Concord High School Wrestling Team
Jun 23, 2014 - 2014 Crimson Tide Wrestling Camp Brochure
2014 Crimson Tide Camp Brochure is here!
Apr 13, 2014 - 2014 Banquet
Thank you Seniors
Captain Walters Ndi, Dylan Naylor, Marcus Blodgett and Calvin Crowell
2015 Captains: Alex Kamau, Dan Lawrence and Ian Wagner
2014 Off Season Training Awards: Brandon Simpson, Alex Kamau and Mark Hoyt
2014 Iron Man: Mark Hoyt
2014 Coaches Award: Dylan Naylor
Apr 13, 2014 - 2014 Highlight Video
Mar 1, 2014 - Tide's Lawrence a surprise finalist at Meet of Champions
Tide’s Lawrence a surprise finalist at Meet of Champions
By TIM O’SULLIVAN
Sunday, March 2, 2014 (Published in print: Sunday, March 2, 2014)
DERRY – Dan Lawrence wasn’t even supposed to be at yesterday’s Meet of Champions. The Concord High junior was the No. 9 seed in last week’s Division I championships, where the top six wrestlers qualify for the MOC. But Lawrence fought his way into fifth place at the D-I tournament, and he kept the upsets rolling all the way into yesterday’s 145-pound final.
“We knew Dan would make some noise here,” Concord Coach Ham Munnell said, “but we didn’t think he’d pop into the finals. But that’s why you come to these things.”
Lawrence couldn’t pull off the last upset of the day and wound up losing to Sanborn’s Tristan Leek in the final. But that second-place finish earned Lawrence a trip to the New England championships next week in Providence, R.I., and he helped the Crimson Tide to a third-place finish in the team standings, which was also a pleasant surprise.
“If you had told me at the beginning of the year we would have ended up third in the entire state of New Hampshire, I would have happily taken that,” Munnell said. “We brought 12 kids today, all of them scored, 11 of them won two matches, and we placed seven (in the top six), so it was a great day and a huge team effort.”
Timberlane won its 11th straight MOC title with 197.5 points, Londonderry took second with 144.5 and the Tide finished with 123 points. Nashua North was fourth with 113 while Bedford and Manchester Central tied for fifth with 92.
Lawrence began his day with a second-period pin against Milford’s Mitchell Rota and then earned a 6-3 decision in the quarterfinals against Bedford’s Josh Belz, who had pinned Lawrence in a meeting earlier this year. But the real upset, and redemption, came in the semifinals, when Lawrence posted a 4-2 decision against Timberlane’s Dan Scalzo, who was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the D-I tournament last week after he upset Manchester Central’s Azalkhon Sarvalov, the defending division and MOC champ, for the 145 crown.
“Scalzo destroyed me (in middle school) and then he beat me earlier this year,” Lawrence said.
“So going into the match today I was thinking it was all about composure, making sure that mentally I was winning the match, and I felt like if that happened, I could win it.”
Lawrence was able to work that mental game with a diverse set of skills that neutralized Scalzo, and thrilled the crowd at Pinkerton Academy.
“He just broke Scalzo down. He countered all of Scalzo’s scoring moves and Danny just made everything hard for him,” Munnel said. “It frustrated Scalzo, you could see it by the end.”
As he waited for his finals match with Leek, who was the Outstanding Wrestler of last week’s D-III meet and beat Sarvalov in yesterday’s other 145 semifinal, Lawrence had a hard time grasping the circumstances.
“My goal coming into this was just to get top six … it just felt crazy to see that (Sarvalov) was wrestling for third and I was wrestling for first,” Lawrence said. “It almost didn’t seem right.”
Lawrence scored the first points of the championship match, earning two on a takedown with 10 seconds left in the first period. Leek got one back on an escape with :04 on the clock, but Lawrence posted another two at the buzzer to take a 4-1 lead after one. Leek showed his skills on top in the second and tied things at 4-4 by the end of the period. The Sanborn senior then took a two-point lead with a reversal midway through the third before pinning Lawrence with 40 seconds remaining in the match.
Concord’s other finalist didn’t last that long in his championship match. In the strangest scene of the night, senior Walters Ndi lost by default to Nashua North’s Joe Chimelski in the 195 final on a match that was initially called because of a flagrant misconduct, a ruling that would have kept Ndi from the New England championships and forced Concord to surrender his points for the day. That ruling was dropped after a post-match discussion and Chimelski was simply awarded the default win and Ndi kept his second-place status.
The rivalry between these two began last year when Ndi defeated Chimelski at the 2013 D-I tournament but then lost to him at the MOC. Chimelski also beat Ndi during the regular season this year and then again last week at the D-I tournament.
The emotions from those past encounters came to the front yesterday when the two took turns driving each other out of the circle early in the match. Ndi was then docked a point for unnecessary roughness when he slapped Chimelski in the face with 18 seconds left in the second period. Ndi hit Chimelski in the face again with :04 on the clock, at which point the match was stopped with Chimelski up 3-0. The initial ruling was that Ndi hit Chimelski with a closed fist (unofficial video recordings showed he did not), which is cause for flagrant misconduct. That was eventually overturned, but Chimelski was still awarded the win.
“Wally messed up,” Munnell said.
Ndi agreed with that assessment, as did Chimelski, but the Nashua North senior didn’t like winning that way.
“I wish we got to finish the match,” Chimelski said. “I beat him last week and I felt like I was in control again and I could tell he was getting frustrated.”
The Tide’s other place winners were Connor Stadnicki (fourth, 120), Ian Wagner (fourth, 152), Nate Engel (fifth, 113), Dylan Naylor (sixth, 285) and Calvin Crowell (sixth, 170).
Winnisquam’s Richey Mills earned a trip to New Englands (the top three qualify) with his third place at 170. Mills easily won his first two matches (11-1 and 4-0) before losing a 1-0 decision against Pinkerton’s Dylan Barreiro, the eventual champ. Mills, a junior, then beat Crowell, 4-1, before posting a 5-0 decision over Newport’s Stephen Nix to claim third.
“It was a good day overall, I thought I wrestled tough,” Mills said. “I wanted to go to New Englands, and I did that. And I get to miss school on Friday, so I’m excited about that.”
John Stark’s Nick Widmann will also be going to Providence on Friday after he took third at 126. Widmann lost in overtime in the semifinals, but worked his way back through the bottom bracket to reach the third/fourth-place match, where he came back from an early 2-0 deficit to claim a 7-3 win over Goffstown’s Jacob Nault.
Pete LaRiviere of Bow won the New Hampshire Wrestling Officials Sportsmanship Award and then went on to claim third at 138 with a hard-fought 5-1 decision over Winnacunnet’s Luca Rosa, the 138 D-II champ.
It will be the second straight trip to the New England tournament for LaRiviere, who was second last year at 145. Bow’s Tony Roberts took sixth at 195.
Feb 22, 2014 - Tide wrestlers take third, send 12 to MOC
Tide wrestlers take third, send 12 to MOC
By TIM O’SULLIVAN
Monitor staffSaturday, February 22, 2014 (Published in print: Sunday, February 23, 2014)
Concord placed only one wrestler in the finals and didn’t have a single champion in yesterday’s Division I championships. But the Crimson Tide was smiling as it rolled up its home mats at the end of the day.
The Tide was in the hunt for second place before taking a solid third as a team, improving on last year’s fourth-place finish. And 12 of Concord’s 14 wrestlers placed in the top six to qualify for next week’s Meet of Champions.
“The kids gave everything and it was a great day for us,” Tide Coach Ham Munnell said. “We haven’t qualified 12 kids in a long time. We’ve had better teams, more talented, but this is one of the best efforts that we’ve ever had in the 20 years I’ve been doing this. We didn’t have a soft match out there, not one all day. We lost some, but we were going hard.”
Timberlane finished with 200 team points, and four individual champions, to win its 15th straight D-I title. Londonderry, a team some thought could steal Timberlane’s crown, was second with 161 and Concord finished with 149, although the gap between the Lancers and the Tide was just three points (144-141) heading into the finals round. Nashua North (121) and Manchester Central (114.5) rounded out the top five.
Concord’s chances of catching Londonderry faded early in the finals round (which starts at 106 pounds and moves up) as Nate Engel (113), Connor Stadnicki (120) and Brandon Simpson (126) dropped three straight matches on the third-fourth-place mat. All wrestled well to take fourth, and Stadnicki gave Manchester Memorial’s Devin Johnson a run for third before losing, 9-7. But they weren’t getting Concord any closer in the team standings.
Alex Kamau watched all three of those matches before he took to the same mat for the 132 third-fourth match, and he knew he needed to do something to change the Tide’s momentum.
“It was motivation,” Kamau said. “It makes you want to pick up the team and get us going.”
Kamau also had some motivation because he lost to his opponent, Nashua North’s Peter Daniels, in the first dual meet of the season when Daniels claimed a 10-8 decision in the closing seconds. Despite that added incentive, Kamau was trailing 1-0 going into the final period. The Concord junior was on bottom to start the third and he quickly escaped, but he hung on to Daniels and eventually worked a two-point reversal to take a 2-1 lead with 1:18 left on the clock.
“I was looking for the reversal because I didn’t think I had the energy to take him down again,” Kamau said.
But Kamau did have plenty of energy to keep Daniels from getting a one-point escape. Three times Daniels got to his feet in that final minute, and three times Kamau threw him back to the mat. Daniels nearly escaped with a roll on a restart with five seconds left, but Kamau countered in time to earn the 2-1 decision.
“I was hanging on for dear life,” Kamau said. “I thought he was going to get away, but I just kept hanging on.”
After that win, the Tide claimed three straight overtime decisions. Freshman Chris Munnell (138) trailed by two points with less than a minute left before forcing overtime and eventually taking an 8-6 decision against Keene’s Jordan Suarez for fifth place. Dan Lawrence (145) was down a point with 50 seconds left in his match against Salem’s Jake Genest, then went up a point with 35 seconds to go only to see Genest knot the score at 4-4 10 seconds later. But Lawrence found the necessary energy in overtime to take Genest down and take fifth.
Ian Wagner (152) finished the run of overtime wins when he earned a 4-2 decision over Timberlane’s Cameron Altobelli to take third. But to be fair to Wagner, whose only loss of the day was against eventual champion Kyle Peterson from Manchester Central, he dominated Altobelli for the majority of the match.
It was a surprise Wagner was up only 2-0 with less than a minute left, and even more of a surprise when Altobelli worked a two-point reverse to tie the score. It looked like Altobelli might steal the win when he landed a double shot late in the first overtime period, but Wagner defended with strength, spun out of the hold and got the two points for the win with six seconds left.
After that, the Tide had to settle for two more fourth-place results – Calvin Crowell at 170 and George Tarwo at 182 – before its lone finalist took center stage as Walters Ndi squared off against Nashua North’s Joe Chimelski in one of the most anticipated matches of the day.
Ndi beat Chimelski for the D-I title last year, but Chimelski turned the tables at the 2013 MOC and beat Ndi again in the season-opening dual meet this year.
“I knew it was going to be hard, I was ready for that, and so I tried to push the pace early because I knew I needed to work myself even harder,” Ndi said.
The plan worked as Ndi scored a first-period takedown and was up 2-1 after two. But to start the third Chimelski was on top, which is his strong suit, and he took advantage, scoring two quick points to take a 3-2 lead. Ndi looked for that one-point escape to tie things, but he couldn’t solve Chimelski, who scored three more back points in the final seconds for a 6-2 win.
“I didn’t run out of gas at the end, I just kind of lost my composure,” Ndi said. “He’s long and lanky, and he’s got an advantage because he’s so long, and he’s not like any other wrestler that I face. So he’s just kind of strange, and he’s tough when he’s scrambling, so you have to respect that.”
The Tide couldn’t find a win in its final two matches, either, as Tyshon Roberts (220) took sixth and Dylan Naylor (285) finished fourth. But they will both be in action again on Saturday as part of the Tide’s 12-man MOC contingent.
“We don’t have many experienced wrestlers, but we had so many guys place, and I really like that,” said Ndi, Concord’s lone senior captain. “I think my team did great today.”
Feb 4, 2014 - Capital City Classic Results
"It was a great day for us. We wrestled hard and tough."
Team Result: 2nd
106 Mark Hoyt 4th
113 Nate Engel 5th
120 Connor Stadnicki 4th
126 Jake Pickard 3rd
132 Alex Kamau 4th
138 Chris Munnell 5th
138 Cal Mackenzie 3rd
145 Dan Lawrence 4th
152 Ian Wagner 2nd
160 Mitch Comeau 3rd
170 Calvin Crowell 5th
182 George Tarwo 6th
195 Wally Ndi 2nd
Jan 20, 2014 - 2014 Freshmen State Champions
2014 Freshmen State Champions
Chris Munnell Champion
Jake Pickard Champion
George Tarwo Champion
Tyshawn Roberts Runner up
Jake Linquata Runner up
Ben Bourgery Runner up
John Henderson Runner up
Austin Lewis 4th
Brett Gentley 4th
Logan Hurst 6th
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