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High schools: Bow wrestling tops Campbell for first time in eight years

  • Bow’s Mark Borak squares off against Campbell’s Tyler Scopelites in the 145 lb. class during a Division III wrestling meet at Bow High School on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Zach Anderson, 132 lb. class and the first match of the night, escapes the hold of Campbell’s Brendan Dougless and goes on to win by pin during a Division III wrestling meet at Bow High School on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Mark Borak’s hand is raised after winning with a pin during a Division III wrestling meet at Bow High School on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography



Monitor staff
Thursday, December 21, 2017

BOW – When Brock Hoffman took over the Bow High wrestling team four years ago, the program needed a lift. Hoffman understood that a successful rebuild begins on the ground floor, so he helped establish a youth program in town that would develop junior high wrestlers for high school competition.

Bow’s fifth-place finish at the Division III wrestling championships last year was one indication of the program’s improvement. Another indication came Wednesday as Bow defeated Campbell, 69-12, in a dual meet. It was the Falcons’ first win over Campbell in eight years.

“This is the effect,” Hoffman said of the junior high program feeding the high school team. “To do that and put that many points on the board against that good of a team, we’re starting to see the follow-through from the youth program.”

The Falcons earned five wins by pinfall from Zackary Anderson (132 pounds), Mark Borak (152), Alex Boufford (170), Aidan Hyslop (182) and Wyatt Rheinhardt (106). Campbell, wrestling shorthanded with two of its athletes out, scored two pins in the meet from Robert Ladd (160) and Tyler O’Mara (138). Ben Bouffard, a Bow junior at 145, won his match on points, 10-8.

Borak, who placed third at the championships last year, pinned his opponent 1:34 into the match. After Tyler Scopelites got hold of Borak’s leg, the Bow senior fluidly twisted out from underneath and pinned Scopelites to the mat.

Growth and development continues even for a veteran like Borak, Hoffman said.

“We went over some specific leg defense this week and last week, and Mark really took to it,” Hoffman said. “Oddly enough, he got in that position tonight to use it. That’s my favorite part of this is when you teach them something and they actually go out, use it and have success with it.”

Such success is becoming part of the culture around Bow wrestling. Borak, who has had a front row seat to the progress the Falcons have made, said the expectations are growing larger as the team improves.

“In the past, we’ve been a team that hasn’t really had a goal in mind,” he said. “A lot of the teams in the past, this was more of a ‘fun’ sport. Now we’re taking it more seriously. We want to be one of the top teams in Division III this year.”

Borak is still having fun, that’s not a question. The rest of the Bow squad seems to be enjoying the season, as well, perhaps in part because the team knows the program has grown into a competitive force in the division.

As a team that returned a strong group of experienced wrestlers from last season, the Falcons have reasonable expectation to contend for a championship this season. With a goal like that in front of them, it’s no surprise the student-athletes are taking their season seriously.

With the season still in its early weeks, there is much work to be done.

“We’re still young, we still have a lot to work on, but we want to get better every day,” Hoffman said. “You don’t need to win the upsets, but just get better every day.”

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3339, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)

WRESTLING

Concord 58, Salem 12

Key players: Concord – Tyler Simpson (win at 160), Isaac Gladey (win at 170), Alexander Buteau (win at 220), William Woods (win at 285)

Highlights/key moments: It was another impressive win for Concord, which lost just one match. The Tide also received wins from Ghana Darjee (106), Sam Wagner (113), Matt Adams (120), Ethan Comeau (126), Nicholas Bunch (138), Ben Widmann (145) and Liddon Ling (152).

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Kearsarge 79, Plymouth 61

Key players: Kearsarge – Tayler Mattos (30 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 blocks), Tommy Johnson (20 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals), Noah Tremblay (16 points), Jordan Bryk (6 points, 6 rebounds), Joe Storozuk (7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars held a 10-point lead at halftime and expanded it to seal the game by the final horn. Sean Higgins’s hustle earned him his first varsity minutes.

Coach’s quote: “Plymouth played their hearts out, (we have) a lot of respect for their program. I’ll give our team credit for making adjustments and finding ways to score.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 2-0

Stevens 60, Franklin 48

Key players: Franklin – Jayden Torres (33 points)

Highlights/key moments: While Torres went off for a game-high 33 points, the team as a whole struggled from the floor. The Golden Tornadoes shot a combined 4-for-22 in the second and third quarters, costing them a chance at pulling out their first win.

Records: Franklin 0-3; Stevens 2-2

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Prospect Mountain 62, Winnisquam 42

Key players: Winnisquam – Ashley Chamberlain (5 points, 8 rebounds, 10 blocks, 3 steals), Meghan Cote (14 points, 4 steals, 3 assists), Megan Goodridge (9 points), Makenzie Snow (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Despite opening Tuesday’s game on a 14-0 run over the first five minutes, the Bears couldn’t hold off Prospect Mountain for the full 48. The Timberwolves quickly erased the deficit to lead by 10 at the half and by 19 after three quarters.

Coach’s quote: “We started the game off hot by making shots in rhythm and creating opportunities through defense. ... We are beginning to see the team we can be and it is exciting to watch this team continue to grow.” – Winnisquam’s Jordan Richardson

Records: Winnisquam 0-5; Prospect Mountain 6-0

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Concord 10, Manchester Central 2

Key players: Concord – Drew Livingston (2 goals, assist), Colin Kastle (goal, 2 assists), Cam Lariviere (3 assists), Derek Kelleher (goal, 2 assists), Devin Philbrick (goal, assist)

Highlights/key moments: Concord’s offense showed out in this one, storming out to a 7-1 lead after the first period. Zachary Drew (two goals) and Evan Makris both notched their first career varsity goals, Matt Hauschild added two scores and the duo of Spencer Burgess and Alex Reynolds combined for a strong outing in goal.

Records: Concord 3-0; Manchester Central 0-3

John Stark-Hopkinton 9,
Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield 1

Key players: Stark-Hopkinton – Benny Madden (3 goals, assist), Paul Molnar (goal, 2 assists), Tyler Scordo (goal, 2 assists), Nolan Sauer (goal, 2 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals worked quickly as Madden netted his hat trick in the first period and Molnar added another score to make it 4-0. Stark then piled on three more goals in the last five minute of the second period, including two for Owen Olson. Caysen Allard (five saves) and Jameson Bourque (seven saves, assist) played strong in goal.

Coach’s quote: “We had a solid performance from all of our lines tonight. We continue to get multiple scorers each game to balance out the scoring throughout the lines.” – Stark’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: Stark-Hopkinton 3-0; Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield 1-2