High schools: John Stark leads local teams in first wrestling tournaments of the season

Published: 12-10-2023 9:26 AM

Wrestling

John Stark 4th, Winnisquam 7th, Kearsarge 9th 

at ConVal Early Bird

Key players: John Stark – Lukas Boulanger (1st 215), Caleb Hauptman (2nd 126), Alex Descoteau (2nd 190), Brayden Menard (3rd 138), Deltyn Williams (3rd 175), Lyncoln Jablonski (4th 113), Sean Crean (4th 120); Winnisquam – Aemon Gauthier (2nd 120), Henry Osmer (2nd 144), Ryan Cormier (4th 126); Kearsarge – Davin Selby (1st 165), Cole Giberson (4th 215); Hopkinton – Nolan Linstad (1-2 at 165)

Highlights: Boulanger won all four of his bouts by pin, including one against Monadnock’s Seth Adams in the 215-pound finals in the first period, to lead John Stark to fourth out of 19 teams at the ConVal Early Bird Tournament. Keene (263 points), Plymouth (207) and Bishop Guertin (193) claimed the top three spots in the team standings with the Generals collecting 192 points to finish fourth. Exeter (127.5) rounded out the top five, with Winnisquam (109) and Kearsarge (96) also scoring well. Kearsarge was led by Selby, who pinned four opponents, including one against Plymouth’s Ben Valenti in the 165-pound finals, to pick up the Capital Area’s other individual championship.

Concord 8th, Bow 10th

at Salem Blue Devil Classic

Key players: Concord – Wayne Gutierrez-Sakakeeny (2nd 285), Griffin Norwalt (3rd 126), Hunter Richard (5th, 132), Isaiah Puckett (5th 190), Jaxon Carter (6th 144); Bow – Josiah Funches (2nd 157), Joe McDowell (3rd 175), Chase Flagg (4th 190), Adler Moura (4th 120)

Highlights:  The Crimson Tide and the Falcons competed at the 15-team Blue Devil Classic in Salem on Saturday in the first wrestling tournament of the season. Sakakeeny won three matches by pin to advance to the 285-pound finals, while Funches won two bouts by decision and two by pin to advance to the 157-pound championship. Shawsheen Tech from Billerica, Mass., won the tournament with 255 points, easily beating runner-up Salem (177). Pinkerton (138.5), Spaulding High School from Barre, Vt. (133) and Bedford (126.5) completed the top five. Concord scored 99 points, while Bow tallied 91.

Boys’ Basketball

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Kearsarge 53, Campbell 50

Key players: Kearsarge – Parker Goin (16 points, 8 rebounds, took 4 charges , great leadership), Noah Whipple (13 points, great leadership), Ajay Tremblay (10 points), Austin Needham (6 points, took 1 charge), Eddie Kinzer (3 points, great leadership, defense), Bragen Kinzer (3 points, defense), Andrew Huff (2 points, took 2 charges), Jacob Messer (defense)

Highlights:  Tremblay scored eight poinpts in the first quarter to lift Kearsarge to a 15-12 lead through the first quarter and a 27-24 lead at halftime. Kearsarge outscored Campbell 14-9 in the third quarter to take a 41-33 lead into fourth, but Campbell trimmed the lead to 51-50 with less than a minute to play. Whipple hit a pair of clutch free throws with 30 seconds left to secure the victory. Kearsarge took a team record seven charges and played well defensively throughout the game.

Coach’s quote:  “(It was) a playoff atmosphere on opening night,” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 1-0; Campbell 0-1

Girls’ Basketball

White Mountains 49, Belmont 26

Key players: Belmont – Madelyn Besegai (10 points), Darci Stone (8 points, defense), Mady Carrier (defense), Molly Reposa (defense)

Highlights:  The Raiders couldn’t overcome a slow start in a season-opening loss.

Records: White Mtns. 1-0; Belmont 0-1