NHIAA Wrestling: Quickly, Pinkerton tops BedfordBy ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader
December 14. 2017 12:56AM
BEDFORD — Perhaps the Pinkerton Academy and Bedford High School wrestling teams had someplace else to be Wednesday night because their dual meet lasted no more than 20 minutes from start to finish.
After trailing by 18 points early, the Astros won two of the final three matches to pull out a 42-33 victory.
Each team features some of the top wrestlers in the state, but neither is blessed with much depth. Seven of the 14 matches were decided by forfeit, including a double forfeit at the 113-pound weight class.
“It’s not the kind of match I’m used to,” Pinkerton coach Dave Rhoads said. “We had three guys miss weight and we had to forfeit more weights than we usually do. I’m not used to guys coming in unfocused in that regard.
“I think we’re a better tournament team than we are a dual team, just by virtue of the kids we’re putting out there at certain weights. We’ve got some real inexperienced kids who are filling weights for us. We have that core of five or six kids who are probably going to place at every tournament, but beyond that we’re stuggling to find our identity as a dual-meet team.”
Pinkerton received victories by pinfall from David Hammond at 120 pounds, Tyler Mackiernan at 152 and Raul Martinez at 182. The Astros, who have no seniors on their roster, picked up forfeit wins at 106 (Mark Harrington), 160 (William Brown), 182 (Sterling McLaughlin) and 220 (Robbie Fahey). McLaughlin and Fahey each placed third at the Meet of Champions last season.
Bedford’s Jack Carrozzi won by decision at 126 pounds. The Bulldogs received pins from A.J Pagliarulo at 138, Brady Drouin at 145 and Chris Francis at 285. Pagliarulo was the state champion at 132 pounds last season.
“We’re going to be a better tournament team than a dual-meet team — we’re very similar to them in that fashion,” Bedford coach Chris Como said. “We’re strong in the middle weights and right at the top (285 pounds) as well. We have kids that are probably going to place at every tournament.”
Beford’s forfeit victories came at 132 pounds (Jonathan Redman) and 170 (Mason Adams).
“Bedford’s got some good kids, they just have really low numbers,” Rhoads said. “As soon as their numbers start to pick up they’re going to be back in the thick of things with the rest of us.”