Wrestling: Bow’s Moura, Winnisquam’s Osmer reach MOC finals; Concord’s Beauregard wins state title in NHIAA’s first girls’ state championship

By DAN ATTORRI

Monitor staff

Published: 02-26-2023 12:31 PM

Bow’s Adler Moura and Winnisquam’s Henry Osmer reached the finals of their respective weight classes, and Concord freshman Maddie Beauregard made history at the NHIAA wrestling Meet of Champions at Bedford High School on Saturday.

Beauregard was one of 47 girls from 14 schools who competed in the NHIAA’s first ever girls’ wrestling state championship, claiming the first ever girls’ state title in the 182-pound class.

Beauregard was the only competitor in her class, but with the growing popularity of girls’ wrestling, that will hopefully change. NHIAA also hopes to add a girls’ team competition in the near future as well.

John Stark sophomore Kaycie Rhodes pinned Raymond’s Savana Milton and Merrimack’s Avary Berardinelli - both in the first period - to advance to the 132-pound finals losing a narrow 6-5 decision to Merrimack’s Emily Angelo.

Rhodes’ teammate, junior Rebecca Mussey, was second at 160, losing a 7-4 decision to Lebanon’s Anna Numme in the final.

Winnisquam’s McKinley Desmarais (third 170), Phoebe Timmons (third 145) and Ava Anderson (fourth 120) also competed in this historic event.

On the boys’ side, D-I champions Salem topped the field of 37 teams with 207 points, followed by Timberlane (149.5), Bedford (127.5), Londonderry (99) and Nashua South (98.5) in the top five.

Concord (81) finished eighth, with Griffin Norwalt (third at 120 pounds), Rumi Mistry (third 182), Noah Blake (fourth 195) and Nate Feudner (fifth 285) placing for the Tide.

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Bow (54) finished 13th with Moura (second 120), Joe McDowell (fourth 170) and Hollis Jones (sixth 195) placing for the Falcons. 

Moura, the third seed at 120, defeated Pinkerton’s Cameron McMahon in a 6-2 decision in the quarterfinals and Concord’s No. 2 Norwalt in a 6-4 decision in the semifinals before falling to top seed Caden Bruseo of Hollis-Brookline in a 6-4 decision in the championship bout.

Winnisquam finished 14th with 46 points. Osmer defeated Pinkerton’s Camden Arbogast, 2-0, in the quarterfinals to open his day at 138 and upset No. 2 John Fabrizio of Timberlane with a first period pin in the semifinals. Windham’s Aiden Miller defeated Osmer by a 16-1 technical fall in the 138 final.

Ryan Cormier (third 106) also placed for Winnisquam.

Lukas Boulanger (fourth 220) led 21st-place John Stark and Colby Cummings (sixth 220) led 28th-place Kearsarge.

The top three finishers in each weight class qualified for next weekend’s New Englands at Providence Career and Tech Academy in Rhode Island.

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