The Pinkerton wrestling team had four athletes finish in the top-3 at last weekend’s Meet of Champions.
Junior Sterling McLaughlin (38-2) became a two-time champion at 182, winning 9-4 in the finals, to pace the Astros while freshman Jack MacKiernan was runner-up at 160, Robbie Fahey was second at 220 and Tyler MacKiernan survived a 4-3 decision in the 152-pound consolation finals for third.
Their efforts helped the Astros take fourth as a team with 134.5 points. They all advance to this weekend’s New England championship.
Powerhouse Timberlane won the meet with 244.5 points, well ahead of Concord (143) and Salem (136).
MILLETTE, SILLS ADVANCE
Windham had two qualifiers in 120-pounder Payton Sills and 138-pounder Riley Millette, both of whom finished third.
Sills defeated freshman Skylar Hattendorf in overtime, 8-6, in the consolation finals. Despite losing, Hattendorf became the first girl to ever place at the Meet of Champions. Millette became a four-time New England qualifier when he turned an 8-5 deficit into a third period pin.
Millette received a well deserved honor when he was awarded the Gavriel-DeCenzo award given by the wrestling officials. It is awarded to the one wrestler they feel is the outstanding example of sportsmanship in the state.
MEET OF CHAMPIONS
Top team scores: Timberlane 244.5, Concord 143, Salem 136, Pinkerton 134.5, Campbell 99, Bishop Guertin 98, Keene 75, Hollis-Brookline 67, Windham 67
Winners and local New England qualifiers:
106: 1. Konrad Parker (Tim); 113: 1. Nick Roeger (Tim); 120: 1. Matt Adams (Sal), 3. Payton Sills (Windham); 126: 1. Codey Wild (Tim); 132: 1. Connor McGonagle (Tim); 138: 1. Nick Pallaria (Tim), 3. Riley Millette (Win) ; 145: 1. Antonio Pallaria (Tim); 152: 1. Noah Strout (Oyster River), 3. Tyler MacKiernan (Pink); 160: 1. Tristen Cabinta (Sal), 2. Jack MacKiernan (Pink); 170: 1. Isaac Gladey (Concord); 182: 1. Sterling McLaughlin (Pink); 195: 1. Beau Dillon (Sal), 2. Kyle Setzer (Pink); 220: 1. Noah Giffard (Concord), 2. Robbie Fahey (Pink); HVY: 1. Kyle Garrapy (Keene)