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Local roundup: Newport’s Sharron second at wrestling MOC


Staff Reports
Sunday, February 24, 2019

NASHUA, N.H. — Newport High sophomore wrestler Josh Sharron came within a victory of claiming the 132-pound division at the NHIAA Meet of Champions at Nashua Hiagh School South on Saturday on a day in which two other Upper Valley wrestlers also had big days.

Sharron, the two-time NHIAA Division III champ, topped Plymouth’s J.C. Gaumer, 13-1, and nipped Merrimack’s Andy Almonte, 3-2, to reach the division title match. His bid for MOC honors ended there in a 17-1 technical-fall loss to Timberlane’s Connor McGonagle.

Newport teammate Gavin Lovely pinned Concord’s Abbas Abdulrahman at 5 minutes, 33 seconds, to take third place at 182 pounds. Lovely pinned two foes early in his tournament before a tech-fall loss to Pinkerton’s Sterling McLaughlin sent him to the consolation bracket. Lovely eliminated Bishop Guertin’s Andrew Ha with a 51-second pin before topping Abdulrahman for third.

Lebanon’s Caiden Skakalski also came home with third-place honors at 126 pounds. Skakalski had to put in a lot of work in the consolation bracket after a 10-4 quarterfinal loss to Concord’s Jack Sargent. The Raider senior won three consolation matches before taking down Souhegan’s James Raiser, 10-0, for third place.

Lebanon’s Shane Balise (285 pounds), Mascoma’s Dylan Pelton (160) and Newport’s Marius Edwards (145) also competed in the MOC.

College BaseballUTSA 9, Dartmouth 5

SAN ANTONIO — Texas-San Antonio built a seven-run lead and held off a late Big Green rally to cap a four-game weekend series.

UTSA (5-3) had a 4-0 lead after one inning and an 8-1 cushion by the top of the eighth. Dartmouth (1-3) cut the gap to 8-4 and had the tying run at the plate before the comeback fizzled out.

Catcher Bennett McCaskill went 2-for-4 with an RBI and shortstop Nate Ostmo drive in two runs for the Big Green, which heads to North Carolina this weekend for the USA Baseball tournament.

College SoftballIowa State 12Dartmouth 0 (5)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tatum Ksiazek tossed a five-inning one-hitter as the Cyclones blanked the Big Green (2-3) at the College of Charleston.

Abby Shipley broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the fifth.

Dartmouth is at the UCF Invite this weekend, meeting Louisiana Tech and Central Florida on Friday.

Women’s TennisMichigan State 6Dartmouth 1

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Big Green dropped to 3-7 with a loss to the Spartans on Sunday.

Michigan State (7-4) took the doubles point before recording five straight-sets victories at singles. Freshman Nina Paripovic accounted for Dartmouth’s lone point with a 6-4, 6-4 decision at third singles.

The Big Green opened its Michigan trip with a 6-1 loss to Marquette on Saturday, also in East Lansing. Dartmouth hosts UMass on Saturday at the Boss Tennis Center.

MEN’S TENNISBig Green splits

HANOVER — Dartmouth dropped a 4-2 contest to Wichita State and earned a 6-1 victory over Boston University in a pair of Saturday matches.

The Big Green (7-5) picked up the doubles point against the Shockers but couldn’t add another point beyond that locked down by No. 1 Charlie Broom at the top of the singles ladder. Dartmouth had better luck against the Terriers, earning five singles wins on top of another doubles decision. Broom led that charge with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1.

Dartmouth is off until a mid-March trip to Texas.

WOMEN’S SWIMMINGTwo titles at Ivies

PRINCETON, N.J. — Dartmouth finished sixth at the Ivy League Championships, winning a pair of individual titles on Saturday.

Mackenzie Stumpf won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2 minutes, 11.94 seconds, breaking her own personal mark from last year’s second-place finish at Ivies. She’s the first Dartmouth swimmer to take the race since Andrea Hill’s back-to-back crowns in 1996-97.

Mia Leko added a victory for the Big Green in the 200 butterfly (1:57.62). Leko broke her own school record in the process.

Harvard won the league championship for the second year in a row.

COLLEGE TRACKWomen third, men sixthat Ivy championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Dartmouth women claimed third place and the men finished sixth at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships on Sunday at Harvard.

Cha’Mia Rothwell starred for the Big Green women, winning the 60-meter hurdles (8.37 seconds) for the third straight year. Claire Daugherty was second in the 800 meters (2:08.79), and Maria Garman tied for second in the high jump.

Tim Zepf claimed second in the 800 (1:50.61) to highlight the Dartmouth men. Donovan Spearman ran to third in the 60 hurdles (6.85) and 200 (21.77).

The Pen women and Princeton men repeated as league champs.