ROUNDUP: South wrestlers edge Merrimack: BG sweeps quad
Nashua South edges Merrimack
The Panthers hosted Pinkerton Academy, Merrimack and Winnisquam for a quad on Saturday. South knocked off Merrimack, 42-37, in the matchup of the day. Pinkerton swept three wins.
For South, Kyle O’Connor, Ryan Salemi, Kyle Salemi, Colby Spencer, Zach Gauthier and Nate Zalzal all had a pair of wins. Robert Isaac, Kyle Vancelette, Drew Fleury and Parker Fleury had single wins.
For the second straight day, Gauthier needed to win to keep his team alive and did so with a key pin in the victory over Merrimack at 152.
Gavin Mangum, Griffin Livingstone and Anson Dewar had wins by fall for Merrimack against South. Sidanth Dhanarij scored a major decision and Joe Leblanc worked hard for his 4-2 decision over Vancelette.
Guertin Sweeps Quad
Bishop Guertin dominated a four-team meet hosted by Pelham. The Cardinals, due to opposing forfeits, weren’t tested in defeating Pelham (24-21), Newport (15-6) and Souhegan (9-6).
Zach Rioux had a pair of wins on the mat, while Anthony Fernandez, Connor MacDonald, Matt Frechette, Andrew Ha, Matt Ha, Aiden Szewczyk and Nick Connerty had single wins.
For Souhegan, Victor Ceballos scored a pair of wins by fall.
The Cardinals (39 points, fourth) were the top local finishers in an 11 team meet at Phillips Exeter that was won by Bedford with 59 points. Souhegan was fifth with 21, while Nashua South and Alvirne were ninth with 15, and Hollis Brookline 11th with two points.
Fiona Doherty won the 1500 for the Cards in 4:59.94, while Carolyn Towle took the 3000 in 10:05.82.
Grace Jones was third for BG in the 300 dash in 44.22 seconds but captured the long jump in 16-07. Other top Cardinal finishes included Mary Kate Finn second in the 1000 (3:11.84), and Jones, Finn, Alayja Linton and Kaleigh Moore taking fourth in the 4×200 relay in 1:57.30. Guetin was fifth in the 4×400 relay with the team of Jones, Finn, Elizabeth White and Fiona Doherty finishing in 4:30.39.
The Sabers were paced by Masho Primmer’s fifth in the 600 (1:46.11), Adrianna Slotnick’s fourth in the 1000 (3:15.82), Cloe Trudel’s second in the 3000 (10:06.78), and the 4×400 relay team’s second place finish (4:26.03), paced by Primmer, Emma Herrero, Chloe Trudel, and Sophie Lunati.
South got a second from Anai Dominguez in the shot put (31-00.25), a third from Nadezhda Nadia Zhecheva in the 600 (1:41.81), a fourth from Meghan Conway in the 3000 (11:19.77). Alvirne was paced by Molly O’Donnell’s win in the high jump (5-0) and Paige Boudreau’s third in the 1500 (5:13.34).
Hollis Brookline’s Amy Pattelena was fifth in the 1000 (3:19.27).
NASHUA SOUTH FOURTH,
BISHOP GUERTIN SIXTH
The Panthers totaled 32 points to finish fourth in a 10 team meet won by host Phillips Exeter (53 points). The Cards had 24.5 points in sixth, while Alvirne was ninth with 17.5 and Hollis Brookline 10th with 13.
Leading performances for South were: Paul Marchand’s firsts in the 55 dash (6.62 seconds) and long jump (21-04.50) Chris Keefe’s second in the 600 (1:26.04), the 4×200 team of Parker Senecal, Alejandro Sanchez, Tyler Armeen, and Marchand’s fourth place finish in 1:39.76; Eric Carlo, Jeremy Melendez, Adam Holodowski and Keefe teaming up for a fifth in the 4×400 relay in 3:50.54.
For the Cards, the 4×200 team of Jacob Pacheco, Ethan Holt, Toby Therrien, and Joey Lupo took first in 1:38.51; Pacheco took first in the high jump at 6-0; Lupo was third in the 300 in 37.73 and fourth in the high jump at 19-4.50.
For Alvirne, Owen Decosta took fifth in the 55 in 6.82 and was tied for sixth with Therrien in the high jump at 5-6; Davante McKoy-Sophes was third in the 300 in 36.70; and the 4×200 relay team of Dacosta, McKoy-Sophes, Paul Balletto and Albert Matrille took fifth in 1:42.30, and Justin Broussard was third in the shot put in 44-0.75.
The Cavaliers were led by Michael Curtin’s fourth in the 55 (6.80); Ryan Burgher’s fifth in the 3000 (9:42.50); Chase Adams’ fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.09); J.J. Kennedy’s second in the long jump in 19-11.
WINS TWO OF THREE
The Cards got wins over Winnacunnet (87-37), Pinkerton (88-60) but fell to Exeter (96-70)
Key event wins for BG came in the 200 Medley relay with Jack Januario, Eamon Griffin, Ivan Dodor and Matthew Crane; the 200 Freestyle by Connor Donoghue; Cran took first in the 200 IM and 100 Back; the 50 Free and 100 Breast by Jack Januario and the 400 Free Relay with Ivan Dodor, Donoghue, Garrett Konieczny, and Crane.
WINS ONE OF THREE
The Cards topped Winnacunnet 85-81 but fell to Pinkerton 109-61 and Exeter 126-44. Mia Januario was second in the 200 IM while Michaela DosSantos, Grace Wang, Meghna Sridhar, and Januario with third in the 400 Free Relay.
SOUHEGAN 46 (Friday)
The Sabers fell to 4-3 despite 23 points from Matt McCool, 10 by Michael Maroun and nine from Curtis Redd.
The Warriors improved to 3-6, snapping a six-game skid thanks Jack Schwab’s 17 points, 16 from Sean Brennan and 15 by Kyler Tremblay.
The Kings played the Bulldogs scoreless in the first period but then the visitors took over at Conway Arena as the Kings fell to 2-6.
South got goals from Dylan Nutter and Ryan Desimone, with assists going to Cam Cole and Nolan Foss. Nate Serrintino had a whopping 60 saves in goal. South-Pelham hosts Pinkerton on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Conway Arena.
Bedford is now 7-3-1 and the win was career No. 200 for Marty Myers as the Bulldogs head coach.
Zach Stimeling scored all three goals for the Tomahawks, including the overtime game-winner in the thriller.
Dom Carozza had an assist on the tie-breaking tally.
Ben Hardy made 18 saves for the Tomahawks.
With the victory, Merrimack moves to 6-1 on the year.
Portsmouth-Newmarket falls to 3-5.
Merrimack next sees action on Wednesday, again on the road at Spaulding.
That one is set for a 6 p.m. start.