Pinkerton wrestling takes third at D1 states

TIM JEAN/Staff photoWindham 138-pounder Riley Millette, top, added to his tremendous senior season with a second-place finish at Saturday's Division 1 state meet.

Sterling McLaughlin was a repeat champion for Pinkerton at 182 pounds, recording a second-period pin in the finals to improve to 35-2 on the year.

He was a highlight for the Astros at Saturday’s Division 1 state meet, leading his team to third with 187 points. Perennial power Timberlane won its fourth straight title and 26th of the last 27 with 270.5, edging second-place Concord (253).

But McLaughlin wasn’t the only champ for the Astros. Tyler MacKiernan was perhaps at his most impressive of the year as he controlled Nashua South standout Tom Cullerton, 7-1, in the finals, improving his record to 27-7.

Also for Pinkerton, Robbie Fahey came in second at 220, losing a 3-2 heartbreaker to Concord’s Noah Giffard in the finals. Fahey, who is 20-4, had been out for a month before the tourney because of a knee injury.

Among Pinkerton’s other placers, freshman Jack MacKiernan had a solid 3-1 decision in the 160-pound consolation finals to finish third.


Although the Jaguars didn’t win any individual titles, they made a good showing for themselves in their first year in Division 1, finishing fifth with 139 points.

In addition to the runner-up finish by Riley Millette at 138, Sam Verrier (106), Payton Sills (120), Conner Sills (126) and Ben Wentworth (170) all came in third.


NH Division 1 Meet

Team scores: 1. Timberlane 270.5; 2. Concord 253; 3. Pinkerton 187; 4. Salem 170.5; 5. Windham 139; 6. Londonderry 129; 7. Keene 114.5; 8. Nashua South 99; 9. Exeter 93; 10. Manchester Central 53; 11. Nashua North 45; 12. Alvirne 39; 13. Manchester Memorial 29; 14. Bedford 28

Championship matches: 106: Konrad Parker, Timberlane, pinned Ryan O’Rourke, Salem, 3:49; 113: Nick Roeger, TImberlane, pinned Colby Spencer, Nashua South, 3:22; 120: Matt Adams, Salem, def. John Leavitt, Timberlane, 12-1; 126: Codey Wild, Timberlane, pinned JackSargent, Concord, 2:23; 132: Connor McGonagle, Timberlane, pinned David Hammond, Pinkerton, 0:46; 138: Nick Pallaria, Timberlane, def. Riley Millette, Winnacunnet, 16-3; 145: Hayden Brown, Exeter, pinned Antonio Pallaria, Timberlane, 3:56; 152: Tyler Mackiernan, Pinkerton, def. Tom Cullerton, Nashua South, 7-3; 160: Tristen Cabinta, Salem, def. Austin Morris, Keene, 14-2; 170: Issac Gladey, Concord, def. Nick Beebe, Exeter, 3-0; 182: Sterling McLaughlin, Pinkerton, pinned Abbas Abdulrahman, Concord, 2:45; 195: Beau Dillon, Salem, def. Kyle Setzer, Pinkerton, 5-1; 220: Noah Giffard, Concord, def. Richard Fahey, Pinkerton, 3-2; 285: Kyle Garrapy, Keene, def. Josh Ozoria, Salem, 6-1


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