High schools: Concord wrestling rolls past Central in season-opening match

Monitor staff
Published: 12/5/2018 11:56:57 PM

During the preseason, Concord High wrestling coach Ham Munnell liked what he was seeing from junior James Bonnell. The longtime coach thought he might have a diamond in the rough in Bonnell, who is relatively new to the sport, but Munnell wasn’t sure how the junior would compete when the season began.

Bonnell wasted no time answering that question in Wednesday’s season-opening match at Manchester Central. The 138-pound junior pinned his Little Green opponent in just seven seconds and the Tide rolled to a 60-23 win in Manchester.

Bonnell’s win was one of six first-period pins for Concord, but it wasn’t the fastest. Ethan Comeau needed just two seconds to pin his opponent at 120 pounds and give the Tide a 12-5 lead after three matches. Concord’s other first-period pins belonged to Evan Berube (145), Daniel Rosales (160), Tyler Simpson (170) and Isaac Gladey (182).

“The 10 guys who won for us tonight really dominated,” Munnell said.

The coach was particularly pleased with Berube and Rosales, two more newcomers to the starting lineup who flashed potential in the preseason and backed it up by wrestling tough on Wednesday.

Concord senior tri-captain Noah Giffard faced one of Central’s top wrestlers, Camren Varney, and came away with a second-period pin to claim the 220-pound showdown. The Tide got wins by forfeit from Ghana Darjee (106), Jack Sargent (126) and Nick Bunch (152).

While there were plenty of highlights, Munnell also saw areas for improvement. That’s how you build a program that’s been one of the best in the state for decades, has finished second in Division I for three straight years and is hoping for even more this winter.

“It was okay, it was fine,” Munnnell said of the season-opening win, “but we have high expectations.”


Bow 70, Mascoma 6

Key players: Bow – Skylar Hattendorf (win at 126 pounds), Zack Anderson (win at 132), Ben Boufford (win at 138), Alex Schultz (win at 145), Andrew Bliss (win at 152), Alex Boufford (win at 160), Daniel Scott (win at 170), Aiden Hyslop (win at 182), John Sutera (win at 195), William Zachistal (win at 285), Wyatt Reinhardt (win at 113), Colby Rousseau (win at 120)

Highlights: Ben Boufford, Schultz, Bliss, Sutera, Zachistal and Rousseau all earned victories by pins in a match dominated by the Falcons. Anderson, one of the strongest returning seniors for Bow, picked up a win by major decision at 132 pounds.

Records: Bow 1-0; Mascoma 0-1


Gilford 51, Belmont 37

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (19 points), Molly Sottak (6 points, defense), Morgan Hall (3 points, defense), Lizzie Fleming

Highlights: The Raiders held a 22-21 lead at halftime, but they couldn’t stop Gilford’s parade to the charity stripe in the second half. The Golden Eagles finished the game 22-for-30 shooting free throws while Belmont was 6-for-15.

Coach’s quote: “The free throw line was the difference tonight, but I was proud of the effort and I thought we made big strides from our game against Conant (a 73-37 loss in the season-opener).” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 0-2; Gilford 1-1

Hopkinton 53,
Hillsboro-Deering 22

Key players: Hopkinton – Maurgan McGrath (11 points), Katie Meserve (10 points, 6 rebounds), Amelia Thomas (6 points 5 assists)

Highlights: On Tuesday night in Hillsboro, Hopkinton jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to earn its second win in as many tries.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good night for the Hawks as we shared the ball impressively. Credit to Hillsboro, who played hard all game.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 2-0; Hillsboro-Deering 0-2

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