Weir brothers, John Lachowicz earn wrestling titles for Hampshire Regional
GREAT BARRINGTON — From this point on, no more unnecessary risks for Brendan Weir.
The Hampshire Regional sophomore wrestler felt he took some chances in this weekend’s Western Massachusetts Division 3 meet at Monument Mountain.
They paid off, as he was one of three Raiders — and two members of his family — to earn an individual sectional championship.
He doesn’t think he’ll take those same chances, though, in Tuesday’s state divisional meet.
“It worked out, but going to states (against) better kids, I want to keep it more to the fundamentals,” Weir said Saturday.
Weir, brother Frankie and teammate John Lachowicz earned Western Mass. titles Saturday night. Brendan Weir, at 120 pounds, earned a pair of wins by decision to claim his championship.
He outpointed Franklin Tech’s Josh Lacosse 6-1 in the title match. Frankie, a senior at 170, earned his 150th career win in the semifinals before out-pointing Athol’s Tom LaRose 4-1 in the title match. He’s now 38-2 heading into the state meet at Wakefield.
“I wanted this title senior year, definitely,” Frankie Weir said after his championship match. “I always found a way to mess up. This year, I came through.”
Of the three, Lachowicz had the most work to do to become a champion.
He pinned Monument’s Jonah Christianson in 1 minute, 51 seconds in the semifinals, but needed three overtime periods to beat Athol’s Christian Currier 9-5 for the 220-pound championship.
Lachowicz earned the four critical points in the first of two 30-second overtime periods after the initial 1 minute of extra time.
He and the Weirs have very little time to recover, though, before the state meet begins Tuesday.
The schedule was shifted by the MIAA in order to allow the state’s best in all classes to compete in next weekend’s New England championship meet.
“It’s a little different,” Brendan Weir said. “You’ve got to get prepared a little different, but I’m excited because I want to go to New Englands. Now is the only chance I have.”
Also earning top-five finishes for the Raiders were Jacob Gray (fourth at 145), Matt Career (fourth at 285), Brandon Weyant (fifth at 152) and Nick Hoskin (fifth at 113).
Meanwhile, South Hadley had a pair of champions, as Bobby O’Connell (138 pounds) and Chris Rojas (126) both finished at the top of their respective weight classes.
“They’re both great wrestlers,” said Tigers coach Kevin McNeil. “They’ve had great years.”
O’Connell has only one loss on the season for South Hadley.
“He had the mentality that the match was his,” said McNeil of the championship bout against Shane O’Connor of Granby.
South Hadley’s Travis Warren (113) and Riley Baker (285) each earned third-place finishes.
O’Connor took second at 138 for Granby, while teammates Nolan Hodgins (170) and Chad Coderre (220) each took fifth.
Gateway had three wrestlers finish third in Joe Jones (106), Andrew Goskowicz (160) and Sam Rexer (170).
Chris Toomey scored a third place finish (195) for Frontier, while fellow Red Hawk Ben McGranaghan was fourth at 106.
Belchertown’s Troy Doming (120) and Daytona Barrows (182) each earned fifth for the Orioles.
Harrison Tremaine led the Northampton High School wrestling team with a second-place finish at the WMass Division 1 tournament Saturday at Central.
Tremaine lost a 3-1 decision to Central’s Kamron Anderson in 220-pound final.
The Blue Devils finished 11th out of 13 teams.
Kyle Cote-Houghton (145), Drew Scheinost (152) and John Grimaldi (195) each took fifth for the Blue Devils.