LOWELL — Individual glory just doesn’t cut it with the Timberlane wrestling team.
At least, it didn’t last night at the Lowell Holiday Tournament at the Tsongas Arena.
Despite individual titles from 106-pound junior Tyler Fitzpatrick and 120-pounder Adam Corey and a second place from 182-pounder Harry Denoncourt among seven placers overall, the Owls finished second to Vermont power Mt. Anthony for the second straight year in the rugged 58-team tournament. Mt. Anthony’s 241 points was comfortably ahead of Timberlane (201).
“Individual titles don’t mean anything if the team doesn’t win,” said Corey, a senior captain. “Second place isn’t good enough for this team. We’ve got to work harder.”
Corey was involved in one of the most exciting finals of the evening. He got a takedown with one second left in regulation to tie the match against St. John’s Shrewsbury junior Peter Robinson and then got a takedown and pin in overtime for the win.
“That’s the first time I’ve had a pin in overtime,” said Corey. “I never feel I’m out of it.”
Fitzpatrick’s win over Nashua North’s Cam Bennett was more workmanlike. He scored a takedown in the first period, rode Bennett for the entire second period and then had a rever in the final period for a 4-0 victory. A junior, Fitzpatrick — who had Timberlane’s best performance at the Beast of the East tournament in Delaware — is proving to be quite difficult to score on.
Denoncourt almost gave Timberlane a third title.
He took a 3-1 lead over Springfield Central sophomore Jered Escriano after the second period, but Escribano tied the score in regulation and then won 6-4 in the final overtime period.
Finishing fourth for the Owls were Tim McLinden (113) and Ryan Peters (126), the latter of whom lost a 2-1 barnburner to Central Catholic star Pat Lacroix earlier in the day and defaulted the consoaltion finals due to a minor injury.