By Holly Lavoie

Colchester High School senior Justin Lafayette continued his trend of picking off the top five-seeded wrestlers in the state, one by one. At the Jason Lowell Invitational at Mt. Mansfield Union on Saturday, Feb. 3, he earned a second period pin of Mill River’s Gideon Bosh, who was ranked fifth in the state. Lafayette is slowly making his way up the rankings as one of the state’s top heavyweights.

At that same meet, sophomore Ben Stapleton finished fourth in an overcrowded 132 pound weight class. At the 7/8 grade level, Greyson Brown and Noah Quigley finished second and Lucas Doloughty took a third place win.

Cobra wrestlers made their mark at the New England Qualifier Preseason Tournament for grades K-2 and 3-6, hosted by the Milton Wrestling Club  on Saturday, Feb. 3. In the K-2 group, Tanner Prouty took first, Avery Retz and Shay Prouty took second and Cruz Haran and Jake Marchessault finished in third place.

Of the 12 3-6 graders that entered in the qualifier, seven are eligible to compete at New England’s following their hard work on the mats. Finishing in first were Cahota Lafond, Brody and Jaden Coppins and Sawyer Prouty. Second place honors went to Lucas Fielden and Tyler Mott, finishing in third was Jordan Lavoie. Also competing were Finn Moseley, Brayden Marchessault, Karson Taylor, Nick Forguites and first-time wrestler Kaeden Schraml. As the Vermont youth wrestling season is just beginning the intensify, Cobra practices are paying off.