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January 20, 2013

Memory Lane: Upon further review, Owls wrestling win streak ends

MemoryLane
Chuck Frye

---- — 15 years ago last week: Upon further review, Owls wrestling streak ends

It was a debate 15 years ago that took a national magazine and cross-country phone calls to settle.

After winning 90 straight dual meets, Timberlane fell 45-28 to Marshwood, Maine, in a weekend tournament. Neither of the Owls’ co-coaches, Don Woodworth and Barry Chooljian, felt that the loss counted as it was suffered in a tourney, not a regular dual meet. But Wrestling U.S.A. Magazine said that the loss does indeed end the streak, and subsequent calls to prestigious college programs cemented the decision.

“I called Penn State and then Iowa to see how they count national (tourney) duals in college,” said Chooljian. “They both counted them on their record. I guess that’s the way you have to.”

Woodworth concurred, saying, “We accept that. When a publication like (Wrestling U.S.A.) says it’s over, it’s over. We’re not going to contest it. We’ll just move on.”

In fact, Timberlane’s streak could have been longer than 90 wins since it didn’t count its victories in dual meet tournaments in that number, but Chooljian wouldn’t go back and revisit those meets and add to its total.

The Owls wasted little time starting another streak, clobbering Haverhill, 57-7 in their first meet after the setback.

15 years ago last week: Welch carries Ranger gymnasts

Methuen set a new school record in team scoring and Ryann Welch achieved a new personal best in the all-around in the Rangers’ first victory over Andover in five seasons. … With a season-best 9.2 on the beam, Ali King helped run Salem’s record to 6-0 by beating Algonquin. …

Briston Murphy (12 points, 12 rebounds) and North Reading rolled to a 50-30 win over Pentucket. … Andover had five players in double figures led by freshman Tommy McLaughlin’s 18 points in an 83-52 win over Lawrence. … John Jacobs’ 20 points led Central Catholic past Billerica, 62-54. … North Andover struggled against Georgetown but pulled out a late 49-46 triumph led by 17 points and 13 rebounds from Justin St. Hilaire. … Ryan Cantwell poured in 24 points in Haverhill’s 61-48 win over Lowell. … Christian Fresa erupted for 24 points and 16 boards as Whittier posted a 55-43 win over Tyngsboro. … Brian Regan scored 20 points including two key late buckets in Londonderry’s 64-54 victory over Pinkerton. … Lawrence’s Edwin Mercado led area scorers, averaging 22 points per game. …

Jen Lavin tossed in a season-high 18 points in Central Catholic’s 64-36 win over Dracut. … Freshman Laura Fallavollita hauled in 15 rebounds in Pentucket’s first CAL win of the season, 38-30 over North Reading. … Greater Lawrence’s Damaris Damien (22.6 PPG) was the area’s leading girls scorer. …Two goals from Al Salvia dealt Billerica its second loss as Central Catholic prevailed, 4-1. Then Salvia had a hat trick and an assist in a 8-1 blitzing of Tewksbury. Salvia raised his career point total to 113, believed to be a new school record. … Chris O’Connell’s game-winner earned Haverhill a 4-3 victory over Methuen and drew the Hillies within a point of the Rangers for the top spot in the MVC Small. … Matt Van Laethem scored twice as North Reading squeaked past North Andover, 4-3. …

Carving almost a second off his prior best 300-meter time, Central Catholic’s Brian Lemieux tore up the Reggie Lewis Center track with a 35.75 to win the event at the State Coaches Meet. … Rick Koster and Angela Vanderhoof led Timberlane to the boys and the girls Class I state track titles. … A family affair got Lawrence its first track win of the year, 44-41 over Haverhill. Twins Cristie E. (1,000) and Cristie A. Galindez (mile) won their races and freshman sister Lydia came in second in the 2-mile. … Freshman Erik Morillo’s big win in the 300 sparked Greater Lawrence past fellow unbeaten Lynn Tech. … Despite wins from Todd Swenson, Jon Apostoles and Charlie MacInnis, Londonderry saw its track winning streak snapped at 97 by Merrimack. …

Lawrence’s Jimmy Pedro won the gold medal in the 161-pound division of Japan’s Matsu Taro Sho Riki Judo Cup. He was the first American ever to win the gold in the prestigious event. … Former Methuen High star Jamie Cassidy scored 29 points to lead Maine over UNH, 75-61. …

30 years ago last week: Casado, Reggies trip Hillies

Behind 22 points from Osiris Casado, Greater Lawrence sent Haverhill to its fourth straight defeat, 65-59. …

Greater Lawrence Tech Hall of Famer Gail Bonenfant (17 points) and Cheryl Provencher (15 points) paced the Reggies to a 55-42 win over Haverhill. …

With a narrow 12-11 victory at 140 pounds, Mark Chareth remained undefeated to highlight Pentucket’s 40-21 win over North Reading. … Tim Roncol started a run of seven straight individual victories as Haverhill clobbered Littleton, 49-12. …

Two victories each from Craig Hannenian and Scott Hewitt led Haverhill swimming a 93-44 victory over Greater Lawrence. …

Jeff Moody was the overall winner as Haverhill skiing moved to 4-0 by defeating Andover. …

A tie equalled victory for Haverhill High football coach Joe Carven. The school committee had a 3-3 deadlock on a vote to open the coaches position at the school, with the tie vote defeating the motion. …