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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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Wrestling, 03/01/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Wrestling, 02/28/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Wrestling, 02/27/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Wrestling, 02/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Wrestling, 02/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Four wins, four pins for Methuen's Wehring

METHUEN – There are state titles, and then there are state titles that leave no doubt.

Billy Wehring delivered the latter here on his home mat. The Methuen High junior swept through the Division 1 120-pound field.

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Wrestling, 02/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ferri helps Jags to second in D2 meet

Jon Ferri won an individual state championship in the 220 weight class to help Windham take second place at the Division 2 state meet.

"He wrestled at 182 for most of the year but it was better for our team if he went up two weights," said coach Tom Darrin. Ferri finished in second place in the 182 weight class last year at this same meet.

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Wrestling, 02/21/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Cincotta joy trumps the pain

BEVERLY — The Division 2 state wrestling tournament featured a Brandon Desfosses buzzer-beating, title-winning takedown and included a Fritz Hoehn three-peat as well as a Central Catholic freshman winning his first.

But the evening clearly belonged to Stephen Cincotta.

Just ask the members of the impromptu family reunion on the side of the mat who were unable to contain tears of joy — not even a wrestling coach of a father, who got a bit misty. Those tears were prompted by a North Andover senior winning a 182-pound state title that two years ago seemed as improbable as a date with Kate Upton.

Forced out of action early his sophomore year for labrum surgery on both shoulders, Cincotta returned to the mat this year but didn't wrestle in a tournament until winning the previous week's sectional to protect the shoulder.

"I really can't say that I imagined it," Cincotta said after his convincing 11-7 decision over Malden Catholic's Ian Steckel. "I just knew I had to keep working hard to get here. And that's what I did. I finally figured out that hard work pays off because I'm a state champion and that's the best feeling."

The shoulder surgeries six months apart actually weren't the first time under the knife for Cincotta, who also had work done three times on his right elbow, twice for meniscus tears in his right knee in middle school and a surgery on a finger.

"I'm glad I came back from all these injuries," said Cincotta, who does his best to downplay the pain he endures. "After my first (shoulder) surgery, everyone told me I was done .. and that I'm crazy for doing this. But I had so much success in the youth (wrestling), that I wanted to do something in high school because that's where it matters."

Cincotta plans on wrestling in this week's All States but regardless of how he fares, it might be the last time he dons the uniform.

"My goal was to help the team win a state championship and win the state championship for myself," said Cincotta, who is 26-2 on the season and 46-10 in his career. "I'm pretty happy with this. At this point there really isn't anything else I can do for the team.

"I've done everything I can do for the team, and that's what's most important. So that's where my journey (probably) ends."

Whatever he and his family decides after this weekend, Cincotta probably can't build on the ecstasy he provided yesterday.

"We knew this (division title) was the goal," said father and coach Carl Cincotta. We didn't know if he'd make it to this point, and that was the biggest issue. He's had a very, very tough year. He's been in pain everyday. It's difficult for him to finish a practice because of the pain."

Desfosses drama

The Central Catholic junior averted disaster early in this 145-pound bout with top-seeded Ronan Ball of Nashoba late in the first period when his ankle gave way. He did a great job not falling in the center of the mat, instead stumbling backward to the edge of the mat.

"I felt something that wasn't right," Desfosses said, while icing his ankle in the trainer's room after his match. "I had a tough time putting pressure on it ... I was in a lot of pain. But I knew I was going to be able to finish up."

Considering Desfosses had been pinned by Ball early in the season, things appeared bleak during the injury timeout, and after falling behind 4-2 with less than 80 seconds remaining, the situation seemed dire. But an escape with 63 seconds left ignited some hope.

"I knew if I kept putting pressure on him, I knew he'd make a mistake and I could capitalize on it," he said.

That looked prophetic when he pulled Ball down with 4.6 ticks on the clock, but unfortunately that potential takedown was ruled off the mat.

"I thought right then and there, that there was no way I could win it," said Desfosses, who finished third at 132 last year. "But I thought I couldn't give up, so I went after it."

And a powerful leg dive drove his opponent to the mat as the horn went off.

"Yeah, I did," said Desfosses when asked if he surprised himself.

A decision on whether he can wrestle this weekend will be decided after a doctor's visit.

Freshman first

Desfosses teammate Joey Sanchez not only kicked off the finals on a winning note, but also raised expectations for his upcoming three years with a 10-6 decision over South Easton's Brett Wordell for the 106-pound title. Sanchez led 7-6 before putting Wordell on his back with about 30 seconds left.

The victory capped a dominating tournament for the youngster, who entered as the top seed and pinned his first three opponents.

"I always wanted to be a state champ," said Sanchez (41-3). "I knew with the right amount of training, it would happen. It feels awesome. Now I want to be in the top three of All States and make it to New Englands."

Hoehn wins third

The most dominating wrestler of the affair was no surprise as Hoehn pinned all four of his opponents in a combined 4:04. The finale against Catholic Memorial's Josh Bechen ended in 92 seconds.

Knights runners-up

North Andover's Jack Perry at 113 finished second as did the Knights, who were four points behind team winner Nashoba's 127. Other top placers were Stephen Manning (120) and Mathieu Messina (195), who both finished fourth, and Peter Taylor, who was fifth at 126.

Central Catholic was sixth with 87 points and received a third-place from Jack Kiely at 120 and a fourth from Donovan Nolan at 160.

Whittier's Sidney Taylor earned a fourth place at heavyweight after the first-year wrestler lost a semifinal earlier in the day. Chris Eyssi of Greater Lawrence was sixth at 182.

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Rosenberger, Gottfried win prep titles

A pair of North Andover residents won New England Prep titles to lead Brooks to a second-place finish. Forty-six teams scored. Exeter won with 233 points and Brooks, the defending champs, scored 180.

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Wrestling, 02/21/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

North reading wins again

 

North Reading/Lynnfield won the Division 3 North sectional for the third straight year, crowing three champions and getting a second.

Pentucket had champions in Josh Wesolowski and Noah Malhi and a second from Kalon Boston. Georgetown/Ipswich's Constantine Galanis lost his first match of the season, in the 152-pound finals.

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Wrestling, 02/14/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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