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January 12, 2014

Unbeaten Timberlane makes statement in Connecticut

Timberlane represented the region impressively with four victories in Connecticut, including 45-21 over No. 5-ranked Simsbury and 41-24 over No. 7 Ledyard.

“It was a great day for our program and our middle weights really carried us,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian, whose team improved to 12-0.

In those middle weights, Derek Bohle (132) and Ryan Peters (138) were both 4-0 with four pins and improving sophomore Cam Altobelli was 2-0 at 145, one of his wins a pivotal one against Simsbury.

Tyler Fitzpatrick, who was 4-0 with three pins, was also a key against Simsbury and was named Wrestler of the Day after he got a late reversal and won in overtime.

Three Knights crowned

North Andover crowned three champions while placing third at the rugged Cumberland (R.I.) Tournament. Peter Taylor (113), Fritz Hoehn (152) and unbeaten Brad Drover (170) all won titles in impressive fashion.

Placing third for the Knights were Dan Villalba (126) and heavyweight Jake Caporale, the latter of whom had perhaps his best-ever tournament.

Millington sparkles

Reece Millington continued to shine for Haverhill, placing first in the Chelmsford Tournament in spectacular fashion, pinning his way to the 132-pound title. He is now 14-0 on the year with 12 pins.

“Reece seems to be on a mission,” said Haverhill coach Brian Urquhart. “He dominated.”

Millington’s title helped lift Haverhill to fifth in the 17-team field. Finishing second for the Hillies were Orlando Rojas (138), Jordan Faulkner (195) and Samie Al-Ziab (220). Al-Ziab lost a tough 6-5 decision in the finals to Lowell Holiday Tournament champ Carl Neff of Exeter West (R.I.).

Jomar Cannon was a pleasant surprise for Haverhill, finishing third at 170.

For Sanborn, Tristan Leek defeated the No. 1 seed in the finals for the title at 145.

Lancers 2nd at Merrimack

Londonderry couldn’t sustain its streak of tournament titles in New Hampshire, finishing second at the Merrimack Hall of Fame Tournament to Fairfield-Warde, Conn., but junior Jean-Luc Lemieux continued his perfect record.

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