Salem Blue Devils Wrestling '14-'15

MOC: Scalzo the hero for Owls in thriller

NASHUA — Before the season, Timberlane boasted three impressive streaks in New Hampshire — consecutive dual-meet wins (95), Division 1 state crowns (15) and Meet of Champions titles (11).

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Wrestling, 03/01/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lemieux, Londonderry end Owls' D1 state title streak at 15

NASHUA — It couldn’t have been sweeter for Londonderry senior Jean-Luc Lemieux Saturday night at the Division 1 state wrestling meet. Gaining revenge for his first loss in New England in two years, two weeks ago in a heartbreaking dual-meet loss to Timberlane, Lemieux blanked Dan Scalzo 7-0 in the 138-pound championship match. That gave him his fourth state title in his memorable high school career. “Everything that could go wrong last time (against Scalzo) did go wrong and I was pretty upset about it,” said Lemieux. “I didn’t come to wrestle and I felt responsible for us losing. My coach said I shouldn’t, but I did. I was pretty determined to beat him today.” After a scoreless first period, Lemieux got a takedown, causing him to clap and jump for joy. He added a near fall in the second frame and another takedown in the final period. “That (first takedown) was definitely the tuurning point” said Lemieux, who improved to 43-2 on the year and was named the tourney Outstanding Wrestler. But the win over Scalzo wasn’t the sweetest part of it all. “Beating Timberlane was even better than me winning because everyone on the team has been working toward this,” said Lemieux. “It’s just great to have someone else on the podium (with the team title).” Yes, the Lancers came in first with 188 points, snapping Timberlane’s streak of 15 straight Division 1 titles. The Owls were second with 175 points followed by Concord (152 1/2) and Pinkerton (143). Joining Lemieux with titles for the Lancers were Kyle Byrd, who had a dramatic late takedown for a 3-1 win over Pinkerton’s Tyler Wilson in the title match, improving his record to 41-2, and Mahdi Achab, who held on for a 4-3 decision over Pinkerton’s Seamus Dolan in the 170-pound finale. Finishing second for the Lancers were 132-pounder Ryan Cabezas, who fell 3-2 to Nashua North’s Cam Bennett, and Richard Bilodeau, who wrestled a superb match before falling to unbeaten Dylan Barreiro of Pinkerton, 4-1. The Lancers also had three thirds, a pair of fourths, a fifth and a sixth place. “Those were great wins by Jean-Luc and Kyle but the bottom line is that it was a great team effort,” said Londonderry first-year coach Jason Cucolo. “We brought 12 wrestlers and all 12 placed. That says it all.” Timberlane certainly didn’t go down without a fight, matching the Lancers with three champs and a pair of runners-up. Winning titles for the Owls were Derek Bohle at 132, Ryan Peters at 145 and Brian Lonergan at 182. Bohle escaped with a tough 3-2 win over Concord’s Alex Kamau in the finals and Lonergan needed a late takedown to beat Concord’s George Tarwu 3-2. Peters, who improved to 38-2, had a workmanlike 10-0 major decision over Bedford’s Yurii Gromokov. In addition to Scalzo, Cam Altobelli was a runner-up at 152 and three Owls finished fourth. “I was happy with the way we competed and some of our younger guys did very well,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian. “We just needed a little bit more. But we had 11 guys place for Meet of Champions and we’ll go back and try to win that. “I tip my cap to Londonderry. I thought they wrestled a very good tournament.”

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Wrestling, 02/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ivan is great

Forced into action due to injury, Ivan DelaRosa gritted out a 14-13 decision at 145 points to help lead Salem to a 39-21 victory over Nashua South.

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Wrestling, 02/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry romps


Londonderry rebounded in a big way from its first loss of the season with a dominating quad-meet sweep at home, one of the wins an impressive 55-22 win over a strong Bedford club. Richard Bilodeau had three pins at 195 for the Lancers (12-1), Ryan Cabezas had three pins at 126 and Kevin Robischeau had an impressive pin of Windham's Sam Cavallaro at 106. 

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Wrestling, 02/07/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Avenges loss


Salem's Mike Burke, wrestling at 145, avenged an earlier loss to Concord standout Chris Munnel with a 9-5 decision. Ryan Cote had a pin for the Blue Devils at 120, but Concord prevailed, 43-17.

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Wrestling, 01/28/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Jaguars go heavy


Windham thought that it might struggle a buit in the heavier weights this year, but the Jaguars have done the opposite 

In Saturday's sweep of a home quad meet against Bishop Guertin (51-12)m Salem (47-21) and Tewksbury (48-21), five players from 160 pounds to heavyweight were unbeaten with Bailey Alton, Brennan French, Jon Ferri and heavyweight Jean Mazraani all going 3-0. Impressive 220-pounder Patrick Hume was 2-0.

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Wrestling, 01/03/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Youngsters come through

With eight freshmen and three sophomores in lineup, powerhouse Timberlane rolled 56-12 over Salem in boys wrestling action. 



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Wrestling, 12/30/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

St. John's rolls



St. John's Preprolled over Salem, Lawrence and Franklin to improve to 7-0. North Andoevr's Ian Butterbrodt and Jay Carnovale were both 3-0 on the day for the Eagles. Eduardo Cartajes (1820 and Kenny Richards (195) were both 3-0 for the lancers.

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Wrestling, 12/20/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central second at Salem.


Central Catholic gave an encouraging performance at the Blue Devil Classic in Salem, but perennial champion Concord overtook the Raiders down the stretch for the title of the 11-team tournament.

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Wrestling, 12/13/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars