By Dave Dyer
---- — 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.
“He (Lemieux) had a tremendous tournament,” said Pinkerton assistant Jim Cherniak. “He really showed his stuff in the final, beating a fantastic wrestler.”
Joining Lemieux with a gold medal for the Astros was heavyweight Cam Crowell while freshman Dylan Barreiro was runner-up at 170.
NH Division 1 State Meet
Top team scores (12 teams): Timberlane 233, Pinkerton 146, Londonderry 123, Exeter 101, Concord 97, Manchester Central 92 1.2, Salem 88
Local sectional placers (top 6):
106: 1. Tyler Fitzpatrick (Tim), 3. Amir Daouk (L); 113: 2. Tim McLinden (Tim), 3. Mitch Rose (L), 5. Eric Daigle (Pink), 6. Ed Page (S); 120: 1. Adam Corey (Tim), 2. John Rheaume (S), 5. Ryan Cabezas (L); 126: 1. Jean-Luc Lemieux (Pink); 2. Ryan Peters (Tim), 5. Jake Barr (L) 132: 4. Dakota Krol (Pink), 5. Tyler Siverhus (S), 6. Dan Scalzo (T); 138: 1. Josh Burnham (T), 3. Kyle Byrd (L), 4. Jackson Peck (S), 6. Brenden Sullivan (Pink); 145: 2. Shaun Ahern (T), 3. Will Bean (L), 5. Brett Wilson (Pink); 152: 3. Tyler Wilson (Pink), 4. Jon Young (L), 5. Cody Sharpe (S), 6. Ryan Collins (T); 160: 2. Chris Pagliccia (T), 4. Tony Messina (Pink); 170: 1. Josh Riley (Tim), 2. Dylan Barreiro (Pink), 5. Richard Bilodeau (L); 182: 1. Harry Denoncourt (Tim), 3, John DiSessa (L), 5. Hunter Morris (Pink); 195: 3. Kevin Ell (Pink); 220: 2. Shawn Grenier (T), 3. Dom Gigante (S); HVY: 1. Cam Crowell (Pink), 3. Tyler Green (S), 5. Zach Stewart (T)