NHIAA Wrestling Championships: Timberlane earns 18th title in 19 yearsBy ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader
February 17. 2018 11:53PM
LONDONDERRY - Your alarm each weekday morning may be one of the few things more consistent than the Timberlane Regional High School wrestling program.
The Owls earned 254.5 points and were by far the best team at Saturday's Division I meet at Londonderry High School. It was Timberlane 18th Division I title in the last 19 years. Concord was the runner-up with 192.5 points, and Salem finished third with 145.
Timberlane had the top-seeded wrestler in five of the 14 weight classes and produced three individual champions: Barrett Kappler (120 pounds), Connor McGonagle (132) and Justin Berube (152).
McGonagle was the 126-pound champion at last year's Division I meet, the Meet of Champions and the New England championships. He is ranked seventh nationally in his weight class.
"It's all about the team - that's what coach Choo (Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian) really preaches," McGonagle said. "We're shooting for a New England title. A different team may have a different perspective on the tournament. Here it's very team-oriented because we've won it for so many years we want to keep winning it, obviously."
Concord's Sam Wagner (106), Salem's Matt Adams (113), Exeter's Hayden Brown (126), Bedford's A.J. Pagliarulo (138), Londonderry's Craig Santos (145), Salem's Tristen Cabinta (160), Concord's Isaac Gladey (170), Pinkerton's Sterling McLaughlin (182), Salem's Beau Dillon (195), Concord's Alex Buteau (220) and Bedford's Chris Francis (285) were Saturday's other first-place finishers.
Santos was selected as the meet's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
"It's fitting for him to win the D1 title and be the MOW," Londonderry coach Jason Cucolo said. "He's had a lot of tough matches all year. We wrestled out of state a lot and it seemed like he always had one of the toughest weight classes. I think it prepared him well."
McLaughlin, a sophomore, won his first state title by pinning Timberlane's Dylan Tremblay, last year's Division I champion at 170 pounds. McLaughlin finished as the runner-up to Concord's George Tarwo at 182 pounds in the 2017 Division I meet.
"This is awesome," McLaughlin said. "This is what I worked for all year. I was expecting (Tremblay) in the finals, I got him and I did what I had to do. That was one of my better wins. First state title in high school."
Timberlane's Noah Beaulieu won two matches to reach the 285-pound final, but was pulled from his match against Francis because of sickness. Francis won by injury default.
"Beaulieu was really, really sick," Chooljian said. "We literally dragged him out of bed and brought him here, and he didn't have anything but gutted it out and got to the finals before we had to pull him. The job he did to help us really made a big difference. He really manned up. I'm proud of the resiliency he showed. He went the full six minutes in his semifinal, and after that match I decided he wouldn't wrestle (in the championship). He was really sick."
The top six finishers in each weight class earned an invitation to the Meet of Champions, which will be held Saturday at Nashua South. The Meet of Champions will also include the top five wrestlers in each weight class from the Division II meet, and the top three wrestlers in each weight class from the Division III meet.
Timberlane had 14 wrestlers - one in each weight class - advance to the Meet of Champions.
"Proud of my guys," Chooljian said. "This is step 1. Obviously next week is very important to us."
DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS
Londonderry High School
Team results: 1. Timberlane 254.5; 2. Concord 192.5; 3. Salem 145; 4. Pinkerton 142; 5. Nashua South 117.5; 6. Londonderry 112; 7. Alvirne 86; 8. Keene 69; 9. Bedford 66; 10. Exeter 37.5; 11. Manchester Central 36.5; 12. Manchester Memorial 30; 13. Nashua North 10
106 pounds: 1st Place Match: Sam Wagner (Concord) def. Nick Roeger (Timberlane) 5-4; 3rd Place Match: Dominic Robinson (Pinkerton) pinned Colby Spencer (Nashua South) 1:53; 5th Place MatchL Cooper Knowles (Keene) pinned Justin Tatman (Exeter) 1:53
113 pounds: 1st Place Match: Matt Adams (Salem) pinned Walker Stinson (Pinkerton) 4:54; 3rd Place Match: John Leavitt (Timberlane) def. Kyle Salemi (Nashua South) 5-2; 5th Place Match: Jack Sargent (Concord) 14-4 def. Ella Davidson (Keene) 13-0
120 pounds: 1st Place Match: Barret Kappler (Timberlane) def. George Boudreau (Salem) 11-3; 3rd Place Match: Shamir Rai (Manchester Memorial) def. David Hammond (Pinkerton) 6-2; 5th Place Match: Ethan Comeau (Concord) pinned Jake Leigh (Alvirne) 4:40
126 pounds: 1st Place Match: Hayden Brown (Exeter) def. Taylor Donovan (Timberlane) 20-2; 3rd Place Match: Matt Lamarche (Nashua South) pinned Trey Fortier (Concord) 2:52; 5th Place Match: Brandon Drake (Londonderry) pinned Andrew Tate (Nashua North) 2:06
132 pounds: 1st Place Match: Connor McGonagle (Timberlane) pinned Jeremy Bridge (Nashua South) 0:26; 3rd Place Match: Cam Cate (Concord) def. Jonnie Redman (Bedford) 2-1; 5th Place Match: Ryan Burke (Salem) 25-17 pinned Johnny McKinnon (Londonderry) 2:17
138 pounds: 1st Place Match: AJ Pagliarulo (Bedford) pinned Trevor Froburg (Nashua South) 3:48; 3rd Place Match: Antonio Pallaria (Timberlane) def. Joey Wilson (Keene) Dec 3-1; 5th Place Match: Nick Bunch (Concord) 20-7 def. Tim Barrett (Alvirne) 9-4
145 pounds: 1st Place Match: Craig Santos (Londonderry) def. Cam Mcclure (Alvirne) 12-10, OT; 3rd Place Match: Dylan Musgrave (Timberlane) pinned Tyler MacKiernan (Pinkerton) 2:22; 5th Place Match: Ben Widmann (Concord) pinned Tom Cullerton (Nashua South) 4:47
152 pounds: 1st Place Match: Justin Berube (Timberlane) def. Isaac Habimana 11-5; 3rd Place Match: Marquise G-boyer (Manchester Central) pinned Connor Chute (Salem) 3:32; 5th Place Match: Robbie Morin (Pinkerton) pinned Ford Oster (Keene) 2:36
160 pounds: 1st Place Match: Tristen Cabinta (Salem) def. Kyle Gora (Alvirne) 9-5; 3rd Place Match: Dylan Hughes (Timberlane) pinned Vincent DelSignore (Londonderry) 2:35; 5th Place Match: Tyler Simpson (Concord) pinned Will Brown (Pinkerton) 2:46
170 pounds: 1st Place Match: Isaac Gladey (Concord) def. Brandon Berube (Timberlane) 9-4; 3rd Place Match: Bailey Lussier (Alvirne) pinned Michael Watts (Londonderry) 1:47; 5th Place Match: RJ Higgins (Keene) pinned Dylan McKeon (Salem) 1:10
182 pounds: 1st Place Match: Sterling McLaughlin (Pinkerton) pinned Dylan Tremblay (Timberlane) 5:40; 3rd Place Match: Tyler Linscott (Nashua South) pinned Ben Psaledas (Londonderry) 2:26; 5th Place Match: Hugh Gunnison (Concord) pinned Aaron Moore (Keene) 2:21
195 pounds: 1st Place Match: Beau Dillon (Salem) def. Alex Boucher (Londonderry) 11-8; 3rd Place Match: Noah Giffard (Concord) def. Camren Varney (Manchester Central) 5-1; 5th Place Match: Mitchell Hammond (Timberlane) def. Raul Martinez (Pinkerton) 7-5
220 pounds: 1st Place Match: Alex Buteau (Concord) def. Robert Fahey (Pinkerton) 1-0; 3rd Place Match: Chris Lund (Timberlane) pinned Kyle Garrapy (Keene) 1:40; 5th Place Match: Nathaneal Tejeda (Nashua South) pinned Taylor Dyer (Londonderry) 1:18
285 pounds: 1st Place Match: Chris Francis (Bedford) won by injury default over Noah Beaulieu (Timberlane); 3rd Place Match: Tim Driscoll (Alvirne) pinned Josh Ozoria (Salem) 2:23; 5th Place Match: Cam Macro (Pinkerton) won by injury default over Isaac Calixto (Manchester Memorial)