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January 6, 2013

Riley sparks Timberlane to crown in Maine

Everything fell into place for the Timberlane wrestling team yesterday.

With Josh Riley returning to the lineup after an illness, good balance and an ability to win the close matches, the Owls captured the 23-team Redskin Invitational in Sanford, Maine.

Timberlane finished with 265 1/2 points to outdistance Connecticut power and runner-up Danbury (248 1/2). The Timberlane B team came in a surprising seventh.

Riley, who missed the Lowell Holiday Tournament, won the 170-pound finals in convincing fashion, winning 9-1 in the championship match after pinning his earlier opponents. Also placing first was sophomore 132-pounder Dan Scalzo, who beat B teammate Derek Bohle in the finals, 106-pounder Tyler Fitzpatrick and 182-pounder Harry Denoncourt. Fitzpatrick, a Lowell Holiday champ, escaped with a 1-0 decision while Denoncourt prevailed 3-1, getting a takedown in the final 12 seconds for the win.

Also finishing second for the Owls were Tim McLinden (113), Adam Corey (120), Ryan Peters (126), Josh Burnham (138) and Cam Gargano (195). Jake Kappler had a surprising third at 126 and Cam Gargano was third at 195.

“I was really pleased with the way we competed,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian. “We had a lot of guys win close matches and I was very happy with some of our B guys.”

Salem 4th at Chelmsford

Salem had its best performance in a big tournament in years, placing fourth at the Chelmsford Invitational, which was won by Vermont power Mt. Anthony. Tyler Siverhus led the Blue Devils, taking second at 132, losing 17-7 in the finals to Mt. Anthony star Miguel Calixto. John Rheaume (120) and Jackson Peck (138) came in third, Rheaume losing a tough 5-4 decision to eventual champion Nick Derosa of Billerica in the semifinals.

Haverhill’s Samie Al-Ziab, meanwhile, won his second tournament of the season in impressive fashion, defeating Mt. Anthony’s Jack Luciano 3-0 in the finals after recording three straight first-period pins.

Also, Sanborn’s Jon Scheidegger continued his outstanding season, winning the 152-pound crown by defeating nemesis Luke Nigro of Burlington, 4-3 in the finals. Scheidegger is 19-0 on the year and has won three tournaments.

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