NHIAA Division I Wrestling championship: Timberlane does it againBy JOHN HABIB
New Hampshire Union Leader
February 23. 2014 9:11PM
Winning never gets old for the Timberlane Regional of Plaistow wrestling program, but head coach Barry Chooljian said Saturday’s 15th straight Division I meet championship was special for one reason.
“This wasn’t one of my most experienced teams and I know many people thought we were beatable this season,” said Chooljian. “To finish 25-0 in dual meets and defend our state title is very satisfying for our wrestlers and coaching staff.”
Tyler Fitzpatrick (120-pound weight class), Tim Mclinden (126), Ryan Peters (138) and Dan Scalzo (145) each won an individual championship for the Owls at the Division I meet in Concord Saturday.
Timberlane amassed 200 points to win the team championship, finishing ahead of runner-up Londonderry with 161. Concord placed third in the 12-team meet with 148 points.
“We separated ourselves from the field in the semifinal round when we won eight of nine possible matches, which is hard to do,” said Chooljian.
Scalzo was voted the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after he narrowly dethroned defending champ Azalkhon Sarvalov of Manchester Central, 4-3. Sarvalov entered the meet 46-0 this season. “Danny pulled out the win just at the final buzzer,” said Chooljian. “The referee’s hand went up indicating he earned the point and the buzzer went off ending the match.”
Chooljian said Mclinden won in similar fashion, edging Cameron Bennett of Nashua North in the final seconds, 6-5.
Fitzpatrick is a two-time state champ. Last year he won the 106-pound weight class and on Saturday, he toppled Mitch Rose of Londonderry 6-0 for the 120-pound title.
“Tyler is our leader this season,” said Chooljian. ”His experience is valuable because we had seven kids who entered their first state competition this season.”
In an upset, Timberlane sophomore Ryan Peters defeated defending champ Brandon Levesque of Bishop Guertin 8-2 for the 138-weight class title. Last year, Levesque won the 132 title.
Londonderry placed four wrestlers in the state finals and two emerged victorious at the expense of two Timberlane grapplers. Jean-Luc Lemieux, who transferred from Pinkerton Academy and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler last year, defeated Derek Bohle of Timberlane 8-2 for the 132 title. Lemieux won the 126 crown last season.
Will Bean of Londonderry toppled Brian Lonergan of Timberlane 10-7 for the 160 title. Those two wrestlers are 2-2 against each other this season.
Timberlane’s Shawn Grenier lost the 220 crown to Kevin Ell of Pinkerton 5-3 and another Owl, Zach Stewart, finished runnerup after getting pinned in 5:27 by Clay Legault of Manchester Memorial.
Despite Sarvalov’s frustrating loss, Manchester Central still produced two gold medals from brothers Keaton (170) and Kyle (152) Peterson. Last year both brothers finished runner-up in the state meet, Keaton in the 138 class and Kyle in the 132.
On Saturday, Keaton defeated Dylan Barreiro of Pinkerton 5-2 and Kyle upended John Young of Londonderry, 8-2.
“It seems like the Peterson boys have been around a long time,” said Chooljian. “I thought Central, Londonderry, North, Pinkerton and Concord all had good meets.”
North, Central and Pinkerton each placed three grapplers in the finals. Marcel LaPlante of Nashua North defeated Shayne McCann of Pinkerton 10-1 for the 113 class title. North’s Joe Chimelski gained revenge after beating Walters Ndi of Concord 7-5 for the 195 title. Last year Ndi beat Chimelski 6-3 for the state title.
Keene was represented in the finals by two wrestlers. Tristan Stetson of Keene defeated Jordan Rowlett of Bishop Guertin 6-2 for the 106 title. Matthew Winchester of Keene lost to Exeter’s David Burke 9-3 for the 182 title.
The top six wrestlers in each weight class from Division I advanced to Saturday’s Meet of Champion at Pinkerton Academy of Derry.
Individual Results: 106: Tristan Stetson of Keene d. Jordan Rowlett of Bishop Guertin, 6-2; 113: Marcel LaPlante of Nashua North d. Shayne McCann of Pinkerton, 10-1; 120: Tyler Fitzpatrick of Timberlane d. Mitchell Rose of Londonderry, 6-0; 126: Tim Mclinden of Timberlane d. Cameron Bennett of Nashua North, 6-5; 132: Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonderry d. Derek Bohle of Timberlane, 8-2; 138: Ryan Peters of Timberlane d. Brandon Levesque of Bishop Guertin, 8-2; 145: Dan Scalzo of Timberlane d. Azalkhon Sarvalov of Manchester Central, 4-3; 152: Kyle Peterson of Manchester Central d. John Young of Londonderry, 8-2; 160: Will Bean of Londonderry d. Brian Lonergan of Timberlane, 10-7; 170: Keaton Peterson of Manchester Central d. Dylan Barreiro of Pinkerton, 5-2; 182: David Burke of Exeter d. Matthew Winchester of Keene, 9-3; 195: Joe Chimelski of Nashua North d. Walter Ndi of Concord, 7-5; 220: Kevin Ell of Pinkerton d. Shawn Grenier of Timberlane, 5-3; 285: Clay Legault of Manchester Memorial pinned Zach Stewart of Timberlane, 5:27.Team results: 1. Timberlane 200; 2. Londonderry 161; 3. Concord 148; 4. Nashua North 121; 5. Manchester Central 114.50; 6. Pinkerton 87; 7. Keene 79.50; 8. Salem 74; 9. Bishop Guertin 73; 10. Manchester Memorial 68.50; 11. Exeter 54; 12. Nashua South 38