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Bobcats pin opening night loss on Tigers

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

Dakoda Simula maneuvers on the mat during opening night action against Newport on Dec. 5. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
December 10, 2012
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth wrestling team got the season off to a solid start with a convincing 60-19 win over Newport on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

"It was how I expected tonight, a good solid win," coach Randy Cleary stated. "You can see that Newport's improving, they're getting better and better, with a lot of kids coming out of the youth program they have there."

Plymouth actually fell behind when they couldn't field a competitor at 138 and Newport took the forfeit for the early 6-0 lead. However, that lead didn't last long, as Ryan Farina won by forfeit at 145 to tie the score at six.

Farina did compete in an exhibition match and walked away with a 9-0 win, though the points did not count for the team total.

Jim Nolan was next up for Plymouth, wrestling at 152 and though he dropped a 9-6 decision, giving Newport three points for the lead again, Cleary walked away impressed with what he did against Newport's Stephan Nix, a solid competitor.

"That was a big match," Cleary said, noting that Nix was the past New England junior high champion. "That's the real deal. It's a loss for us, but a good match for Jimmy.

"That's a good indication of where he's going to be," Cleary continued.

After Nolan's close loss, the Bobcats won the next five matches in a row to open up a 36-9 lead over the Tigers. All five of the wins came by pin, giving the Bobcats six points for each victory.

At 160 pounds, David Waterbury picked up the win to give Plymouth a 12-9 lead and Dennis White followed that up at 170 with a pin for an 18-9 lead.

At 182, Chase Wyman earned a very quick pin to up the lead to 24-9 and Chris Ball won at 195 with a pin for a 30-9 lead for the Bobcats.

Defending state champion Dakoda Simula wrestled at 220 and picked up the win for the Bobcats for a 36-9 lead. His opponent in the match was the fourth-seed in last year's tournament, so Cleary noted there was a good level of talent on the other side of the mat.

"That was a big win, a nice pin for him," Cleary said. "He's been working out since wrestling ended last year and he's ready to take on all comers."

At 285 pounds, Sean Zaikowski was pinned by his Newport opponent, giving the visitors six points and cutting the lead to 26-15.

However, Plymouth earned forfeit wins in the next two matches. Baker Palmer and 106 and Chris Comeau at 113 both picked up six points for the team for a 48-15 lead.

Comeau also competed in an exhibition match and earned a pin, though no points were given to the team.

Freshman Greg Waterbury was up next at 120 pounds and he got a solid pin for a 54-15 lead. Adam Hughes followed at 126 pounds and dropped an 11-0 decision to give the Tigers what would be there final points of the day.

Tom Hamel closed out the match for Plymouth with a pin at 132 pounds for the 60-19 final score.

Kearsarge also sent along a few wrestlers for the meet. The Cougars are an independent team that practices with the Tigers.

Cleary sent out Tanner DeCosta to wrestle at 132 and Jake Poole to wrestle at 195 and both were pinned. Greg Waterbury also went out a second time, wrestling up a weight class at 126 pounds, and was defeated. There were no team scores kept.

"I thought we won where we thought we'd win and we were competitive where I thought we'd be close," Cleary said.

The Bobcats will be at the Bow Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. and will be at John Stark on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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