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Concord, Winnisquam wrestlers place 2-3 in Winnisquam Winter Classic

  • Bow's Spencer Morrell pins down Spaulding's Zachary Hobbs on January 5, 2013 at Bow High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Josh Wayne wrestles against and Nashua North's Hanzla Sheikh on January 5, 2013 at Bow High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Nine schools competed in the Winnisquam Winter Classic wrestling tournament, but Plymouth stood above the rest, earning a decisive victory with a total of 219.5 points. Concord was second with 131.5 points and Winnisquam rounded out the top three with 117.

Although most of the Crimson Tide’s regular starters wrestled in a home meet against White Mountains and Con-Val, Concord sent a second group to compete in Winnisquam. Brandon Simpson recorded the only first-place finish for Concord, wrestling at 126 pounds and winning by pin in the final. Nick Engel (120) placed second for Concord, losing his final match in overtime to Plymouth’s Greg Waterbury. Dan Lawrence (145) and Jared Boyd (285) also placed second, while Mark Hoyt (106) finished third. Jacky Arssenault (113), Nico Beyer (126), Mitch Comeau (132), James Sullivan (152) and Karl Hoffman (220) all came in fourth place for the Tide.

Winnisquam’s Richard Mills (170), Jesse Duquette (182) and Tyler Labonte (285) all placed first in their respective weight classes, and all three won their final matches by pin. Logan Patten (106) and Tyler Swain (113) recorded second-place finishes, while Christian Duquette came in third place at 152.

“I’m proud of the boys,” Winnisquam Coach Paul Hyrcuna said following the meet. “They’re all working really hard and starting to show what their potential is.”

Franklin competed at the meet, tallying a total of 36 points. Ian Jipson placed second at 170, winning his matches by pin in the first two rounds before being pinned by Mills in the finals. Alex Hildreth (195) placed third for the Golden Tornadoes, defeating Robert Smith (fourth) of Kearsarge by pin. Kearsarge tallied a total of 33 points, led by Lucas Beltz, who captured the 132-pound title by beating Plymouth’s Tom Hamel, 6-1, in the final.

Coach Hyrcuna described the meet as a huge success. “Fans loved it. The teams loved it. The kids loved it. It was a really good environment.”


Concord 52, White Mountains 6

Concord 53, con-Val 6

Concord picked up decisive victories over White Mountains and Con-Val in a home meet.

Against White Montains, the following wrestlers won by pin: Sean Hall (113), Alex Kamau (126), Josh Ames (138), Ben Nawn (145), Vinny Benincasa (152) and Nick Engel (160). Dan Loscano won by major decision, 19-7, at 120, while Walters Ndi won by decision, 4-2, at 195.

The Tide also defeated Con-Val, with pins coming from Loscano, Kamau, Benincasa, Clayton Spencer (170), Merrick Vanhoesen (182), Ndi and Travis Reyes (220). Nawn won his match by technical fall, 16-1.

Concord improved to 8-0 and hosts Pinkerton on Wednesday.

Live Free or Die Tournament

John Stark placed second in the Live Free or Die Tournament, losing to Bedford, 42-32, in a matchup that came down to the final individual match.

First, the Generals defeated Bellows Falls, Vt., 57-24, with wins from Deric Farris (106), Codi Gaudreau (120), Nick Widmann (126), Josh Vaillancourt (132), Greg LoFaro (138), Jacob Bumford (160), Alex Lavalliere (170), Kellen Brien (182), Al Long (195) and Isaiah Prevo (285).

Next, John Stark beat Merrimack, 45-28, to advance to the finals. In this match, the Generals had wins from John Wilcox (113), Gaudreau, Widmann, LoFaro, Vaillancourt, Andy Hewey (152), Bumford and Long.

In the final match, Gaudreau, Widdman, LaFaro, Bumford, Lavalliere, and Travis Pelletier (220 lbs) recorded individual wins in the team loss.

Following the team matches, the top four from each weight class competed for an individual title. Gaudreau, Widmann and LoFaro all came in first, while Bumford and Lavalliere finished second and Hewey placed third.


Pinkerton 5, Concord 1

Concord’s solid first-period effort disintegrated in the first five minutes at the start of the second period, when Pinkerton scored three times to turn a tie game into an easy win.

Concord (2-2-1) dominated the early going, striking first when Austin Erickson scored on a one-timer from low in the slot just 4:49 in. Tim Weinhold worked the puck to Braden Smith behind the net, and Smith found Erickson for the bang-bang goal. But Pinkerton (3-3-0) came back to tie it on the power play late in the period.

Then the Astros beat goaltender Ben Nelson three times in a span of less than three minutes to start the middle frame. Pinkerton tacked on one more goal in the third. Concord held a commanding 34-19 advantage in shots, but most of the Tide’s shots hit the Astros goalie right in the midsection.

“We keep making the same mistakes, and the puck ends up in our net,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “It’s frustrating because I don’t think they’re four goals better than we are. But they cashed in on their opportunities.”

Manchester Central 11,
Bishop Brady 1

Bishop Brady’s inability to stay out of the penalty box and Central’s (5-0) constant pressure were two damaging factors that led to the Green Giants’ (0-7) seventh consecutive loss.

Casey Anderson notched the lone goal with an assist from Shelby Herrington.

Kennett 10, Kearsarge 2

The Cougars (1-5) surrendered five goals in the first period and couldn’t overcome the deficit, falling to the Eagles (4-2) on the road.

Ally Folcik and Matt Pickman netted single tallies for Kearsarge. Tristan Rowe (two), Sam Tucker and Steven Ricker provided the assists.

Goaltender Nate Thompson turned aside 21 shots, while Sarah Beattie made four stops in relief.

Merrimack 8,
Coe-Brown/Somersworth 1

Coe-Brown/Somersworth fell to 1-4 with a loss to undefeated Merrimack (6-0). No details were reported.

Belmont-Gilford 9,
Manchester West 2

Belmont-Gilford overwhelmed West to improve to 5-1. The Blue Knights fell to 1-5. No details were reported.

Hollis-Brookline 10,
Laconia-Winnisquam 1

In a battle of one-win teams, Laconia-Winnisquam (1-4) couldn’t match goals with Hollis-Brookline (2-4). No details were reported.


Oyster River 3, Concord 2

Concord (1-4) played right with Oyster River (5-1), outshooting the Bobcats, 31-21, but couldn’t quite pull off the upset.

Oyster River jumped on top, 2-0, in the first period, but Annie Mullen matched that for the Tide in the second period, scoring once unassisted and once off an assist from Emily Scheer.

“The defense kept CHS in the game,” Concord Coach Stacy Boudrias said, noting that her team “took a lot of positives away from this game.”

Lebanon 3,
Bishop Brady-Trinity 0

Bishop Brady-Trinity (1-4) hung with Lebanon (6-1) the entire game, trailing just 1-0 late in the third before the Raiders put the game away.

“It was a great effort by our girls,” Brady-Trinity Coach Dan Earley said. “It was good for us to be able to play with them.”

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