ConVal’s Dan Curran will challenge for school record at New Englands

  • ConVal’s Dan Curran battles Pinkerton’s Kyle Setzer on his way to a win in a 170-pound matchup Saturday’s Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FRANTZ / CONCORD MONITOR

  • PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FRANTZ / CONCORD MONITOR ConVal’s Dan Curran battles Pinkerton’s Kyle Setzer on his way to a win in a 170-pound matchup Saturday’s Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School.

  • ConVal's Dan Curran battles Pinkerton's Kyle Setzer on his way to a win in a 170-pound matchup Saturday's Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School, Feb. 25, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • ConVal Wrestling participates in the Meet of Champions at Nashua High School South on Feb. 25, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Wrestling participates in the Meet of Champions at Nashua High School South on Feb. 25, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Wrestling participates in the Meet of Champions at Nashua High School South on Feb. 25, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/28/2017 5:22:03 AM

ConVal junior Dan Curran and his quest for a school record in wins remain alive after he placed third in the 170-lb. weight class at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions Saturday at Nashua High School South.

After suffering a controversial defeat in the semifinal, he notched his 115th win, three shy of the school record, to win the consolation bracket and qualify for the New England Championship.

“Today just wasn’t his day,” Coach Brian Whittemore said. “Sometimes you come here and you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The pivotal third-place victory that qualified Curran for New Englands came against Winnacunnet’s John Ferrelli, whom Curran beat in the Division II meet. He also took down Pinkerton’s Kyle Setzer for the chance to compete for that final spot.

Curran’s lone loss came in the dramatic final seconds of the semifinal in the great match of the day.

Up by one with less than ten seconds left, Curran struggled for control of Ibragim Arsakhanov of Manchester Central.

Arsakhanov got control at least of Curran’s upper body, and the ConVal junior escaped as time expired. Arsakhanov was awarded two points for controlling Curran’s hips, and Curran was not awarded any. The referee said the clock ran out before the escape.

“Dan knows he didn’t wrestle well but we wish the referee didn’t go that way,” Whittemore said.

“It’s a brutal sport and an honest sport,” Curran said. “I’m going to get a shot at New Englands and that’s going to be a good day.”

He was 4 and 2 at New Englands last year as a sophomore.

ConVal’s Ryan Murray and Aman Dery, just a freshman, were at the Meet of Champions as well, each missing the podium.

“They had great seasons,” Whittemore said. “Just not quite good enough to place at this meet, but they improved a lot.”




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