High schools: Bow, Concord wrestling advance in duals tournaments

  • Bow High senior Wyatt Rheinhardt (top) wrestles against Plymouth’s Gianni Ciotti on Jan. 19. Rheinhardt won the match, 12-2, for his 99th career victory, but Plymouth won the team match, 48-17. The two teams will meet again Wednesday in the Division III final in Plymouth. JEFF SULLIVAN file photo / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Bow's Ryan Nicholls celebrates his win against Pelham during Saturday’s Division III semifinal wrestling match. The win from Nicholls propelled the Falcons to a 42-27 team decision and a spot in Wednesday’s final against Plymouth. Courtesy

  • Bow's Ryan Nicholls (right) competes against Pelham during a regular-season match on Jan. 13. The Falcons won that match and beat Pelham again on Saturday, 42-247, in the Division III semifinals in Bow, with Nicholls getting the key match-opening win. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 2/21/2021 12:37:15 PM

The path to get there was very different, but this Division III wrestling season will end the same way as last season – with Bow and Plymouth in the top two spots.

Bow defeated Pelham, 42-27, on Saturday in the D-III duals tournament semifinals to advance to Wednesday’s final at Plymouth. The Bobcats beat Mascoma, 45-15, in the other semifinal.

In the past, team champions have been decided at season-end division tournaments where wrestlers from every school in the division also compete for individual weight-class championships. Last year, Plymouth won the title at the D-III tournament and Bow was runner-up. Mixing so many student-athletes from so many schools in one gym on one day for that kind of tournament was not advisable during a pandemic, so the NHIAA went to a duals tournament format where teams wrestle head-to-head and advance through a playoff bracket.

Only six teams were elected to compete in the D-III duals tournament, so both Bow and Plymouth got first-round byes. Not only were they the two best teams last year, Bow was the 2019 D-III champ and 2018 runner-up and Plymouth won in 2017 and 2018.

The Falcons put themselves in position to grab another title with the win Saturday, a match that was jump-started with a win by pin from Bow’s Ryan Nicholls at 182 pounds.

“That was a really good push to start and gave us the energy we needed,” Falcons coach Brock Hoffman said.

Bow’s Wyatt Rheinhardt, the 126-pounder who surpassed the 100-win plateau earlier this season, Ben McDowell (132 pounds), Nick Wray (138) and Andrew Bliss (152) also won by pin against Pelham. Adler Moura (120) and Eli DiPhillippo (160) both won by forfeit.

Wednesday night’s championship at Plymouth will be a challenge for the Falcons. They will be forfeiting four of the 14 weight classes to the Bobcats, who have a full roster that is also loaded with talent. Plymouth used those advantages to beat Bow, 48-17, on Jan. 19, and Hoffman knows it will take a special effort from his team to turn around that result.

“It’s a small window of opportunity, but we can do it,” Hoffman said. “We just need all the stars to align right.”

D-I Wrestling

Concord 59, Keene 15

Key players: Concord – Will Ahlgren (win by pin at 152), Jack Sargent (win by pin at 160), Traevon Ling (win by pin at 106), Levi Madison (5-3 win at 113), Jamari Arzu (win by pin at 126), Jordan Reyes (win by pin at 132), Kaevryel Madison (12-0 win at 138), Aidan Fox-Morrill (11-3 win at 145), Hunter Jeffers (win by forfeit at 285), Abbas Abdulrahman (win by forfeit at 220), Kody Rashed (win by forfeit at 195)

Highlights: The Tide won 11 of 14 weight classes for a decisive victory over the Blackbirds in Saturday’s D-I quarterfinal dual. Concord will wrestle against Salem (winners of a 60-18 dual over Londonderry) in Wednesday’s semifinal. Timberlane and Nashua North are in the other semifinal match.


Girls’ Hockey

Concord 6, Lebanon-Kearsarge-Stevens 2

Key players: Concord High — Jaelyn Kelleher (4 assists), Maria Armaganian (goal, 2 assists), Joanna Dustin (2 goals), Leah Beauregard (2 goals), Kaitlyn McKinnon (goal, assist), Sophia Branch (assist), Elizabeth Brown (assist), Ayva Walsh (assist), Taylor Lamb (goaltending); Lebanon-Kearsarge-Stevens — Makayla Maccoili (goal), Lena Nowell (goal), Greta Barber (assist), Lily Barber (assist), Paige Hoegler (30 saves)

Highlights: LKS scored on a power play early in the third to cut Concord’s lead to 2-1 and put the game in doubt, but Dustin answered with a pair of goals, both assisted by Kelleher, to put the Tide back in control.

Coach’s quote: “Concord’s girls worked hard all three periods against a strong LKS team. They maintained their focus and it paid off with four goals in the third period for the win.” — Concord’s Timothy Herbert

Records: Concord 7-4-0; Lebanon-Kearsarge-Stevens 3-6-0

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 8, Pinkerton 1

Key players: Concord — Joey Ala (3 goals, assist), Brooks Craigue (goal, 2 assists), Tyler Coskren (goal, assist), Noah Drew (3 assists), AJ Dow (goal, assist), Parker Frederickson (goal), Jack Shoemaker (goal), Ryan Philbrick (2 assists), Kevin Jones (10 saves)

Highlights: Concord scored five unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “We came out strong. I thought our puck movement was better and all four lines contributed. We’ve got a big test on Monday against Exeter (10-1-0).” — Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 9-2; Pinkerton 1-4

Pembroke-Campbell 5, John Stark-Hopkinton 3

Key players: Pembroke-Campbell — Cameron Plumb (goal, 2 assists), Declan Sullivan (2 goals), Caden Mix (2 assists), Andrew Dufee (goal), Nathan Perry (goal), Logan Daigle (assist), Joey Sullivan (assist), Adam Omundson (18 saves); John Stark-Hopkinton — Lucas Gagnon (goal, 2 assists), Bobby Arnold (goal, assist), Cooper Rivers (goal), Tyler Scordo (assist), Thaddeus Maughan (assist), Caysen Allard (24 saves)

Highlights: The game was tied 1-1 after the first, but PAC scored three unanswered goals in the second period. The General Hawks answered with the first two goals of the third period to cut their deficit to 4-3, but Plumb scored with 8:53 left to give PAC a two-goal cushion.

Coach’s quote: “We started off a little sloppy in the first. I thought the second and third we picked up our game and we created plenty of chances. Lucas (Gagnon) had a good game with a tally on each of our goals.” — JSH’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: Pembroke-Campbell 5-2; John Stark-Hopkinton 1-3-0

Girls’ Basketball

Pembroke 43, John Stark 30

Key players: Pembroke — Ashley Stephens (23 points), Britney Hill (9 points); John Stark — Brady Johnson (10 points), Lilli Stogner (8 points)

Highlights: Pembroke fell behind early on its home floor, but used a 10-0 second-quarter run to take a 15-14 lead into half-time. The Spartans built on the lead in the third and a 3-pointer from Hill gave them a 28-21 lead headed into the final quarter. Stephens scored 10 of her 23 in the fourth as PA pulled away from the Generals, who did not play or practice last week due to health concerns within the school district.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t get rattled by their good start and just kept playing. Our defense really locked in and our shots started to fall. At the end of the game we did a great job spreading them out, using clock and getting quality baskets.” — Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

“Another week that we couldn’t practice and it showed. Hopefully, we can have a full week of work and get everyone on the same page.” — Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: Pembroke 4-7; John Stark 1-7

Hanover 60, Bow 50

Key players: Hanover — Stella Galanes (16 points), Melissa Whitmore (16 points); Bow — Bella LaPerle (14 points), Makayla Murray (8 points), Alex Larrabee (8 points), Maddie Speckman (7 points) Lindsey LaPerle (6 points)

Records: Hanover 11-0; Bow 10-2

Boys’ Basketball

Pembroke 61, John Stark 49

Key players: John Stark — Mason Kerr (13 points), Ben McKean (12 points 7 rebounds), Chad Martin (11 points 6 assists), Dylan Grivois (8 points), Gabe Lacasse (4 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists)

Highlights: After a week off, the Generals trailed by only two points going into the fourth quarter before Pembroke pulled away.

Coach’s quote: “I was proud of our effort tonight. The stops and starts of the season are difficult for everyone, but I think the boys really responded tonight. We were far more competitive tonight and we are growing every time we get out on the floor, as a coach you can’t ask for too much more than that.” — Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Pembroke 8-3; John Stark 2-6

Kearsarge 58, Coe-Brown 54

Key players: Kearsarge — Chris Stanchfield (27 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals), George Jallah (8 points, 10 rebounds), Nolan Grant (7 points), Bobby Needham (5 points), Connor Pillsbury (4 points), Tim Flanders (3 points), Sam Carl (2 points, 9 assists, 2 blocks, 3 steals); Coe-Brown — Keegan Paradis (18 points), Tommy Flanagan (13 points), Jack Lano (11 points), Cole Smith (10 points)

Highlights: Kearsarge’s Grant hit a baseline jumper to give the Cougars a 56-54 lead with 1:30 left, and Stanchfield hit two clutch free throws to ice the win.

Coach’s quote: “This was a great high school basketball game, two teams battling it out with a playoff type atmosphere. Credit Coach (David) Smith and Coe-Brown, they played really well and pushed us to the limit today. Grant and Stanchfield made some big plays for us late, but it was a team effort once again by everyone who played, as eight kids scored and many others grabbed a stat line in some way to contribute.” — Kearsarge’s Nathan Camp

Records: Kearsarge 8-3; Coe-Brown 5-7

Pelham 80, Bow 55

Key players: Bow – Matt Lamy (28 points); Pelham – Zach Jones (28 points), Jake McGlinchey (24 points)

Highlights: Pelham lost no time getting the jump on the Falcons in Saturday’s battle of undefeated teams, taking a 22-3 lead before the first timeout and a 22-7 lead after the first quarter. The Pythons continued to dominate the first half, leading 41-11 at halftime. The Pythons were led by their guards defensive intensity and their forwards control of the paint and pace. Bow committed 14 turnovers in the first half, but only one in the second as the Falcons outscored Pelham in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 52-30.

Coach’s quote: “We came out flat, turned the ball over and shoot poorly the whole first half. Most importantly, the kids agreed not to come out flat again.” – Bow’s Tim Lee

Records: Pelham 12-0; Bow 11-1

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