BARRE, Vt. shy; The St. Johnsbury Academy wrestling team placed fourth at the Vermont State Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. Mount Anthony took first with a score of 301, followed by Spaulding (1521/2 ), Essex (1221/2 ) and the Hilltoppers (107).
Vermont State Meet
Going into the semifinals, the Academy still had six wrestlers left on the mat: Mike Wisneski (125 pounds), Dan Goyet (135), Steve Spencer (140), Jeff Paine (152), David Spencer (171) and Doug Kitchel (215). All six wrestlers suffered semifinal losses and were knocked into the consolation round.
Wisneski, David Spencer and Kitchel were all winners in their consolation rounds, finishing in third place. Wisneski pinned Spaulding's Craig Gilman at 3:19, with Spencer defeating Mount Mansfield's Korey Murray by injury default, and Kitchel defeated Colchester's Cosmo St. John, 13-1.
Paine, Steve Spencer and Dan Goyet all fell to their opponents in their consolation matches to finish in fourth place.
quot;I felt we did exceptionaly well, placing six out of our seven wrestlers, to place in fourth as a team,quot; said SJA coach Ray Flum. quot;Mount Anthony had 15 wrestlers, with both Essex and Spaulding having 10 each. It was a big step for us to place six in the semifinals.
quot;Wisneski picked up a real big win, beating Gilman shy; his nemesis all year. He was the only one to pin Mike and beat him three times during the season. Steve Spencer wrestled real well and Paine had the tournament of his life.quot;
The Hilltoppers were 17-10 in dual meets this season and will lose only Paine and Steve Spencer to graduation.
During the tournament, Kitchel recorded his 100th career win, only the second Academy wrestler to do so, the first being Jon Winot in 1994.