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Three Bears capture titles in Con-Val Early Bird


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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The Winnisquam wrestling team took second place at the Con-Val Early Bird on Saturday. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
December 15, 2014
PETERBOROUGH For a program that has been on the rise the past few years, Saturday's Con-Val Early Bird was quite an early-season statement for the Winnisquam Regional High School wrestling team.

The Bears took an impressive second place overall as a team, finishing behind only Bedford High School in a field of 13 schools.

"The boys wrestled very tough," said Winnisquam head coach Paul Hrycuna. "They came together as a team and wrestled their hearts out. The chemistry they had today could not be put into words. They didn't just wrestle as individuals today, they wrestled as a team, a brotherhood. No one was thinking about the results of the tournament. They just showed up with no expectations other than to wrestle as tough as they could and to have fun doing it. These results materialized on their own and I'm very proud of the boys. We still have a lot of work to do but for now, congratulations boys."

Winnisquam took second by compiling 119 points, behind only Bedford's total of 160 points. The Bears were ahead of perennial power Plymouth (111 points, third place) as well as Division I foe Exeter High School (107.5, fourth place). The only other local to compete was Franklin High School, which took 12th place with 24 points.

Three Bears captured titles on the day, and two others reached the podium with top three finishes. Tristan Mulleavey won the title at 113 pounds thanks to a major decision (11-2) victory over Bishop Guertin's Jacob Blue. Christian Duquette was the winner at 170 pounds, as he beat Con-Val's Josh Curran via pinfall in the final. Defending state champion Richie Mills showed his class at 182 pounds, pinning Kyle Record of Bellows Falls (Vt.) to capture that division.

Garrett Patten was third at 106 pounds, pinning Tim Young of Con-Val to snag the top three showing. Logan Patten was also third, as he pinned Exeter's Mason Adams in the third place match at 120 pounds.

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