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December 1, 2012

Salem coach itching for chance to dethrone Owls


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Londonderry

2011-12 season: 7-6, tied for 7th Meet of Champions

Returning starters (7): Xander Coburn, Sr., 160; Johnny DiSessa, Sr., 182; Jon Young, Jr., 152; Mitch Rose, Jr., 113; Will Bean, Jr., 145; Kyle Byrd, Soph., 145; Richard Bilodeau, Soph., 170

Returning lettermen: None

Promising newcomers: Kyle Proulx, Jr., 138; Jake Barr, Soph., 126; Tyler Brown, Soph., 132; Sebastien Roczcenko, Soph., 160; Mahdi Achab, Frosh., 195; Kyle Foden, Frosh., 220; Amir Daouk, Frosh., 106; Ryan Cabezas, Frosh., 120

Candidates: 38; Captains: TBA

Returning Division 1 States placers: Mitch Rose 4th

Fast facts: Ryan Cabezas is the younger brother of graduated Matt Cabezas, who is in the Marines. ... Sophomore Jake Barr is smart on and off the mat according to coach Jim Marron. ... There is currently no one available at heavyweight for the second straight year. ... Graduated Dan Roger is starting at Roger Williams College at 125 pounds.

Assistants: Mark Braun, Travis Murphy, Cody Byrd

Coach Jim Marron (6th year, 51-29): “I’m expecting us to have a good year, hopefully in the top five in New Hampshire, With the experience I have, I think we can have a good year. We have eight or nine guys who can win most of their matches.”

Pinkerton

2011-12 season: 17-3, 3rd at Meet of Champions

Returning starters (8): Dakota Krol, Sr., 132; Tony Messina, Sr., 160; Brett Wilson, Jr., 138; Hunter Morris, Jr., 170; Kevin Ell, Jr., 184; Carl Berling, Jr., 285; Tyler Wilson, Soph., 145; Jean-Luc Lemieux, Soph, 120

Returning lettermen: Chris Wright, Soph., 126; Eric Daigle, Soph., 113

Promising newcomers: Cam Crowell, Sr., 285; Kyle Olson, Jr., 182; Brenden Sullivan, Soph., 132; Dylan Barrieiro, Frosh., 170; Seamus Dolan, Frosh., 152; John Durant, Frosh., 126; Joey Lydick, Frosh., 160; Keygan Nacos, Frosh., 106; Hayden Sturdevant, Frosh., 285

Candidates: 38; Captains: Dakota Krol, Tony Messina

Returning Division 1 States placers: Jean-Luc Lemieux 1st, Hunter Morris 4th

Fast facts: Senior Cam Crowell, a starter as a freshman and the younger brother of former standout Collin Crowell, is back after taking two years off. ... There are five heavyweights on the roster — a rarity in New Hampshire. ... Freshman heavyweight Hayden Sturdevant played varsity football for the Division 1 state finalist Astros.

Assistants: Jim Cherniack

Coach David Rhoads (2nd year, 17-3): “We know there are tough teams, but we have to focus on our team. We can’t help but get better with competition we have internally. We have more balance than we’ve ever had. I believe we’ll be better than last year. and we were very happy with our season last year.”

Salem

2011-12 season: 15-7, 6th at Division 1 States

Returning starters (4): Jon Rheaume, Sr., 120; Cody Sharpe, Sr., 152; Bret Strassel, Sr., 126; Connor Decker, Jr., 160

Returning lettermen: Alex Morris, Sr., 145; Brad Ratay, Jr., 126; Mike Burke, Soph., 126

Promising newcomers: Jake Peck, Sr., 145; Jon Correia, Sr., 170; Dom Gigante, Sr., 220; Tyler Siverhus, Jr., 132; Chris Fernandes, Jr., 138; Avery Santiago, Frosh., 132; Braden Boulet, Frosh., 106

Candidates: 30

Captains: Jon Rheaume, Cody Sharpe

Returning Division 1 States placers: Jon Rheaume 3rd

Fast facts: Tyler Siverhus, a Division 3 state champion as a freshman, has transferred to Salem from Windham and provides a huge boost to the program. ... Seniors Jake Peck, Jon Correia and Dom Gigante have all rejoined the program after taking two years off. ... Senior quarterback Ryan Nichols is out for the sport for the first time. ... Connor Decker is coming off a bout of mononucleosis, ... Junior Chris Fernandes could be the surprise of the year according to coach Wes Decker.

Assistants: Phil Kalil, Keith Dearden, Trevor Dearden, Mark Williams

Coach Wes Decker (3rd year, 25-19): “We graduated some good kids and some people think we’ll be down but this will be the best team I’ve had. Not only do we have some quality kids, but we have some depth. We’re coming for Timberlane. Our goal is to be the best.”

Timberlane

2011-12 season: 23-2, New England champion

Returning starters (10): Adam Corey, Sr., 120/126; Josh Burnham, Sr., 138/145; Josh Riley, Sr., 160/170; Harry Denoncourt, Sr., 182/195; Cam Gargano, Sr., 195/220; Jordan Eastman, Sr., 285; Shaun Ahern, Jr., 152/160; Shawn Grenier, Jr., 195/220; Dan Scalzo, Soph., 132/138; Jake Durkin, Soph., 113/120

Returning lettermen: Jake Kappler, Sr., 120/126; Chris Pagliccia, Sr., 152/160; Zack Kliska, Sr., 145/152; Tyler Fitzpatrick, Jr., 106/113; Tim McLinden, Jr., 113/120; Brian Lonergan, Soph., 145/152; Derek Bohle, Soph., 132/138

Promising newcomers: Jake Sheehan, Frosh., 106/113; Ryan Peters, Frosh., 126/132; Cam Altobelli, Frosh., 132/138; Chris Marcotte, Frosh., 152/160

Candidates: 40; Captains: TBA

Returning Division 1 States placers: Adam Corey 1st, Josh Burnham 1st, Josh Riley 1st, Jake Durkin 2nd, Dan Scalzo 2nd, Shaun Grenier 2nd, Cam Gargano 2nd, Jordan Eastman 2nd, Shaun Ahern 4th, Harry Denoncourt 4th

Fast facts: Timberlane has won the last five New England titles, which is a record, 13 straight Division 1 state titles and nine straight Meet of Champions. ... Freshman Chris Marcotte is the nephew of Jim Marcotte, who wrestled on Timberlane’s 1987 New England championship team. ... Last year’s New England champion, Zach Bridson, is red-shirting at Tennessee-Chattanooga. ... Senior Jake Kappler wasn’t a starter last year, but he was a state finalist as a sophomore. ... Timberlane will be hosting Mass. power North Andover Dec. 15 in a highly anticipated dual meet.

Assistants: Jason Bretton, Dan Donovan, Tim Brown, Matt Smith

Coach Barry Chooljian (30th year, 447-44-5): “Top to bottom, we’ll be a good dual-meet team. In the big tournaments, we’ll have to get better. We don’t have superstars but we have some very good wrestlers who can step up and do the job. We have a lot of highly motivated kids.”

Pelham

2011-12 season: 10-17, 6th at Division 3 States

Returning starters (6): Kevin DeAngelo, Sr., 138; Matt Blanchard, Sr., 182; Jared Boyden, Jr., 106/113; Tom Gleason, Jr., 170; Matt Koch, Soph., 120; Brian Gettings, Soph., 126

Returning lettermen: Same as above

Promising newcomers: Chadd Loring, Sr., 285; Nick Johnson, Soph., 160; Mike Calistro, Frosh., 132; Jason Gleason, Frosh., 145/152; Kyle Masson, Frosh., 145/152; Jack Ouellette, Frosh., 170/182

Candidates: 14

Captains: Kevin DeAngelo, Matt Blanchard

Returning Division 3 States top-4 placers: Kevin DeAngelo 2nd, Tom Gleason 4th

Fast facts: Senior Chadd Loring is an athletic football player out for the first time who has looked promising. ... Freshman Jason Gleason is the younger brother of junior Tom Gleason. ... Freshman Mike Calistro has considerable youth wrestling experience.

Assistants: Chris Thomas

Coach Bob Riddinger (6th year, 55-57): “It’s going to be another learning season. We do have a good experienced core. I think we could have some surprises in the lower middle weights.”

Windham

2011-12 season: 20-7. Division 3 state champion

Returning starters (12): Chris Ferri, Sr., 182; Dylan Swiderski, Sr., 138/145; Jeff Armstrong, Sr, 113; Corey Alberico, Sr., 195; Connor Golden, Sr., 170; Jeremy Cocciardi, Sr., 152; Zach Sprague, Sr., 126; Devin Marino, Jr., 120/126; Shiloh VanHyll, Jr., 160/170; Kody Folsom, Jr., 220; David Crichton, Jr., 285; Austin Messina, Soph., 126/132

Returning lettermen: Ben Gazzara, Jr., 285; Nolan Hansen, Jr., 160

Promising newcomers: Colin Lagos, Sr, 170; Noah Swiderski, Sr., 145; Reed Wentworth, Jr., 145/152; Ross Wentworth, Soph., 138; Troy Peters, Soph., 132; Peter Caron, Frosh., 106; Sam Cavallaro, Frosh., 106; Jon Ferri, Frosh., 160; Corey Kneeland, Frosh., 130

Candidates: 58; Captains: Chris Ferri, Dylan Swiderski, Corey Alberico

Returning Division 3 States placers: Jeff Armstrong 1st, Zach Sprague 1st, Chris Ferri 2nd, David Chrichton 2nd, Corey Alberico 3rd, Devin Marino 4th

Fast facts: Division 3 state champion Tyler Siverhus transferred to Salem. ... Brothers Reed and Ross Wentworth are transfers from Lexington Christian. ... David Crichton, Corey Alberico, Chris Ferri and Connor Golden were all starters on the line for the football team .... Freshman Jon Ferri is the younger brother of Chris Ferri. ... Senior Colin Lagos is an impressive newcomer who has never wrestled before but is an excellent football player. ... The father of freshman Sam Cavallaro wrestled at North Andover. ... New assistant David Gilbert is a former assistant at Bow. ... Assistant Jack Byrne was the state’s JV Coach of the Year. ... Windham had a record turnout of 58 candidates and was able to purchase an extra mat for practice.

Assistants: Jack Byrne

Coach Tom Darrin (4th year, 38-27): “We hope we can do better against Div. 1 and Div. 2 schools. We were disappointed with our performance at the Meet of Champions. We hope to qualify a couple of guys for New England and win our division again.”

Sanborn

2011-12 season: 9th at Division 3 States

Returning starters (2): Jon Scheidegger, Sr., 152; Tristan Leek, Jr., 138

Returning Division 3 States placers: Jon Scheidegger 1st, Tristan Leek 2nd

Fast facts: Jon Scheidegger, who was second in Meet of Champions last year, is coming off a football season in which he was named Division 3 All-State. But he is looking to wrestle in college. ... Scheidegger’s father, Bill Scheidegger, has been coaching and coordinating the program the last two years. ... Despite recruiting efforts, there are still only two wrestlers in the program.