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March 26, 2013

After New England, Sughrue looks ahead to college

NE champ Monserrat leads locals wrestlers to national competition

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But Lacroix had no complaints with how he competed at the Pinning Down Autism Duals in West Orange, N.J., the weekend of March 15-17. And understandably so.

Competing for the All-New England team, Lacroix won all four of his matches. He had a dominating 19-5 major decision against New York, a 48-second pin against Michigan, a 3-2 decision against Delaware and a 7-3 decision against New Jersey.

Against New Jersey, Lacroix was losing 3-2 in the third period but a late reverse and near fall gave him the victory.

“I banged up my knee during the season and probably shouldn’t have wrestled in the meet, but I’m glad I did,” said Lacroix. “I’m more than happy with how I did. It did a lot for my confidence.”

Lacroix plans on wrestling in college, probably at either WPI or Roger Williams University.

Roger Williams, incidentally, is a program on the rise and already has secured verbal commitments from seniors Jimmy Ryan (149) of Dracut, Ben Defronzo (106) of Lincoln-Sudbury and Luke Nigro (152) of Burlington.

Owl dynasty numbers

Some facts brought out at the recent Timberlane wrestling banquet underline just how dominant the Owls have been over the last two decades, both in New Hampshire and New England.

Timberlane has won 81 dual meets in a row in New Hampshire and its record in-state since 1992 is 219-3. Overall since 1993, the Owls are 398-16-2. Overall in 30 years, coach Barry Chooljian’s record is 471-46-5.

In the New England tournament over the last 18 years, Timberlane has finished in the top three 16 times, including first a record 10 times.

As for this year’s team, while it failed to place first at New England for the first time in six years, it had astounding success in dual meets. Its average margin of victory was 43 points and it smashed Connecticut state champion Danbury 46-12.

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