NHIAA Wrestling: Windham collects third straight Division III crown
WINDHAM - With two championship matches remaining, Windham High School already had its third straight Division III wrestling title secured.
The Jaguars were on their way to earning 171.5 points, good enough for a 19.5 point edge over their closest competitor, Plymouth.
Yet WHS senior heavyweight David Crichton was thinking legacy.
"Coach (Jack) Byrne came up to me and our 220 champ, Kody Folsom, before our matches and let us know we already had it clinched, but he said, 'I want you guys to be remembered forever in this school with your names up on the banner,'" said Crichton. "Kody and I both looked at each other and we knew right away that's what was going to happen."
Happen it did. After Folsum earned the Jaguars their fifth individual crown of the day, Crichton stepped into the circle against Plymouth's Sean Zaikowski, the same foe who had beaten Crichton at last year's Division III championship.
"I knew I wasn't going to go home the same way I did last year," said Crichton, who pinned Zaikowski for Windham's sixth and final triumph of the day.
It was an impressive showing for the Jaguars, and it was not lost on Plymouth coach Randy Cleary, who was among the impressed.
"We had nine place winners today out of 14 weights, and most years, that would win this tournament," said Cleary, whose runner-up squad finished with 152 points. "That just shows the strength of Windham, because we still finished out by 20 points.
Windham will step up a class to Division II next year, "and I wish them luck," Cleary said. "I'm sure their success will continue at the next level.
"They were definitely the best team today and ... it finished the way it should have, with Windham one and Plymouth two."
From WHS's heavyweight down to their 106-pounder, Sam Cavallaro, Jaguar after Jaguar stepped up Saturday afternoon.
Peter Caron, for instance, earned a championship among 113-pounders.
"He was out sick for about a week-and-a-half, and he came back Wednesday and looked awful," Windham coach Tom Darrin said. "I thought to myself, 'He'll never be able to do it.' But he's just so mentally tough to come out and win it."
Devin Marino at 120 pounds and Guy Gauthier at 132 also earned individual championships for Windham, and 145-pounder Tyler Siverhus and 182-pounder Jon Ferri each finished runner-up.
"We had a great semifinal round to win eight of nine, and then a great final round to win six, so that was huge," said Darrin. "We had four state champions two years ago, but this was certainly a great finish for us."
Other Division III individual champions were: 126-pounder Nick Widmann of John Stark; 138-pounder Peter LaRiviere of Bow; 145-pounder Tristan Leek of Sanborn; 152-pounder Jim Nolan of Plymouth; 160-pounder Mischa Hoffman of Monadnock; 170-pounder Richey Mills of Winnisquam; 182-pounder Scott Hamel of Plymouth and 195-pounder Tony Roberts of Bow.
Campbell High School took third, with 117 points, and John Stark earned fourth, with 95.5 points.