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Spaulding Sophomore

Wrestling

The 106-pound athlete became the first Crimson Tide sophomore to win a state championship since Jeremiah Gingras accomplished the feat in 1999. Huntington opened the tournament Friday night with a pin in his quarterfinal match. The following day he maintained his focus and discipline for three periods to close out an 8-2 decision over Randolph's Coy Lyford (33-3). Huntington earned a date in the finals with top-seeded Essex wrestler Elliot Powell, who entered the tourney with a 37-14 record. Huntington led early before Powell used an escape and a takedown to build a 3-2 lead after the second period. Huntington still trailed with a few seconds left in the third period before executing a buzzer-beating takedown to force overtime. The Tide standout left nothing to doubt in the extra period, locking up the individual title and helping Spaulding place third as a team behind Essex and 32-time defending champ Mount Anthony.

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