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February 17, 2013

Timberlane crowns 5 champs, wins 14th straight title

CONCORD, N.H. — Everything didn’t fall Timberlane’s way last night, but the Owls had more than enough good fortune to capture their 14th straight Division 1 state title.

The Owls placed 10 in the finals and crowned five champions on their way to scoring 233 points, well ahead of runner-up Pinkerton (146) and Londonderry (123), both of which enjoyed strong tournaments in their own right.

Particularly dominant among Timberlane’s champions were 120-pounder Adam Corey, 170-pounder Josh Riley and 182-pounder Harry Denoncourt. Corey defeated Salem;s rugged John Rheaume 9-2 in the finals while Riley combined two pins with a 16-0 technical fall and Denoncourt sandwiched two pins around a 5-0 decision over Londonderry’s John DiSessa.

Also taking first for Timberlane was 106-pounder Tyler Fitzpatrick, who rallied with a reversal in the final 12 seconds to beat Nashua North’s Cameron Bennett, 4-3, and 138-pounder Josh Burnham, who was involved in the most exciting match of the tournament.

Burnham, who defeated Londonderry’s Kyle Byrd 6-3 in the semifinals, rallied with a late reversal and near fall to tie up Manchester Central’s Keaton Peterson, 8-8, in regulation and then got a pin in overtime.

Among those finishing second were 113-pounder Tim McLinden, who lost by a point in the finals, 126-pounder Ryan Peters and 145-pounder Shaun Ahern, who also lost by a point. Other Timberlane runners-up were Chris Paggliccia at 160 and Shawn Grenier at 220.

“We had a great semifinal round, but just lost a couple of close ones in the finals,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian. “Overall, we wrestled very well. I was particularly happy to see Fitzpatrick get to the podium after being JV last year, and Josh Burnham had a great match.”

Peters was involved in another close match, losing 7-4 to Pinkerton’s talented sophomore, Jean-Luc Lemieux, who was named the tourney Outstanding Wrestler.

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