Waslaske bows out at New Englands

  • Chris Waslaske, right, wrestles in 2017. Waslaske’s wrestling career came to an end at the New England Championships, Friday in Providence, Rhode Island.  STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 3/1/2019 10:28:55 PM

 Chris Waslaske’s season ended at the New England Wrestling Championships in Providence, Rhode Island on Friday night.

Hobbled by his injured ankle suffered at the All-State tournament, Waslaske lost twice in two matches.

“His ankle was pretty messed up,” Athol coach Brandon Jeffrey said. “He had pain up to his knee. It was causing real issues. He couldn’t do anything he typically does.”

Waslaske got pinned in the first round of the championship bracket by Josh Beayon of Otter Valley Union High School, Vermont. The match ended at 1 minute, 44 seconds with Beayon leading 3-2 on points.

“If Chris was healthy, he would have placed,” Jeffrey said. “His body was done. “

Beayon finished third in the Vermont state tournament.  

From there Waslaske ran into Spencer Fetrow of Holliston High School in the consolation bracket.

Waslaske beat Fetrow at the sectional tournament and then ran into him again at the All-State tournament where Fetrow got the victory. 

At New Englands, Fetrow won a 5-2 decision to end Waslaske’s career for the Athol wrestling program.

“It’s been a rough go of it,” Waslaske said. “I was doing things from different angles.”

The injury limited Waslaske’s ability to attack and shoot at his opponents, so he had to use other methods of wrestling that didn’t bother his ankle. 

These different styles were not something Waslaske had practiced all season. 

“It’s did what I could to put myself in position to score,” Waslaske said. “It was tough with my ankle.”

Waslaske actually got Fetrow to his back with 10 seconds left against Fetrow, but it was out of bounds. 

In his senior season, Waslaske went 42-8 and finished his career at Athol with 151 total victories. 

The total wins is the most in Athol program history, and he was the second ever state champion for the Red Raiders.

Waslaske plans on attending college in the fall, and will continue his wrestling career. 

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