High Schools: Tide wrestling team ride Comeau’s momentum to easy win
Concord's Walters Ndi swings Salem's John Bartose during their match at Concord High School on January 9, 2014.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Concord's Mitch Comeau (left) takes Salem's Connor Decker in the match between the schools on January 9, 2014 at Concord High School.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
For a moment, a wrestling match that wound up a blowout looked like it would go either way.
Mitch Comeau had his hands full in the opening match between Concord and Salem, as the Blue Devils’ Connor Decker came out and gained the upper hand early in the tilt between the 160-pounders. But Comeau kept fighting and kept battling, chipping away at Decker’s lead and proving that he wasn’t going to be an easy opponent.
Comeau, and the Crimson Tide, both came away with victories. His was difficult. Concord’s was not, as the Tide defeated Salem, 59-18, to add a chapter to its season that had its coach looking for the appropriate superlative afterward.
“The kids are really wrestling well. We’re really turning a corner,” Ham Munnell said. “They’re just working hard. You hope you’ll have this approach when you get a team, and it doesn’t always work out that way. … They compete all the time. It’s awesome.”
Concord (6-1) had all the inspiration it needed from the first match, when Comeau fell behind an aggressive Decker early but was able to extend the match and rally to a 7-6 victory.
“(Decker) kept coming at him. Mitch survived the onslaught, and as the match went on, he kept chipping away,” said Munnell, who called the duel the match of the night. “He kind of started us off.”
It was Salem’s first chance to grab the lead, and its best. Concord’s Calvin Crowell (170 pounds) and Walters Ndi (195) sandwiched pins around a forfeit at 182 to give the Crimson Tide a formidable 21-0 lead. Salem got pins at 220 and 106 pounds, bookending a Dylan Naylor pin at 285 pounds and bringing the Blue Devils to within 15 points at 27-12, but that was as close as they got. Nate Engel (113, pin), Connor Stadnicki (120, 12-0), Brandon Simpson (126, pin), Alex Kamau (132, 12-0) and Christopher Munnell (138, pin) had consecutive wins to put the Tide up 53-12, and Ian Wagner rounded out the Concord victories with a pin at 152 pounds.
Bishop Brady 58, Hanover 45
The Green Giants steadily pulled away for their second road win in three nights, improving their record to 2-1. Hanover fell to 1-3.
Brady led 14-11 after one quarter and 27-21 at halftime before taking control with a 19-11 advantage in the third.
“We toughened the defense up a little bit and created some fast-break opportunities,” Brady Coach Mark Yeaton said of the third quarter.
Aaron Svendson led the offense with 16 points and Brendan Johnson added 13.
Hillsboro-Deering 68, Sanborn 56
The Hillcats (2-4) trailed by a point entering the fourth quarter, but a strong performance at the free throw line helped them outscore the Indians 21-8 in the frame and pull out their second straight win.
Rood Monta led the way for H-D with 17 points, scoring 10 in the fourth to help the Hillcats erase a 48-47 deficit. Josh Gould added 13 points, and aided an 8-for-10 effort at the line for the final quarter by hitting 5 of 6 from the stripe.
Joey Kulbacki hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.
Bishop Brady 69, Sanborn 12
The Green Giants had an easy time improving their record to 6-0, grabbing a 24-0 first-quarter lead and 42-4 halftime advantage en route to the home win.
Riley Bennett led the balanced scoring effort with 14 points, while Sarah Thomas had 11 and Riselly Deoleo and Shannon Drouin scored 10 apiece.
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
Bishop Brady first
The Green Giants took up the top five places and six of the top seven in a meet at Pats Peak, giving them 394 points and first place over Goffstown (367), Oyster River (359), Windham (349) and Pembroke (341).
Sunny Choi won the race at 38.32 seconds (posting identical 19.16 runs), and the next spots were filled by Jack Bryck (39.11), Brendan Bryck (39.74), Sam Marshall (40.41) and Danny Bryck (40.44). Garrett Cahill finished seventh at 41.72.
Edward Miner was 13th at 44.96 for Pembroke, and was followed by Andrew Goulet (18th), Cole Sporcic (31st) and John Hollis (39th).
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
Bishop Brady first
Jill Thomas and Elisabetta Caldes tied for the best combined time to help the Green Giants to 392 points and first place over Oyster River (361), Goffstown (356), Pembroke (264), Windham (181) and Merrimack Valley (93) at Pats Peak.
Thomas and Caldes tied at 41.34 seconds, with Thomas (20.35) posting the faster first-run time and Caldes (20.81) having the faster second run. Gabby Eaton (43.07) was fourth, followed by Jill Durkin (fifth, 44.99), Nadia Crainich (sixth, 45.33) and Gabi Stewart (seventh, 45.62).
Lyla Boyajian had the fastest Pembroke time at 49.17, which was good for 13th, and she was followed on the team by Hannah Cunningham (16th), Shannon Drouse (20th) and Larissa Amour (26th).
Rachel Demers finished 10th at 48.03 for MV.
BOYS’ NORDIC SKIING
Owen Kanter’s win at Sandwich Fairgrounds helped the Hawks to 378 points, good for second behind Inter-Lakes (384) and ahead of Derryfield (356), Profile (356), Moultonborough (332) and Sunapee (163).
Kanter won with a time of 11:50, while James McCluskey was fifth at 12:27. The Hawks also got scoring finishes from Tim Jones (ninth, 12:44) and Aaron Dobe (11th, 12:52).
GIRLS’ NORDIC SKIING
The Hawks snagged the top two spots en route to 376 points and first place over Inter-Lakes (371), Moultonborough (370), Profile (355), Sunapee (332) and Derryfield (320).
Sarah Nadeau took first place with a time of 12:34, while Caroline Sweny finished second at 14:18. Maddy Sorel (12th, 16:29) and Katie Irwin (14th, 16:48) rounded out the Hawk scorers.
The Crimson Tide had its first meet of the season , finishing fifth behind Hanover, Plymouth, Sunapee and Hopkinton and ahead of Kennett.
Tyler Dow had the top finish for the Concord boys and was followed by Walker Richardson, Ben Denoncourt, Jacob Kelly, Dylan Burbank, Chris Fields and Dylan Martel. Lucy Arsenault led the girls and was followed by Sophie Pratt, Avery Loosigan, Susan Griffith and Marissa Splendore.