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Bobcats take second at Winnisquam Winter Classic


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

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Troy Johnson works his way to a win on his way to winning his weight class at the Winnisquam Winter Classic. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 15, 2018
TILTON — The Plymouth wrestling team was a bit shorthanded on Saturday for the Winnisquam Winter Classic and ended up finishing second to perennial Division I power Timberlane on the day.

"There were a couple of matchups that could've gone either way," said coach Randy Cleary. "If one goes the other way, we would've outscored them."

The Bobcats were playing without Alex Hamel, Nolan Farina and Tracy Christiano, who Cleary said all could've helped add a few points along the way.

The Bobcats came away with two championships, with Joe Cleary winning at 126 pounds and Troy Johnson winning at 195 pounds. Second place finishes went to Charlie Comeau at 106 pounds, Hunter Lessard at 138 pounds and JC Gaumer at 132 pounds.

Jason MacAllister added a third place at 113 pounds, Griffin Smith was fourth at 145 pounds and Ethan MacDonald was fourth at heavyweight. Joe Collette at 132 pounds and Cole Johnston at 160 pounds both finished fifth and Nate Borger at 170 pounds and Trevor Randlett at 120 pounds both finished in sixth place.

Cleary earned a bye in the first round, then pinned Kenzie Bourgeois of Winnisquam to reach the finals, where he pinned Adam Marquis of Timberlane.

Johnson won a 15-0 decision over Christian Kuechler of Pinkerton, then pinned Tristan Sharich of Concord to reach the finals, where he pinned Tom MacDonald of Pinkerton to get the win.

Comeau got a 13- win over Mark Harrington of Pinkerton, then won 21-10 over Michael Mitchell of Winnisquam to reach the finals. He lost to Jake Rousseau of Timberlane in the finals.

Gaumer opened with a pin of Tommy Sargent of Concord, then beat Collette to advance to the finals, where he was pinned by Brent Seavey of Timberlane.

Lessard pinned James Bonnell of Concord and Tyler Denton of Goffstown before falling to Nick Pallaria of Timberlane in the finals.

MacAllister dropped his opening match to Ella Davidson of Keene 9-3, but rallied through the loser's bracket to beat Bryan Lowell of Mascoma in the third place match by an 11-1 score.

Smith pinned Wilton Geissenhainer of Goffstown and Cortland Miller of Concord before falling to Joey Wilson of Keene by a 3-0 score. He lost in the third place match to Joe Friel of Timberlane by a 12-10 score.

MacDonald pinned Ronnie Mills of Winnisquam in 15 seconds then was pinned by Tyler Bill of Mascoma to move to the consolation bracket. He beat Matt Dalton of Goffstown with a pin but was pinned by Cam Macro of Pinkerton in the third place match.

Collette beat Sam Theriault of Souhegan in his first match before falling to Gaumer. In the consolation round, he beat Mason Benedict of Kearsarge in the fifth place match.

Johnston lost his first match to Alex Galatis of Concord but came back and beat Anthony Rosales of Concord by pin before falling to Sam Lantz of Concord by a 9-2 score. He got a forfeit over Tyler Langill of Winnisquam in the fifth place match.

Randlett lost to Rovanee Nickson of Concord 7-1 in his first match and then came back and defeated Corrine Croto of Kearsarge before eventually losing to Nickson again in the fifth place match 3-1.

Borger pinned Hunter Krol of Pinkerton and Rooster Smith of Goffstown before falling to RJ Higgins of Keene to move into the consolation round, where he finished sixth.

The Bobcats opened the week with a win over Mascoma, winning all matches except at 170, 182 and heavyweight.

The Bobcats will be at the Timberlane Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m. and will be hosting Kearsarge on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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