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Jacob Guimond of Noble was startled to find himself ineligible to seek a wrestling title as a junior, so he made an extra effort to make his senior season memorable.
John Patriquin / Staff Photographer
WRESTLING STATE FINALS
Saturday, Feb. 16
CLASS A: at Sanford
CLASS B: at Fryeburg
CLASS C: at Foxcroft Academy
At the Noble Invitational, Guimond was still in the 182-pound division and finished third, followed by a fifth at the highly competitive Chelmsford (Mass.) Invitational and a runner-up finish at a tournament in Merrimack, N.H.
Prior to the Essex Junction, Vt., tournament, DeVoll asked Guimond to move up to the 195-pound class, even though he has consistently weighed 180 pounds this year.
"My coach said it would benefit the team because we could score more points and I would have a better chance at states," Guimond said. "I've always just kind of listened to Coach and went where he asked me to go, and I'm up for the challenge."
Guimond tore through the Essex Junction tournament and won the individual title. He hasn't lost since and will enter the Class A championships Feb. 16 at Sanford's Memorial Gym with a 48-5 senior-season record.
"Knowing I could win, it's just unreal," Guimond said. "It's a dream that every wrestler wants."
Noble is an underdog threat to reigning champ Marshwood. Both teams qualified 12 wrestlers for the state meet.
"Everyone else thinks it will be Marshwood," Guimond said. "Everyone on Noble thinks we'll win. When we won my freshman season it was a great feeling. When we won my sophomore year, knowing I had helped benefit the win was an even better feeling. To win (the team title) as a senior, it would be an awesome feeling."
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