Mahar wrestling progressing following win over Smith Vocational

  • Delaney Parker, of Mahar, takes it to the rim against Palmer, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Tori Tenney of Mahar scores at the rim against Palmer, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Peter Tattan (right) of Mahar wrestles against Smith Voke, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Micalyn Mailloux of Mahar shoots near the rim against Palmer, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Henry Ndayisaba, top, of Mahar, wrestles against Smith Vocational, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Henry Ndayisaba of Mahar wrestles against Smith Voke, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Daniel Kidwell, top, of Mahar wrestles against Smith Voke, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Courtney Page of Mahar shoots against Palmer, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2019 10:54:48 PM

ORANGE — The Mahar wrestling team had some moments it could learn from in a 54-30 win over Smith Vocational, Wednesday.

On a two occasions in the higher weight classes, the Senators had a lead in points in the third period with under a minute left.

In both matches Mahar surrendered late pins to the Vikings.

“When you are new you have a lot of quick matches,” Mahar coach John Speek said. “You either pin someone right away or you get pinned.”

Both of the wrestlers, Gracin Besceglia (195 pounds) and Caleb Berry (220 pounds), wrestled well in the early stages of the match but appeared exhausted at the end.

“We can go and drill as much as we want in practice,” Speek said. “That six minutes on the mat is a different thing. People are going harder on you and I think that was it. They haven’t had enough competitive matches so far. It surprised them how tough it was. Wrestling is a grind. We need to learn to push through it.”

The two late losses did not factor into the match as the Senators were the recipient of several early forfeits in the lower weight classes.

“I don’t feel like it was our best match but it is nice to get it out of your system,” Speek said. “Build a little fire in them going into the last weeks of the season. We will grind tomorrow in practice. It’s a blessing in disguise.”

It was 24-0 before there were two wrestlers on the mat.

Henry Ndayisaba continued his strong season for Mahar with a win by fall (2:44) at 152 pounds.

“I don’t know how it will turn out but I am doing pretty good this season,” Ndayisaba said. “A few losses but I am doing well in my weight class against a lot of strong kids.

Ndayisaba said he was pleased with the way the team has progressed.

“They have learned a lot,” Ndaysiaba said. “They all work hard when they get on the mat.”

Todd Chiasson got another win for the Senators, pinning Tyler Pratts in a minute in the 160-pound weight class.

Peter Tattan won by fall (3:52) at 170 pounds for the Senators.

Smith Voke had to forfeit six weight classes.

Leominster 45, Athol 30 — The Red Raiders went to Leominster and got three individual wins on the mat, but came home with a loss to the Blue Devils.

Chris Waslaske bumped up to 195 pounds and won by fall (5:02).

Joey Gray, wrestling at 170 pounds, pinned his opponent in 24 seconds while John Hicks got a win by fall (3:31) at 182 pounds.

Girls basketball

Mahar 60, Palmer 55 — The Senators fought back twice from deficits to pull away in the fourth quarter in a home win over the Panthers.

Mahar (6-4) got the separation it needed in the fourth quarter when Abby Bonk and Delaney Parker hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Senators a 51-41 lead.

Clinging to the lead, the Senators shot well enough from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off any comeback attempt by the Panthers.

Mahar went 10-for-23 from the line in the fourth.

Micalyn Mailloux led the Senators with 15 points. Mahar was balanced offensively with scoring from Parker (seven), Tori Tenney (10), Courtney Page (12) and Bonk (8).


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