NHIAA Division I Wrestling championship: Timberlane does it again
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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