CVU Nordic skiers fourth in states; wrestlers place sixth

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CVU’s Jared Leonard races at the MMU X-C Pursuit Race at the Ethan Allen Range Jan. 19.

Two top-10 finishes for Emma Strack and Jared Leonard paced the performances for Champlain Valley Union High School at the recent Vermont Nordic skiing state championships.

Strack finished seventh in the freestyle race at Craftsbury Outdoor Center on Thursday, then followed it up with a second-place performance in the classic race on Monday at Rikert Outdoor Center.

Strack’s performance, combined with two fourth-place finishes by the Redhawk relay team, helped CVU girls team to a fourth-place finish.

Mount Mansfield Union High School won the Division 1 girls title, with Brattleboro second, Burlington third and the Redhawks fourth.

Leonard also finished in the top 10 in both races, coming in seventh in freestyle and fourth in classic.
The Redhawk boys relay team finished fourth in both of its races, and overall CVU finished in fourth place as a team.

Mount Mansfield also captured the boys title in Division 1, followed by Brattleboro and Mount Anthony.

Justin Bissonette finished second in the 152-pound weight class, CVU’s best finish, as the team came in sixth at the Vermont wrestling state championships on Saturday at Otter Valley Union High School.

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CVU’s Justin Bissonette gets take down points during a preliminary round of the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament at Vergennes High School. Justin won the match.

Bissonette was defeated, 3-0, in the final by Mount Anthony’s Tyler Burgess. Burgess was one of seven individual champs for the Patriots, who won their record 30th state title.

Riley Brown finished fourth in the 113-pound weight class, and Matt Trifaro also earned a fourth-place finish in the 138-pound class.

Jared Forsythe came in sixth in the 182-pound weight class for the Redhawks.

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