High schools: Concord wrestling team thumps Keene, 57-16
Concord's Clay Spencer puts Keene's Quintin Watson in a headlock during the 145-pound match between the schools at a meet at Concord High on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Concord's Ian Wagner (top) is one of the seniors Concord will rely on for consistent points, even though he's moving up to 170 pounds this year.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
With several of its wrestlers getting a late start to the season while helping Concord win the football state championship, and a large freshman class just cutting their teeth at the high school level, the Tide knew it might take a while for everything to come together.
But just a week into the regular season, Concord is starting to click.
The Tide suffered a tough season-opening loss to Nashua North a week ago, but bounced back to win the Salem Blue Devil Invitational on Saturday. Then last night, in its home opener, Concord won all but three matches in a 57-16 dual meet victory over Keene.
“The kids wrestled tough. We’re getting better,” Concord Coach Ham Munnell said. “We had two freshmen in the lineup, and they took their lumps tonight, but they still wrestled well. The losses were good and the wins were good.”
Calvin Crowell got the Tide off on the right foot, pinning his opponent in the 170-pound match. Keene’s Matthew Winchester pulled the Blackbirds back even by pinning George Tarwo at 182, but then Concord rattled off eight straight wins to put it away.
“We had a tough start (to the season) … but the kids are starting to figure out what we have. We’re starting to roll a little bit,” Munnell said.
Walters Ndi put Concord ahead to stay, winning by fall at 195 pounds, and Alex Christie (220), Dylan Naylor (285) and Mark Hoyt (106) all followed with pins.
Then came what Munnell called “the match of the night.” Junior Nate Engel went into triple overtime before earning a 4-3 decision over Tristan Stetson at 113 pounds.
“It was back and forth,” Munnell said. “There was a quick takedown and reversal, then nobody scoring. Nate just kept toughing it out. It was a nice win for him.”
After Connor Stadnicki (120) and Brandon Simpson picked up forfeit victories, Alex Kamau earned a pin at 132. Keene’s Jackson Rathbun (138) won by fall over Christopher Munnell, but Concord answered right back with Clayton Spencer’s 13-6 decision at 145 and Ian Wagner’s 5-2 decision at 152. Matthew Bush picked up the final points for Keene in the final match of the night at 160, notching an 11-2 decision over Mitch Comeau.
“They’re listening, they’re buying in,” Munnell said. “It was a good team effort.”
Windham 69, Bow 6
It was a tough early-season test for the Falcons (2-1), who went up against a defending state champion Windham team (2-0) that showed its strength.
Bow had a single bout winner, senior captain Peter LaRiviere in the 138-pound weight class, by pin.
Kearsarge 30, White Mountains 24
Kearsarge picked up a dual meet victory at White Mountains, with just one win coming on the mats.
With the teams not matching most weight classes, Bryce Brown’s pin at 138 pounds was the lone Cougar wrestling win. The other points came off forfeits, and the teams wrestled several exhibition matches across weights.
∎ Last week, Kearsarge split a pair of matches, beating Franklin, 40-32, but falling to Bow, 40-32. Alex Wesoja won two matches by pin at 126, as did Robert Smith at 220. Brown earned one win via fall at 138, and Julien Androsca won twice, once by pin, at 106.
Nashua North 7, Concord 1
After a solid outing in its season opener on Monday, Concord (0-2) took a step backward, giving up a goal in the first two minutes of every period and eventually having the clock go to running time against it.
“It was a nightmare,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “We just give the puck up. We have no composure with the puck. We were just throwing it to nowhere. It just kills you.”
North (2-0), which outshot Concord, 34-17, scored 66 seconds into the game and made it 2-0 after one on a power-play goal. The Titans scored a shorthander 25 seconds into the second period, then went up 4-0 just 1:35 into the final period. Adam Godbout, with assists from Ethan Cole and Tim Weinhold, got one back for the Tide 31 seconds later, but North potted three more in a five-minute span to put the game away.
Trinity 6, Bishop Brady 4
Brady came out strong in its opener, grabbing a 3-1 lead after the first period, but Trinity (2-0) responded, and some mental breakdowns by the Giants led to the loss.
Brendan Brack scored the first goal and assisted on the next two – by Andrew Chorlian and Byron Welch – to boost Brady in the opening frame. Alex Von Svoboda added the Giants’ fourth goal, and Chorlian, Spenser Sloane and Richie Rosato added assists. Kyle Jalbert was solid in goal for Brady, making 32 saves.
Souhegan 10, Kearsarge 3
Kearsarge hung with Souhegan into the second period, trailing just 4-3 in the season opener for both teams, but the Sabers started to pour it on, and it only got worse when two of the Cougars’ top players landed in the penalty box for much of the third period.
Will Aufranc had a hand in all three Kearsarge goals, scoring two and assisting on Duncan MacIntyre’s goal.
Berlin 3, Bishop Brady-Trinity 0
Brady-Trinity lost control of the game in the second period, allowing three goals in the frame en route to the road loss in the season opener.
Athena Sirois and Stephanie Sloane played well on defense in front of goalies Lauren Owsowitz and Sarah Plourde, and Arianna Harris led the offense at center. Brady-Trinity hosts Concord on Saturday night.
Spaulding 49, Concord 27
Concord couldn’t find its shooting touch in Rochester, dropping its season opener to Spaulding (2-0).
Defense kept the Tide in the game, holding the Raiders to just 18 first-half points, but the offense shot 4-for-19 from the field and trailed 18-12 at halftime.
A half-court trap to start the second half kept Concord within six points, when Spaulding switched to a zone defense, Concord’s shooting woes compounded, hitting just 1-for-10 in the final quarter as the Raiders pulled away.
Peyton Osgood scored nine points with eight rebounds to lead the Tide, while Nicole Jarry contributed four points and Kalli Sargent snagged seven boards.
Oyster River 40, Pembroke 36
The Spartans (1-1) dropped their first game of the season on the road, as Oyster River improved to 1-1.
No further details were reported.
Bishop Brady 43, Hopkinton 40
The Green Giants (3-0) rode a strong third quarter to a nine-point lead going into the fourth before Hopkinton mounted a comeback to get within two but couldn’t get the tying shot down. The whole contest proved to be a game of runs, with Bishop Brady pulling ahead of the Hawks (3-1) by double digits in the first and second halves.
Hopkinton trailed 26-22 at halftime and 37-28 going into the fourth quarter but pulled back within two in the final period.
Rebounding and tracking down loose balls were two key aspects that allowed Brady to keep the lead, according to Giants Coach Aaron Brochu.
“(Brady) turned up the intensity in the third, and it took us a while to catch up,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Hughes said. “We were better in the fourth, but it was too late.”
Riselly Deoleo and Emma Will each had 11 points and eight rebounds to co-lead the team in both categories. Sarah Thomas (10 points) and Riley Bennett (nine) added offense.
Sloane White led Hopkinton with 12 points and played a big part in the fourth-quarter comeback with eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the period. Sabrey Montore had eight points and was also key in the fourth, while Christine Spaulding had six points and put in a huge performance defensively.
“(Spaulding) shows the effort that the rest of the team should follow,” Hughes said.
Raymond 63, Hillsboro-Deering 57
The Hillcats (0-2) ran out of gas in the fourth quarter after leading 44-38 heading into the period. Raymond (1-2) outscored H-D by a 25-13 margin in the fourth.
Rood Monta led the team with 15 points, while Josh Gould scored eight and had a good defensive game. Mike Legare (two points) also played well.