Joe Thibault '13 and Sasha Oliinyk '14 first, Jose Velasco Pons '13 second at wrestling tourney
Three students from Wilbraham & Monson Academy displayed their dedication and passion toward wrestling Sunday by competing in an out-of-season tournament in Springfield.
The three students also displayed their ability.
Joe Thibault ’13 and Sasha Oliinyk ’14 won their respective weight classes, and Jose Velasco Pons ’13 finished second at a tournament at Springfield Technical Community College.
Joe won all three of his matches in the 126-pound weight class. He pinned two of his opponents and scored a major decision over the other.
“My ankle is a little beat up from rugby, but I had it taped and felt good,” said Joe, who completed his WMA career with more than 100 victories. “The first match I tweaked my ankle a little, but got right into my groove, got a takedown like I wanted to do and used the tournament to my advantage.
“It was nice to go out there and not have any pressure at all . . . just have fun. This is the time of year I enjoy.”
Joe plans to wrestle at Plymouth State College next season.
Sasha, as he did most of the season for the Titans, completely dominated. Competing in the 200-pound weight class, Sasha pinned all three of his opponents.
“I wish I could have wrestled more but it was fine,” he said.
Sasha hadn’t wrestled since February but said “my instincts took over” and his spring sport had him prepared.
“Rugby makes my legs work more,” Sasha said. “My legs are definitely stronger than they were.”
Even though he didn’t win, the most exciting match of the meet came from Jose, who won his final match at the 155-pound division in sudden death overtime to finish 4-1 overall and claim second place.