Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood’s four-time state champion and the 138-pound winner at the New England Championships, is one of more than 20 Maine wrestlers expected to compete Friday through Sunday at the 28th annual National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The tournament, which has separate divisions for each high school grade, draws wrestlers from across the country – and not just the Lower 48 states. Bradley Antesberger of North Pole High in Alaska is in the sophomore 195-pound class. The top eight finishers in each weight class in each division are considered All-Americans.

Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat and Trent Goodman of Ellsworth, who finished second and third at the New England Championships, will both be in the senior 170-pound class. Other top Maine wrestlers expected to compete include Ellsworth three-time state champ Peyton Cole (junior 145), Winslow three-time state champ Ryan Fredette (junior 182), Skowhegan state champ Samson Sirois (junior 126), Sanford state champ Sam Anderson (junior 170), and Oceanside’s Alex Fogarty (sophomore 126), who won Maine’s New England qualifier.

Beaulieu is a three-time NHSCA All-American. He placed seventh in the freshman 113-pound class, fourth in the sophomore 126-pound division and third in the junior 126-pound division. As he did last season, Beaulieu has cut weight since the high school season and has dropped to the 132-pound division, which is stacked with four other four-time state champions: Virginia’s Bayne Gordon, Nebraska’s Christian Miller, Washington’s Clai Quintanilla and New Mexico’s Jose Tapia.

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