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High schools: Bow’s LaRiviere fights back to win Cap City title

  • Bow's Peter LaRiviere locks Bishop Hendricken's John Arruda in a hold during their championship match in the 138-pound class at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 1, 2014. LaRiviere took first place in the class. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Peter LaRiviere locks Bishop Hendricken's John Arruda in a hold during their championship match in the 138-pound class at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 1, 2014. LaRiviere took first place in the class.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Ian Wagner begins to take control in his semifinal match against Plymouth's Jim Nolan in the 152-pound weight class at the Capital City Classic on Saturday, February 2, 2014. Wagner went on to take second place in the weight class. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Ian Wagner begins to take control in his semifinal match against Plymouth's Jim Nolan in the 152-pound weight class at the Capital City Classic on Saturday, February 2, 2014. Wagner went on to take second place in the weight class.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's George Tarwo, right,  grapples with Bishop Hendricken's Hunter Boesch at Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's George Tarwo, right, grapples with Bishop Hendricken's Hunter Boesch at Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Christopher Munnell tries to pin Plymouth's Cody Avery in the 138-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Christopher Munnell tries to pin Plymouth's Cody Avery in the 138-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark's Nick Widmann takes on Massabesic's Tyler Everett in the 132-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    John Stark's Nick Widmann takes on Massabesic's Tyler Everett in the 132-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Mitch Comeau pins Windham's Ross Wentworth in the 160-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Mitch Comeau pins Windham's Ross Wentworth in the 160-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Richie Mills takes control in the 170-pound match against Massabesic's Trevor Burns at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Richie Mills takes control in the 170-pound match against Massabesic's Trevor Burns at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Walters Ndi tries to work out of a hold in the 195-pound match against Massabesic's Mike Risti at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Walters Ndi tries to work out of a hold in the 195-pound match against Massabesic's Mike Risti at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Peter LaRiviere locks Bishop Hendricken's John Arruda in a hold during their championship match in the 138-pound class at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 1, 2014. LaRiviere took first place in the class. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Ian Wagner begins to take control in his semifinal match against Plymouth's Jim Nolan in the 152-pound weight class at the Capital City Classic on Saturday, February 2, 2014. Wagner went on to take second place in the weight class. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's George Tarwo, right,  grapples with Bishop Hendricken's Hunter Boesch at Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Christopher Munnell tries to pin Plymouth's Cody Avery in the 138-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark's Nick Widmann takes on Massabesic's Tyler Everett in the 132-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Mitch Comeau pins Windham's Ross Wentworth in the 160-pound match at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Richie Mills takes control in the 170-pound match against Massabesic's Trevor Burns at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Walters Ndi tries to work out of a hold in the 195-pound match against Massabesic's Mike Risti at the Capital City Classic at Concord High School on Saturday, February 2, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

When he saw the blood coming from Pete LaRiviere’s nose, John Arruda went after it. Bishop Hendricken’s Arruda increased the bleeding, and the match had to be stopped four times to clean it up, but the strategy was probably a mistake.

“He kept popping me in the face. He was trying to make it bleed,” said LaRivere, a Bow High senior. “It got me mad, and I got a little more aggressive after that.”

That aggression led to a dominating 14-5 victory for LaRiviere in the 138-pound championship at yesterday’s Capital City Classic. By the end of the match, LaRiviere had plugs in both his nostrils and a bandage wrapped around his head, but none of that mattered.

“That’s motivation for him. After the blood started, it just turned into a fight, a fight with rules, but still a fight,” Bow Coach Brock Hoffman said. “It’s a battle out there and Pete battled back.”

LaRiviere was one of three local champions along with Winnisquam’s Richie Mills (170) and John Stark’s Nick Widmann (132). Concord didn’t have a champ, but the host Crimson Tide still had a good day at the 18-team tournament, finishing second with 202.5 points.

“We had a tough finals round, but we placed 13 kids and we wrestled tough,” Concord Coach Ham Munnell said. “We’ve got to get better, we’ve got to get some champs, but if we’re going to make some noise at the (Division I championships), this is how we’re going to do it, with everybody placing.”

Bishop Hendricken, which is located in Warwick, R.I., was first with an impressive 277 total. Bedford (185.5) took third and two Maine schools, Noble (185.5) and Massabesic (123.5), rounded out the top five. Bow and Winnisquam tied for 10th place with 50 points and Stark was 13th with 41.

LaRiviere also claimed a Cap City title last season. But his performance yesterday was more impressive than the one a year ago, when he had a 4-2 win in the finals, and it was probably his best day of wrestling this winter, too.

“He’s definitely starting to peak towards the end of the season, which is ultimately what you want your wrestlers to do, and he’s getting more physical and tougher with every match,” Hoffman said. “He’s just more thorough this year, he’s crisper, he’s hitting shots with some pop on it, and that’s what we’re looking for. It’s not so much about winning, but a better performance while winning, and I saw that.”

It’s a similar story for Winnisquam’s Mills, who took first at 170 in last year’s Cap City, but has made significant strides since then. Those strides have been motivated, in part, because after winning in Concord last winter, Mills was upset in the D-III tournament and placed fourth.

“Richie put in a lot of time in the offseason and it’s shown,” Bears Coach Paul Hrycuna said. “He was really good last year, but still did some sloppy stuff. This year he’s really fine tuned, he’s listening and he’s not sloppy at all. He’s added some dynamics to his wrestling, and it doesn’t matter where you put him, top, bottom or neutral, he’s good.”

Mills showed his toughness in the semifinals when he held on for a 4-3 win against the top seed, Hendricken’s James Sauro, who was coming after Mills with everything he had in the third period but couldn’t find a way to get that last point. And Mills showed his versatility in the final against Massabesic’s Trevor Burns when he attacked from neutral to take a 4-1 lead after the first period, escaped from bottom for a 5-1 lead after two, and rode Burns for most of the third before Burns got a late two-point reversal for the 5-3 final score.

It was the first Cap City crown for Stark’s Widmann, but he did beat last year’s 132 champ, Massabesic’s Tyler Everett, in the final. And Widmann did it in impressive fashion, claiming an 8-1 decision in the championship match after positing a second-period pin in the semifinals and a first-period pin in the quarters.

“He had a really nice day,” Stark Coach John Widmann said. “He was really strong in neutral today and he attacked from the very beginning. Earlier in the season he wouldn’t be aggressive until the end of the match, but now it’s right from the whistle he’s getting in there, setting things up and getting takedowns.”

There was only one down side for the younger Widmann, who was third in this tournament last year.

“I wanted to win to get my 100th win in the finals, I had 96 coming into today, but then I got a bye in the first round, so it didn’t happen,” said Widmann, who was the No. 1 seed and is now 99-19 in his three years at Stark. “But I was happy with the way I wrestled.”

Concord put two wrestlers in the finals, Walters Ndi (195) and Ian Wagner (152), but both got caught in first-period pins. It was a bit of an upset loss for Ndi, who was the defending Cap City champ and had already beaten his finals opponent, Massabesic’s Mike Risti, earlier this year with a one-point decision.

Wagner, on the other hand, exceeded expectations by reaching the finals. He posted a 12-3 major decision in the quarterfinals against Hollis-Brookline’s Wyatt Farwell and then pinned the top seed, Plymouth’s Jim Nolan, in the semifinals, before falling to Noble’s Joe Grenier in the finals. And Wagner wasn’t the only Tide wrestler to go above and beyond expectations.

Concord freshman Jake Pickard was filling in for junior Brandon Simpson (illness) and was unseeded, but he wound up taking third at 126. Pickard pinned his first two opponents, lost in the quarterfinals, but then rebounded with a 10-4 win and a first-period pin in the third-place match.

“We think (Pickard) is pretty good, but he hasn’t done it at this level yet,” Munnell said. “He’s made a couple cameo appearances as a starter and has done okay, but this is the first time he’s done it in a tournament.”

Munnell was also pleased with the third-place results from Cal Mackenzie (138) and Mitch Comeau (160), both of whom won their final matches by pin. Other wrestlers placing for Concord were Mark Hoyt (fourth at 106), Nate Engel (fifth at 113), Connor Stadnicki (fourth at 120), Alex Kamau (fourth at 132), Chris Munnell (fifth at 138), Dan Lawrence (fourth at 145), Calvin Crowell (fifth at 170) and George Tarwo (sixth at 182).

Bow junior Brendan Mooney finished sixth at 126 and Winnisquam freshman Tristan Mulleavey was fifth at 106.

“The Cap City, this is not an easy tournament,” Hrycuna said, “so for a freshman to come in and take fifth, that’s pretty good.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

WRESTLING

WINDHAM 72, FRANKLIN 12

It was a tough time for the Tornadoes as they took on a powerful Windham team.

The highlights came from Alex Hildreth (195) and Joshua Cross (220), both winning by pin.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Bishop Brady-Trinity 6, Bishop Guertin 3

Visiting Brady-Trinity beat Guertin for the second time in four days – accounting for the Cardinals’ only two losses of the season.

“We match up with them really well,” Coach Dan Earley said. “We’ve got a lot of team speed, and we took advantage of that.”

Brady-Trinity (5-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. Guertin (7-2) scored early in the second to make it 2-1, but Brady-Trinity upped its margin to 5-2 after the second.

Stephanie Snow led the offense with a goal and three assists, including a pivotal goal with 14 seconds left in the second to make it 5-2. Ann Margaret Disciscio (goal, two assists), Arianna Harris (goal, assist), Melissa Houde (goal), Sophia Palangas (goal), Ellen Owsowitz (goal) and Colleen Earley (three assists) contributed to the attack. Goalie Sarah Plourde made 15 saves.

BERLIN-Gorham 6, CONCORD 0

The Tide (1-8) struggled against a solid Berlin-Gorham (8-2) team.

Amandaline Tibbals and Casey Riddell split the game in net, making 20 saves.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Exeter 4, Concord 2

Three penalties in the first seven minutes put Concord in a 2-0 hole, and despite rallying to tie the game after two periods, the Tide (3-8-0) came up short against a team below it in the standings.

“I didn’t think we competed that great,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “We didn’t play desperate like we needed to when we’re 3-7 and fighting for the last playoff spot.”

After Exeter (2-7-1) jumped to the quick lead, Tim Weinhold got one back for Concord on the power play late in the first period. Bradley Murphy and Trevor Bickford assisted. The Tide pulled even at 9:35 of the second when Matt Norris and Weinhold set up Connor Beatty for a snap shot from the top of the circle.

Jesse Bedard (32 saves) kept it tied until the final five minutes, when Exeter capitalized on a turnover behind the net, then added an insurance goal on a breakaway with two minutes to play.

Hanover 2, Bishop Brady 1

The Green Giants (0-10-0) led 1-0 after two periods, but gave up a pair of power-play goals in the third to fall to Hanover (5-5-1). No details were reported.

John Stark-Hopkinton 5, Kennett 1

The Generals (5-3-1) used a strong forecheck to keep Kennett (4-4) bottled up in its own zone and scored three third-period goals to seal a win at home.

Kyle Kolehmainen scored the lone first-period goal and Jake Blanchette added one in the second to give Stark a 2-1 lead after two periods. Kolehmainen scored again in the third, with Robbie Ferguson (two assists) and Aidan Molnar (first career varsity goal) each lighting the lamp once.

Cal Loos, Tim Sawitsky, Peter Sawitsky and Cooper Bourque tallied single assists and Josh Gagne made 20 saves in net.

Bow 7, Somersworth/Coe-Brown 1

Bow improved to 8-2-0 with a road victory over Somersworth/Coe-Brown (4-6-0). No details were reported.

Alvirne 7, Pembroke-Campbell 1

Pembroke-Campbell (0-11-0) ended a two-game scoreless skid, but couldn’t overcome Alvirne (3-7-0). No details were reported.

Souhegan 4, Belmont-Gilford 3, OT

Souhegan (7-1-0) scored with 35 seconds left in overtime to hand Belmont-Gilford (10-1-0) its first loss of the season. No details were reported.

Laconia-Winnisquam 4, Con-Val 1

The Wolfpack (3-6-0) won for the second time in three games, beating visiting Con-Val (2-7-1). No details were reported.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Pembroke 54, Hanover 40

Hanover (5-4) gave the Spartans (10-1) a test, trailing by just three with 2½ minutes to play, but Pembroke sank 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. No details were reported.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

NASHUA NORTH 62, CONCORD 45

The Tide (1-9) trailed at halftime, 38-21 and couldn’t cut into the margin in the second half on Friday.

Cassidy Emerson led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Janessa Luciano and Peyton Osgood chipped in five points apiece. Deb Morill and Nicole Jarry also played well.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

MEET AT LEBANON

John Stark picked up two wins in a 10-team meet on Friday. Hailey Nase (3:05.33) and Maddy Ishak (1:09.61) both turned in personal bests in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke, respectively.

The 200 free relay team consisting of Nase, Ishak, Hazel Johnstone and Erin Scott (2:09.57) also had a new best.

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