Milford seniors come up big in win over Goffstown
MILFORD – Milford High School’s most experienced wrestlers were celebrated during Wednesday’s Senior Night ceremony, and that experience was showcased on the mat proving to be most important in taking down a tenacious Goffstown squad Wednesday night.
The Spartans conquered the Grizzlies 54-26 in their Division II season finale that illustrated a contrast between the top and bottom of each team’s lineup.
Milford (7-2) used its veteran presence in the heavier weight classes to grab a 36-9 lead. However, Goffstown (3-4) was able to claim most of the lighter classes with a pin from Mitchell Cusson over Dominic Nguyen in the 120-pound class, a win from Jake Nault at 126 and a pin for Connor Bourque at 132.
However, the late rally was only enough to cut Milford’s lead to 48-26 before Devin Dolliver pinned Ben Francoeur at 138 pounds to put an exclamation mark on the evening for the Spartans.
“They wrestled as a team,” Milford co-head coach Jeff Sellars said of his Spartans. “They were all behind each other.”
Milford’s Josh Smith flourished in his debut in the 220-pound class after having wrestling at 195 all season. Smith was paired up with Goffstown’s Ian Pszenny, who appeared to have a few pounds in hand, but Smith used his quickness to get the best of his counterpart.
“It was a big weight difference,” Smith said, “but I was willing to fight for my team because it was the last match of the season. So I wanted to make it count.”
After grinding out a 2-0 edge through the first two periods, Smith set himself atop Pszenny then slipped to his side to wrap his arms over his head for the pin in 5 minutes, 20 seconds.
“He was big, but I had agility over him so I could put moves on him that he couldn’t react as quickly to,” Smith said. “I used my technique over his power.”
The Spartans also had the benefit of four forfeits from Goffstown at the 195, 285, 106 and 113 weight classes.
“The lineup is split in half,” Goffstown head coach Keith Detjen said. “The low weights are experienced wrestlers, who generally wrestle really well and take care of business, and the top part of our lineup is really inexperienced. When you wrestle a team like Milford that has a tradition of wrestling, it’s a tough matchup.”
Milford’s Mitchell Rota pinned Mike Pyszka at 145 pounds in 1:48, Ian Routhier of Goffstown pinned Ryan Hamilton at 152 pounds in 3:38, Jake Ricca pinned Grizzlies’ Andres Diaz at 3:27 in the 160-pound class, Milford’s Scott Dannewitz pinned Austin Denison in 16 seconds at 170, and Tyler Brace ground out a 3-1 decision over Milford’s Dustin Post at 182.
“Goffstown has some tough kids,” Milford co-head coach Dana Bourassa said. “I’m happy that we didn’t lose any matches that we were supposed to win.”
The victory propels Milford into the state tournament after a strong season that saw losses to the
divisions top two teams – Bedford (8-0) and Hollis Brookline (8-1).
“I feel like the kids are starting to peak right now,” said Bourassa, “and I’m really excited.”