nolan Hodgins (170), Austin Buzzard (132), Tyler Dudek (145), Colin Mick (120), Nick Roberts (145), Jack Sarnacki (145), Victor Magalhaes (113); Eighth-grader — Clayton Yarneski (126)
Newcomers: Freshmen — Kyle Gilbert (195), Nick Albers (138), Dameon Elsnor-Janosz (106); Seventh-grader — Phil Roberts (145)
Outlook: The Rams bring back three wrestlers who finished in the Top 6 of the WMass tournament last year, including Cupak, who takes aim at 100 wins this season. O’Connor and Coderre are solid wresters for Granby.
Coach: Todd Bryant, eighth year
Last year’s record: 14-1
Last tournament appearance: Second in 2012 WMass Division 3 tournament
Returning athletes: Senior — Frankie Weir (170); Junior — John Lachowicz (220); Sophomores — Jeremy Kaulback (182), Brendan Weir (120); Freshmen — Brandon Weyant (152), Cody Lamere (145), Nick Hoskin (113), Calvin Laplante (138), Seamus Little (160), Josh Ruer (160), Ryan O’Hare (182), David Labrie (160), Nick O’Hare (145), Connor Silvernail (182); Eighth-graders — Cody Hanlon (106), Lucas Gray (106), Alysha Perrier (106)
Newcomers: Junior — Ashley Bishop (106); Freshman — Matt Carrier (220); Seventh-graders — DJ Willard (106), Mason Lollis-Taylor (132), Julian McMahon (106), Lauren Hunter (113)
Outlook: The departure of five senior starters will make it difficult for the Raiders to repeat last year’s success, but Hampshire brings back the Weir brothers, Lachowicz and Hoskin. Brendan Weir claimed the D3 state championship at 106 pounds. Frankie Weir finished third in both the WMass and state tournaments, while Lachowicz and Hoskin each finished second.
Coach: Brian Bagdon, eighth year
League: Valley Wheel
Last year’s record: 8-14
Last tournament appearance: 11th in 2012 WMass Division 1 tournament
Returning athletes: Seniors — Ben Cheung (106), Harrison Tremaine (220), Michael Rodriguez (126), Kyle Cote-Houghton (145), Jose Gonzalez (170), Alexander Smith-Bove (182); Juniors — Dustin Ackerman (113), Jennah Brennan (126), John Grimaldi (195), Drew Scheinost (145); Sophomores — Nick Day (285), Nye Winston-Corradino (160)
Newcomers: Sophomores — Andrew Dill-Tracy (138), Mark Grabiec (170), Miles Johnson (182), Ben O’Conner (182), Aiden O’Donoghue (182), Fernando Perez (152), Steven Joyce (170); Freshmen — Cade Holden (120), Yann Konan (126), Dorian Kos (120), Kyle O’Connell (106)
Outlook: After the loss of just two seniors and a roster bolstered by 10 returning upperclassmen, Northampton could have an impact this season. The loss of Brent Graham hurts for the Blue Devils, but Tremaine, who was fifth at 285 pounds at the WMass D1 tournament, and Rodriguez, who was sixth at 120, lead a veteran team ready to compete for a D1 title.
Coach: Kevin McNeil, fifth year
Last year’s record: 7-10
Last tournament appearance: Sixth in 2012 WMass D3 tournament
Returning athletes: Seniors — Travis Warren (113), Max Dowd (285); Juniors — Bobby O’Connell (132), Chris Rojas (120), Riley Baker (220)
Newcomers: Junior — David Beyer (220); Freshman — Jack Greeney (106)
Outlook: The Tigers aren’t nearly as deep as last year’s team, which finished sixth in WMass, however, what they lack in numbers, they make up in quality. Rojas and O’Connell return after strong seasons to anchor the squad. Rojas finished second at WMass at 120, then placed fifth in states. O’Connell took second at 132 at WMass. South Hadley also welcomes back a healthy Warren, who did not wrestle last postseason due to sickness.