Hampshire Regional senior Michael Baldwin captures first state Division 3 wrestling title

  • Michael Baldwin, right, of Hampshire Regional, wrestles Spencer Fetrow, of Holliston, in the 182-pound final at the State Division 3 Tournament, Saturday at Wayland High School. GEOFF SMITH/BERKSHIRE EAGLE

  • Michael Baldwin, right, of Hampshire Regional, wrestles Spencer Fetrow, of Holliston, in the 182-pound final at the State Division 3 Tournament, Saturday at Wayland High School. GEOFF SMITH/BERKSHIRE EAGLE

  • Michael Baldwin, right, of Hampshire Regional, celebrates his 7-1 decision over Spencer Fetrow, of Holliston, in the 182-pound final at the State Division 3 Tournament, Saturday at Wayland High School. GEOFF SMITH/BERKSHIRE EAGLE

  • Michael Baldwin, left, of Hampshire Regional, celebrates his 7-1 decision over Spencer Fetrow, of Holliston, in the 182-pound final at the State Division 3 Tournament, Saturday at Wayland High School. GEOFF SMITH/BERKSHIRE EAGLE

Staff Writer
Published: 2/22/2020 9:13:43 PM

WAYLAND — Michael Baldwin wasn’t just wrestling for himself at the State Division 3 Championships at Wayland High School on Saturday.

Whether he was wrestling for himself or his traveling support team, they all got to celebrate.

The Hampshire Regional senior captured his first state championship, beating Holliston High School’s Spencer Fetrow by a 7-1 decision in the 182-pound final.

Fetrow was the top seed in the bracket and had a 41-2 season record going into the finals.

“Best feeling I’ve ever felt,” Baldwin said. “It feels amazing for all the people who came here to watch me, all the coaches that have helped me out. It feels just as good for me to do it for them. The time they put in to help me and drive out here and watch me.”

Surrounded by his coaches, family and friends, Baldwin momentarily turned his focus to his next goal of performing well enough at next week’s All-State Tournament to qualify for New England’s.

“I’ve never made it to New England’s,” Baldwin said. “It’s always been a goal of mine. I am just hoping to place (at All-States) and just see what I can do from there.”

Any accolade after the state Division 3 championship is an extra bonus for Baldwin, who has a 44-2 record heading into the All-State tournament.

“This was the ultimate goal,” Baldwin said of his D3 title. “I am definitely going to work on my offense as much as possible. Just going to go back to the grindstone this week and see what happens.”

Baldwin opened the tournament Friday with a pin in 1 minute, 58 seconds of Sean Gallagher, of Foxboro.

Baldwin continued into the quarterfinals with a win pin (2:37) of No. 10 Cole Patrick. On Saturday, Baldwin advanced through the semifinals with a 7-0 decision over third-seeded Jeremy Driscoll, of South Shore Tech.

That set up the match with Fetrow. Baldwin kept Fetrow at a distance and scored the match’s first points in the second period.

“My game plan was to feel him out the first period,” Baldwin said. “Just work my stuff. I’ve always been a really defensive wrestler. I just was trying to play off his mistakes.”

Down on points late in the match, Fetrow began lunging relentlessly at Baldwin to get a take down. Fetrow could not get a hold of Baldwin, who secured the victory with surgical defense.

“It took everything to stop that,” Baldwin said. “He’s a super strong kid. If he gets a piece of anything he’s a danger to score.”

Mason Willard, Baldwin’s teammate, picked up a fourth-place finish at 170 pounds. Willard was pinned (3:28) in the third-place match by Mark Thomas, of Tyngsborough.

Smith Vocational’s Joe Podolak finished eighth at 138 pounds for the Vikings.

Frontiers Regional’s Payton Sladeski took eighth at 106 pounds for the Red Hawks.


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