December 11, 2012

High School Wrestling Preview: Following a path of their own

The lack of a school-sanctioned team hasn't prevented some wrestlers from finding success.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Iain Whitis, a senior at Cheverus who trains with the Deering High team because Cheverus doesn’t have its own team, won a Class A state championship last winter in the 120-pound division.

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Iain Whitis of Cheverus warms up before practice Monday at Deering High. Whitis and several other independent wrestlers have found wrestling homes at other schools but can’t compete for those schools during dual meets and tournaments.

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Whitis knows he's benefitted from his association with Deering and its coach, Al Kirk.

Cheverus had a team when Whitis was a freshman and a sophomore, but he was the only healthy member of the team by the end of his sophomore year.

That season, he had only 12 regular-season matches before winning the Western Class A regional. By that point, many top contenders have had more than 40 bouts.

In the state final he lost to Marshwood's Tyler Davidson. There was no shame in that, considering that Davidson is now a three-time state champ, but Whitis had beaten Davidson three times during the regular season.

"I felt that it was really unfair. He has a great program around him and great drill partners every day, and every match in the regular season he got closer and closer to beating me," Whitis said. "I could see how not having a full team and a full schedule of matches was definitely not helping me."

For Vogel, the experience has had multiple benefits.

On the mat, he has improved each year and was the Western Class A runner-up as a junior at 145 pounds. He kicked off his senior season with an impressive win at 160 pounds against last year's 152-pound Class B champion, Zach Faskianos of York.

"My freshman year I wasn't that good," Vogel said. "I knew if I wanted to be accepted into this team I had to do the work and show I was in it for the long haul."

His plan worked so well that prior to his junior season, the one-man team from Greely became a Windham co-captain.

"It meant a lot. I came in, this kid from Greely that nobody knew, and they got to know me and now I am a captain," Vogel said.

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