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December 23, 2011 - 11 Hudson~Litchfield Sports CHS Wrestlers Defeat Pelham; Place 9th at Bow Invitational

by Marc Ayotte The Cougar wrestlers competed in two meets this past week. On Wednesday, December 14, Campbell hosted a dual meet with visiting Pelham and came away with a 36-33 team victory. Three days later the Cougar bus traveled north to the Bow Invitational where Campbell had an impressive showing, finishing in 9th place in a field of 22 schools.

At the home meet against the Pythons, it was a total of 5 individual wins by forfeit that propelled Campbell to the narrow margin of victory in the team competition. In action on the mat, the Cougars were led by victories from Connor Perry and Jared Saunders. In the 132-weight division, Perry needed almost the entire length of the match to defeat Pelham’s Brian Gettings. Although the CHS sophomore got out to a quick 5-0 advantage, his lead shrunk to 6-4 after the first period. After incurring a technical violation, Perry’s lead was cut to a single point in the second period before he implemented a series of nice moves in the final frame to pin his opponent with just 36

Connor Perry in a very tough match against Pelham’s Brian Gettings, is shown getting the official’s verdict, as he emerged with a late match win by fall

seconds remaining in the match. Posting the other Campbell victory was Jared Saunders in the 170- weight class. Saunders caught Matt Blanchard,

who has wrestled impressively for the Pythons, off guard and ended the match rather efficiently, with a win by fall, just 22 seconds in.

Merrimack Chops Lady Broncos

by Sue LaRoche Merrimack had their tomahawks out and sharpened for the second half of a boy/girl varsity doubleheader at Merrimack on Friday December 16. The Tomahawks chopped the legs out from underneath the girls’ squad 60-50, after dominating in the second half of the game. The Broncos were down two points at the end of the first quarter but they managed to outscore Merrimack 17-10 in the second quarter to take a 29-24 lead at the half. Merrimack was late in arriving from their locker room for the beginning of the second half of the game and Veronica Moceri dropped in two free throws on a technical foul called against the bench for delaying the game.

Alvirne was outscored in the third quarter 13- 8, dropping them into a tie 37-37 at the end of three quarters, so the outcome of the game would be determined in the final stanza. Merrimack, in particular, junior Kate Cole, outdistanced the

Broncos for the 10-point victory. Cole had 34 points in the contest, with 15 of those in the fourth quarter. The Broncos amassed 23 rebounds, just shy of the goal of 30 per contest but did cut their turnovers down to 13 for the game, however the lack of defense is what did the Broncos in for this game.

Leading scorer for the game with 25 points

was Veronica Moceri who had a nearly perfect shooting night going nine for 10 shooting 2s. Sandi Purcell drove consistently to the hoop for 11 points along with three assists and two steals while Brittney Lambert added five points and seven rebounds in the contest. On Tuesday, December 20, the Broncos traveled to Manchester West only to come away with their fourth loss of the season 52-36. Again, the Broncos kept pace in the first half with the score 26-21 at the break, but were unable to get on track in the second half scoring only five points in the third quarter, while allowing 15 points, giving

Hudson Wrestlers Do Well in Tournament

Central a lead that they could not come back from.

Alvirne received an outstanding effort from Sandi Purcell as she pumped in 15 points and grabbed two rebounds, to add to her overall hustling play to pace the Broncos. Alvirne moves to 0-4 on the young season and will have a bit of a break in the regular season until January 3 when they will play Nashua North for their first home contest of the season. The Broncos will also play

in the Christmas tournament at Nashua North from December 27-30. The Junior Varsity Squad lost a tough overtime decision to Central 39-36. Regulation was tied at 32 on a 3-point laser from Marissa Coronis to put the game into the extra four minutes. Alvirne was led by Cassidy Udice with 12 points followed by Coronis with eight points and Julianne McGrail with six points.



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On Saturday, December 17, Campbell competed in the Bow Invitational. Other area teams that competed in the day-long event were Alvirne, Goffstown and a very strong Londonderry team, which captured the team title a week earlier when competing at the Bronco Invitational. Campbell had a very respectable showing on the day as they produced four different wrestlers with two wins each. Kian Fuertes, Richard Baril and Connor Perry each registered two fall/pins, while Ben Billings recorded one pin to go with a 6-4 decision over his opponent from John Stark. Additionally, Jared Saunders picked up where he left off against his Pelham opponent, wrestling well on his way to picking up four victories and a fourth place finish in the 170 weight class. But it was the performance of Conor Douglas, in the 145-pound division that highlighted the Campbell effort on the day. Douglas on the heels of three consecutive pin wins, advanced to the finals of the championship bracket before losing a tough match against Winnicunet’s Mike Ponchak, thus earning an admirable second place finish.

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submitted by Steve McClure These Hudson residents participated in this past weekend’s “Big Red Youth Wrestling Tournament” at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. This was the largest youth wrestling tournament in the Northeast, featuring teams from states from all around New England, as well as competitors from New York and Ohio. All four of these Hudson wrestlers, from left to right, Cameron McClure, Nick Milinazzo, Brennan French, and Patrick Carney, won matches and represented their Tyngsborough Tigers team with pride. Milinazzo impressed, especially, with a fourth place finish.

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