PLAISTOW — Round 2 went to Timberlane last night while Round 3 went to junior 160-pounder Brian Lonergan.
The Owls overtook up-and-coming Londonderry for the second time this year, this time to win the Timberlane Invitational. Lonergan defeated Londonderry senior Will Bean for the second time, 3-1 in the finals, after splitting the season’s first two matches with him.
But Lonergan knows that the growing rivalry isn’t over yet.
“I’m sure I’ll see him (Bean) again and he’ll be after me,” said Lonergan. “He’s tough and really strong on tie-ups, so I worked on being better on my feet.”
Lonergan’s win was one of two for Timberlane in the finals in matchups against Londonderry, making it all the more important since the two southern New Hampshire rivals were engaged in a battle for first place throughout the day.
Which made his victory all the sweeter.
“I love wrestling for Timberlane and anything that helps the team makes the individual win even better,” said Lonergan.
The Owls, who trailed Londonderry after the second round, surged back in the consolation round and won five of six matches in the finals to prevail with 205 1/2 points, with Londonderry runner-up with 175. It was the 21st time in the last 22 years that Timberlane has captured its own invitational.
“I don’t think we wrestled our best or were as sharp as we’ve been, but we showed a lot of resiliency,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian.
What it amounted to was that, as they have throughout the season, the Owls simply found a way to win.
In addition to Lonergan’s title, two other wins in the finals are a good indication.
At 126, Tim McLinden was trailing Goffstown’s Jake Nault late in the third period until a reverse and back points gave him a 5-1 victory. Two weight classes later, sophomore Ryan Peters was trailing Reading’s Nick Makrys — a New England placer last year — 2-1 after a period, tied it in the second, held off a late takedown bid in the third and then won 4-3 in overtime.
Peters was named the tournament Outstanding Wrestler for his performance.
Timberlane’s other winners were equally impressive. Tyler Fitzpatrick controlled Londonderry standout Mitch Rose 7-0 in the finals and heavyweight Zach Stewart won his first-ever tournament crown with a pin over Bedford’s Robert Lamy. In the semifinals, Stewart had pinned Manchester Memorial’s Clay Legault, who had beaten him just days earlier.
The only Owl to fall in the championship round, Shawn Grenier, didn’t go down easily, battling Southington’s rugged Zach Maxwell throughout the match before falling 3-1.
Also for the Owls, Derek Bohle wrestled back effectively to take third at 132.
Londonderry, which had already won three tournaments this year, and gave Timberlane all it could handle in a season-opening dual meet, had three champions and all were dominant in the championship round.
Ryan Cabezas prevailed with a pin at 113, Jean-Luc Lemieux remained undefeated and untested at 132 with a first-period pin and Richard Bilodeau beat up Bedford’s Matt Houston, winning with a 14-0 major decision.
Also finishing second for the Lancers were Kyle Byrd at 170 and Sebastian Roszczenko, who lost a tough 5-4 decision to Memorial’s Nate Hall in the 182-pound finals.
While disappointed in the result, Londonderry coach Jim Marron saw plenty of positives and pointed out that, “everything is preparation for the state meet. This is just one step toward it.”
In the 145-pound finals, Sanborn’s Tristan Leek lost for just the third time this year.
Despite controlling much of the match, he fell to Manchester Central’s Azalkhan Sarvalov, 3-2 in the finals.
Team scores: Timberlane 208 1/2, Londonderry 175, Manchester Central 123, Bedford 122, Reading 84, Southington, Conn., 83 1/2, Memorial 79, Danvers 66 1/2, Plymouth 59, Winnacunnet 54 1/2, Goffstown 51, Winnisqam 49, Nashua South 39, Londonderry B 26, Sanborn 18, Manchester Central B 15, Timberlane B 12
Winners and top local placers:
106: 1. Zach Murillo (Southington), 4. Cody Lewis (Tim); 113: 1. Ryan Cabezas (Lon), 2. Caleb Moscosco (Lon); 120: 1. Tyler Fitzpatrick (Tim), 2. Mitch Rose (Lon); 126: 1. Tim McLinden (Tim); 132: 1. Jean-Luc Lemieux (Lon), 3. Derek Bohle (Tim); 138: 1. Ryan Peters (Tim) — OW; 145: 1. Azalkhan Sarvalov (MC), 2. Tristan Leek (Sanborn), 4. Dan Scalzo (Tim); 152: 1. Kyle Peterson (MC), 4. Jon Young (Lon); 160: 1. Brett Lonergan (Tim), 2. Will Bean (Lon); 170: 1. Keaton Peterson (MC), 2. Kyle Byrd (Lon); 182: 1. Nate Hall (Memorial), 2. Sebastian Roszczenko (Lon), 4. Mike DiGregorio (Tim); 195: 1. Richard Bilodeau (Lon), 4. Ben Sargent (Tim); 220: 1. Zach Maxwell (Southington), 2. Shawn Grenier (Tim); HVY: 1. Zach Stewart (Tim)