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High Schools: Winnisquam wrestlers open with stirring win over Stark

  • Winnesquam freshman Tristan Mulleavey finishes off John Stark's Deric Farris in the 106-pound class as Winnisquam hosts wrestling in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Winnesquam freshman Tristan Mulleavey finishes off John Stark's Deric Farris in the 106-pound class as Winnisquam hosts wrestling in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark's Brandon Turner gets on top of Winnisquam junior Christian Duquette in a 160-pound class wrestling match won by Turner as Winnesquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark's Brandon Turner gets on top of Winnisquam junior Christian Duquette in a 160-pound class wrestling match won by Turner as Winnesquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam junior Christian Duquette (top) takes down John Stark's Brandon Turner in a 160-pound class wrestling match won by Turner as Winnisquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam junior Christian Duquette (top) takes down John Stark's Brandon Turner in a 160-pound class wrestling match won by Turner as Winnisquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark's Colton Millette gets on top of Winnisquam sophomore Edward Ojikutu in a 145-pound class wrestling match won by Millette as Winnisquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark's Colton Millette gets on top of Winnisquam sophomore Edward Ojikutu in a 145-pound class wrestling match won by Millette as Winnisquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Current Los Angeles Clippers head coach and former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers acknowledges fans during a video tribute to him in his first time back to the TD Garden after the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Applauding are Clippers Chris Paul, left, and Blake Griffin, far right. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Current Los Angeles Clippers head coach and former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers acknowledges fans during a video tribute to him in his first time back to the TD Garden after the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Applauding are Clippers Chris Paul, left, and Blake Griffin, far right. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Winnesquam freshman Tristan Mulleavey finishes off John Stark's Deric Farris in the 106-pound class as Winnisquam hosts wrestling in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark's Brandon Turner gets on top of Winnisquam junior Christian Duquette in a 160-pound class wrestling match won by Turner as Winnesquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam junior Christian Duquette (top) takes down John Stark's Brandon Turner in a 160-pound class wrestling match won by Turner as Winnisquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam wrestling hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark's Colton Millette gets on top of Winnisquam sophomore Edward Ojikutu in a 145-pound class wrestling match won by Millette as Winnisquam hosts John Stark in Tilton on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Current Los Angeles Clippers head coach and former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers acknowledges fans during a video tribute to him in his first time back to the TD Garden after the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Applauding are Clippers Chris Paul, left, and Blake Griffin, far right. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Season opener? Check. Major test? Check. Encouraging win? Check again, perhaps with a star for emphasis.

The Winnisquam wrestling team needed one meet to accomplish all of that, topping John Stark, last year’s runner-up, 42-35, and adding some validation to their belief that they’re a team to watch in Division III this year.

“It’s a very exciting win,” Bears Coach Paul Hrycuna said. “To come out against John Stark and beat them out of the gate was a pretty big accomplishment.”

It didn’t come easily. Not after the Generals took an 11-0 lead after a technical fall recorded by Terry Zervos at 152 pounds and a pin from Andrew Hewey at 160. The Bears responded in the heavier classes, however, getting pins from Christian Duquette (170), Richard Mills (182) and Dakota VanTassel (220) and Brandon Havlock’s forfeit win at 285 to take a 24-17 lead with the meet turning back to the lighter weights.

“We work hard. Regardless of who we go against, it doesn’t matter. We don’t change our game plan,” Hrycuna said of the rally. “We wrestle as hard as we can, and the results materialize. And that’s what happened.

“We were down, but we weren’t out. We’re never out. There’s always a way.”

The momentum continued with what Hrycuna considered to be the match of the night at 106 pounds between Tristan Mulleavey and Deric Farris, a competitor for Stark in last year’s state tournament. Despite conceding size to the heavier Farris, Mulleavey battled to pull out a pin in 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

“That was a very big match for us,” Hrycuna said. “Tristan really stepped up. He didn’t give up. He kept going, and it kept the momentum of the match going. That match really signified the kind of team we are this year.”

Logan Patten (113) recorded a pin to stretch Winnisquam’s lead to 36-17, but the Bears still had work left when the Generals got consecutive wins from Matthew Hewey (126, forfeit) and Nick Widmann (132, pin) to narrow the gap to 36-29. The Bears needed to win one of the last two matches, and they got their clinching win when Kyle Bolduc got a pin at 138 pounds.

Stark’s Colton Millette notched a pin in the final contest at 145 pounds, and the Generals also got a pin earlier from Kellan Brien at 195 pounds.

“Everybody wrestled really well tonight,” Hrycuna said. “I was very proud of the guys. This was a very, very big ‘W.’ ”

WRESTLING

Nashua North 43, Concord 25

Nashua North’s Joe Chimelski and Concord’s Walters Ndi, who met in last year’s Division I (won by Ndi) and Meet of Champions (won by Chimelski) finals, resumed their rivalry, with Chimelski catching Ndi with 12 seconds left in the third period to win, 5-2, at 195 pounds as the Tide lost its season opener to the Titans, one of the preseason favorites.

“We lost a lot of tight ones,” Concord Coach Ham Munnell said. “But we wrestled with a lot of heart and courage.”

The Tide did have several bright spots. Connor Stadnicki, wrestling up two weight classes from a year ago, won by major decision, 12-4, at 120. Freshman Chris Munnell won his high school debut, coming from behind to force overtime, where he won, 9-7, at 138. Ian Wagner (at 160) and Calvin Crowell (at 170) both pinned their opponents, as did Dylan Naylor in double overtime at 285.

Bow 42, Kearsarge 30

Bow 42, Franklin 34

The Falcons (2-0) got their season off to a good start with victories over Franklin and Kearsarge.

Chris Forrest (120 pounds), Chris Frisbee (132), Peter LaRiviere (138), Billy Targett (145), Mike Darrach (152), Eric Scott (170) and Bayley Ulrich (195) won their bouts against Kearsarge.

Forrest, Brendan Mooney (126), Lariviere, Targett, Darrach, Scott (160) and Ulrich were victorious versus Franklin.

Kearsarge’s Alex Wesoja (126) won two matches by pin.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Hinsdale 47, Concord Christian 23

The Lady Kingsmen (0-1) were hindered by early foul trouble and lost at Hinsdale (1-0).

Junior Kendra Jarvis led with nine points and nine rebounds, Lily Rivera added seven points, Suzanne Kleinburg put in five points, and Lindsey Huckins added two points. Becca Johnson played well defensively and pulled down nine boards.

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