High Schools: Winnisquam wrestlers claim first as hosts of five-team tourney
Paul Hrycuna remembers seeing a third-place trophy from the Winnisquam wrestling tournament in the school’s trophy case, but that’s about the most recent piece of hardware he can recall.
Six Winnisquam wrestlers won their respective weight classes and the Bears won their own tournament yesterday in impressive fashion.
“It’s the first tournament in I don’t know how long that Winnisquam’s won,” Hrycuna said. “It’s the first piece of hardware these kids have got to bring home.
“It shows that they’re capable of doing great things if everyone is there, everyone is healthy and everyone is working hard.”
For the first time in several weeks, the Bears came in healthy and with a complete lineup, and the results showed. Winnisquam scored 134 points to beat Pelham (93), a team it had lost to just three days before in a dual meet. Windham’s B team was third with 76 points, followed by Merrimack’s B (60) and Kearsarge (56).
Richey Mills won the 170-pound weight class and was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler, and Bill Chavanelle captured the 220-pound title by pinning Kearsarge’s Robert Smith in the final after having been pinned by Smith three days before.
Tristan Mulleavey (106), Blake Duval (120), Christian Duquette (152) and Dakota Vantassel (195) also took top honors.
Four other Bears wrestlers reached the finals and finished runner-up: Garrett Patten (106), Logan Patten (113), Cooper Guilmain (132) and Edward Ojikeutu (145).
Tyler Field (126) and Kyle Bolduc (132) grabbed third-place finishes, while David Mclelland (138), DJ Aldridge (182) and Brandon Havlock (185) earned fourth-place finishes.
Coming off its first tournament win, Winnisquam hosts two-time defending Division III champion Windham this Wednesday.
Concord 59, Bishop Guertin 15
Concord 36, Con-Val 12
The Crimson Tide swept a pair of matches to improve to 8-1 overall in dual meets (7-1 in-state).
Calvin Crowell led the way for Concord with a pair of pins at 170. Dylan Naylor (285, pin against BG/major decision vs. Con-Val), Nate Engel (113, decision/pin) and Alex Kamau (132, decision/pin) also came away with two wins apiece.
Against Guertin, Ian Wagner (152), George Tarwo (182), Walters Ndi (195) and Tyshon Roberts (220) all won by fall, Mitch Comeau (160) earned a major decision, and Connor Stadnicki (120) and Brandon Simpson (126) picked up forfeit wins.
Against Con-Val, Dan Lawrence (152) won by fall and Chris Munnell (138) picked up a major decision.
JOHN STARK FOURTH
The Generals hung tough to take fourth in a five-team meet that included Bedford, Newport, North Andover (Mass.) and Whittier Tech (Mass.).
“With the tough competition that we faced,” Coach John Wideman said, “I thought we wrestled well.”
Andrew Hewey won all four of his matches. Kellen Brien, Isaiah Prevo, Nick Widmann and Terry Zervos each won three out of four matches, while Zach Feudner and Deric Farris won two of four matches.
SPAULDING 4, BOW 1
The Falcons suffered their first loss of the season in a frustrating contest.
Doug Champagne scored 27 seconds into the third period to pull the Falcons (5-1) within a goal at 2-1, but Spaulding answered with its third goal before eventually adding an empty-netter.
Jake Rand and Chris Fournier had assists on Champagne’s goal.
Robbie Margeson made 14 saves and Nate Corriveau played well defensively. Coach Tim Walsh described Corriveau as “the best player on the ice at all times for us.”
Belmont-Gilford 7, Con-Val 1
The Bulldogs broke out with four goals in the first period to roll past Con-Val (1-4-0) and improve to 4-0-0.
Dylan Treamer got things started off assists from Daryll Cahill and Brogan Hurst, and before the period was over Cahill had scored one of his own (on the power play) and Caleb Drouin had potted a pair.
Drouin and Cahill both finished with two goals and an assist, and Andrew D’Amour had a four-point game with a shorthanded goal and three assists.
Nate Bowler also scored for Belmont-Gilford with an assist from Jason Taylor.
Calvin Davis and Bailey Defosie split time in goal, combining for 29 saves as the Bulldogs outshot Con-Val, 44-30.
John Stark-Hopkinton 8, Laconia-Winnisquam 6
The Generals (2-1-1) trailed 4-3 heading into the third period, but Jake Blanchette scored three third-period goals and the Generals scored four times in the final five minutes for a come-from-behind win on the road.
Blanchette scored the first goal of the third period to tie the game at 4-4, but the Wolfpack responded with two goals to take a 6-4 lead. The lead held until the final five minutes when Blanchette (two assists) lit the lamp two more times and Robbie Ferguson (two goals) and Cal Loos (two goals, assist) added a goal each.
The Generals took advantage of a clean, penalty-free third period to use their speed and control the tempo, outshooting the Wolfpack 17-8.
Freshman Tim Sawitsky scored his first career varsity goal and had an assist, while defensemen Alex Lajeunesse and Garrett Thomas each doled out a pair of assists. John Brown (20 saves) and Josh Gagne (12 saves) split the goaltending duties.
Dakota Tyno scored two goals for Laconia-Winnisquam (1-3).
LEBANON 4, BISHOP BRADY-TRINITY 2
Bishop Brady-Trinity (3-2) held a 1-0 at the end of the first, but Lebanon took control for the remaining two periods.
“They’re a strong team,” Coach Dan Earley said. “They’re a little deeper than us, and that made the difference.”
Ann Margaret Disciscio and Melissa Houde scored the Brady-Trinity goals, with assists from Arianna Harris and Stephanie Snow. Stephanie Sloane and Athena Sirois played well defensively. Goalie Sarah Plourde made 19 saves.
Several local athletes competed in the two-day Dartmouth Relays meet in Hanover, featuring top track athletes from around New England.
The Coe-Brown girls sent the largest local contingent, with Hannah Parker boasting the highest local finish, placing second in the 1,000 (3:00.32). Elisabeth Danis finished sixth in the mile (5:17.2), ahead of teammate Brooke Laskowsky (17th). Jessie Carney (seventh) and Meg Scannell (10th) ran well in the unseeded two-mile. Parker, Meg Scanell, Katie Scannell and Danis teamed up to finish fifth in the 4x800 relay (10:02).
Jeremy Brassard (12th in the mile) and Lucas Fisher (14th in unseeded two mile) ran well representing the Coe-Brown boys.
Joseph Boles of Belmont (sixth 800, 2:01.32) and Megan Reese of Concord (fourth pole vault, 10-6) were the other local athletes to score points. Smita Boesch-Dining of Concord finished 10th in the mile and 13th in the 800. Shane Corley of Kearsarge finished 18th in the unseeded mile.
Meet at Oyster River
Swimmers from Coe-Brown and Winnisquam competed in a meet at Oyster River that also included Souhegan, Windham, Hollis-Brookline and Laconia.
Coe-Brown’s Zach Wood finished second in the 500 freestyle (5:24.98) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.63). On the girls’ side, Molly Gibson finished second in the 100 freestyle (58.91) and third 50 freestyle, and Emelia Crenshaw was second in 500 freestyle (5:46.02) and third 200 individual medley. The 400 freestyle relay finished third.
Rachel Willcutt finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 100 butterfly for Winnisquam.
Hopkinton 71, Mascenic 47
Brian Hauschild and Riley McNicholas contained Mascenic’s star player and Gabe Nichols had 28 points (including a two-handed dunk over the heads of two Vikings) and 13 rebounds to lead the Hawks (4-1) to a win on the road.
“They did a tremendous job setting the tone for us,” said Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase, noting that Mascenic’s top scorer, who averages 25 points a game, was held to six points (only one field goal) thanks to tight defense from Hauschild and McNicholas.
Sam Winslow (nine points, eight rebounds) and Jake Nelson (10 points, six rebounds) had solid games. Hauschild also had nine assists and McNicholas added four.