Tomahawks take fifth at tourney

The Milford High School gymnasium was in a state of organized chaos on Saturday with a plethora of wrestlers from around the state, and some out of state, seeking to put a stranglehold on their opponents in the Milford wrestling tournament.

With most teams just one match deep into their seasons, the exhibition tournament provided the opportunity for wrestlers to experiment with and answer questions regarding their ability with the incentive of claiming some hardware.

Winchester, Mass., finished atop the overall standings with 218 points, Nashua North was second with 201, Coventry, R.I., was third with 200, Milford was fourth with 135, Merrimack was fifth with 97, Buzzards Bay, Mass., and Dean Tech, Mass., both came up sixth at 66 points followed by Manchester West with 40 and Souhegan with three.

Merrimack head coach Tim McMahon knew the competition would be arduous, but got the top five finish he was hoping for.

“Those kids wrestled really hard and we did about as well as we expected to,” McMahon said. “Still a lot of work to do.”

The Tomahawks took home four silver medals by Ben Cronin at 120 pounds, Chad Mason, 145, Mitchell McMahon, 152, and Adam Pickard at 285. Lucas Gardenour took third for Merrimack in the 220 class.

The Titans were a strong presence in the Milford gym, with four wrestlers winning their brackets. Marcel Laplante, 113, Cameron Bennet, 126, Peter Daniels, 132 and Joe Chemelski, 195, were the first placers and taking bronze medals were Cole Nickerson, 106, John Sweeny, 152, Justin Mercer, 160 and Evan Manns, 182.

Five Spartans walked off the mat with medals including Travis Hughes who defeated Pickard by a 33 second fall to take first place in the 285 class.

“I was very happy with our team’s performance,” said Milford head coach Dana Bourassa. “One thing is we’re a together team and that’s very important to me.”

Dominic Nguyen came home third in the 113 class and Jacob Girouard took bronze in at 120 pounds for the Spartans.

“I think everybody wrestled up to their potential,” said Milford’s Devin Dolliver who placed third in the 138 class.

“I feel like our confidence boosted a lot,” said Scott Dannewitz who placed second at 170 pounds. “We hung in with a lot of really good teams today and they’re out of our division and out of our state so I really think we can compete against anyone in our division.”

“We built a lot of confidence today, but we know what we have to do now to get better,” Bourassa said. “We have a lot of technique that we need to work on.”