NHIAA Wrestling: Windham collects third straight Division III crown
By defeating Campbell's Tyler McCrady, Windham's Guy Gauthier took first place in the 132-pound weight class at the Division III Wrestling Championships on Saturday. (RYAN O'CONNOR/Union Leader Correspondent)
The Jaguars were on their way to earning 171.5 points, good enough for a 19.5 point edge over their closest competitor, Plymouth.
"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."
It was an impressive showing for the Jaguars, and it was not lost on Plymouth coach Randy Cleary, who was among the impressed.
"They were definitely the best team today and ... it finished the way it should have, with Windham one and Plymouth two."
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."
"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."