High schools: Concord wrestling opens season with win over Alvirne

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  • Crimson Tide wrestler Ethan Comeau has his hand raised by the referee after his victory in the 126-pound match on Wednesday at Concord High School. Concord beat Alvirne, 53-22. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Crimson Tide wrestler Liddon Ling (left) battles with Alvirne’s Dylan Levesque in the 152-pound match Wednesday at Concord High. Rich Miyara photos / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Ethan Comeau takes down Alvirne’s Ayden Spencer in the 126-pound match.

Monitor staff
Thursday, December 07, 2017

The entire season is still in front of it, but if Wednesday was any indication, the new-look Concord boys’ wrestling team should have little trouble repeating the success of years past.

In its first match without George Tarwo and Chris Munnell – two staples of the program and senior captains of last year’s team – the Tide won 10 of 14 matches against Alvirne and rolled to a 53-22 victory in the season opener.

Stepping up as captains this year, Liddon Ling and Alexander Buteau both set the tone with wins at 152 pounds and 220 pounds, respectively. But it was the underclassmen that caught the eye of longtime coach Ham Munnell.

Freshman Trey Fortier won at 120 pounds over Alvrine’s Jake Leigh by decision, 4-2, and three sophomores earned impressive wins by fall, including Cameron Cate over Devin Murphy at 132, Ethan Comeau over Ayden Spencer at 126 and Sam Wagner over John Fain at 113.

“The young kids did a great job. We have a long way to go but I saw a lot of good things,” said coach Munnell, who’s still trying to gauge this year’s group early in the season.

Also picking up wins for the Tide on the mat were Nicholas Bunch (13-9 decision over Tim Barett at 138), Isaac Gladey (pinfall over Alec Prescott at 170) and senior Ian Schafer (pinfall over Michael Byron at 195).

Sophomore Ghanashyam Darjee won by forfeit in the 106-pound weight class.


Bow 48, Pelham 19

Key players: Bow – Anna Krause (win by pinfall at 132), Andrew Bliss (win by pinfall at 138), Mark Borak (win at 152)

Highlights/key moments: In the opening match of the season, it was the freshmen igniting the victory for the Falcons. Krause got things started with a win in her varsity debut, and Bliss followed up with an impressive victory of his own to top the Pythons.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t win a match until (Krause) stepped up and got it done.” – Bow’s Brock Hoffman

Records: Bow 1-0; Pelham 0-1


Newfound 57, Gilford 54

Key players: Newfound – Jasmine Peterson (18 points); Gilford – Shelby Cole (13 points), Brooke Beaudet (13 points), Abby O’Connor (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles came out on the wrong end of a tightly contested Lakes Region matchup on Tuesday night. The 18 points for Peterson were a career-high for the freshman.

Records: Newfound 2-0; Gilford 0-2