Milinazzo seeks spot on podium at New Englands
Alvirne senior Nick Milinazzo is the last Greater Nashuan standing at the New England Wrestling Championships in Providence, R.I.
Milinazzo suffered a second-round setback, but is still alive for a podium appearance in the 126-pound bracket.
He defeated Joe Sanchez, of Central Catholic, 9-5 in the first round, but was knocked out of championship contention with a 16-4 loss to Mountain Valley’s Caleb Austin in the Round of 16. Milinazzo edged Marshwood’s David Spinney 6-4 in an elimination match to reached the consolation first Round of 8.
The Alvirne standout will tangle with New Milford’s Mel Ortiz in the consolation second round of eight. The highest Milinazzo can place is third with five straight victories Saturday.
The sensational career of Nashua North senior Wayne Nolette came to an end after losses to Natick’s Jeremy Su and Algonquin’s Bryce Finnegan at 145 pounds.
Merrimack junior and Division II 132-pound champion Julien Hovan opened with a 16-0 technical fall of Ludlow’s Cesar Alvan, but was eliminated from podium contention after consecutive 4-1 defeats to Mt. Masnfield’s Daniel Bliss and Mashwood’s Kyle Glidden.
Campbell junior Marc Boomhower beat Greater Lowell’s Anthony Blatus 5-2 at 160 pounds. However, he lost by fall at the 1:57 mark to Southington’s Paul Calo in the Round of 16 and forfeited to Cumberland’s Malik Sangare to end his stellar season.
No.3 Berlin Gorham 2,
No. 6 Bishop Guertin 1
The sixth-seeded Cardinals pushed the third seed to the brink, but Berlin-Gorham cashed in on a power play with 3:44 remaining and advanced to the semifinals.
Berlin-Gorham held a 1-0 edge after one, but BG’s Ashley Killen provided the equalizer in the second period to set the stage for a back-and-forth final frame.
Goaltender Abbey Houle gave Guertin a chance to win with spectacular play in net.