High schools: Bow wrestling falls to defending champ Plymouth

  • Bow senior Wyatt Rheinhardt wrestles against Plymouth’s Gianni Ciotti on Tuesday night at Bow. Rheinhardt won the match, 12-2, for his 99th career victory. Plymouth, the defending Division III champ, won the team match, 48-17, over the Falcons, who were the D-III runners-up last year. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Bow senior Wyatt Rheinhardt celebrates after his 12-2 win against Plymouth’s Gianni Ciotti on Tuesday night at Bow. It was the 99th career victory for Rheinhardt. Plymouth, the defending Division III champ, won the team match, 48-17, over the Falcons, who were the D-III runners-up last year. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Bow freshman Adler Moura (left) wrestles Tuesday night at Bow High against Plymouth. Moura won 8-4, but Plymouth, the defending Division III champs claimed a 48-17 team win against the Falcons, who were the D-III runners-up last year. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Plymouth senior captain Charlie Comeau (right) shoots against Bow’s Nick Wray on Tuesday night at Bow. Comeau won by pin and Plymouth, the defending Division III champ, won the team match, 48-17, over the Falcons, who were the D-III runners-up last year. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Bow senior captain AJ Bliss (right) wrestles against Plymouth’s Mason Lessard on Tuesday night at Bow High. Bliss won, 13-2, but Plymouth, the defending Division III champs claimed a 48-17 team win against the Falcons, who were the D-III runners-up last year. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 1/20/2021 1:13:11 PM

The 48-17 final score says as much about roster size as it does about talent. Plymouth walked in to Bow High with a team 25 deep on Tuesday night while the Falcons have just nine on their roster.

Even when all nine of them wrestle, which is what happened Tuesday, Bow still has to forfeit five of the 14 weight classes. That’s not going to work against a powerhouse program like Plymouth, which has won four of the last six Division III championships and 11 total under long-time coach Randy Cleary. The Bobcats went 5-4 in the contested matches Tuesday, and that’s probably a closer measure of the two teams – Bow, after all, was the runner-up last year and won the D-III title in 2019.

“We knew from the beginning of the season that we had some kids not returning or dropping out, and we weren’t even sure if we were going to have a season, so we’re just happy with the athletes we did get to come out,” Brock Hoffman, now in his seventh year as the Falcons head coach, said Tuesday. “Tonight, our guys did wrestle with a lot of effort and hustle and we just tried to make the best out of it we could against a really good team like Plymouth.”

Bow’s four wins came from seniors Wyatt Rheinhardt, AJ Bliss and Ryan Nichols, and freshman Adler Moura.

Rheinhardt posted a 12-2 decision against Plymouth’s Gianni Ciotti at 120 pounds to earn the 99th win of his career. Bliss beat Mason Lessard, 13-2, at 152. Nichols won by pin at 182, and Moura worked an 8-4 decision at 126.

The Bobcats are led by senior captains Charlie Comeau, Joe D’Ambruoso and Cole Johnson. Comeau pinned Bow’s Nick Wray at 138 pounds, Johnson won by pin at 220 against Sean Nichols and D’Ambruoso won by forfeit.

Mike Milano (145), Eli Diphilippo (160) and Anthony Sutera (195) are the three other wrestlers for the Falcons, who opened the season with a 36-30 win against Pelham, which has a team about the same size as Bow. That should be the case in the Falcons next match against Campbell, but then Bow goes on the road to Goffstown, a school that’s twice as big, and to Plymouth.

No matter where they go or who they wrestle this season, the Falcons will also be adapting to the various health and safety guidelines that are unique to each team and school.

“It seems we’re always adjusting to different rules at different places, and you just have to be respectful of other people’s boundaries, and that’s really what it comes down to,” Hoffman said. “We have to wear masks here and there, or one place has two mats and another place only has one, it’s just different rules in different places and honestly, that’s life. People’s boundaries are just going to be different no matter where you go and you have to be able to adjust and adapt and that’s what we’re doing.”

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 4, Hanover 0

Key players: Concord — Brooks Craigue (2 goals), Noah Drew (goal), AJ Dow (goal), 1st career goal, Ryan Philbrick (2 assists), Tyler Coskren (assist), Dawson Fancher (assist), Parker Frederickson (assist), AJ Fennelly (assist), Joey Ala (assist), Will Pegnam (16 saves)

Highlights: This win Monday was the 500th for Dunc Walsh, who is in his 31st season as Concord’s head coach. It was the second game in three days for the Crimson Tide, which had just nine preseason practices. The shortened prep time and quick turnaround didn’t seem to bother Concord, which jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and tacked on single goals in the second and third periods for the win at home. The goal for Dow, a freshman, was the first of his varsity career.

Coach’s quote: “We played well at times but need to be more consistent. We need to be better with the puck and make better decisions. We just need to practice and get better and we will.” — Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 2-0-0; Hanover 0-1-0

Boys’ Basketball

Pembroke 75, Hopkinton 68

Key players: Pembroke — Michael Pitman (21 points), Preston Wallis (16 points), Cooper Gilman (11 points), Shondell Dudley (7 points), Hayden Godin (7 points); Hopkinton — Brendan Elrick (25 points), Quinn Whitehead (19 points), Owen Milchick (11 points), Eli Standefer (5 points), John Jacobsen (5 points)

Highlights: Pembroke Academy got great contributions from its bench to help build a 39-24 halftime lead and then answer the Hawks when they made runs in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We have really worked on our offensive game in the past week since our Bow losses and it showed tonight. I was very happy to see our ability to finish at times and attack the rim getting to the free throw line. We will continue to improve on that end. I think we can do a better job on the defensive end than we showed tonight. We gave away too many opportunities to close the gap by exchanging baskets. We need to clean up the fast break points we gave up off of a make for us. We have some work to do, no doubt, but we are getting better and will continue to improve. I saw some good things from Eli Standefer coming off the bench tonight and will continue to look for others to as well.” — Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

“With the open tournament, we’re playing 10-12 guys to get everyone experience and we’re really not seeing much of a drop off when the bench guys come in. So, we’re just trying to get better and be playing our best come tournament time. We have to rebound better, and tonight we could have a better job taking care of the ball and knowing clock and score at the end of the game, but I like this group and I’m excited about the big picture for us.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 2-0; Hopkinton 0-3

Kearsarge 75, Hillsboro-Deering 40

Key players: Kearsarge — Sam Carl (17 points, 7 assists), Robert Needham (15 points on 5 made 3s); Connor Pillsbury (12 points, 6 rebounds), Chris Stanchfield (12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds), George Jallah (6 points, 6 rebounds); Hillsboro-Deering — Zack Coombs, 24 Points, 3 rebounds, Joe Tsepas, 5 points, 6 rebounds

Highlights: This was the season opener for both teams and Kearsarge jumped out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 45-20 by halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We had tons of defensive energy that led to fast break points. For not having fans in the gym it was nice to see the boys make their own energy and feed off each other. It was a great team effort with tremendous balance tonight – 11 players scored, with four players in double figures, and we got great defensive hustle from Nolan Grant, Tim Flanders and Adam Reeve. Lots to still improve on, but a great first win and happy they can be playing.” — Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

“We just couldn’t close out on their shooters in time, and they couldn’t miss. We also got beat on the glass really bad, and you can’t turn the ball over and get out rebounded and expect to win. Hats off to those guys, we forced them outside and they knocked down their 3s.” —
H-D’s Joseph Lincoln

Records: Kearsarge 1-0; Hillsboro 0-1

Pittsfield 42, Derryfield 33

Key players: Pittsfield — Jordan Roode (11 points), Ben Marcotte (10 points, 12 rebounds), Jah Gordon (8 points, 5 assist, 3 steals)

Highlights: The Panthers pitched a shutout in the first quarter and held a 15-0 lead after one. They kept up the poised defense in the second quarter and led 31-12 at the half. MacGlashing fronted that defensive effort by limiting Derryfield’s top scoring threat to only two field goals in the first half. Pittsfield struggled to finish in the second half, but the defense and rebounding never stopped.

Coach’s quote: “I was very pleased with the defensive effort tonight. Everyone contributed defensively at one point during the game.” — Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 3-0; Derryfield 0-2

Coe-Brown 43, Oyster River 31

Key players: Coe-Brown — Keegan Paradis (14 points, 8 rebounds), Tommy Flanagan (12 points, 8 rebounds), Cole Smith (10 points, 4 assists), Tyler Bistany (11 rebounds)

Highlights: Paradis led Coe-Brown in scoring for the third straight game to open the season and the Bears won yet again, this time against their rivals from Durham on Monday night.

Coach’s quote: “Grinding rivalry encounter with intense defense throughout!” — Coe-Brown’s David Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 3-0; Oyster River 0-2

Girls’ Basketball

Bedford 59, Concord 42

Key players: Concord — Elizabeth Blinn (15 points), Ava Woodman (11 points)

Highlights: Both teams found their offense early and Bedford held a 15-11 lead after the first quarter and built it to 30-20 by halftime. The third quarter was the difference as the Crimson Tide missed some open shots and turned the ball over while the Bulldogs were knocking down their open shots.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight we learned a lot about ourselves and the things we need to work on. We need to continue to find balance offensively, and win more of the toughness plays. Defensively we did some really good things. There is no doubt in my mind, with the group of kids that we have, that we will work hard to fix those things. We get a chance to play Bedford again on Friday. I look forward to seeing our approach to practice the next two days.” — Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Bedford 1-1; Concord 2-1

Hopkinton 60, Pembroke Academy 56 OT

Key players: Hopkinton — Maurgan McGrath (16 points), Kally Murdough (10 points, 4 assists), Brooke Carlson (10 points, 10-for-10 from the free throw line); Pembroke Academy — Ashley Stephens (19 points), Annelise Dexter (14 points), Britney Hill (eight points), Cierra Hill (seven steals)

Highlights: McGrath drained a 3 pointer with 2.5 seconds to go to tie the game and send it into overtime as the Hawks came back from a 16-point deficit to pick up their first win.

Coach’s quote: “So proud of the girls being down by 16 at the half and coming all the way back against a good Pembroke team. We never quit and kept working hard to get the job done.” — Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

“We had a strong first half and shot very well. We struggled from the field in the second half and Hopkinton kept making runs. We withstood most of them, but not the final one. It’s great that we put ourselves into position to win, but we have to make better decisions and execute a little better down the stretch. Definitely a positive showing overall, but we have some things to work on.” — Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

Records: Hopkinton 1-2; Pembroke Academy 0-2

Bishop Brady 54, Merrimack Valley 48

Key players: Bishop Brady — Isabella Rivera (18 points), Ami Rivera (12 points), Halle Laramie (12 points), Libbey Hicks (8 points)

Highlights: The Giants started strong and played their up-tempo, high-pressure style all game long.

Coach’s quote: “It was good to get a hard-fought win against a rival and team that knows us very well. MV played extremely hard and made it difficult for us all night. They shot extremely well from the free throw line and the game was close all the way until the end.” — Brady’s Sal Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 3-0; Merrimack Valley 1-3

Coe-Brown 62, Oyster River 40

Key players: Coe-Brown — Valentina White (34 points, 8 assists), Jenny Bettencourt (8 points, 6 assists), Oliva Noni (10 rebounds)

Highlights: After losing their first two games of the season, the Bears bounced back with this home win on Monday against their rivals from Durham. Coe-Brown built a 35-15 lead by halftime and never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “Our experience showed itself tonight. Both Valentina and Jenny took on pushing the ball for some easy baskets. Valentina had a great night shooting, but she set up a lot of her teammates as well. Team overall played well. Olivia, Molly (Ewing) and Natalie (Riley) did I nice job underneath for us.” — Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 1-2; Oyster River 1-2

JV results

■The Merrimack Valley JV boys’ basketball team improved to 4-0 after wins against Concord, 49-40, and Bishop Brady, 63-38. MV made 25 of 36 free throw attempts in its win against Concord as Brandon Dukette led the Pride with 18 points and and Liliam Lawati added five points. Dukette scored 16 in the win against Brady while Andrew Suprenant had 13 points and Buddy Eddy added 12.

■The Concord JV girls’ basketball team lost to Bedford, 33-31. Jaylyn Jefferson had 15 points for Concord, Alyssa Hines added eight points and Raegan Wessling played well defensively.

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