School Wrestling: FC Tech’s Brunelle shines on Senior Night; Frontier scores team win

  • Frontier’s KC Mattson, top, works to pin Franklin Tech’s Ethan Courchesne in the 182-pound weight class Wednesday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s KC Mattson, back, competes against Franklin Tech’s Ethan Courchesne in the 182-pound weight class Wednesday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Brooks Medeiros, top, competes against Frontier’s Ethan Courchesne in the 195-pound weight class Wednesday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Kyle Brunelle, back, works to pin Frontier’s Victor McNutt while competing in the 138-pound weight class Wednesday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Payton Sladeski, top, works to pin Franklin Tech’s Will Rosenberg while competing in the 106-pound weight class Wednesday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech coach Mike Aiken talks with Brooks Medeiros after his match Wednesday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier head coach Don Gordon, left, talks with KC Mattson after his match Wednesday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/22/2020 10:21:52 PM
Modified: 1/22/2020 10:21:46 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin Tech’s Kyle Brunelle had the Senior Night every kid imagines.

Wrestling against Frontier, Brunelle picked up a pin at 138 pounds over Red Hawk Victor McNutt in his final match in the Eagle gym to earn six points for his squad.

Due to forfeitures, only four matches were wrestled in Wednesday’s meet, with the Eagles winning two and Frontier winning two, all by pinfall. The Red Hawks had less forfeitures which gave them a 48-30 Suburban League North victory.

Not counting forfeitures, the teams were tied 12-12 in matches wrestled.

“We were lucky that the forfeitures fell in our favor,” Frontier coach Don Gordon said.

Brunelle got out to a lightning fast 5-0 start in the first period before picking up two more points late to go into the second period leading 7-0. 

In the second, the senior went on the attack and nabbed the pin 34 seconds into the period.

“It means a lot,” Brunelle said. “It’s the last one for home duals so might as well end on a good one. A lot of adrenaline right now. I was just looking to get points then go for the pin.” 

For Brunelle, it’s frustrating that the numbers didn’t fall in his squad’s favor to get the team win, but he was pleased with his performance. 

“It’s tough when we have low numbers,” Brunelle said. “We have to work with what we got so we just have to go out there and win as many matches as we can as an individual and hope for the best in dual.” 

Brunelle has been a centerpiece for the Tech program during his time there, and the defending Western Mass. champion hopes to keep his season going for as long as possible.

“I’m looking to win the State Vocational tournament again,” Brunelle said. “I want to win Western Mass. again and go on to hopefully win States and place at All-States and keep going.”

At 182 pounds, Frontier’s KC Mattson looked like he had Eagle senior Ethan Courchesne pinned late in the first period.

Mattson had Courchesne at the end of the mat, and was about to get the pin when the buzzer rang to signal the end of the period. 

“I was a little disappointed but the ref talked to us about sportsmanship,” Mattson said. “You have to respect the call. It motivated me. Experience comes into play, too. You can’t let your emotions get the best of you.”

The great thing about wrestling is there’s little time to dwell, as the second period started within seconds of the first.

Mattson jumped out and eventually got the pin 48 seconds into the frame. 

At 195, Franklin Tech’s Brooks Medeiros got up quick on the scoreboard, jumping ahead of Conner Hoffman 9-1 after the first period. 

In the second, he picked up the pin 22 seconds in to earn six points for the Eagles. 

“We wrestled well tonight,” Franklin Tech coach Mike Aiken said. “We were aggressive out there and competed hard.”

The first match of the night went to Frontier’s Payton Sladeski at 106, pinning Will Rosenberg 42 seconds into the second period. 

The Red Hawks won via forfeit at 113, 145, 152, 160, 170 and 285, while the Eagles won by forfeiture at 126, 132 and 220. Neither team had a 120 wrestler.

Athol 48, Granby 29 — Elsewhere, Athol picked up a 48-29 victory over Granby in what was an even match between both SL North teams.

Sawyer Lefsyk got the first win of the night for the Red Raiders with a pin at 120.

Isaac Dodge then got a pin at 138 for Athol, followed by a pin by Caleb Cox at 145. 

Logan Kerwin got the Red Raiders fourth win of the night with a pin at 152. Nate Torres closed out the win with a pin at 285. 

“Team-wise, we were really similar,” Athol coach Brandon Jeffrey said. “We both had young kids but we matched up well. There was good back-and-forth moments. It was a good learning opportunity for both teams.”


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