The Concord wrestling team put its depth on display during a weekend trip to Vermont. The Crimson Tide didn’t win any individual first-place hardware at the 31-team Michael J. Baker Essex Classic, but the Tide brought home the team title.
Concord finished with 240.5 points, well ahead of second-place Mt. Ararat/Brunswick from Maine (174.5). Host Essex finished third with 158, a school from New York, Beekmantown, was fourth with 155 and Londonderry was fifth at 134.5.
“It was our first time up here and it was a good trip. We had a fun time at the hotel and the kids wrestled tough,” Concord Coach Ham Munnell said.
Seniors Chris Munnell (160 pounds) and George Tarwo (182 pounds) and sophomore Noah Giffard (195) all reached the finals for Concord before losing some tight decisions.
Munnell and Tarwo had eerily similar days. Both won their first three matches by pin before losing in the finals to wrestlers they had beaten earlier this season at the holiday tournament in Lowell, Mass. Tarwo’s score in the finals was 4-3. Munnell’s was 4-2.
“These are really high-level matches where you do one thing wrong and that’s it,” Coach Munnell said. “But that’s what we’re looking for. We want to go to tournaments where all of our kids can compete and also where they can get pushed.”
Giffard pinned his first opponent, won 9-4 in the quarterfinals, gutted out a 3-1 decision in the semifinals and lost in the final, 9-5.
“He’s making a big leap, he really is,” Munnell said of Giffard.
The Tide got third-place points from Jayson McDonald (170) and Jake Linquata (113), who both went 4-1 on the day. Sam Wagner (106) also finished third.
Concord’s Cam Cate (120) took fourth while Ben Widmann (132), Liddon Ling (138) Alex Buteau (220) and Austin Lewis (285) all finished fifth. Isaac Habiamana was sixth.WRESTLING
Key players: Bow – Zach Anderson (win, 120), Michael York (win, 113), Jack Olsen (win, 170)
Highlights/key moments: In a quad match hosted by Winnacunnet, Bow picked up a pair of wins over Manchester Memorial (48-21) and Spaulding (36-12) before losing to the Warriors (29-24).
Coach’s quote: “We wrestled really hard and tough against some division schools and overall I was very happy with the results.” – Bow’s Brock Hoffman
Records: Bow 6-3 BOYS’ HOCKEY
Bow 7, Spaulding 3
Key players: Bow – Colin Tracy (goal, 3 assists), Austin Beaudette (goal, assist), Chris Mead (goal), Dominque Biron (goal), Doug Champagne (goal)
Highlights/key moments: It was Bow’s special teams that made the difference, scoring four goals on the power play and one shorthanded – all in the first period – to secure an early 6-1 lead and coast to the victory.
Coach’s quote: “We took advantage of some power plays and our aggressiveness on the penalty kill led to a goal and many other chances.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh
Records: Bow 6-1; Spaulding 2-3
Somersworth-Coe-Brown 6, Kearsarge-Plymouth 4
Key players: Kearsarge-Plymouth – Jakob Arnold (2 goals), Alex Nangle (goal, 2 assists), Tony Velez (goal), Josh Johnston (2 assists)
Highlights/key moments: Despite strong showings from all four captains, the Cats fell for the fourth straight contest.
Coach’s quote: “Sometimes you don’t get the bounces and Somersworth-Coe-Brown played a good game tonight.” – Kearsarge-Plymouth’s David McKenney
Records: Kearsarge-Plymouth 1-6; Somersworth-Coe-Brown 5-1-1
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 4, Monadnock 2
Key players: MA/IL – Michael Dalzell (goal, assist), Garrett McCarthy (goal, assist), Tyler Reid (goal), Blake Dunlap (goal)
Highlights/key moments: Dunlap and McCarthy each potted a third-period goal to lift the Renegades to victory. Goalie Nick Spicuzza picked up 23 saves in net.
Records: Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 5-3; Monadnock 2-4 GIRLS’ HOCKEY
Brady-Trinity-West 12, Keene 5
Key players: Brady-Trinity-West – Sydney Herrington (7 goals, assist), Lauren Trippiedi (2 goals, 3 assists), Mary Anne Wiley (2 goals, 2 assists), Hailey Hildreth (goal), Emma Windsor (4 saves)
Highlights/key moments: Brady-Trinity-West fired off 63 shots for the game and took over by scoring six goals in the second period alone. The team also netted three goals apiece in the first and third periods.
Coach’s quote: “The big difference is we’re integrating our strong players with everyone else and I’m really happy with the way we’re progressing.” – Brady-Trinity-West’s Dan Earley
Records: Brady-Trinity-West 4-1; Keene 2-3 BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Bow 63, Oyster River 48
Key players: Bow – Ryan Andrews (21 points), Nate Alford (12 points), Ben Guertin (10 points)
Highlights/key moments: The Falcons put together a game-swinging first half in which they outscored Oyster River, 38-14. The Bobcats responded by stringing together a solid second half but the damage had already been done.
Coach’s quote: “It was a great first half. We came out and executed really well on offense and made shots.” – Bow’s Christopher Gaudreau
Records: Bow 3-2; Oyster River 1-6GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Bow 52, Oyster River 31
Key players: Bow – Taylor Darrell (14 points), Lauren Goyette (11 points), Lea Crompton (11 points)
Highlights/key moments: The Falcons found the win column again for the second time in as many games.
Records: Bow 5-2; Oyster River 2-5 BOYS’ SWIMMING
Concord second, Brady third
Key players: Concord – Max Cross (1st 50-yard free, 1st 100 back), Kevin Quinn (1st 200 free, 1st 100 free), Jay Blasko (2nd 100 back, 3rd 200 IM), Ethan Case (2nd 500 free); Bishop Brady – Hanzhe Wei (1st 200 IM, 2nd 100 back), Sigi Baumer (3rd 100 breast); Bow – Joe Chen (2nd 100 breast); Laconia – Eric Phelps (1st 500 free)
Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide came away with seven wins in this nine-team event on Friday night. Concord’s Cross, Quinn, Blasko and Case teamed to take first in the 400 free relay and Concord newcomer Jace Castellano dropped more than three seconds from his 100 free time. Nashua North was the top team with eight wins and Bishop Brady finished the night with six wins. Brady’s Wei, Baumer, Jacob Smith and Skyler Baumer teamed to finish first in the 200 medley relay.
Coach’s quote: “I am seeing that most of the kids are moving in the right direction in terms of their training and times. We have a couple of easy areas to fix to pick up time; our relay starts remain problematic for us. I was happy with the effort that the kids put forth.” – Concord’s Bill Quinn GIRLS’ SWIMMING
Bow first, Concord third
Key players: Bow – Katie Jenkins (1st 200 IM, 1st 100 fly), Dillon Hicks (1st 200 free, 1st 100 breast), Sonya DeLorie (1st 100 back), Amanda Sampo (1st 100 free), Shannon Luby (2nd 500 free); Concord – Mackenzie Witham (2nd 100 back), Delia Barry (2nd 200 free), Hannah Eliason (3rd 500 free); Gilford – Laurel Gingrich (1st 50 free), Zoe Fullerton (2nd 50 free); Hopkinton – Sydney Stockwell (2nd 100 free)
Highlights/key moments: Bow finished with an impressive eight wins in this nine-team event on Friday. The Falcons beat out a much bigger school in Nashua North, which finished with eight wins. The Falcons got major points from their relay teams as Sampo, DeLorie, Hicks and Luby finished first in the 200 medley relay; Jenkins, DeLorie, Sampo and Riley Hicks were first in the 200 free relay; and Luby, Jenkins and both Hicks teamed up to take first in the 400 free relay.
Coach’s quote: “The girls put up a much more competitive front than last week.” – Concord’s Bill Quinn