Local roundup: NL's Commander reaches New England wrestling quarters
Providence — New London's Jacob Commander won his only match on Friday to reach the quarterfinals of the New England wrestling championship at Providence Career and Technical Academy.
Commander, a senior, pinned Jonah Potter of Wells (Maine) in just 1:50 of their second round 182-pound match (Commander received a first-round bye). He will wrestle Cory Grifka of Mount Hope (R.I.) in Saturday's quarterfinals, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
The region's other local competitor, Ledyard's Cole Dirico (138), is still alive in the consolation bracket. He pinned David Williams of Otter Valley (Vt.) in the first round in 1:32 before losing 10-0 to Tyler Glynn of Central Catholic (Mass.) in the second round. He came back to pin Tommy Gallagher of Foxborough (Mass.) in 3:47 and will wrestle Joe Hutt of Marshfield (Mass.) in the consolation second round on Saturday.
• The Eastern Connecticut Eagles, fresh off winning their second straight Nutmeg Conference tournament championship, will play third-seeded Cheshire (15-4-1) in the first round of the CIAC Division II state tourmanet on Monday at 7 p.m. at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The Eagles (14-7-1) are the No. 14 seed and have moved up to Division II after winning last year's Division III state title. In Division III, the Redhawks co-op (hosted by NFA) is the No. 16 seed and will play No. 1 Hand (16-3-1) in the first round on Monday at the Northford Ice Pavilion at 6 p.m.
• Mitchell College dropped the opening game on its southern trip as Heidelberger outslugged the Mariners 13-11 in Port Charlotte, Fla. Steve Cochrane (two-run double) and Markus Melendez (two-run single) highlighted a six-run first for Mitchell (1-1) while Peter Abate added a two-run single and two run double and Devyn McCarty added an RBI double and RBI single.
UConn defeated Northeastern in the first game of the Coastal Carolina tournament in Conway, S.C. Anthony Prato had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs for the Huskies (4-3) while freshman Pat Winkel had a pair of sacrifice flies and older brother Chris had a double and single. Jeff Kersten went 6.2 innings for his second win, allowing only three runs.
• Melissa Rosenthal scored four goals as Bard spoiled Mitchell's season opener with a 20-1 win. Lindsey Fairbank scored for the Mariners and goalie Gillian MacLellan made 14 saves.
• The forecast for overnight snow, which is expected to extend into Saturday morning, has forced time alterations and postponements of Saturday local, state and New England sporting events. Locally, the Eastern Connecticut Conference swimming championships, scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start at UConn Avery Point in Groton, will now begin at 6 p.m. In addition, the State Open gymnastics championships at New Milford have been postponed until Wednesday, March 6, at 4 p.m., and the Connecticut High School Cheerleading Championships have been postponed from Saturday to Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
Two New England championship events on Saturday will go on as scheduled, but Day 2 of the New England wrestling tournament at Providence Career and Technical Academy will resume at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m., and the New England indoor track and field championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston will start at 3 p.m. instead of 10:30 a.m. One college event, Coast Guard at Johnson & Wales women's lacrosse, has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday at noon.
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