High school wrestling: Area grapplers compete in first tourneys of season; Bow’s Moura, Winnisquam’s Osmer, Kearsarge’s Selby win titles

  • Sophomore Cullen Burke (top) pins his opponent during Concord’s season-opening wrestling match at Pinkerton Academy on Dec. 7. Courtesy of Crystal Haskell

Monitor staff
Published: 12/11/2022 1:31:00 AM
Modified: 12/11/2022 1:30:40 AM

After opening the season with dual meets earlier in the week, area high school wrestling teams competed in their first tournaments on Saturday.

Concord finished ninth at the Salem Blue Devil Classic; while Bow, John Stark, Kearsarge and Winnisquam competed at the ConVal Early Bird.

Concord’s veterans in the higher weight classes went the deepest in their brackets, with seniors Nathan Feudner (third at 285 pounds) and Rumi Mistry (fourth at 182) placing. Feudner went 4-1 in the tourney, winning three of his matches by pin. Mistry went 3-2, with all of his victories coming from pins.

The Tide scored 74 points, while hosts Salem (182.5 points), Central Catholic, Mass. (171.5) and Bedford (165.5) were the top three teams in the 15-team field.

At the ConVal Early Bird, Keene (224), Plymouth (210), Exeter (163.5) and Bishop Guertin (157) were the top four teams.

Winnisquam (122) was the top area team, finishing in fifth place, with John Stark (sixth, 103), Kearsarge (ninth, 54) and Bow (10th, 50) also competing in the 13-team field.

Winnisquam was led by junior Henry Osmer’s title at 145 pounds. Osmer advanced to the final with three pins before winning a 9-0 major decision against Plymouth’s Nolan Galvin in the final.

Ryan Cormier (second 113), Aemon Gauthier (second 126), Lucas Fournier (sixth 106), Ben Fair (sixth 132) and Ari Booth (sixth 138) also placed for the Bears.

John Stark had no individual champions, but seven of 12 wrestlers reached the top six for the Generals. Caleb Hauptman (third 120), Lukas Boulanger (third 220), Sean Crean (fourth 126), Stephen Johnston (fourth 170), Alex Descoteau (fourth 195), Brayden Menard (sixth 138) and Deltyn Williams (sixth 182) were Stark’s top finishers.

Senior Dylan Selby won the 152 weight class for Kearsarge behind two pins and two decisions, including a narrow 9-8 win Exeter’s William Hartford in the final.

Colby Cummings (second 285) and Caleb Cummings (fourth 220) also placed for the Cougars.

Bow’s Adler Moura pinned his first three opponents and won a 10-3 decision over Keene’s Peyton Gowell to claim the 120-pound division to lead the Falcons. 

Newcomers Josiah Funches (fifth 160) and Jacob Coulon (sixth 170) also placed well for Bow.

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