Fortin to wrestle in New Englands (3/4/10)

March 4, 2010

Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

A third-place finish in his 171-pound weight class — in what coach Rahn Fleming called the “biggest state wrestling tournament in recent memory” — has Champlain Valley Union High sophomore Sam Fortin headed to Hartford, Conn. this weekend for the New England Tournament.


    Courtesy photo by Jennifer Olson
Sam Fortin celebrates at the Vermont state wrestling tournament last weekend. The Champlain Valley Union High sophomore placed third in the 171-pound weight class, earning a trip to the New England Tournament this weekend.

One of eight CVU wrestlers in last weekend’s state tournament at Vergennes Union High, Fortin earned the third place ribbon and trip to the New Englands by besting rival Taylor Dorsett from Spaulding High of Barre, 9-3. Dorsett had defeated Fortin in their four previous meetings this season.

“He wrestled smart and he wrestled strong,” Fleming said of Fortin’s victory, which boosted his season record to 33-8.

The tournament drew some 180 wrestlers from around the state and was won by Mount Anthony Union High of Bennington for the 22nd consecutive year. CVU finished 17th among the 23 teams competing.

Redhawks’ junior Ryan Stearns, in the 135-pound division, lost his two matches by a total of four points to finish his season with a respectable 25-12 record.

“His matches could have gone either way,” Fleming said.

Fleming also praised senior James Datillio, who was swapping takedowns in the 285-pound class even though he hit the scales at just 226.

Good news came out of the jayvee tournament two weeks ago, where 160-pound sophomore Tucker Austin won his class and the Outstanding Wrestler award.

Freshman Shane Hayley distinguished himself in the 119-pound division.

“We established a solid foundation this year,” Fleming said of the season.

The varsity finished with an overall 7-6 record.