Timberlane Wrestling 2021 State Champions

Chris Baldwin

With another year in the books, Timberlane Wrestling won yet another state championship which makes this their 28th state title. This year was a little different though. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there were no individual New Hampshire tournaments, instead the State tournament was a team tournament which meant that if a team lost they were eliminated from the tournament and the winning team advanced to the next round. Timberlane Wrestling hosted all of their matches for the state tournament. With only 10 meets this year, Timberlane Wrestling went undefeated and even shut out two teams. On top of that, Timberlane Wrestling even had a good amount of undefeated wrestlers on the team for the year such as Junior Captain Cooper Kelley, Senior Captain Nick Pallaria, and Sophomore Ben Little. Senior Captain Nick Pallaria and he had this to say; “I’m so proud of the team and how everyone competed. Everybody wanted it and we got it because of how hard we worked everyday”. 


The state tournament was no different. In the quarterfinal round the Owls beat the Pinkerton Astros 69-12 to advance to the semifinal round. In the semifinal match the Owls went up against Nashua North and completely shut out the team with a final score of 74-0. 


With that win Timberlane advanced to the finals to face their long time rival Concord. With the meet very anticipated it was sure to be a good one because Concord has been a long time rival to Timberlane always having good matches. With a pin from Nate Peabody and a tech fall from Erik Kappler to start off the meet the Owls were looking good. With more impressive wins the meet started to move to the upper weights where Concord was good. There were a few tough matches but Timberlane was still holding their own. But with a huge win from Cooper Kelley as he pinned a New England place winner in the second period to secure the State Championship for Timberlane. Due to this win Timberlane was able to keep their historic run as State Champions and claim their 21st state title in a row.