DERRY — It’s do or die time for the Timberlane wrestling team and senior captain Adam Corey, for one, knows it’s not really a choice for the perennial powerhouse Owls.
Corey put on a clinic while winning the 120-pound weight class yesterday at the Meet of Champions to help spark Timberlane to its eighth straight Meet of Champions title
As has been the case in recent years, the Owls overwhelmed the rest of the field, taking first with 241 1/2 points, more than doubling the score of runner-up Pinkerton.
Corey pinned his first opponent in 20 seconds, won his semifinal opponent with a fall in 1:37 and then came out like a tortured bull in the finals, taking an 8-3 lead in the first period over a very strong John Rheaume of Salem, who also had first-period pins in his first two matches, and prevailing with a commanding 14-5 major decision.
Corey placed fifth in New England last year and entered the match with an excellent 32-6 record against good competition but, explaining his aggressive approach, he was far from satisfied.
“It’s go time, and I’m sick of losing,” said Corey. “I’m not happy with the way I’ve wrestled, but now is the time to do it.”
That may have been the general philosophy for the Owls, who sent seven wrestlers to the finals and had two wrestlers who came in third, which qualifies them for next weekend’s New England Tournament in Providence.
Joining Corey with a gold medal were 106-pounder Tyler Fitzpatrick, 138-pounder Josh Burnham, 170-pounder Josh Riley and 182-pounder Harry Denoncourt.
Fitzpatrick, who is now 42-4 for the season, defeated Nashua North’s Cam Bennett for the second straight week, this time 2-0, Burnham (36-9) repeated against Manchester Central’s Keaton Peterson, Riley (33-4) held off Exeter’s David Burke in the finals and Denoncourt (39-4) prevailed over Milford’s Joe Albina.