Wrestling: Michael Baldwin, Nate Austin place third at State Division 3 Tournament; Noah Brink fifth in Division 1

Published: 2/17/2019 9:11:22 PM

Hampshire Regional junior Michael Baldwin won four matches Saturday to place third at 160 pounds at the State Division 3 Wrestling Tournament in Wakefield.

“I fought my way back,” Baldwin said. “I won a couple tough matches against good kids.”

Baldwin opened the day with a pin of Taconic’s Mike Puskey in 4 minutes, 41 seconds. Baldwin then beat Tyreece Cherival, of Hampden Charter, 1-0, and Joao Valdevino, of Wakefield, 7-4, to reach the third-place match.

Valdevino led 2-0 and 4-2 entering the third period. Baldwin closed with an escape, a takedown and a nearfall to win the match.

“He was a tough match,” Baldwin said of Valdevino. “He was beating me the whole time. He tried to take me over but I got him on his back.”

Baldwin closed with a 4-1 win over Mike German, of Wayland, to advance to all-states. The two-day All-State Tournament, which takes the top-six wrestlers from each divisional tournament, starts Friday at St. John’s Prep in Danvers.

“I worked hard for this all year,” Baldwin said. “Just have to keep this momentum going into next week.”

Hampshire had five wrestlers reach Day 2 of the tournament but only Baldwin won a match.

Kobe Clifford (182) fell in 3:59 to Josh Stevens, of Triton. Alex Willard (106) was pinned by Lisandro Martinez, of Hampden Charter in 1:43. Angus KaneLong (285) was pinned in 5:00 by William McNeil, of Foxborough. Mason Willard (170) fell in 1:38 to Holliston’s Dave Harding.

Nate Austin (195) placed third and Ito McMillan (152) was eighth for Frontier Regional.

Austin recorded three pins among his four victories. He dropped Jack Long, of Hanover/Norwell, in 5:06. Austin beat Jon Rolfe, of Triton, 12-2, then closed with pins of Derek DiMascio, of Wakefield, in 2:21 and Derek Roldan, of Duggan Academy, in 1:40 to place third and advance to all-states.

“(Friday) I wasn’t wrestling my best,” Austin said. “Today, I showed up ready to wrestle.”

McMillan went 1-2 with a forfeit win. He lost to Chase Anestis, of Bedford/Acton-Boxborough, in 3:44 and fell 11-6 to Korey Scheffen, of Pentucket, in the seventh-place match.

Frontier’s Ovidiu Nichita (113) was pinned by Jorge Maldonado, of Marblehead/Swampscott, and teammate Jackie Phong (285) was pinned by Sean Harding, of Ashland, in 1:17.

South Hadley’s Alex Schenker (152) was pinned by Scheffen in 2:55.

Joe Podolak, of South Hadley, placed seventh at 132 with a pin of Aidan Armstrong, of Wakefield, in 4:56. Podolak pinned Logan Dubois, of Southwick, in 1:35, then lost 5-0 to Norton’s Tyler Elliott.

James Buddluph, of Smith Vocational, placed eighth with a 10-3 win over Keefe Tech’s Jaydon Francy-Weber at 182. Buddluph beat Joe Donoghue, of Cohasset, 2-0, then was pinned by Stevens in 3:10.

Granby’s Emmett Seibert (106) fell in 48 seconds to Shayne Galvin, of Cohasset.

Taconic won the team championship with 113 points. Defending champ Dedham was second with 111.

Division 1

Noah Brink, of Northampton, went 3-1 on Day 2 to place fifth at 145 pounds, Saturday in Methuen, and advance to all-states.

The senior edged Eric Bergeron, of West Springfield, 10-9, then beat Calvin Paiva, of Braintree, 9-5.

Brink fell 6-2 to Mansfield’s Will Stratton, but recovered and beat Walker Pedro, of Brockton, 8-4, in the fifth-place match.

Springfield Central breezed to a title with 199.5 points. Mansfield was second with 113.


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