Pelham's Becker takes Division 3 state title

Pelham placed four wrestlers at the New Hampshire Division 3 meet at Campbell, led by 106-pounder Alex Becker. Winning his first-ever tournament, he improved his record to 26-15.

Also placing for the Pythons were 126-pound runner-up Matt Koch, while both Zach Koch (132) and Chase Crawford (152) both took thirds.

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Pelham's Becker takes Division 3 state title

Pelham placed four wrestlers at the New Hampshire Division 3 meet at Campbell, led by 106-pounder Alex Becker. Winning his first-ever tournament, he improved his record to 26-15.

Also placing for the Pythons were 126-pound runner-up Matt Koch, while both Zach Koch (132) and Chase Crawford (152) both took thirds.

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MVC Day in Division 1 North

METHUEN — Haverhill’s super sophomores are now chiseled juniors and they proved it Saturday afternoon at the Division 1 North sectional.

Reece Millington breezed through his 145-pound weight class to win his first sectional while Luc Chretien was a repeat champion, dominating the 195-pound division.

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Scalzo stuns NE champ to spark Owls in 1-point thriller over Londonderry

PLAISTOW — Thanks largely to Dan Scalzo, the streak lives on.

Scalzo stunned defending New England champion Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonderry with an 8-6 decision in a 138-pound thriller to key Timberlane to a 31-30 victory, extending its state-record streak of dual-meet wins to 107.

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Barreiro, Butterbrodt cap stellar seasons

NORTH ANDOVER — When you get to this stage of the year, it doesn't matter how you finish things off. Not as long as you cap the season with a title on the biggest of stages.

Dylan Barreiro's last victory of the campaign might not have been the prettiest, but the Pinkerton junior will now always have the tag of 195-pound New England champion.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final period, Barreiro took advantage of penalty points — one for stalling and another for starting before the whistle — to pull out a 3-1 win over Connecticut champ Khamri Thomas.

"He was backing up on me," said Barreiro, who ran his season record to 46-0. "He has a defensive style, and I have an offensive style, so I kept pushing the pace."

In the final, Barreiro tied the bout with 1:19 remaining and picked up the point for Thomas stalling shortly after. After avoiding being taking down with 6 seconds left, Barreiro received the final point when Thomas broke for a quick takedown before the whistle with 5 seconds remaining.

"It was a heck of a day overall," said Barreiro, who will take a 113-14 record into his senior season. "Once I got to the semis, I knew I just had to keep going and keep going. But with (Thomas') defensive style, I knew the championship would be low scoring."

In earlier matches, Barreiro opened action with a pin in 76 seconds followed by major decision scores of 11-1 in the quarters and 14-6 in the semifinals.

"Confidence is my game," Barreiro said. "I've been training and working my (butt) off, and now I finally got to my goal."

Butterbrodt finishes in style

Two-time defending champion and St. John's Prep senior Ian Butterbrodt, a North Andover native, capped his sterling career with a pin in 1:49 of Mt. Anthony's Jack Luciano at 220 pounds.

"My goal is always the same, at least at any good tournament," Butterbrodt replied when asked if he prepared any differently for this weekend. "My coach tells me to go to a room ... tell your family to stay away, so I won't see all the T-shirts with 'Team Butterbrodt' on them."

It was the third time Butterbrodt bested Luciano. The first meeting was a 1-0 decision, but the second outing was a prelude to the third.

"He's a tough kid," Luciano said. "I've wrestled him a couple times and given him a pretty decent match, but he's just so tough. Going out I knew what to expect, but I was really hoping for something more than I put out.

Finishing his high-school career as the state's all-time leader in victories with 223, Butterbrodt recorded earlier decisions over the Connecticut and Maine champions before routing the Vermont champ in the finals.

Other area placers

In one of the top consolation comebacks, defending New England champ Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonderry rallied from an opening-round upset to the fifth-place finisher from Massachusetts to finish fourth at 138. Lemieux had won five consolation matches, including four pins en route to a 5-3 loss to the Rhode Island champ.

"Overall, I don't think (yesterday) was that bad," said Lemieux, who finished the year 49-5 one year after a 50-0 finish. "I didn't expect to do well after my first match, so just placing today was good for me."

Brian Lonergan of Timberlane, who lost in the semis, also rebounded to finish fourth at 182.

Another semifinal casualty was Pentucket's Josh Wesolowski, who finished fifth after a 10-8 victory over

"In the back of my mind, I knew this was going to be my last high school wrestling match," Wesolowski said. "I have all my coaches and family here, so I knew I had to get a win. I just did what I had to."

Another fifth-place finish went to Richard Bilodeau of Londonderry, who scored a 6-3 decision over Dan Wensley of Wakefield.

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MOC: Scalzo the hero for Owls in thriller

NASHUA — Before the season, Timberlane boasted three impressive streaks in New Hampshire — consecutive dual-meet wins (95), Division 1 state crowns (15) and Meet of Champions titles (11).

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All-States: Hoehn redemption

SALEM — Fritz Hoehn had had enough.

One week after nonchalantly winning his third consecutive Division 2 state title, the North Andover senior entered the All State tournament focused on reversing the losses he'd suffered in his previous three attempts at an overall state title.

Turned out he was pretty emphatic about avoiding another disappointment.

Hoehn recorded his third technical fall in four weekend matches, dominating Springfield Central's Jastice Bolden in a 17-2 win that was stopped with 50 seconds remaining.

"I've never won this before," said Hoehn, who was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler at the upper weights after running his season record to 52-0. "I've lost three times in the finals here so I wanted to make sure I was ready to go. It feels pretty good."

An Edinboro University commit, Hoehn, who also recorded a tech fall over Bolden in a dual tournament earlier in the season, previously had lost title bouts at 138 pounds as a freshman, 152 pounds as a sophomore and 160 pounds last year.

"This is like something over my head because of those three losses being a No. 1 seed," said Hoehn, a two-time fourth-place finisher at New Englands. "So it just feels real good to win this one. It's a big one. I should be going to New Englands (confident)."

Hoehn, who is now 191-15 on his career, also piled up 17 points winning his first two matches before defeating Methuen sophomore Darius Franklin in the semis. In the title bout, he had Bolden on his back in 20 seconds.

Butterbrodt success

St. John's Prep senior Ian Butterbrodt, who last week became the state's all-time leader in victories, claimed his third straight state title.

But it didn't come as easily as most would have predicted for the wrestler who has won 219 matches. In fact, Butterbrodt found himself trailing 4-1 with less than a minute left in the second. But the defending New England champ reestablished control, racking up five points the final 46 seconds of the period for a 6-4 decision over Arlington's Nick Rose.

"He was strong," Butterbrodt said of Rose, who won the D2 title last week. "But that's cool. I'm not really used to feeling someone coming at me hard. So when a kid comes out and gives it his all, it's different."

Methuen medalists

Senior Billy Wehring and sophomore Franklin, the only two Rangers in the tournament finished strong after semifinal losses with third-place finishes

Wehring, who suffered a two-point loss in the semis, atoned for a regular-season loss to Central Catholic's Jack Kiely with a 4-0 win in the consolation semifinals before defeating Woburn's Nick Camacho.

Meanwhile, Franklin rebounded from his second loss to Hoehn in two years, staking a claim on a bright future after his 5-1 win over Catholic Memorial's Josh Beche, who lost to Hoehn in the D2 tourney.

Last year, Franklin's season ended at 27-1 when he tore right-knee ligaments in an 8-4 dual-meet decision to Hoehn.

"He gave me my first loss in my wrestling career," said Franklin, 41-5 on the season. "I was a little nervous coming in. I was kind of afraid, because I didn't know if I could place. But after that first match when I pinned my kid (in 3:22), I wanted to strive for more and go after it.

Area roundup

Pentucket senior Josh Wesolowski continued his outstanding career by finishing third at 132 after dropping his semifinal to D1 champ Russel Fey of Lincoln-Sudbury. A fourth-place finisher last year, Wesolowski scored a 9-2 decision over Mr. Everett's Bradley Lupiani.

Other area placers were Haverhill's Reece Millington (145) and Central Catholic's Donovan Nolan, who both finished sixth, and Lawrence' Rafael Medina (160) and Haverhill's Luc Chretien (195), who both finished seventh.

Coaches honored

Former Methuen star and Pentucket coach Sean Kiley was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Lawrence coach Rob Niceforo was honored with several other coaches for compiling 200 career wins.

Odds and ends

There were five rematches of last week's divisional finals, including three from Division 3. The only two upsets also came from the Division 3 ranks.

Springfield Central's Jonathan Viruet won his third straight All-State title with a 160-pound championship.

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Methuen 2 for 2


 Methuen only sent two wrestlers to this weekend's All-State Meet at Salem High School, but they're both in today's semifinals.

Division 1 state champ Billy Wehring advanced to the 120-pound semis against Sandwich's Greg Zaw with two pins while sophomore Darius Franklin had a pin and 14-3 major decision to reach the 170-pound semifinals.

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Lemieux, Londonderry end Owls' D1 state title streak at 15

NASHUA — It couldn’t have been sweeter for Londonderry senior Jean-Luc Lemieux Saturday night at the Division 1 state wrestling meet. Gaining revenge for his first loss in New England in two years, two weeks ago in a heartbreaking dual-meet loss to Timberlane, Lemieux blanked Dan Scalzo 7-0 in the 138-pound championship match. That gave him his fourth state title in his memorable high school career. “Everything that could go wrong last time (against Scalzo) did go wrong and I was pretty upset about it,” said Lemieux. “I didn’t come to wrestle and I felt responsible for us losing. My coach said I shouldn’t, but I did. I was pretty determined to beat him today.” After a scoreless first period, Lemieux got a takedown, causing him to clap and jump for joy. He added a near fall in the second frame and another takedown in the final period. “That (first takedown) was definitely the tuurning point” said Lemieux, who improved to 43-2 on the year and was named the tourney Outstanding Wrestler. But the win over Scalzo wasn’t the sweetest part of it all. “Beating Timberlane was even better than me winning because everyone on the team has been working toward this,” said Lemieux. “It’s just great to have someone else on the podium (with the team title).” Yes, the Lancers came in first with 188 points, snapping Timberlane’s streak of 15 straight Division 1 titles. The Owls were second with 175 points followed by Concord (152 1/2) and Pinkerton (143). Joining Lemieux with titles for the Lancers were Kyle Byrd, who had a dramatic late takedown for a 3-1 win over Pinkerton’s Tyler Wilson in the title match, improving his record to 41-2, and Mahdi Achab, who held on for a 4-3 decision over Pinkerton’s Seamus Dolan in the 170-pound finale. Finishing second for the Lancers were 132-pounder Ryan Cabezas, who fell 3-2 to Nashua North’s Cam Bennett, and Richard Bilodeau, who wrestled a superb match before falling to unbeaten Dylan Barreiro of Pinkerton, 4-1. The Lancers also had three thirds, a pair of fourths, a fifth and a sixth place. “Those were great wins by Jean-Luc and Kyle but the bottom line is that it was a great team effort,” said Londonderry first-year coach Jason Cucolo. “We brought 12 wrestlers and all 12 placed. That says it all.” Timberlane certainly didn’t go down without a fight, matching the Lancers with three champs and a pair of runners-up. Winning titles for the Owls were Derek Bohle at 132, Ryan Peters at 145 and Brian Lonergan at 182. Bohle escaped with a tough 3-2 win over Concord’s Alex Kamau in the finals and Lonergan needed a late takedown to beat Concord’s George Tarwu 3-2. Peters, who improved to 38-2, had a workmanlike 10-0 major decision over Bedford’s Yurii Gromokov. In addition to Scalzo, Cam Altobelli was a runner-up at 152 and three Owls finished fourth. “I was happy with the way we competed and some of our younger guys did very well,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian. “We just needed a little bit more. But we had 11 guys place for Meet of Champions and we’ll go back and try to win that. “I tip my cap to Londonderry. I thought they wrestled a very good tournament.”

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Pentucket's Wesolowski wins title

After finishing second at state last year, Pentucket’s Josh Wesolowski was determined to take it all this year and Saturday he did just that, rolling to the 132-pound Division 3 state title. He won 14-0 in the championship match after following a pin with two technical falls, improving his season record to 30-0.

Also wrestling well for the Sachems was Noah Malhi, who was third at 182.

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