School Wrestling: Mahar downs Frontier in competitive match

  • Frontier’s Payton Sladeski, top, competes against Mahar’s Issa Gilmore in the 106-pound weight class Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Henry Gilmore, top, competes against Mahar’s Tanner Finch in the 152-pound weight class Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Henry Gilmore, left, competes against Mahar’s Tanner Finch in the 152-pound weight class Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Ito McMillan, top, competes against Mahar’s Todd Chiasson in the 160pound weight class Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Gracin Bisceglia, top, competes against Conner Hoffman in the 195-pound weight class Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Ito McMillan, back, competes against Mahar’s Todd Chiasson in the 160pound weight class Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/8/2020 10:39:15 PM
Modified: 1/8/2020 11:15:07 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The final score was not indicative of how competitive the battle for first place in the Suburban League North was on Wednesday night.

Frontier Regional School won five of the eight matches contested against Mahar, but the visiting Senators earned 36 points thanks to six Frontier forfeitures to earn a 46-18 victory. 

Two of Mahar’s top wrestlers, Jon Mahony and Peter Tattan, weren’t able to wrestle due to not having opponents in their weight classes.

“I’m really happy with how we did,” Mahar coach John Speek said. “Technically we lost on the mats. We would have liked to pull it in our favor. We were sad to lose on the seeding points but happy with the match. There were a lot of matches that could have gone either way. At this point in the season, we’re looking to add tough matches that go six minutes. It puts them in solid shape for the finals.”

The opening match at 106 pounds between Mahar’s Issa Gilmore and Frontier’s Payton Sladeski set the tone for the night.

Gilmore controlled the match through the first two rounds, storming out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a five-point second round. 

Sladeski roared back in the third, picking up a quick two points before getting another three midway through the period. The sophomore earned another three points in the final 20 seconds of the match to come away with an 8-7 win, earning him three points for his team.

“I saw he was stalling,” Sladeski said. “He was just tying me up the whole time so I decided to throw him and get back points. I was fighting my way back and trying to get points. I felt like he was tired. I was tired but I felt like I had more energy and I was confident.” 

Mahar’s Henry Gilmore had another stellar night on the mat. The senior went up against Frontier’s Tanner Finch at 152 pounds, going up 4-2 after the first round. 

In the second, Gilmore didn’t allow Finch to get up, scoring three points late to go ahead, 7-2. Gilmore picked up another two in the third round to earn a 9-3 win. 

“It was a tough one,” Gilmore said. “I don’t remember wrestling him before. We were both tired. I couldn’t do anything. It was a great match. I was trying to pin him but he’s really strong. I love those matches.”

Frontier’s Ito McMillan and Mahar’s Todd Chiasson had a battle at 160 pounds. McMillan, who was wrestling up a weight class and giving up size, jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first period, but Chiasson battled back to earn a point in the second and even the score at two going into the final period. 

The last two minutes went back-and-forth, with McMillan clinging to a 4-3 lead late before scoring two points late to earn three points for his team. 

McMillan made sure he didn’t get pinned late, as he tried to escape and keep himself out of harm’s way. 

“If I’m up, I try to get right out and keep it close enough to not put myself in jeopardy to lose the match,” McMillan said. “We can’t have a pin to lose six points.”

Wrestling up a weight class wasn’t easy, as Chiasson used his size to his advantage, but McMillan’s quickness was too much for him to overcome.

“It’s a lot harder,” McMillan said. “They’re a lot stronger than me. He had eight pounds on me. I just trusted my coach. If he has faith in me, I have faith in myself.” 

At 138 pounds, Mahar’s Xander Roberts came away with a 5-0 win over Victor McNutt. In the next match at 145, Frontier’s Jake Mattson pinned Daniel Kidwell at the 1:05 mark of the first round.

KC Mattson picked up another three points for the Red Hawks at 182, earning a 6-0 decision over Mahar’s Anthony Nye. Gracin Bisceglia put four points on the board for the Senators at 195 with a 13-2 decision against Conner Hoffman. In the final match of the night, Frontier’s AJ Mahalak earned a 6-2 win over Brooke Mitchell.

The win puts Mahar in the driver’s seat of the Suburban North, and the team hopes it can continue to pick up wins to capture the league crown.

“It was kind of scary tonight, they have some good kids,” Gilmore said of Frontier. “We do too, though. We’re aiming to win the league and get as many scores and points as we can to do that.” 


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