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

Scott Hamel works for a pin in action against John Stark on Jan. 20. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 29, 2014
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth wrestling team finally got the chance to compete at home after two previous attempts at home meets went by the wayside.

The Bobcats played host to both John Stark and White Mountains Regional on Monday, Jan. 20, and emerged with a pair of wins on the afternoon.

"We competed pretty well," coach Randy Cleary said. "There were a couple (matches) we were disappointed, we thought we should've won, but we competed in most every weight class."

The Bobcats began their action against John Stark, starting at the 152-pound weight class, which is just about the best spot for the Bobcats to begin.

"That's a great weight for us to start at," Cleary noted.

Senior Jim Nolan wrestled at 152 pounds and got the Bobcats six points right out of the board, earning a pin to start the match.

David Waterbury followed up at 160 pounds and endured a long match, but emerged with a 4-3 win to up Plymouth's lead to 9-0.

At 170 pounds, Scott Hamel earned a pin to up the lead to 15-0. Hamel was just taking part in his second match back from injury, which Cleary said was a big addition for the Bobcat lineup.

"It's good to have Scott back," Cleary said. "It allows everyone else to shift down and open the spot for him at 170."

Amani Mwingira was up next at 182 pounds and he earned the pin for a 21-0 lead for the Bobcats after just four athletes.

"I thought Amani did a nice job," Cleary said. "He's really coming around."

The Generals got their first points of the night at 195 pounds, where Nayou Shar dropped a 5-2 decision to cut the lead to 21-3. Aaron Evans was pinned at 220 pounds to give John Stark six more points for a 21-9 score.

Sean Zaikowski fought his way through a long match, in which the score was just 1-0 for most of the way, before he earned a pin to up the lead to 27-9 for the Bobcats.

John Stark got a forfeit win at 106 pounds and Greg Waterbury got a forfeit win for Plymouth at 120 pounds to up the lead to 33-15.

Adam Hughes came up with a pin at 126 pounds for a 39-15 lead before Austin Appleby was pinned at 32 pounds. Cody Avery got a forfeit win at 138 pounds for a 45-21 lead and Tom Hamel was pinned at 145 pounds for the 45-27 final.

"John Stark's a pretty solid team," Cleary said, noting the Generals beat the Bobcats in last year's Division III Meet.

White Mountains only had six athletes on hand, giving the Bobcats forfeit wins at 126 (Hughes), 132 (Chris Comeau), 170 (Scott Hamel), 182 (Mwingira), 195 (Shar), 220 (Evans) and heavyweight (Zaikowski). White Mountains got a forfeit win at 113 pounds.

Greg Waterbury was pinned at 120 pounds to get White Mountains out on the right foot, but the other four matches went to Plymouth.

Avery earned a pin at 138 pounds and Cleary noted that he has dropped 20 pounds and has filled a weight class where the Bobcats were lacking.

Tom Hamel earned an 11-0 win at 145 pounds and Nolan won 12-3 at 152 pounds. Garrett Macedonia earned a pin at 160 pounds to close out the scoring for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats will be in action at Concord at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, before returning home to host Winnisquam at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

"I'm really looking forward to Winnisquam at home," Cleary said. "They beat John Stark and coach Pat Hrycuna is doing a really nice job with them."

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

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