Bedford finishes 7th in D-I
NASHUA – Perennial title contender Timberlane won the 2016 Division I State Wrestling Meet on Saturday with 220 points, easily out-distancing second-place Concord with 159 at Nashua High School North.
En route to this score Timberlane tallied two wrestlers finishing first in their weight classes, four coming in second, four in third, two in fourth, and two more finishing fifth.
Bedford was seventh as a team with 90 points. The Bulldogs do have seven wrestlers returning to Nashua North for Saturday’s Meet of Champions – led by heavyweight champion Bobby Heald.
Heald will be joined in Nashua by teammates Adam Pagliarulo (second at 120 pounds), Jake Hall (fourth at 126), Victor Plante (sixth at 145), Jacob Collins (sixth at 152), Justin Mello (sixth at 182) and Ben Miller (fourth at 220).
Individually, the 106-pound weight class was won by Concord’s Mark Hoyt in a 5-3 decision over Manchester Memorial’s Samir Rai. Nashua South’s Matthew Lamarche finished fourth with Alvirne’s Jacob Leigh rounding out the scoring with a 6th place finish.
In the 113-pound weight class Keene’s Tristian Stetson defeated Nashua North’s Cole Nickerson in the semifinal round and Cam McClure of Alvirne in the championship round. Connor McGonagle of Timberlane won the 120lb division with a 6-0 decision over Bedford’s Adam Pagliarulo.
In the 126-pound weight class Alvirne’s Nicholas Milinazzo was state champion after defeating Londonderry’s Ryan Cabezas with an exciting 8-7 decision. In the 132lb class Pinkerton’s Shayne McCann defeated Timberlane’s Cody Lewis by pin. At 138 pounds Tristan Cabinta of Salem defeated Timberlane’s Justin Berube by a score of 6-3.
Nashua North’s Wayne Nolette cruised to a 12-3 decision over Salem’s Avery Santiago to win the 145-pound division, followed by his teammate, David Muite, coming up just short getting pinned in the championship round of the 152-pound division by Concord’s Chris Munnell.
At 160 pounds Cam Altobelli of Timberlane won a close match over Concord’s Cal MacKenzie 6-5. Nashua North would again come up just short as Titan, John Sweeney, was defeated in the final seconds by Londonderry’s Mahdi Achab in the 170-pound final.
Next George Tarwo of Concord defeated Timberlane’s David Post 7-3 to take the 182-pound crown. At 195-pound Dylan Barreiro of Pinkerton pinned Concord’s Mitch Comeau in 53 seconds to be named state champion.
In the 220-pound division Alvirne’s Da’Shaun Morrin came up short against eventual champion Ellis Feliz of Manchester Central, who pinned Timberlane’s Ryan Cole in the championship round.
The final match of the day was among the most exciting as Heald defeated Deene Hill of Pinkerton 3-1 in overtime in a rematch of last year’s heavyweight championship final.
A long day of wrestling came to a close as the champions were recognized on the podium with medals, followed by a celebration by the 2016 team champions, the Timberlane Owls.