action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

January 05. 2014 12:17AM

Bedford wrestlers win close one, lose close one


Ryan Belz of Bedford, in red, tries to pin John Ferri of Windham. Ferri would hang on to win a 3-0 decision. 

BEDFORD - It was a battle of undefeated teams at Bedford High Saturday as teams from all three divisions faced off. And each undefeated team came away with a loss.

Bedford beat Division I Memorial 49-9, then lost to Division I Nashua North 42-30 before topping previously unbeaten Division III Windham 37-33. The Bulldogs are now 8-1.

The Titans were undefeated before Division III Windham upset them, 37-36. They did not face Memorial. After beating Bedford, North is 3-1.

Windham beat Memorial 47-12. The loss to Bedford makes Windham 3-1 as well. Memorial is 0-4.

The Bedford-Windham match went down to the wire. Down 33-31, Bedford responded with a pin. In the 160-pound class, Chris Conery pinned Graham Smith at 1:35 of the first round to seal the victory.

Earlier, Windham coach Tom Darrin decided not to battle last season's state champion, Colin Perras, forfeiting the 132-pound match and giving up six points to Bedford.

Instead 132-pound Guy Gauthier fought in a 138-pound match against Bedford's Ben Gilman, who pinned Gauthier in the third round.

"Perras is a real tough opponent" said Darrin. "The fighter we would have used at 138 is a new wrestler."

"So we gave up the 132 match hoping to win at 138. Gauthier was ahead late. If he had won a decision we would have won the meet," said Darrin.

Bedford coach Robert Benincasa said he was surprised by the move. "I wasn't expecting that."

"They tried to game plan around Colin Perras but they forgot about Ben Gilman," said Benincasa. "He's a senior captain and one of our better wrestlers."

Bedford was missing wrestlers in three weight classes, 113, 170 and 195 pounds, essentially spotting points to their opponent.

Those missing wrestlers proved to be too much of a deficit to overcome against Nashua North. Tyler Silverhuse, at 152, pinned North's Wayne Nolette in the second round for the upset.

Bedford was down 21-0 after four matches, two of which were forfeits. The Bulldogs rallied but fell short. "We lost by the points we gave up," said Benincasa. "That's a tough way to go into a meet. But they are one of the toughest teams in Division I and we didn't quit. We were able to hang with them. It's a confidence booster."


 NH Sports Angle ╗ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Former All-Star Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli: ôblessedö to have grown up in Brooklyn, now lives in Nashua

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk, right, tangles with Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period of Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals hockey playoff series in this 2013 file photo.

NH-based insurer sues NHL to limit its defense in players concussion lawsuits

A's claim former Fisher Cat Marcus Walden

Mariano Rivera's son to pitch for NH squad

Kevin Davis, CEO and president of Bauer Performance Sports, displays Bauer Hockey's latest innovation in hockey skates — the Vapor APX 2 with easily changeable skate blades in this 2013 file photo.

Exeter-based Bauer continues to expand beyond hockey with $330M purchase of baseball firm Easton-Bell

Hollis-Brookline head football coach resigns unexpectedly

New owners for Waukewan Golf Club

Matches announced for USA v. Cuba clash at Rockingham Park this weekend

Boston Marathon victim Jeff Baumann throws out the first pitch prior to the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park last year.

Service's creed on display in support of airman affected by Boston bombing

40-year-old Manchester mechanical engineer wins MMA decision

New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon

USA Knockouts Tamed in Cuba

U.S., Cuba boxers clash in Havana, U.S. bouts set for Rockingham Park in Salem

Lee USA Speedway opens season April 13

Newmarket woman plans world-record cross-country run for charity

CHIP KELLY

Is Chip Kelly racist?

World Series of Boxing event moved to Rockingham Park - USA vs. Cuba

Manchester man in top 30 candidates for Padres public address announcer

NH man helps MLB players deal with stresses on, off the field

Review of the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

New Hampshire Motor Speedway may run Sprint Cup race in 2015 under the lights

How Boston lost the Patriots and 'New England' grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Twin State Speedway gets new manager

Yale promotes former UNH coach to offensive coordinator

Bulldogs sign UNH's Nick Sorkin

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   ╗ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   ╗ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!