High schools: Concord wrestling pins down top spot at Minickiello Holiday Tournament

Monitor staff
Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Concord High wrestling program continued its success at tournaments, winning six individual titles to take first place as a team at Saturday’s 24-team Minickiello Holiday Tournament in Keene.

The Tide’s 314 points easily topped host Keene (195), Exeter (150), Bow (126.5) and Newport (120.5) in the top five.

Sam Wagner (106), Ben Widmann (145), Tyler Simpson (160), Isaac Gladey (170), Noah Giffard (195) and Alex Buteau (220) won their respective divisions for Concord.

Jack Sargent (113), Ethan Comeau (220) and Isaac Habimana (145) were runner-up finishers.

Trey Fortier (third at 120), Evan Berube (third at 132), Ian Schafer (third at 285), Tommy Sargent (fourth at 132), Hugh Gunnison (fourth at 182), Cam Cate (fifth at 126), Nick Bunch (fifth at 138) and Abbas Abdulrahman (fifth at 152) were the other top five finishers for Concord.

“The kids are wrestling hard. It was a great team win,” Tide coach Ham Munnell said.

Bow was led by Zack Anderson’s second-place finish at 126 while Colby Rousseau (113), Alex Boufford (160) and Aidan Hyslop (170) came in fourth.

Kearsarge finished 13th with 50 points behind Mason Benedict’s win at 132.

Coe-Brown’s Tucker Goodwin, the lone competitor for the Bears, won the 113 title as Coe-Brown finished 17th.

John Stark finished 18th behind seventh-place finishes from Anthony L’Hereux (138), Thomas Johnston (160) and Jeffrey Johnston (220).


Belmont third, Winnisquam seventh

Key players: Belmont – Hunter Dupuis (1st 300), Nick Randos (1st 1,500), Marc Forgione (3rd 55 dash), 4x160 (1st), 4x400 (3rd); Winnisquam – Dylan Robert (2nd 3,000), Andre Cormier (tied 2nd high jump); Laconia – Dan Engelsen (9th 1,500)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders won three events to finish third with a team score of 42 points. Hunter Dupuis, Connor Dupuis, Forgione and Lucas Mathieu formed the winning 4x160 relay. Winnisquam scored 11.5 points. Engelsen was the lone competitor for Laconia.

Bow third

Key players: Bow – Brian Bushnell (1st 55 and 300), Andrew Ralson (4th 300), Caleb Olson (4th 1,000)

Highlights/key moments: Bushnell swept the sprints and was on the second-place 4x160 relay, leading the Falcons to third in a nine-team meet at UNH. The only teams to top Bow’s 37 points were Division I Alvirne (65) and Dover (61). Grady Beaulieu, Aiden Westenberg and Ben Kimball joined Bushnell on the 4x160 relay.

Franklin sixth, Kearsarge seventh

Key players: Franklin – Kyan Graves (2nd shot put), Christian Shepard (5th high jump); Kearsarge – Ben Corbyn (1st high jump at 5-6); Gilford – Michael Wernig (7th 600)

Highlights/key moments: Portsmouth (115 points) ran away with a meet at UNH. Franklin scored seven points to finish sixth and Kearsarge tied for seventh with six points. Gilford competed, but did not score.


Belmont sixth, Laconia and Winnisquam seventh

Key players: Belmont – Sana Syed (1st 55 hurdles in 9.94, 2nd long jump), Jessica Hutchinson (4th 1,000), 4x400 (3rd); Laconia – Skyler Tautkus (1st 300 in 46.64, 2nd 55 dash); Winnisquam – Olivia Doubleday (4th shot put), 4x160 (3rd)

Highlights/key moments: Syed won the hurdles to lead Belmont to sixth place in a 10-team meet at UNH. The Raiders finished sixth with 22 points, while Laconia and Winnisquam tied for seventh with 13 each. Phillips Exeter (61) and Winnacunnet (57.5) were the top two teams.

Bow eighth

Key players: Bow – Emma Gagne (2nd long jump), Meredith Krause (5th 600), Isabelle Slocum (6th 55 hurdles)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons finished eighth with 12 points at a nine-team meet at UNH. Bedford (63) and Spaulding (50) were the top two teams.

Gilford sixth, Kearsarge seventh

Key players: Gilford – Natalie Fraser (2nd 300), Madison Relf (5th 1,500), Emma Ramsey (5th 55 hurdles); Kearsarge – Mya Dube (1st 3,000 in 10:55), Lydia Pinard (fifth shot put); Franklin – Sydney Ericson (9th 55 hurdles)

Highlights/key moments: Fraser scored the majority of Gilford’s nine points, leading the Eagles to sixth in a nine-team meet at UNH. Dube’s win in the 3,000 earned the majority of Kearsarge’s eight points.