By Chris Paul
The Londonderry High School Wrestling team had a successful week in Dual Meet competitions at home and away, beating five of the six opponents they faced.
On Wednesday night, Jan. 18, two Manchester teams visited the Londonderry gym and both were handed significant losses.
In the first meet of the week, against Manchester Memorial, LHS had fall wins in all, but four of the weight classes for a 54-21 victory.
In the second meet of the evening against Manchester Central, the Lancers had a clean sweep, winning 70-0, with just six matches being wrestled.
Against Memorial, LHS winners were: Jake McClory (120 lbs.) over Stella Connors with a fall at 1:34. Nicolas D’Alessandro (132 lbs.) over Caiden Wyman with a pin at 1:36. Emanuel Perez (138 lbs.) over Connor Houston with a fall at 1:56. Michael Palma (145 lbs.) over Christian Kuilan with a pin at 5:50. David Pento (152 lbs.) remained undefeated this season with a pin of Michael Goodwin at 0:37 in the match.
Chase Prado (160 lbs.) had a fall over Leon Sibomona at 0:35, Patrick O’Connor (170 lbs.) Fall at 1:24 over Cameron Gerardi, Christopher Gear (220 lbs.) over Jack Paradis with a fall at 1:04 and Nikki Stylianos (106 lbs.) had a pin over Rebekah Sanborn at 2:32.
The Lancers followed that win up one over Manchester Central, getting pin victories in all but one match.
Jake McClory won the first match with an 18-5 major decision over Ian Maguire at 120 lbs.
The other five wins went to Nicolas D’Alessandro (132); Emanuel Perez (138); Chase Prado (160); Patrick O`Connor (170); and Christopher Gear (220). The remainder of the matches were won by forfeit.
At the Merrimack Hall of Fame Duals, at Merrimack High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, the Lancers team went 3-1 and took third place at the event.
Londonderry was able to fight through a number of adversites related to injuries and illness, which took a number of key LHS wrestlers out of competition.
Londonderry had a 48-36 win in the dual against St. Johnsbury Academy of Vermont. Lancer winners were: Perez (154) Fall at 2:51; Pento (152) Fall at :48; O’Connor (170) Fall at 3:14; Owen Rondeau (182) Fall at 2:25; Christopher Gear (220) forfeit; Kyle Jasper forfeit; Brendan Egan (132) Fall at 4:22; and Lucas Palma (138) Fall at 1:38.
Londonderry also had a 54-27 win over Noble High School of Maine, tallying nine match wins, eight by pins.
Lancer winners were: Perez (138) Fall at 0:39; Palma (145) Fall at 0:32; Pento (152) Fall at 0:48; Chase Prado (160) Fall at 3:03; O’Connor (170) Fall at 0:49; Rondeau (182) Fall at 5:04; Andreas Taliadouros (195) fall at 3:56; Christopher Gear (220) Fall at 3:21; and Kyle Jasper (285) with a Fall at 3:02.
Against Alvirne High School, Londonderry dropped just three matches and had a 57-13 team win.
LHS Winners were: Stylianos (106) forfeit; 120: McClory (120) Fall at 1:47; Palma (132) Fall at 3:54; Perez (138) Fall at 2:44; Pento (152) Fall at 2:07; Prado (160) Fall at 1:13; O’Connor (170) got a 7-2 decision; Taliadouros (195) Fall at 0:14; 220: Gear (220) Fall at 0:13; and Kyle Jasper (285) with a forfeit win.
The Londonderry team’s only loss of the week went against Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School of Massachusetts, with LHS losing 45-22.
Londonderry had four weight-class wins. Perez (138) had a 20-10 major decision; Pento (152) won by fall at 2:50; Rondeau (182) had a fall win at 0:55; and Gear (220) won by forfeit.
David Pento is currently undefeated this season at 29-0.