Wrestling – Press Herald http://www.pressherald.com Sat, 25 Nov 2017 03:54:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Monday’s high school roundup: Kirk retiring after 39 years as Deering wrestling coach http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/18/mondays-high-school-roundup-kirk-retiring-after-39-years-as-deering-wrestling-coach/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/18/mondays-high-school-roundup-kirk-retiring-after-39-years-as-deering-wrestling-coach/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:49:55 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/18/mondays-high-school-roundup-kirk-retiring-after-39-years-as-deering-wrestling-coach/ Al Kirk is retiring after 39 years as Deering High’s wrestling coach and will be succeeded by one of his former wrestlers – Ryan Hutchins.

Kirk, 77, was a high school coach in Florida and New York and a college coach in Arkansas and Florida before taking over at Deering. In all, he coached for 50 years. Kirk was inducted into the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame in 2004.

“I’ve thought about it for awhile and it’s time,” Kirk said to The Forecaster about his retirement. “It’s hard to leave it though. It’s been fun.”

Hutchins, a 1997 Deering graduate and the 1997 Class A champion at 125 pounds, has coached at Westbrook and Scarborough high schools. He was chosen as Maine coach of the year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association in 2010 after Westbrook won its first regional title in Eastern Class A.

“What better transition for a program with the same coach for 39 years than to have one of the proteges from that coach take the reins,” Deering Athletic Director Melanie Craig told The Forecaster.

FIELD HOCKEY

YORK 3, CAPE ELIZABETH 1: Sydney Bouchard netted a pair of goals and assisted on Cassie Reinertson’s goal, leading the Wildcats (5-1) past the Capers (2-3) in York.

Isabel Berman pulled the Capers within one when she scored from a scramble with 8:25 left, but Bouchard countered two minutes later.

YARMOUTH 7, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Lydia Guay scored three goals to lead the Clippers (5-1) over the Patriots (1-5) in Yarmouth.

Kyaira Grondin added two goals and an assist, and Maggie Gunville had a goal and an assist. Cate Ralph netted the other goal, and Emilie Martin recorded three assists.

SACOPEE VALLEY 4, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 0: Grace Sanborn got her first varsity goal and Haiden Sawyer had two assists for the Hawks (5-1) in a win over the Seagulls (0-4-1) in Hiram.

Savanna Marlowe, Tiffany Garland and Isabelle Eldridge also scored.

BOOTHBAY 6, HALL-DALE 0: Sydney Meader scored three goals and Chloe Arsenault added two as the Seahawks (6-1) downed the Bulldogs (2-5) in Farmingdale.

Page Brown added a goal and an assist for Boothbay, which led 3-0 at halftime.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

CHEVERUS 2, PORTLAND 0: Emma Gallant’s two first-half goals provided the margin of victory for the Stags (4-1) against the visiting Bulldogs (1-5).

Gallant converted Caroline Taylor’s assist 13:36 into the match, then scored on a free kick from 22 yards with four minutes left in the first half.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 1, ST. DOMINIC 1: Emma Theriault scored for St. Dom’s (3-1-1) on a 30-yard free kick three minutes into the match, and Shani Plante countered for OOB (3-1-1) in the second half as the teams played to a tie in Auburn.

Plante scored off a corner kick from Payje Leclerc.

OAK HILL 4, WISCASSET 1: Sydney Drew scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lift the Raiders (6-0) to a victory in Wales.

Vanessa Dunn scored for the Wolverines (4-2).

BOYS’ SOCCER

MARSHWOOD 5, WINDHAM 1: Turner Goodenough scored three goals, and the Hawks (4-3) jumped out to a 4-1 lead at halftime against the Eagles (2-4) in Windham.

Sam Fitzgerald and Henry Honkonen added a goal apiece.

Andrew Sayer scored for Windham.

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Wrestling: Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/26/wrestling-bradley-beaulieu-marshwood/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/26/wrestling-bradley-beaulieu-marshwood/#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1172336 Bradley Beaulieu had two major goals in mind when he entered his senior season of wrestling at Marshwood High: regain the Class A team title and win his first New England championship.

“I had accomplished a lot as an individual, and last year, not winning that team title really stuck with me,” Beaulieu said. “I didn’t want to come home from this year’s states with a second place or a third place.”

Wrestling at 138 pounds, Beaulieu won it all this year.

He won the Lowell Invitational, New England’s largest tournament. He won his fourth Class A title in his fourth weight class. Marshwood, which had its four-year title streak snapped by Skowhegan in 2016, stormed back with a revamped lineup this season. The Hawks dominated the Class A tournament, scoring 184 points to beat runner-up and archrival Noble by 103.5 points.

Then, Beaulieu capped his 53-0 season with a New England championship, winning the one regional title that had eluded him after placing sixth, second and third in his previous three tries.

“It was one of his things on his bucket list, one of the few that he hadn’t accomplished,” said Coach Matt Rix.

With his New England title, Beaulieu raised his career record to 243-14, giving him the most wins in Maine high school history.

Add in his leadership for a team that had eight wrestlers place for the first time at the state championships, and Beaulieu is the Maine Sunday Telegram Wrestler of the Year.

“Something that makes me happy as a leader is that we all came together as a team,” Beaulieu said.

With few in-state wrestlers capable of testing Beaulieu, the Marshwood coaching staff helped him avoid fixating on the New England championship.

“They reminded me to enjoy the entire season. Senior year, it was my last of everything – my last regional, my last states, my last all-states – as a Marshwood Hawk. So there was always something to keep me going, and when New Englands came around I was ready to go.”

Beaulieu tops a senior class that included four other 200-win wrestlers, including New England 106-pound champion Cody Craig of Skowhegan and New England 170-pound runner-up Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat.

Beaulieu, who trains year-round, will wrestle for Old Dominion University.

Rix said it wasn’t unusual for Beaulieu to go straight from a Marshwood practice to Smitty’s Wrestling Barn, 37 miles away in Kingston, New Hampshire, to get in an extra workout.

“I’m not sure what keeps him going. I think he just loves the sport, the competition, the scrambles,” Rix said. “He doesn’t get flustered. He’s very good at not putting himself in a bad position. He’s very aware of where his hips are. He’s got phenomenal hips. He has a good sense of feeling what’s going to happen.”

ALL-STATE TEAM

Cody Craig, Skowhegan senior, 106: Craig, a four-time All-State choice, capped his brilliant career with a 63-0 season and a New England championship. A four-time state champion and the first person to win four New England qualifier tournaments, Craig was 221-5 in his career, with all five losses at the New England championships.

Leo Amabile, Massabesic senior, 113: Amabile won his first Class A title and also won the New England qualifier. He finished the season with a 43-2 record, with both losses coming at the New England championships, and was 140-22 in his career.

Alex Fogarty, Oceanside sophomore, 120: In a topsy-turvy weight class, Fogarty won the Class B North regional and the New England qualifier (against Devon Vigue of Winslow, who beat him in the Class B state meet). The 106-pound champ as a freshman, Fogarty went 41-8, including a 2-2 record at the New England championships.

Caleb Austin, Mountain Valley senior, 126: One of the five seniors to cross the 200-win plateau this season, Austin is a repeat All-State pick. He won his second Class B title and the New England qualifier before going 2-2 at the New England championships. Austin was 50-3 this season and 207-11 in his career.

Samson Sirois, Skowhegan junior, 132: Sirois did not lose to a Maine wrestler in a 48-4 season and beat four-time state champ Danny Buteau of Oak Hill 6-5, at the New England qualifier. The Class A champ placed fourth at the New England championships and is 148-9 in his career.

Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood senior, 138: A four-time state champion and three-time All-State selection, Beaulieu went 53-0 and won the New England championship. He was instrumental in leading Marshwood to the Class A title. Beaulieu, who will compete at Old Dominion University, posted a career record of 243-14.

Austin Shorey, Noble senior, 145: A three-time All-State choice, Shorey moved up from 120 pounds and won his second Class A title before placing sixth at the New England championships. Shorey went 61-7 this season and finished with a career mark of 225-31.

Peyton Cole, Ellsworth junior, 152: Cole, a three-time All-State pick, won his third state title and his second New England qualifier, then placed fourth at the New Englands. He finished 46-2 this season and is 117-16 in his career.

Sam Anderson, Sanford junior, 160: After wrestling at 182 as a sophomore, Anderson was a force this winter, winning outstanding wrestler honors at the Noble Invitational, and then taking the Class A and New England qualifier titles in a 41-5 season. He has a career mark of 112-38.

Robert Hetherman, Mt. Ararat/Brunswick senior, 170: Hetherman got his 200th career win in the Class A final, then beat Trent Goodman of Ellsworth in the New England qualifier before finishing second at the New England championships. He went 54-1 this season and was 206-18 with 126 pins in his career.

Ryan Fredette, Winslow junior, 182: After an unbeaten season in Maine that included Class B and New England qualifier titles, Fredette was one of the four Mainers to reach the final at the New England championships. His loss in the final left him with a 50-1 record.

Nolan Potter, Wells junior, 195: The Class B and New England qualifier champion was another who did not lose in Maine with a 50-2 record this season, including a 2-2 mark at the New England championships. He is 116-33 in his career.

Matthew Carroll, Massabesic senior, 220: Carroll won the Class A title and New England qualifier, and went 40-4 to finish his career with a 110-17 record.

David Gross, Bucksport freshman, 285: Gross backed up his Class B championship by beating Class A winner Zebulon Leavitt of Cheverus in the New England qualifier final. Gross went 39-4 this season.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Matt Rix, Marshwood: The Hawks won their fifth Class A title in six years because Rix developed quality wrestlers across all weight classes. Marshwood returned only three wrestlers who placed in the top four at the 2016 Class A state meet. This season the Hawks had 11 top-four finishers and won the title by more than 100 points.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Maine wrestlers will take national challenge http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/23/maine-wrestlers-will-take-national-challenge/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/23/maine-wrestlers-will-take-national-challenge/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:51:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/23/maine-wrestlers-will-take-national-challenge/ 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.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Wrestling: Bradley Beaulieu goes out as New England champ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/06/wrestling-beaulieu-goes-out-as-new-england-champ/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/06/wrestling-beaulieu-goes-out-as-new-england-champ/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:03:46 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/06/wrestling-beaulieu-goes-out-as-new-england-champ/ Bradley Beaulieu knows he accomplished a significant personal goal.

He’ll leave it to others to judge where he stands among Maine’s best-ever wrestlers.

Beaulieu, a four-time state champion at Marshwood High, won the 138-pound weight class at the 53rd New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships, held Friday and Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island. He’s the first New England champion from Marshwood, which has won nine state championships – including five of the last six Class A titles – under Coach Matt Rix.

“Other than the national tournaments, it was the only tournament I hadn’t won in high school,” Beaulieu said. “The past three years, I had come up short. I’d placed each year, but in my mind it was a disappointment.

“And, Coach Rix, he’s never had a New England champ, and I didn’t want to let him down. He’d had a couple of finalists, and I didn’t want to let him down again,” said Beaulieu, who will wrestle at Old Dominion University.

Soon after Beaulieu’s 5-2 win in the New England final against Tim Kane of Fairfield, Connecticut, past and current teammates took to Twitter to proclaim Beaulieu the best-ever Maine high school wrestler.

“I wouldn’t say I’m the best, I would still give Cody Hughes the nod over me,” said Beaulieu, referencing his former Marshwood teammate. “I don’t think anyone really dominated Maine wrestling like Cody did. It’s hard to think of somebody better than Cody in my opinion.”

Still, the argument can be made. Beaulieu, who is 53-0 as a senior, eclipsed Hughes’ state record of 217 career wins. Beaulieu is 243-14, including a 26-8 record in two national tournaments – three trips to the National High School Coaches Association championships and two trips to the Super 32 tournament.

Like Hughes, Beaulieu won his four state championships in different weight classes, and both placed in the top six at New Englands all four years. Beaulieu finished sixth as a freshman at 113 pounds, second as a sophomore at 126 and third last season at 132. Hughes’ best finish at New Englands was second, as a junior.

“Brad is definitely one of the best ever,” Rix said. “The way he presents himself and his confidence on the mat, the kid never gets flustered.”

Beaulieu was one of nine Maine wrestlers to place at New Englands this year, including five in the top three.

Skowhegan’s Cody Craig, who is 221-5 in his career, won the 106-pound title. Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick and Trent Goodman of Ellsworth were second and third at 170 pounds, and Ryan Fredette of Winslow placed second at 182. Samson Sirois of Skowhegan (132), Peyton Cole of Ellsworth (152) and Dawson Stevens of Oxford Hills (160) each were fourth, and Noble’s Austin Shorey placed sixth at 145.

Beaulieu’s opening match Friday was his toughest. He and freshman Alan Kovacs, the Connecticut runner-up from Danbury, were scoreless after two periods. Beaulieu chose the bottom position to start the third period, worked an escape, then got a takedown to take a 3-0 lead and won 3-1.

Beaulieu said he wrestled better Saturday, starting with a 14-4 win against Vermont champion Jarrett Legg of Champlain Valley. Beaulieu controlled New Hampshire champion Brian Lindsay of Kingswood Regional for an 8-0 semifinal win.

That set up a meeting with Kane, the Connecticut champion and 2016 New England winner at 132. Beaulieu had previously defeated Kane twice this season, including in the final of the Lowell (Massachusetts) Invitational.

Beaulieu used a reversal that he worked into a near fall for a 5-0 lead and controlled the match from there.

“It was my senior year. I wanted to go out there, wrestle tough, wrestle hard and have some fun,” Beaulieu said. “I think I wrestled the best I have all year. It was a good year, ended on a good note, and I think I left my mark on Maine wrestling.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/06/wrestling-beaulieu-goes-out-as-new-england-champ/feed/ 0 http://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/4/2017/03/1163552_641119-beaulieustateOW-2.jpgMarshwood senior Bradley Beaulieu capped his stellar high school career by standing atop the podium at the New England championships on Saturday after winning the 138-pound class.Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:15:07 +0000
Wrestlers will battle for spots in New England championships http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/23/wrestlers-will-battle-for-spots-in-new-england-championships/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/23/wrestlers-will-battle-for-spots-in-new-england-championships/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:14:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/23/wrestlers-will-battle-for-spots-in-new-england-championships/ The state’s top high school wrestlers will face off Saturday for the right to represent Maine at the New England championships March 3-4 in Providence, Rhode Island.

The fourth annual New England qualifier meet will be held at Marshwood High. Each eight-man weight class is filled by wrestlers who placed in the top four at last Saturday’s Class A and Class B championships.

Wrestling on three mats begins at 9:30 a.m., with the finals expected to start around 4 p.m.

The most intense bouts are often the consolation finals that determine the third and final qualifying spot in each weight class.

Four-time state champion Cody Craig of Skowhegan (106 pounds) has the chance to become the first to win four New England qualifier titles. No other senior enters as a three-time winner.

Five other wrestlers are returning New England qualifier champs. Returning to the same weight class are 200-win wrestlers Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley at 126 pounds and Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick at 170. Marshwood’s four-time state champ, Bradley Beaulieu, won qualifying titles at 126 as a sophomore and 132 last season. He’s now at 138 pounds. The Ellsworth tandem of Peyton Cole (152) and Trent Goodman (170) were the 138 and 160 champs last season.

Austin could be challenged by Class A champ Chris Solo of Deering, while a bout between Hetherman and Class B champ Goodman could be the marquee final.

At 132 pounds, four-time champion and current Class B winner Danny Buteau of Oak Hill will have a tough battle ahead against a deep Class A group that includes champ Samson Sirois of Skowhegan, runner-up Jake Martel of Noble and Marshwood’s Kyle Glidden.

At 160 pounds, Sanford’s Sam Anderson, who placed third at 182 last season, is coming off an impressive win at the Class A meet. Dirigo’s Bryce Whittemore is the Class B titlist. He placed third at 152 last year.

Host Marshwood has 10 wrestlers in the meet, including brothers and state champions Matthew Thompson at 120 pounds and James Thompson at 195.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Wrestling: Marshwood pins down another Class A title http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/18/wrestling-marshwood-pins-down-another-state-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/18/wrestling-marshwood-pins-down-another-state-title/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:31:40 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/18/wrestling-marshwood-pins-down-another-state-title/ ROCKPORT — Marshwood High reclaimed its Class A wrestling title in impressive fashion Saturday, just as four-time state champion Bradley Beaulieu predicted.

“I think back at the Spartan tournament (in early January), I said I thought we would win and we would not only win, we would blow it out of the water,” Beaulieu said.

Marshwood and Beaulieu were both emphatic in victory at Camden Hills Regional High School.

The Hawks scored 184 points, with runner-up Noble a distant second with 80.5. It’s Marshwood’s fifth title in six years. Defending champion Skowhegan placed third with 73.5 points.

Beaulieu pinned his way to the 138-pound title, after winning titles at 113, 126 and 132 the previous three seasons. He dropped North regional champion Noah Lang of Camden Hills at 3:02 of the final.

“I came in here and I wanted to prove to everyone that I’m the best wrestler in Maine, and to prove it I have to go out there and dominate everybody, and I think I did that,” Beaulieu said.

The brother tandem of Matt Thompson (120), a freshman, and James Thompson (195), junior, also won individual titles for Marshwood. Liam Cooney (113), David Spinney (126) and Matt Caverly (152) finished second, and 11 of the 12 Marshwood wrestlers who qualified for the meet placed in the top four.

Beaulieu was joined as a four-time champ by Skowhegan’s Cody Craig (106 pounds). Craig continued his streak of having never lost either in Maine or to a wrestler from Maine.

With Danny Buteau of Oak Hill winning a fourth title at the Class B meet, there are now 23 four-time state champions in Maine wrestling history.

Craig, the New England runner-up as a junior, had to scramble in his championship match, beating Noble freshman Sam Martel, 16-6.

“I don’t like getting scored on, especially getting put to my back. I’m not happy about that,” Craig said. “I’m feeling like I’ve kind of got to work a little harder for that New England title right now. I’ve never really been one to put much emphasis on the titles and the awards and the accolades as much as I am on my own improvement. But I like having the title, nonetheless.”

Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick claimed his 200th career victory. Hetherman pinned all three of his opponents, needing just 26 seconds in the 170-pound final against Isaac Plante of Sanford. It’s Hetherman’s second state title.

“Junior year, when I got my first one I was so ecstatic, and I never would have thought I’d get my 200th win at the state (meet),” Hetherman said. “When my coach told me the 200th win would be in the state final, I just felt I had to do it because it’s my senior year, and (I wanted) to go out with a bang.”

Other state champions were Leo Amabile of Massabesic at 113 pounds, Chris Solo of Deering at 126, Samson Sirois of Skowhegan (132), Austin Shorey of Noble (145), Quinton Richards of Nokomis (152), Sam Anderson of Sanford (160), Nic Mills of Cony (182), Matthew Carroll of Massabesic (220) and Zebulon Leavitt of Cheverus (285). It’s Shorey’s second state title.

Marshwood Coach Matt Rix said regaining the team title was far from a sure thing at the start of the season.

“Not at all,” Rix said. “We were kind of scrambling for what we were going to do with our upper weights. We had four guys who were all in the 170s.”

Those four sorted themselves out and earned a state title (Thompson), a second (Caverly) and two thirds (Dylan Strong at 170 and Austin Locke at 182).

The top four finishers in each weight class from both the Class A and Class B championships are eligible to compete next week in the New England qualifier at Marshwood High. The top three finishers there will represent Maine in the New England championships March 3-4 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/18/wrestling-marshwood-pins-down-another-state-title/feed/ 0 http://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/4/2017/02/1155975_794810-20170218_WRclassa01.jpgRobert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick raises his arms in victory after pinning Isaac Plante of Sanford for his 200th career win at the Class A wrestling state championships Saturday at Camden Hills Regional High School. Hetherman won the 170-pound championship for the second year in a row, and Marshwood won the team title for the fifth time in six years.Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:29:56 +0000
Wrestling: Wells captures Class B state title http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/18/wrestling-wells-captures-class-b-state-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/18/wrestling-wells-captures-class-b-state-title/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:16:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/18/wrestling-wells-captures-class-b-state-title/ BUCKSPORT — Wells rode its depth to its first Class B state wrestling championship in 21 years Saturday at Bucksport High School.

The Warriors, the South regional champion, qualified 12 wrestlers for the state meet and 10 of them scored at the state meet.

Wells scored 100 points to easily win their first title since 1996. Ellsworth and Winslow tied for second with 73.5, followed by Mountain Valley 70, Foxcroft Academy 69 and Dirigo 63.5.

“We wrestled well today, all of my kids did,” Wells Coach Scott Lewia said. “They’ve worked all season, and you can’t ask for anymore than that.”

The Warriors had a 14.5-point lead over Ellsworth going into the consolation finals. They increased their edge to 23.5 after six of their wrestlers won in that round.

“That’s where we usually don’t do well is in that round, and it was like a perfect round,” Lewia said.

Added Foxcroft Academy Coach Luis Ayala: “(Wells has) been on top all year, and they came and proved today why they’ve been on top all year. We’ve gone to tournaments with them and they’ve done well, so we knew they were going to be tough to handle, and they really stepped it up.”

The Warriors’ only individual title came when Nolan Potter scored a first-round pin over Billy Brock, a two-time state champion from Foxcroft Academy at 182 pounds, in the 195-pound division.

“At the beginning of the year I didn’t think we had enough to win,” Lewia said. “I only have two seniors so I looked at this as a building year. About a month ago, I realized we could do it.”

Oak Hill’s Danny Buteau was named the meet’s outstanding wrester.

Buteau rolled to a 9-1 victory over R.J. Nelson of Foxcroft Academy in the finals of the 132-pound division to capture his fourth consecutive state championship. He became the only the 23rd wrestler from Maine to accomplish that feat.

Ellsworth’s Trent Goodman pinned all three of his opponents to run his record to 38-0 and capture the 170-pound title. He did not allow a point to be score against him this season.

Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole ran his record to 37-0 when he registered a 6-0 decision over Hunter White of Dirigo in the 152-pound final

Ryan Fredette, a junior from Winslow, won his third state title when he scored a second-period pin over Nolan Degroot of Dirigo in the 182-pound final. The previous two seasons, Fredette was the state champion at 170.

Mountain Valley’s Caleb Austin won the 126-pound title and increased his career win total to 202.

Other individual champions were Justin Wing of Dexter at 106, Brenden Bruns of Belfast at 113, Devon Vigue of Winslow at 120, Ethan Boucher of Mountain Valley at 138, Tyler Beam of Dexter at 145, Bryce Whittemore of Dirigo 160, Seth Padelford of Madison at 220 and freshman David Gross of Bucksport at 285.

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Wrestling: Maine’s 200-win standouts http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/16/wrestling-maines-200-win-standouts/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/16/wrestling-maines-200-win-standouts/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1154310 Five Maine wrestlers were known to have recorded 200 career wins prior to this season.

By the end of Saturday’s state championships, that number is expected to double.

“I think that’s pretty awesome. We’ve all earned it,” said Marshwood High’s three-time state champion, Bradley Beaulieu, who has a record of 230-14. “Two hundred matches, no matter what, that’s a lot of matches to win and a lot of matches to wrestle. It takes not getting hurt, not missing tournaments, making weight. So it’s cool that (we) all got it.”

Austin Shorey (217 wins, 28 losses) of Noble and Skowhegan’s three-time state champ at 106 pounds, Cody Craig (212-5), also already have crested 200 wins.

Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick has 197 wins with 119 pins. Hetherman is expected to win his second straight Class A 170-pound title at Camden Hills, meaning he should get his 200th win in the championship match.

And at the Class B state championship at Bucksport, defending 126-pound champion Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley needs just one win to hit 200.

“I think they strive off each other,” said Mountain Valley Coach Gary Dolloff. “They try to push each other. It might not always be on the mat but they’re trying to attain what everyone else has done.”

The Maine Principals’ Association does not keep records for individual wrestlers but very few 200-win careers have been recorded.

Peter Bronder of Noble won 203 matches from 2006-09. He’s considered the state’s first 200-win wrestler and all-time wins leader until Cody Hughes of Marshwood surpassed him in 2015, establishing a new mark of 217 wins.

That same season, Craig’s older brother, Ty Craig, also passed 200 wins. Julian Sirois of Skowhegan reached 206 wins in 2016, according to the Skowhegan co-head coach, Brooks Thompson. Noble’s Otto Keisker finished with 207 wins in 2016.

It used to be that 100 wins was the wrestling equivalent to scoring 1,000 points in basketball. But the increase in large invitational tournaments means most wrestlers get over 50 matches per season.

“One hundred wins is pretty easy to get now,” said Erick Jensen, the Mt. Ararat/Brunswick coach. “We really should be talking about 150 as the new standard. But it’s a huge accomplishment getting to 200. You have to get 40 wins as a freshman to even have a chance.”

With Beaulieu already over Hughes’ mark, and Shorey and Craig expected to pass it, there is growing debate about who should be considered the all-time win leader.

That’s because Marshwood counts national tournament victories and the other schools do not.

“More this year than any other year we’re talking about it,” Thompson said. “It should be only in-season wins, from November through New Englands. Regardless, all of these boys have done some pretty spectacular things. They’re all really good wrestlers and they’re great kids.”

As it did with Hughes, Marshwood counts Beaulieu’s wins at two national folkstyle (the form used in high school) tournaments: The Super 32 in Greensboro, North Carolina, held in late October, and the National High School Coaches Association’s National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which is after the New England championships.

“The way we look at it, it has to be folkstyle wrestling, he has to be wrestling for Marshwood and it has to have merit,” said Marshwood Coach Matt Rix.

According to the Press Herald’s research, Beaulieu is a combined 26-8 in three trips to the Virginia Beach nationals and two Super 32 appearances.

If the November-to-New England standard was applied to everyone, then Shorey would have the most wins among active wrestlers.

Gerry Durgin, the MPA’s staff representative on the wrestling committee, said it’s up to the coaches to determine a standard, then stick to it.

Beaulieu, who is unbeaten this season, said after his regional championship win that he would like to be able to claim the most wins but, “I think it’s a friendly competition more than anything.”

Shorey, who is 56-4 this year, said he’s more concerned about getting ready for the New England championships.

“I mean, you always want to be better than people but it don’t matter to me,” Shorey said. “If I win New Englands, that’s what’s going to matter.”

Shorey and Beaulieu met often in their first two seasons, with Beaulieu having the career advantage, including a win in the 113-pound state championship match as freshmen. As sophomores, Shorey won his only state title at 120 and Beaulieu took the 126 title.

“I wrestled Austin Shorey, I think, eight times in high school,” Beaulieu said. “I think it not only got me better but it got him better.”

This season both are comfortable being in separate weight classes.

“As seniors, having two kids, the best in the state, in the same bracket, it didn’t really seem like it had to happen,” Shorey said. “And again, New England is the goal.”

Beaulieu has placed sixth, second and third in his three New England tournaments. Craig, Shorey and Hetherman were each one win away from a top-six finish as sophomores, then placed second, third and fourth, respectively, as juniors. Mountain Valley’s Austin made his first trip to the New Englands as a junior and did not place.

“I think if you asked Caleb, he didn’t have the tournament he wanted and I think that’s going to help him this year,” Beaulieu said. “I think Shorey could win New Englands at 145. He’s bigger, stronger. I know where I stand at (138). I’ve beaten some of the top guys there, and Cody at 106, he’s a returning finalist. You throw in Hetherman and everyone else and it’s probably one of the better senior classes that has ever come through the state.”

CORRECTION: This story was updated on Feb. 20 at 11:15 a.m. to include Otto Keisker as a 200-win wrestler.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Wrestling: Wells prevails in Class B South http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/11/wrestling-wells-prevails-in-class-b-south/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/11/wrestling-wells-prevails-in-class-b-south/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:10:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/11/wrestling-wells-prevails-in-class-b-south/ WELLS — Coming into this season, Wells wrestling coach Scott Lewia had a good feeling about his team. And why not? He was returning performers in nearly every weight class, many with state tournament experience.

Saturday, as the host school of the Class B South regional, the Warriors set themselves up almost perfectly for next week’s state meet by qualifying wrestlers in 12 of the 14 weight classes.

Wells totaled 193½ points to win the regional title, well ahead of runner-up Mountain Valley (154½) and third-place Lisbon (128).

“Thinking about this meet (Friday) night, this is about what I had hoped,” said Lewia, in his 11th season as head coach. “I thought we might be able to (qualify) 12 (weight classes) like we did in the league meet last week. But we only won that by five points so I wasn’t sure about what might happen today.”

Lewia said the chances of a regional championship and a good shot at a state title started to improve midway through the season. His kids were performing as he expected and numerous weight classes saw Wells athletes in finals.

The Warriors got championships Saturday from Ryan Norton (113 pounds), Michael Wrigley (170) and Nolan Potter (195) – all juniors who repeated from last year. And Devin Bickford (120), Cullen Cummings (132), Caleb Chase (138) and Sean McCormack-Kuhman (220) finished second.

“We have three, four studs, but it’s the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers that wins tournaments. Like today,” added Lewia, who guided the Warriors to a fifth-place showing in last year’s Class B state meet.

Potter, who won by an injury default in the final, moved up a weight class this year from 182 to 195 only to see the same result.

“Winning (regionals) for the second time is really great,” Potter said. “I work so hard all year and this is one of the payoffs.”

Wrigley, who also moved up a weight class, recorded a pin with 5.3 seconds left in the first period against Jesse Pelletier of Mountain Valley. Wrigley surprised Pelletier with a quick, cat-like move.

“This year was definitely challenging because (my opponents) are bigger,” Wrigley said. “But I still wrestle like I’m in a lighter class. I feel I’m quicker and faster, and I use that to my advantage.”

The top four finishers in each division qualified for the state meet next Saturday at Bucksport.

Wells also will have Caden Gibson (third, 106 pounds), Josh Burgess (fourth, 126), Drew Peters (third, 152), Nathan Curtis (fourth, 160) and Brendan Dean (third, 285) competing next week.

One of the highlights for Mountain Valley was senior Ethan Boucher’s victory at 138 pounds. He made it 4 of 4 in the regionals despite missing part of the season with a shoulder injury and only returning a couple weeks ago.

He won at 120 pounds as a freshmen and sophomore, then at 132 as a junior.

“This win helps a lot for states, being seeded fourth,” Boucher said. “It’s also important because it’s the first step (for states and New Englands).”

Another highlight was Zoe Buteau of Oak Hill, the top female finisher. Buteau, a two-time All-American, pinned Burgess 18 seconds into the third period of the consolation final to place third, improving on last year’s fifth-place finish.

“I thought I could have done better in my second match, but I made states and that’s nice,” said Buteau, whose brother, Danny, was victorious at 132 pounds.

Other weight class winners were Jack Tibbetts, Lisbon, 106 pounds; Michael Sprague, Erskine Academy, 120; Caleb Austin, Mountain Valley, 126; Brock Glidden, Erskine Academy, 145; Hunter White, Dirigo, 152; Bryce Whittemore, Dirigo, 160; Nolan Degroot, Dirigo, 182; Seth Padelford, Madison, 220; and Jakob Peavey, Erskine Academy, 285.

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Wrestling: Marshwood wins Class A South regional http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/11/wrestling-marshwood-wins-class-a-south-regional/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/11/wrestling-marshwood-wins-class-a-south-regional/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 23:06:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/11/wrestling-marshwood-wins-class-a-south-regional/ WATERBORO — Marshwood High is primed to retake its Class A state wrestling championship.

Marshwood, which won four straight titles from 2012-15 before being beaten by Skowhegan last season, dominated the Class A South regional Saturday at Massabesic High.

Marshwood advanced 12 of a possible 14 wrestlers to next Saturday’s state meet at Camden Hills High and scored 246.5 points. Runner-up Noble had 183.5.

The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the states.

“I think in the beginning of the year no one really expected us to be where we are now,” said Bradley Beaulieu, a three-time state champion for Marshwood. “It was just a lot of hard work and believing in ourselves, and going into the wrestling room every day and getting better.”

Beaulieu won the 138-pound class with a third-period pin against Jonathan Grenier of Noble. The other Marshwood champions were the brother combination of freshman Matthew Thompson at 120 and junior James Thompson at 195, and Matt Caverly at 152.

Noble had first-place finishes from its own brother combo. Freshman Sam Martel won at 106 and senior Jake Martel took a tough match at 132 against Kyle Glidden of Marshwood. Austin Shorey, with 217 career wins, won at 145 pounds.

Marshwood’s victory margin was generated by having five wrestlers place in the six heaviest classes, compared to one for Noble.

Noble, with eight state qualifiers, hopes to make its own title run.

“I definitely feel we have a better chance at states than we did here,” said Jake Martel. “Marshwood just has more numbers than we do. I feel like once we get to states we’ll have a better shot there. The kids we have going in there are pretty solid and also the heavyweights up in the North are going to knock off some of those Marshwood kids.”

That puts the onus on Hawks like James Thompson, and regional runners-up Dylan Strong (170) and Austin Locke (182).

“I can see why they think the Northern heavier weights are better,” Thompson said. “We need to get the points in those first two rounds. We may not make it all the way but the primary rounds are what matters.”

Sanford, led by regional champs Sam Anderson (160) and Isaac Plante (170), placed third with 120.5 points.

Massabesic seniors Leo Amabile (113) and Matthew Carroll (220) finished their final meet in their home gym in style, winning titles. The Mustangs finished fourth with 98 points.

Amabile, 32-1 this season, is looking for his first state title.

“It’s one weekend away. Three more matches. So I’ve got to get myself prepared for that,” Amabile said.

Deering also had two regional champions. Chris Solo came from behind late in his final against David Spinney of Marshwood to win a 5-4 championship match at 126. Ryan Walsh won the 182 title with a 5-4 win against Locke.

Solo, in his first year wrestling for Deering, moved to Portland from Dunwoody, Georgia. The top seed at 126, Solo scored three points in the final half-minute to win.

“When it gets down to the end of the match, you just have to decide how much you want it,” Solo said. “I just couldn’t lose this match.”

There were very few upsets, with the top two seeds advancing to the final in 11 of the 14 weight classes.

Walsh was the only third seed to win a regional title, and Lincoln Andrews of Scarborough was the biggest underdog winner, taking the 285-pound class as the fourth seed. Andrews pinned top-seeded Nick Works of Sanford in his semifnal, then topped second-seeded Zeb Leavitt of Cheverus 5-1 in the final.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Spartan Wrestling Tournament: Beaulieu makes it 4 in a row http://www.pressherald.com/2017/01/07/spartan-wrestling-tournament-beaulieu-makes-it-four-in-a-row/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/01/07/spartan-wrestling-tournament-beaulieu-makes-it-four-in-a-row/#respond Sun, 08 Jan 2017 01:57:17 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/01/07/spartan-wrestling-tournament-beaulieu-makes-it-four-in-a-row/ SANFORD — Marshwood High senior Bradley Beaulieu met expectations.

Three other Maine wrestlers exceeded their calculations, joining Beaulieu as weight-class champions in the two-day Spartan Wrestling Tournament, which concluded Saturday at Sanford High School.

Beaulieu won his fourth Spartan title, taking the 138-pound class. Coming off his victory at the Lowell Invitational in Massachusetts, which included his 200th career victory in the semifinal round, Beaulieu said he didn’t feel extra pressure as a heavy favorite.

“I mean, I’ve wrestled at all the biggest tournaments and I don’t think pressure really gets to me,” said Beaulieu, who has committed to wrestle for Old Dominion University. “I just like to go out and wrestle and have some fun, so any match, any tournament, I don’t really feel it. I just go out there, do what I do, and have some fun.”

Leo Amabile of Massabesic (113 pounds), Jordan Lang of Camden Hills (132) and Matt Caverly of Marshwood (152) were first-time winners at the tournament, considered the toughest in Maine.

Timberlane Regional of Plaistow, New Hampshire, dominated the team competition. The Owls had nine finalists – the same as all Maine teams combined – and five champions while scoring 321 points. Danbury, Connecticut, was second with 222 points. Marshwood placed third with 188 points and was the only Maine team in the top five.

Beaulieu, wrestling more aggressively this season, is unbeaten so far and claimed his 206th career win with a 6-0 decision over Cody Lewis of Timberlane in the final.

He will soon pass former teammate Cody Hughes as Maine’s all-time wins leader.

“I think I got stronger. This year I’m not cutting any weight,” Beaulieu said. “I lifted a little more and am taking it a little bit more seriously, trying to get ready for the next level.”

Amabile, a senior, earned Most Outstanding Wrestling honors. Amabile pinned all four of his opponents, including an overtime putdown of Ben Leblanc of Danbury, Connecticut, to break a 0-0 tie in the final.

“I didn’t really know where I am at this point of the season because we’ve missed some of our bigger tournaments (because of weather),” Amabile said. “It’s nice to see where I am. Going against teams like Timberlane and Danbury, that’s the type of competition we need. There’s definitely room for improvement in all my positions, but it’s nice to get the win.”

Lang pinned all of his opponents in the first period, and none recorded a point.

“I guess over the last year I’ve improved a lot,” Lang said. “There was no way I expected to win down here and to pin every kid in the first round and have no points scored against me.”

Caverly, a senior, was wrestling at 152 pounds for the first time this season. As a junior, he wrestled at 126. Since then, Caverly has grown six inches, and he started the season at 160 pounds.

“I had no idea how I would (fare against) all of these kids,” Caverly said. “Going from sixth place my freshman year (at 106) to winning it this year, that’s what I wanted.”

Mainers who placed second were the Mountain Valley duo of Caleb Austin (126) and Eddie DeRoche (145), Sanford’s Sam Anderson (160), Belfast’s Jacob Waterman (182) and Massabesic’s Noah Schneider (195).

Anderson lost for the first time this season when he was pinned by Ryan Devivo of Xavier High from Middletown, Connecticut.

“I knew I was kind of dipping myself into tougher competition,” Anderson said. “But that’s exactly what I want to see, whether it was a win or a loss. Outside of Maine, it’s like a whole different universe when it comes to competition.”

 

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http://www.pressherald.com/2017/01/07/spartan-wrestling-tournament-beaulieu-makes-it-four-in-a-row/feed/ 0 http://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/4/2017/01/1134831_235243-20170107_wrestling_0.jpgBradley Beaulieu, right, of Marshwood gets the upper hand during his 138-pound championship match against Cody Lewis of Timberlane (N.H.) during the Spartan Wrestling Tournament in Sanford. Beaulieu earned a 6-0 decision to become a four-time Spartan champion.Sat, 07 Jan 2017 22:58:34 +0000
Noble captures its own wrestling tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/30/noble-captures-its-own-wrestling-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/30/noble-captures-its-own-wrestling-tournament/#respond Sat, 31 Dec 2016 02:55:19 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/30/noble-captures-its-own-wrestling-tournament/ NORTH BERWICK — The last time Noble High won its own wrestling invitational was 2011. That was also the last season the Knights won the Class A championship.

The Knights stopped one losing streak Friday, winning the 35th annual two-day Noble Invitational with 188 points.

“It’s been a long time. That’s kind of painful but this is definitely a good step for us,” said Coach Kip DeVoll.

Jake Martel and Austin Shorey claimed titles at 132 and 145 pounds, respectively, for Noble.

“It’s in our home gym, it’s one of the biggest tournaments of the season and we definitely looked forward to winning it,” Martel said. “It’s a good feeling. We’re improving.”

But other teams – notably runner-up Sanford (157.5 points) and third-place Mt. Ararat (151) – showed improvement.

Sam Anderson of Sanford was named the most outstanding wrestler. He won the 160-pound class, arguably the toughest division. Anderson edged Zack Elowitch of Portland 1-0 in the semifinal and beat David Wilson of Nokomis 8-6 with a late takedown in the first overtime in the final.

While Noble is strongest at the middle weights, Sanford had six wrestlers place in the six heaviest weights.

“Last year I was always third, fourth place, and when it came to the big tournaments I was usually the only one placing,” Anderson said. “But here we have (six) on the podium. So it’s not just me, it’s my teammates making that leap.”

For Mt. Ararat, which also had six top-six finishers, the unquestioned leader is Robert Hetherman. He pinned his way to his fourth Noble Invitational title, stopping Michael Wrigley of Wells in the 170-pound final. Hetherman was fourth at the New Englands as a junior and has more than 160 career wins.

“This is another step forward toward my next goal, a state title, and then also the New England title I’m going for,” Hetherman said. “Our team is just phenomenal. They build every step we do, every tournament we go to.”

For now, Sanford, Mt. Ararat, defending champion Skowhegan (which finished seventh) and the rest of Class A are chasing Noble. Where Marshwood fits is still to be determined. The Hawks weren’t at the Noble Invitational.

Martel won a tough match against a two-time Vermont champion, Dan Bliss of Mt. Mansfield Union, 9-6.

Shorey won his final by forfeit, raising his season record to 27-0. With 191 career wins he’s closing in on the state record of 212 set by four-time state champ Cody Hughes of Marshwood from 2012-15.

“Our goal is to win states as a team. I’ve already won as an individual,” Shorey said. “It means something to win as an individual but it means more to get this program back going. But definitely to get that career wins thing is one of my goals. That would be awesome.”

Shorey will have company in that chase. Cody Craig of Skowhegan, who won his fourth 106 title, and the poised and strong Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley, the 126 winner, are well within reach of 200 wins. The same goes for Bradley Beaulieu of Marshwood, who won the Lowell Invitational 138-pound title Wednesday.

Among Class B teams, Mountain Valley was the top finisher, tied for eighth with Wells just three points back. The Warriors had championship efforts from Nolan Potter at 195 and Sean McCormack Kuhman at 220.

Other Maine wrestlers to win championships were Brenden Bruns of Belfast (113), Richard Oberg of Skowhegan (120), and Quinton Richards of Nokomis (152).

Because of Thursday’s snowstorm that stretched into Friday morning, a handful of teams decided not to compete, and when wrestlers arrived Friday morning, they were greeted by a lengthy power outage.

“We were about 10 minutes away from having to call it,” DeVoll said.

Of the 21 schools that did participate, 13 were represented in the final.

That included the one-man team of 285-pound champion Eric Pilcher from prep school Tilton (New Hampshire.) Academy. Pilcher grew up wrestling in the Noble youth programs and was a state qualifier for Noble as a freshman. Last season he won the Class A New England prep school title.

“They let me wrestle in the tournament, which was nice. I was glad I got to wrestle in it this year,” Pilcher said.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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Top tournaments will test state’s wrestlers http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/28/top-tournaments-will-test-states-wrestlers/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/28/top-tournaments-will-test-states-wrestlers/#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1130092 Last year when Skowhegan High won the Noble Invitational wrestling tournament, edging Noble, Foxcroft Academy and four-time defending Class A champion Marshwood, it was a sign of things to come.

Skowhegan went on to win its first Class A title and Foxcroft won Class B.

“Winning Noble was obviously a big milestone because we had never won that and it showed the kids that the idea of winning a state title was a real possibility,” said Brooks Thompson, Skowhegan’s co-head coach with Tenney Noyes.

“If we could win one of the toughest tournaments in the state, definitely the toughest that we go to, then we could beat the Marshwoods and the Nobles at the state tournament.”

The 35th annual Noble Invitational begins Thursday and ends Friday. Wrestling starts each day at 9:30 a.m. The tournament will proceed regardless of weather. A significant winter storm is predicted to start Thursday night and stretch into Friday morning.

“If they want to, teams can come down here and spend the night in the gym,” Noble Coach Kip DeVoll said. “It will be a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel and it will be one of those things they’ll remember and talk about no matter what they do in the tournament.”

The Noble tournament, and next weekend’s Spartan Invitational in Sanford, typically reveal which teams and individuals are in the top echelon in Maine.

“Usually the team that wins (the Noble) tournament wins at states and the highest (Class) B team wins at their states. It is a good indicator,” DeVoll said.

Up to 32 schools – most from Maine and including teams from New Hampshire and Vermont – are expected to compete at Noble. Skowhegan is back to defend its title, though the host Knights are favored. Marshwood is not attending. The Hawks went instead to the 72-team Lowell (Massachusetts) Invitational that ended Wednesday.

On Jan. 6-7, the Spartan Invitational will bring top out-of-state programs, including Timberlane, New Hampshire, and Danbury, Connecticut, along with Marshwood to Sanford. The Spartan tournament has fewer teams (Noble will be at a tourney in Chelmsford, Massachusetts) but plenty of top-end talent. In 2016, just four of the 14 weight classes were won by Maine wrestlers.

The value of the large midseason tournaments is “you’re in a bigger pool of talent so some of your better kids are going to get more competitive matches,” said Marshwood Coach Matt Rix. “And if they seed it properly, even your less talented kids are going to get a win out of it.”

The invitational tournaments can also be a place for young wrestlers to make a name for themselves.

That’s what Marshwood senior Bradley Beaulieu did at the Noble tournament his freshman year. He pulled off a last-second takedown to a near-fall to score five points and force overtime against then unbeaten Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner, a reigning New England champion. Del Gallo ended up winning 12-9 in the second overtime but Beaulieu showed the skill and competitiveness that has led him to three Class A titles, two top-three finishes at the New England championships and a college scholarship to Old Dominion.

Noble senior Austin Shorey cemented himself among the state’s elite as a sophomore with his invitational efforts. He beat three-time state champ Tyler Craig of Skowhegan in the Noble semifinals, then won the 120-pound title and was named the outstanding wrestler at the Sanford tournament.

“After I beat (Craig) I felt I could beat anybody and I started to wrestle like I could beat anybody,” Shorey said. “Then getting that win (at the Spartan) gave me the confidence to win bigger and better tournaments.”

Shorey went on to win the Class A title that season and was third at the New Englands as a junior. He now has 181 career wins.

Shorey, Beaulieu, Cody Craig of Skowhegan and Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley all entered the season with a chance to pass the Maine record of 212 career wins set by Cody Hughes of Marshwood.

Shorey, 17-0 this season and wrestling mostly at 145 pounds, agreed big invitational tournaments are an important part of achieving team and personal goals.

“Tournaments like this really help us as a team to see where other teams are at and what we need to work harder at,” Shorey said. “It shows us what we need to do to win that state title as a team and win that state title as an individual.”

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Mt. Ararat wrestlers win Cony Duals http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/23/mt-ararat-wins-cony-duals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/23/mt-ararat-wins-cony-duals/#respond Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:43:30 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/23/mt-ararat-wins-cony-duals/ AUGUSTA — The coaches and wrestlers at the 16th annual Cony Duals got what they came for on Friday.

“We just wanted to wrestle,” Skowhegan co-coach Brooks Thompson said. “We want to get the kids the toughest possible match. That way we’re battle-tested at the end of the year.”

Skowhegan finished runner-up to Mt. Ararat in the 12-team round robin tournament, while host Cony took third. The three teams each finished on top in their four-team pool and wrestled off against one another.

Cony beat Mt. Ararat on a tiebreaker based on the number of pins, while Mt. Ararat defeated Skowhegan 47-34. In the final match of the day Skowhegan beat Cony 46-36. The winner was decided on the number of victories between the three teams in the championship round. Mt. Ararat won 15 matches, Skowhegan 14 and Cony 13.

“I thought our kids wrestled really well against some of the toughest teams in our league and our region,” Cony coach Shawn Totman said. “You can’t be disappointed at how these kids are coming along.”

Defending Class A state champion Skowhegan dominated the lower weight classes in its match against Cony. Three-time defending state champ Cody Craig won his five matches at 113 pounds and has yet to lose a match in the state of Maine during his career. He scored a technical fall against Noah Dumas in his final match of the day.

“This has been my toughest match,” Craig said. “Admittedly, I expected it to be. He’s tough. I was a bit sloppy, I have to work on my feet, I have to work on breaking people’s stances a little bit better.”

Cony drew a good performance from sophomore Nic Mills, who won all five of his matches at 195 and moved up in class from his usual 182 pound division.

Erskine finished fourth in the tournament and received a dominant showing from junior heavyweight Jake Peavey, the state Class B runner-up last season.

“It’s how I expected it to be, really,” Erskine coach Pat Vigue said.

Brock Glidden (152) stood out for the Eagles as well.

“Brock just pinned a kid — and it didn’t look like a lucky pin — who he had lost to twice already this season,” Vigue said of Oxford Hills’ Dylan Corbett.

Madison brought just eight wrestlers to the meet due to holiday obligations but got a couple of good performances from junior Seth Padelford (220) and sophomore Josh Savage (132). Padelford, whose season ended ended in injury last year, won all five of his matches to extend his season record to 12-0.

“This year we’ve got a lot of young kids,” Madison coach Scott Padelford said. “Experience-wise, they’re just a step behind, but they never go without fighting. I can’t be any more pleased with how they all wrestled.”

Gardiner, which brought just five wrestlers, expects a sixth to rejoin the team next week. Participation at the lower levels is sound, coach Matt Hanley said. But it hasn’t translated of late to the high school team.

“Kids take the winters off,” Hanley said. “We need to get all those kids to participate. They need to be three-sport athletes at Gardiner.”

The tournament also included teams from Westbrook, Winslow, Morse and Mt. Blue.

“This kind of ramps us up and gets us ready for January when we go into the meat of our season,” Totman said.

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Wrestling: Five teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/09/wrestling-five-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/09/wrestling-five-teams-to-watch/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1120787 1. Noble: Last year’s third-place finisher in the Class A meet returns much of its lineup, including Duncan McGilvery (state runner-up at 113), Joe Pilecki, Jake Martel (state champ at 126), Austin Shorey (state runner-up at 120), John Grenier, Casey Rogers and Hil Keisker.

2. Marshwood: Last year’s Class A runner-up to Skowhegan is anchored by three-time state champion Bradley Beaulieu, Kyle Glidden and Matt Caverly.

3. Massabesic: The Mustangs faded to a seventh-place finish last year, far from their usual status as championship contenders, but any team with Leo Amabile and Matthew Carroll can’t be overlooked.

4. Wells: The top Class B team in southern Maine welcomes back seven wrestlers with state meet experience and should challenge defending state champion Foxcroft Academy. Leading the way are Michael Wrigley (160) and Cullen Cummings (126), each a state runner-up.

5. Sanford: The Spartans have Sam Anderson (third in Class A) and boast plenty of depth, with returnees at many weights as well as incoming freshmen from a deep feeder program.

 

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Wrestling: 25 wrestlers to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/09/wrestling-25-wrestlers-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/09/wrestling-25-wrestlers-to-watch/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1120788 Leo Amabile, Massabesic senior: Coming off a second-place finish in Class A at 106 and a 45-4 record, the A-plus student’s goal of winning a state title is well within reach. He’ll add to his 120 career wins while wrestling at 120 or 126.

Sam Anderson, Sanford junior: The third-place finisher at 182 in the New England qualifier looks even better this year. He’ll compete at 160 or 170.

Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood senior: Beaulieu, who was in the 132-pound division last year, has already committed to wrestle at Old Dominion. He is close to amassing 200 victories and breaking the school record for wins, and will try to join the list of 20 Maine wrestlers who have won four state championships.

Kurtis Bolton, Lisbon senior: A move up to Class B didn’t deter the two-time second-place finisher in Class C, as he placed third in Class B South. His coach expects him to make noise at 138 pounds, the same weight at which he competed as a junior.

Trey Burnham, Biddeford senior: Despite moving into a different weight class when Biddeford juggled its lineup during the season, Burnham finished third in Class A at 220. He’ll wrestle at either 220 or 285.

Matthew Carroll, Massabesic senior: The defending Class A South champion at 220 will either wrestle at the same weight or jump to 285. He placed fourth at the state meet and finished with a 43-5 record.

Cullen Cummings, Wells senior: A four-year starter, Cummings followed a regional runner-up showing at 126 pounds with a runner-up finish in the Class B state meet.

Zach Elowitch, Portland sophomore: Elowitch was a team captain as a freshman and excelled in a weight class usually dominated by upperclassmen, finishing third in Class A at 152 pounds. He will wrestle at 152 or 160.

Kyle Glidden, Marshwood junior: After falling to three-time state champion Cody Craig of Skowhegan as a freshmen, Glidden won the Class A title at 113. He’s expected to contend again while moving up a few weight classes to 132.

Kaden Harrison-Billiat, Camden Hills senior: A senior captain, Harrison-Billiat hopes to improve on his third-place showing in Class B at 132. His coach says he is in midseason form already, thanks to a summer of wrestling.

Robert Hetherman, Mt. Ararat/Brunswick senior: Hetherman had a 55-3 record and won both the Class A title and New England qualifier at 170 pounds. He also placed fourth in the New England meet. With a 148-7 career record, he could reach the 200-win milestone while competing at 170 or 182.

Christian Jensen, Mt. Ararat/Brunswick senior: The son of Coach Erick Jensen has posted three top-four finishes at the Class A state meet; he was fourth last season in the 138-pound weight class. Jensen has a career record of 121-35. He will wrestle at 138 or 145.

 

Joe Kenny, Bonny Eagle junior: Regarded as one of the top wrestlers in the area by many opposing coaches, the 160-pounder took third at the Class A meet. He will wrestle at 152 or 160.

Noah Lang, Camden Hills sophomore: Lang finished third in Class B at 126 pounds as a freshman, and his coach expects an even better showing this year.

Zebulun Leavitt, Cheverus junior: In only his second year wrestling, he placed second in Class A South. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder is an intimidating specimen on the mat.

Jake Martel, Noble senior: An aggressive wrestler who is strong on his feet, Martel broke out last year with a Class A championship at 126 pounds. He’ll compete at 132 or 138.

Joe Pilecki, Noble junior: The Class A runner-up in the 113-pound weight class hopes to win it all this year, wrestling at 120 or 126.

Jeremy Sendrowski, Scarborough junior: Sendrowski finished third in Class A at 120 pounds and was fourth in the New England qualifier.

Alden Shields, Kennebunk sophomore: Shields was fourth in Class A at 106 pounds as a freshman and was third in the New England qualifier.

Austin Shorey, Noble senior: Moving up to the ultra-competitive 138 or 145 weight class shouldn’t be a problem for last year’s Class A runner-up at 120. He placed third in the New England qualifier.

Mort Soule Jr., Deering junior: With wrestling in his blood – his father and uncles also competed for the Rams – he posted a 25-10 record at 160 pounds. While he didn’t place at the Class A state meet, he should be in the mix at the end of the season.

Steve Thompson, Medomak Valley senior: Put together a 41-10 record at 138 pounds and placed third at the Class B state meet.

Hannah Workman, Lincoln Academy junior: The fourth-place finisher in Class B South probably takes a backseat to only one Maine female wrestler – two-time All-American Zoey Buteau of Oak Hill. Workman held her own in the state meet at 120 pounds and will be penciled in somewhere between 120 and 132.

Nick Works, Sanford junior: Following his regional title in Class A South at 220, he impressed with fourth-place showings in the state meet and the New England qualifier.

Michael Wrigley, Wells junior: A technical wrestler who uses his athleticism to his advantage, he finished first in Class B South and was second in the state meet at 160 pounds. He is expected to move to 170.

 

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Wrestling preview: Feeder programs set the stage http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/09/wrestling-preview-feeder-programs-set-the-stage/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/09/wrestling-preview-feeder-programs-set-the-stage/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1120790 If there’s a common bond among the top high school wrestling programs in Maine, it’s that they are based in communities with strong feeder programs.

No longer can a high school wrestling team excel without the benefits of a youth program that funnels into middle school teams and then the varsity level.

“If you look at who is good year after year, you can bet they have a strong feeder program,” said Kip DeVoll, now in his 34th season as head coach at Noble High – traditionally one of the state’s top schools in the sport.

DeVoll said he started to field competitive squads in the mid-1990s. It was no coincidence that a few years earlier, the Lebanon and Berwick youth wrestling programs were launched. At their peak, the two squads combined for close to 200 kids. Today, there are about 100 youth wrestlers – still making for one of the bigger feeders in southern Maine.

“Once the feeder programs began, that is when it took off for us,” DeVoll said. “(Most) of our kids come from feeder programs. It makes a big difference.”

Tony Napolitano, coach at Portland High, said establishing a feeder program can even the playing field in high school wrestling. Portland Youth Wrestling – which is still in its nascent stage at 6 years old – has had participants go on to Portland, Deering and Cheverus.

“Having that feeder program is what we need if we want to be competitive with the best teams in the state who have had a feeder program for years,” Napolitano said.

Most communities with a youth program will offer coaching, tournaments and clinics for grades K-6. Youth wrestling programs have been launched recently in Sanford, Biddeford (both three years ago) and Scarborough (two years ago).

“Without a feeder program, it is hard to maintain a high school program because you won’t have the numbers,” said Biddeford Coach Steve Vermette. “If a kid starts in fifth or sixth grade and gets involved slowly, they are likely to wrestle in high school.”

Kyle Glidden, the Class A champion in the 113-pound division last winter, is one of the top returnees for Marshwood, which had a streak of four consecutive state titles snapped by Skowhegan.

Kyle Glidden, the Class A champion in the 113-pound division last winter, is one of the top returnees for Marshwood, which had a streak of four consecutive state titles snapped by Skowhegan. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

One benefit of feeder programs is that they allow high school teams to fill more weight classes – often a problem for schools in Maine. Another advantage, obviously, is the first day of practice is not marked by athletes who have never stepped on a wrestling mat.

Many of the youth coaches are former wrestlers or assistant coaches at the high school level who can impart philosophies similar to the head coach.

“One thing we made sure we did is (that) peewee and middle school coaches are teaching the same things and concepts I focus on in high school,” said Mt. Ararat/Brunswick Coach Erick Jensen. “I am then able to refine kids. It takes days instead of weeks. I then can work on positioning and techniques sooner. That’s a huge advantage.”

Many high school coaches look beyond wins and losses, and even state championships, when talking about the benefits of feeder programs. It gets kids involved early and often teaches them life lessons, before winning matches becomes a greater emphasis.

Marshwood Coach Matt Rix has first-hand experience of what wrestling can do for an individual. His four children wrestled or were involved with his team. His daughter, Deanna, trains with the women’s national team in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Wrestling is a lot like life,” Rix said. “Kids may get beaten down but get back up and try again. They may never get to varsity or win a state championship … but some of them are very successful (in life) and credit the time they put in on the mat.”

There are scores of high school wrestlers in southern Maine who began in youth programs. Several will vie for state championships, including Zach Elowitch and Ben Levine of Portland; Sam Anderson of Sanford; Matt Carroll and Leo Amabile of Massabesic; and Cody Mains, Caleb Frost, Tyler Fitz and Joe Kenny of Bonny Eagle.

“More than anything else, we want to spread the culture of wrestling,” said Deron Sharp, Scarborough’s second-year coach. “We know what a great tool it is for life.”

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Portland-based team expanding its wrestling world http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/expanding-their-wrestling-world/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/expanding-their-wrestling-world/#respond Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:38:36 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/expanding-their-wrestling-world/ Traveling to find worthy competition is nothing new for Maine’s top high school and middle school wrestlers. During the course of a year they’re apt to travel all around the Northeast, and as far south as Virginia and west as North Dakota.

On Sunday, eight adventurous wrestlers and five coaches from the Portland-based wrestling club Casco Bay Elite will stretch their wrestling travels to new distances.

They are headed to Bulgaria – an Eastern European country with a rich wrestling history – to spend more than a week refining freestyle and Greco-Roman techniques at five clubs.

“I grew up in Pennsylvania so I’m used to going a long way to wrestle,” said Scarborough High sophomore Jeremy Sendrowski. “But this is my first time going to Europe. Both in the wrestling room and outside of the wrestling room, this is going to be a great learning opportunity.”

Sendrowski and Portland High freshmen Zack Elowitch and Ben Levine are members of Casco Bay Elite. They’ll be joined by two of the state’s best high school wrestlers – four-time state champ and two-time New England champ Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner and three-time state champ Cody Craig, a Skowhegan junior.

Anthony Napolitano, Tyler Brown and Michael Delev, who are middle school wrestlers in South Portland, also will make the trip.

They’ll be joined by coaches Tony Napolitano, Dave Elowitch, and Petko (Peter) Delev. University of Southern Maine coaches Mike Morin and Jonathan Deupree are going to train as wrestlers.

Portland High wrestling coach Tony Napolitano came up with the idea for the trip. He and Dave Elowitch are Casco Bay Elite’s co-owners and head coaches.

“We’re always looking for unique and interesting wrestling opportunities for the kids,” Napolitano said. “We thought this was not only a cool opportunity to experience some great wrestling and to meet other wrestlers from around the world, but just to see a really interesting part of the world.”

Petko Delev was born and raised in Bulgaria. He attended the state-sponsored Vassil Levski Sports School, a wrestling school for students from fifth to 12th grade.

Delev said he won national youth championships in 1992 in the 62-kilogram weight class (about 137 pounds) and again in 1994 when he was 18 and wrestling at 66 kilos.

Delev has maintained his wrestling connections in Bulgaria and did most of the logistical legwork for the trip.

“For the kids, this is (a chance) to have better wrestling,” Delev said. “To teach some different moves. Here, they wrestle folkstyle. There is all freestyle and Greco.”

Delev was asked what he thinks will surprise the Americans.

“How old is my country,” he said. “They see how many old, really old buildings. We stay in Plovdiv, the second-biggest city in my country, and they say the most beautiful city in whole of Europe.”

Plovdiv is ancient. Archaeological evidence dates to the 6th century B.C. Alexander the Great’s father conquered the city. The Romans built an ampitheatre that still exists in the center of the old town. Byzantines, Bulgarians and Ottoman Turks all held the city in different eras.

Delev’s son, Michael, will be able to help with translation for the group. He has spent several summers with grandparents and other relatives, and speaks Bulgarian.

“But I haven’t seen all the places, so I’m looking forward to that,” Michael Delev said.

He also expects he and the other wrestlers will be in for a culture shock on the mat.

“We’ll learn more about Greco and freestyle and how other teams around the world wrestle,” Delev said. “They throw (opponents) and stuff a lot more.”

Del Gallo has competed in – and won – freestyle tournaments in Canada. He said he expects to hold his own but also will be looking to learn as much as he can.

“It’s all about drilling and learning technique,” Del Gallo said. “I definitely plan on videotaping everything their coaches say.”

The 15-person contingent (two parents are also going) leaves Sunday and returns April 26. The plan is to train at five wrestling schools.

Casco Bay Elite plans to have a travel blog about its trip on its website and Facebook page.

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Wrestling: Peter Del Gallo, Gardiner http://www.pressherald.com/2016/03/26/wrestling-peter-del-gallo-gardiner/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/03/26/wrestling-peter-del-gallo-gardiner/#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=825412 Peter Del Gallo’s first goal in his senior wrestling season at Gardiner High was to cement his legacy within the family ranks.

Then it was to make his mark in a broader context.

The youngest of five Del Gallo boys succeeded on both counts. He won his fourth state championship with the Class A 120-pound title to join one of his brothers, Matthew (2007-10), in Maine’s 20-member, four-time champion club.

With his 52-0 season and a second New England championship, he now joins two brothers – Matt (2010), and three-time state champ Daniel (2013) – as the Maine Sunday Telegram Wrestler of the Year.

“My first big goal was to win states and to be a four-time champ, like Matthew,” Peter Del Gallo said. “And I think the other goal was to wrestle good and to dominate and to show that I’m the best in the 120-pound class.

“I think I pretty much accomplished that.”

Del Gallo beat Noble junior Austin Shorey four times. All were close matches. Shorey went on to place third at New Englands.

“I definitely think wrestling Shorey a lot helped. He makes me have to grind through a match,” Del Gallo said.

At the New England championships, Del Gallo allowed a total of two points in his four wins. He beat Connecticut champ Alec Opsal 4-0 in the semifinal and New Hampshire champion Connor McGonagle 7-2 in the final.

Del Gallo, Earl Boyes of Massabesic (1973-75) and Decota Cotten of Noble (2003-04) are the only Mainers to win more than one New England title. Del Gallo’s first came as a 106-pound freshman.

“And only one other wrestler from Maine, as far as I know, has placed all four years at New Englands,” said Gardiner Coach Matt Hanley, referencing Marshwood’s Cody Hughes, the 2014 and 2015 Wrestler of the Year. “So Peter is in some pretty elite company, and he’s the only freshman from Maine to ever win (New Englands).”

Were it not for an elbow injury that robbed him of most of his junior season, it’s quite likely Del Gallo would have challenged Hughes’ state record of 212 career wins. He finished with a 185-5 record. Four of the losses came at New Englands. The other was in the third overtime of the 2015 New England qualifier against Marshwood’s Bradley Beaulieu. All five losses were by one point.

Del Gallo plans to join his brother, Daniel, on the University of Southern Maine team.

TELEGRAM ALL-STATE TEAM

Cody Craig, Skowhegan junior, 106: Craig was unbeaten in Maine for the third straight season, winning Class A and the New England qualifier and finishing second at the New England championship in 60-1 season. He is 161-5 in career.

Griffyn Smith, Dirigo senior, 113: A four-time state champion, he added a Class B title to three Class C crowns. Also won the New England qualifier in a 46-3 season and finished 193-25 in his career.

Peter Del Gallo, Gardiner senior, 120: Del Gallo won his fourth state title, his first in Class A. He capped a 52-0 season by becoming just third Maine wrestler to win more than one New England championship.

Austin Shorey, Noble junior, 120: Shorey was 54-6, with four close decision losses to Peter Del Gallo. Considered one of the top five or six wrestlers in the state, he placed third in New England. With 164 career wins, he could break the state record of 212.

Caleb Austin, Mountain Valley junior, 126: A compact, physical athlete with good quickness, Austin won the Class B title and the New England qualifier. He finished 56-5 but did not lose to a Maine wrestler at 126. His career mark is 156-8.

Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood junior, 132: Won his third straight Class A title and was third at the New England championships in a 48-1 season. Also won the New England qualifier and Noble and Spartan invitationals, and is 160-15 in his career.

Peyton Cole, Ellsworth sophomore, 138: Cole won his second straight Class B title and finished first in the New England qualifier. Was 39-5 overall, including a 3-2 record at New Englands, with three losses to Zac Caron at 145 pounds.

Zac Caron, Foxcroft Academy senior, 145: In his first season with the Ponies, Caron won the Noble and Spartan invitationals before a Class B title. He also won the New England qualifier and went 3-2 at New Englands to finish 56-3 overall.

Julian Sirois, Skowhegan senior, 152: Won his first Class A title and placed first at the New England qualifier. Topped 200 career wins and finished the season 58-2, his only losses coming at the New England championships.

Trent Goodman, Ellsworth junior, 160: The Class B champion edged Skowhegan senior Kam Doucette in overtime of the New England qualifier championship match. Goodman was 40-2 this season.

Robert Hetherman, Mt. Ararat junior, 170: Earned the outstanding wrestler honor while winning his first Class A title. Added a fourth-place finish at the New England championships to cap a 55-3 season.

Justin Stacy, Marshwood senior, 182: Moved up from 152 pounds and did not lose to a Maine wrestler, going 45-3 overall. Joined All-Telegram picks Beaulieu, Caron and Pendriss as the only Mainers to win at the Spartan Invitational.

Christopher Wilson, Nokomis junior, 195: Rolled to the Class A title and won the Outstanding Wrestler award at the New England qualifier. Also was the Noble Invitational champ. Finished 49-1 overall after third-place finish at New Englands. Intends to graduate early this spring and join the Coast Guard.

Michael Pendriss, Foxcroft Academy senior, 220: Won the Class B title and the New England qualifier after winning at both the Noble and Spartan tournaments. Finished sixth at New Englands to cap a 51-4 season.

Hunter Glidden, Nokomis senior, 285: The Class A and New England qualifier champion in his first season as varsity starter, Glidden went 45-2 in state and 45-4 overall.

Coaches of the Year

Tenney Noyes and Brooks Thompson, Skowhegan: Noyes and Thompson have steadily built a powerful program that has won four straight regional titles, and the Indians became the first East/North team to win the Class A state title since Oxford Hills in 1989.

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Mainer wins second New England wrestling title http://www.pressherald.com/2016/03/05/wrestling-del-gallo-wins-second-new-england-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/03/05/wrestling-del-gallo-wins-second-new-england-title/#respond Sun, 06 Mar 2016 02:01:06 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=813830 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gardiner senior Peter Del Gallo won a New England wrestling title as a precocious freshman in 2013, and Saturday night he bookended his superb scholastic career with another New England title in the 120-pound class.

Del Gallo didn’t allow a point in his first three matches. In the final, he used a four-point move in the first period to defeat Connor McGonagle of Timberlane (Plaistow, New Hampshire), earning a 7-2 victory.

“Today, I dominated. The first time I won it was a close match,” said Del Gallo, who won the 106-pound title as a freshman. “In this match, I showed I was the best 120-pounder in New England. You always have to have the mentality that no one is better than you. I didn’t see much from him because all of his matches were one-point wins or overtime matches.

“This feels amazing, just amazing. I won it here as a freshman and won it here as a senior. I made a sandwich.”

Del Gallo was the only Mainer to win a New England title. Skowhegan’s Cody Craig also won his first three matches but settled for second place in the 106-pound division.

Craig led Jake Ferri of Shawsheen Tech (Billerica, Massachusetts) by a point after the second period on the strength of two takedowns. He made one mistake, however, and Ferri took advantage, securing a takedown and turning Craig for three near-fall points in the final minute of the match to record an 8-5 victory.

“On my end it was a tactical error where I tried to fight the takedown and maybe try to get a reversal right off the bat,” Craig said. “I wanted to try and get the points back quickly and obviously that didn’t happen.

“I’m happy with my career, but I’m not really satisfied with how the match went.”

Craig, a junior and a three-time state champion with a 161-5 record, thought he had the advantage on the Massachusetts All-State champion after he recorded takedowns early in the first period and midway through the second. Ferri’s first three points came from escapes.

“I figured because he doesn’t move a whole lot, but he’s very strong, tying up would be a bad decision,” Craig said. “I decided to wrestle the outside, and from neutral I just stayed with that arm drag and use what works.”

Del Gallo reached the 120-pound final with an impressive 4-0 win over Connecticut Open champion Alec Opsal of New Milford.

The Gardiner senior took control of his title bout with a takedown and a tilt in the opening period to grab a 4-0 advantage.

“The key was definitely getting the opening takedown,” said Del Gallo, who was voted the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. “I got the takedown and went right into a tilt to get two backs.”

McGonagle, who is originally from Maine, earned a reversal 47 seconds into the second period to cut his deficit in half. After attempting to turn Del Gallo for the first minute of the third, McGonagle cut Del Gallo loose, but the Maine wrestler finished the match with a takedown.

“I just told Peter going into the tournament that this is what he’s worked for,” Gardiner Coach Matt Hanley said. “He’s worked awful hard. He goes to two practices a night – my practice and then another practice – and he’s wrestled all over the countryside. He puts the work and time in, and you do that to win this one match right here.”

Craig’s performance, along with Kameron Doucette’s fourth-place effort at 160 pounds, helped Skowhegan finish seventh with 48 points. Bishop Hendricken of Warwick, Rhode Island, ran way with the team title, scoring 89 points and placing four wrestlers in the top three.

Noble’s Austin Shorey placed third at 120 pounds, and Chris Wilson of Nokomis was third at 195. Mt. Ararat/Brunswick’s Robert Hetherman dropped a 6-4 decision in the 170-pound consolation final to Joe Accousti of Newtown, Connecticut. Marshwood junior Bradley Beaulieu placed third in the 132-pound division.

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Maine’s best wrestlers ready to face New England http://www.pressherald.com/2016/03/04/maines-best-wrestlers-ready-to-face-new-england/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/03/04/maines-best-wrestlers-ready-to-face-new-england/#respond Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=812425 Forty-two wrestlers from Maine qualified to compete in this weekend’s New England Championship in Providence, Rhode Island, by finishing first, second or third at the state’s third annual New England Qualifying tournament.

The qualifying tournament was created to get the best wrestlers representing Maine. It apparently is also working to create willing participants.

“This year, as far as I know, there’s only been one scratch and that’s our kid because he broke his hand,” Noble Coach Kip DeVoll said, referring to 145-pound Class A champ and NEQ runner-up Josh Grenier. “Normally we have six to eight kids who decide not to go to New Englands and as far as I know Josh is the only one.”

Eric Glidden of Marshwood will replace Grenier. All other Maine qualifiers are listed on the brackets posted Monday – nine days after the Maine tournament.

The 52nd New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championship begins Friday and concludes Saturday at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.

Maine has not had an individual champion since 2013, when Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner won the 106-pound division as a freshman.

“We’re due. We’re due as a state,” Marshwood Coach Matt Rix said.

Rix identified Del Gallo, Austin Shorey of Noble, Bradley Beaulieu of Marshwood and Cody Craig of Skowhegan as Maine’s top picks for individual honors.

Del Gallo, a four-time Maine champ, has placed each year at New Englands. Last season he was fourth at 126 pounds despite missing most of the season because of injury. This year he is in the 120-pound division.

Shorey, a junior, is also in the 120-pound division. Four of his five losses this year have been to Del Gallo. The other was to Massachusetts champ Chris DeRosa of Billerica, whom Shorey will likely face if he wins his first match. As a sophomore at 120, Shorey won three matches at New Englands, including wins against the New Hampshire and Massachusetts top seeds.

Beaulieu is at 132 pounds. A three-time Class A champion, he was the New England runner-up at 126 pounds last season as a sophomore.

Craig, a junior and three-time state champ at 106 pounds, has never lost to a wrestler from Maine. He went 2-2 last year at New Englands, falling to the eventual champion and fourth-place finisher.

Del Gallo, Beaulieu and Craig are all undefeated this season.

Rix and DeVoll also pointed to Mountain Valley junior Caleb Austin, wrestling at 126, as someone capable of making a deep run. It will be Austin’s first trip to New Englands. DeVoll said his own wrestler at 126, Jake Martel, could also be a factor.

“At New Englands so much depends on the draw, because they don’t do real seeding,” DeVoll said. “Jake has a pretty good draw. The thing is, it’s just a meat grinder. Every match is like a state final and you have to be ready for it.”

DeVoll said Maine high school wrestling still has “one problem we need to fix.”

“We have a two-week break and everybody else just wrestled their all-state or state tournaments,” DeVoll said. “When you’re not competing for two weeks it makes a difference. It makes it tough.”

 

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Wrestling: New England qualifier gets down to size http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/19/wrestling-new-england-qualifier-gets-down-to-size/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/19/wrestling-new-england-qualifier-gets-down-to-size/#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=804072 In its third year, the New Eng-land wrestling qualifier Saturday at Mt. Ararat High will have fewer wrestlers competing.

The past two years, the top four wrestlers in each weight class from Classes A, B and C were eligible to compete, but many third- and fourth-place finishers, especially from Class C, skipped the meet. In 2015, none of the weight classes were full and only one had 10 wrestlers.

This year, with a two-class system, the top four finishers from last week’s Class A and B championships are eligible to compete in the qualifier. The top three finishers will qualify for the New England championships March 4-5 in Providence, Rhode Island.

New state champions Skowhegan (Class A) and Foxcroft Academy (Class B) will be well represented, with eight and seven eligible wrestlers, respectively. Skowhegan’s Cody Craig (106) and Julian Sirois (152) are both undefeated this season.

Foxcroft had five Class B champs, including the trio of Zach Caron (145), Michael Pendriss (220) and Connor Holmes (285), who won titles at the tough Noble Invitational earlier this season.

Also expected are newly minted four-time state champs Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner (120) and Griffyn Smith of Dirigo (113).

Five wrestlers who won their weight class at the 2015 New England qualifier are back, including Noble’s Austin Shorey, the runner-up to Del Gallo the past two weeks. Class B champ Danny Buteau of Oak Hill is another top wrestler at 120.

Marshwood has three returning NEQ champs: Bradley Beaulieu, Aidan Whitis and Justin Stacy.

Beaulieu, an undefeated junior, is the favorite at 132 after beating Del Gallo at 126 last year in a 2-1, three-overtime final.

Stacy and Whitis proved last year that upsets can happen at the NEQ. Stacy beat Class A champ Dominick Day in the semifinals and Eastern Class A champ Kam Doucette to win the 152-pound title. Now he’s the Class A 182-pound champ. Whitis, then wrestling for Chev-erus, won at 132 after placing fourth at the state tourney. This year, Whitis is at 138.

Skowhegan’s Craig is the reigning 106-pound winner.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Wrestling: Skowhegan wins Class A for first time http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/13/wrestling-skowhegan-wins-class-a-for-first-time/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/13/wrestling-skowhegan-wins-class-a-for-first-time/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:09:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=801410 NORTH BERWICK — Skowhegan High used the bitter taste of a poor state championship effort in 2015 to kick-start what would become the school’s first wrestling title Saturday at Noble High.

Skowhegan became the first school from the North (East) to win the Class A title since Oxford Hills in 1989.

“Our goal every year is to win states and last year we were upset with our effort,” co-coach Brooks Thompson said. “From the end of last year we said we’re going to do it this year.”

Skowhegan dethroned four-time defending champion Marshwood, outscoring the Hawks, 144-123. Noble finished third with 112.

Skowhegan had the title all but wrapped up entering the championship finals with a 27-point lead.

When undefeated Cody Craig beat Leo Amabile of Massabesic 7-0 in the 106 final, Craig had a third individual title and Skowhegan its first state title.

“It’s something we’ve been working for since day one. It’s been the goal,” Craig said. “Then it really started to take shape with (a win) at the Noble tournament this year. We had lost to Marshwood at a dual but that tournament, with all the best teams there, really sealed my confidence and I think it helped with a lot of the other guys.”

After graduating four individual champions from its 2015 championshp team, Marshwood had many holes to fill. The Hawks still had a stable of top wrestlers, going 4-1 in championship matches, but only had one other wrestler place in the top four.

“We overachieved this year,” Coach Matt Rix said. “To go 19-0, win our league and our regional title, we surpassed my expectations.”

Prior to Marshwood’s run, Noble had won 11 of 13 previous titles, the other two going to Massabesic.

Noble Coach Kip DeVoll said of Skowhegan’s breakthrough, “it’s good for the sport. It’s been almost 30 years since a team from the North won it and … they’ve been working toward this and they earned it.”

Skowhegan was a distant third a year ago, 68 points behind Marshwood. Craig said he could see his team taking a more poised approach.

“We were businesslike this year,” Craig said. “Just go out and wrestle each match, and if everyone does just that, does their part, we can win as a team.”

Skowhegan wrestlers claimed three titles. Joining Craig as individual champions were Julian Sirois at 152 and Kam Doucette at 160.

Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner, at 120, won his fourth state title, his first in Class A to go with three previous Class B crowns. He’s the 20th Maine high school wrestler to win four state titles. Griffyn Smith of Dirigo won his fourth state title at the Class B championships.

“It means the world to me. I’ve worked so hard for this,” an emotional Del Gallo said.

Marshwood’s individual champions were Kyle Glidden at 113, junior three-time champ Bradley Beaulieu at 132, Aidan Whitis at 138 and Justin Stacy at 182.

“It’s a little disappointing we didn’t get (the team title),” Stacy said. “I feel bad for the coaches, Coach Rix and the assistants, like we let them down a little but hey, Skowhegan had a really great team this year.”

Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat won the 170-pound title and was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler.

Jake Martel of Noble pinned Samson Sirois of Skowhegan in 38 seconds to win at 126 pounds. Last year he was third in a division that had three former state champs, including Del Gallo and Beaulieu.

“I’ve worked for this for a long time,” Martel said. “I was just determined to do anything I could to win it.”

Also winning for Noble was Josh Grenier at 145.

The other Class A individual champions were Chris Wilson of Nokomis at 195, Max Storey of Cony at 220 and Hunter Glidden of Nokomis at 285. Glidden beat Michael Darling of Deering, 5-2.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Wrestling: Foxcroft Academy wins Class B state title http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/13/wrestling-foxcroft-academy-wins-class-b-state-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/13/wrestling-foxcroft-academy-wins-class-b-state-title/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:11:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=801305 ROCKLAND — The two top wrestling programs from the old Class C division battled for the Class B wrestling state championship Saturday at Oceanside High School.

Foxcroft Academy relied on its strength in the upper weight classes to finish 23 points ahead of Dirigo.

The Ponies went 5 for 7 in the championship round and finished with 146 points. Dirigo was followed by Ellsworth (94.5), Winslow (91), Mountain Valley (79.5) and Oceanside (70.5).

“This goes out to all those guys who doubted us and didn’t believe in us,” Foxcroft Academy Coach Luis Ayala said. “They said ‘you guys are not good enough, you’re class C,’ and we did it today. Our first Class B state championship.”

Foxcroft won five Class C state championships between 2004 and 2013, but the sport was reorganized into two classes prior to this season, so the state’s smaller schools now compete in Class B.

“They’ve been relentless all year,” Ayala said. “They wanted it so badly they really stepped it up.”

Dirigo, which won Class C titles in 2014 and 2015, was within six points of the Ponies going into the championship finals.

Dirigo sent four wrestlers into the finals, and two of them won titles.

Foxcroft, meanwhile, won the four heaviest divisions.

“We were six points (behind) going into the last four matches of the meet,” Dirigo Coach Doug Gilbert said. “They won all four, and that was the difference right there.”

Winning individual championships for the Ponies were Zac Caron at 145, Billy Brock at 182, Brandon Brock at 195, Michael Prentiss at 220 and Connor Holmes at 285.

The Brock brothers and Holmes each pinned all three of their opponents.

“Foxcroft Academy was able to go back-to-back,” Gilbert said. “If you’ve got a good wrestler, the one next to him is going to be pretty good, too.”

“Practice is where it’s at, and these guys busted butts at practice to get to this point,” Ayala said. “They’re going against the toughest kids in the state. They’re making each other better, pushing themselves.”

Holmes won his matches while wrestling with a broken hand – an injury he sustained in practice less than three weeks ago.

“The doctor made a special cast for him and we showed him how to protect himself,” Ayala said. “It shows his character that he never gave up.”

Dirigo’s Griffyn Smith, who pinned all three of his opponents while winning at 113 pounds, was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler. He now has a school-record 191 wins.

“I’ve had some great wrestlers (at Dirigo), and he’s the first four-time state champion,” Gilbert said, “and he’s a great kid.

Dirigo’s Bryce Whittemore won the 152-pound title.

Gilbert said the competition in the expanded Class B meet was a bit tougher than his teams experienced in the old Class C.

“Depth-wise it was a tougher meet,” he said. “Usually, we have two or three kids in a weight class who are fairly close, but the 1 through 4 were good here.”

Ben Ripley, a freshman from Oceanside, scored an upset in the 132-pound weight class with a 3-0 decision over top-seeded R.J. Nelson of Foxcroft.

The previous weekend, Nelson scored a 12-5 decision over Ripley in the championship finals in the Class B North regional in Winslow.

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Deering wrestler is on the move because he has the moves http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/12/deering-wrestler-is-on-the-move-because-he-has-the-moves/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/12/deering-wrestler-is-on-the-move-because-he-has-the-moves/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=800017 SOUTH BERWICK — Two-time regional heavyweight wrestling champion Michael Darling of Deering High was asked to reflect back on his freshman season.

Wanting to stay in shape for football, Darling tried wrestling for the first time that year. But practice was little fun. He was getting pummeled daily by an experienced Deering senior.

” ‘How is this helping me? I’m not getting any better doing this,’ ” Darling remembered thinking as a freshman. “But you come back the next year and you realize how it has helped. It’s taught you positions and stuff like that.”

This season Darling is the wrestler handing out the punishment. The senior wrapped up last Saturday’s Class A South championship with an impressive second-period pin against Zebulun Leavitt of Cheverus. The pin showed Darling’s craftiness as well as his strength and quickness, and improved his record to 37-1. Every win has been by pin.

Darling also won the regional title as a junior but didn’t place at the state meet, going 1-2.

This Saturday he’ll enter the Class A state meet at Noble High as a co-favorite with North champ Hunter Glidden of Nokomis. Like Darling, Glidden (38-2) is a wrestler who has improved his record dramatically as a senior. Glidden also pinned his way through his regional competition.

“I faced him last year and beat him but not this year. Obviously we’ve both improved,” Darling said.

Oceanside High in Rockland will host the Class B meet Saturday. The top four wrestlers in each weight division will be eligible to compete at the New England qualifer “all-states” tournament Feb. 20 at Mt. Ararat in Topsham.

Darling and Deering Coach Al Kirk point to Darling’s offseason experience wrestling freestyle and Greco-Roman as a key component to Darling’s improvement. He worked with Casco Bay Elite prior to his junior year and spent last summer training with the Maine Trappers.

“It gave him a lot of confidence on his feet,” Kirk said. “Freestyle does that.”

Last July he went with the Trappers to the Cadet/Junior national freestyle and Greco-Roman championships in Fargo, North Dakota. The “Fargo Nationals,” as it is often called, draws youth wrestlers from each state.

Darling won his first match but hyperextended his elbow. He wrestled through it. He didn’t win any more matches but gained from the experience.

“It made me see what I need to do to compete at that next level,” Darling said. “And you know, if I can hang with those guys I can hang with these (high school) guys. It really gave me a lot of confidence. It just made me realize, I deserve to be at the top of the bracket,” in Maine tournaments.

As Darling explains it, freestyle (i.e., Olympic style) emphasizes throws more than folkstyle (high school/collegiate).

“Because they’re worth more points, there are a lot more throws in freestyle,” Darling said. “It teaches you where you need to be to score, how your body needs to move and how you need to react to what they’re doing.”

Darling wins with quickness, balance and technical ability. He also has strength, but at roughly 250 pounds without cutting weight – “I’m not missing any meals, let’s put it that way,” he said – Darling is usually outweighed in the 285-pound class.

He likes to work “to the side” and avoid “getting underneath those 280 pounds.”

In last weekend’s championship match at the Class A South regional, his opponent was noticeably taller and heavier.

But it was Darling who was able to execute a slick one-arm, judo-style throw that sent Leavitt – the finalist from Cheverus – to the mat in the first period.

In the second period, Darling started in the bottom position and quickly extricated himself out from underneath Leavitt for another point and a 5-1 lead. Then Darling engaged the bigger wrestler in a dual bear hug. Darling got a bit lower, wrenched Leavitt onto his toes and then got him backpedaling. A deftly placed left foot behind Leavitt’s right heel sent both wrestlers crashing to the mat, with Darlng on top. The 37th pin came quickly.

“Didn’t I tell you he has great balance?” Kirk crowed moments later. “When Michael gets you in that bear hug he always ends up on top. Which isn’t the case for most guys. Because big bears like that tend to roll.”

Darling is hoping he can continue his roll and “be a state champion. That’s the main goal.” He is also serious about continuing to wrestle in college.

“The biggest possibility right now” is to attend Castleton State College in Vermont, which will begin varsity wrestling this year.

Regardless of what happens in the coming weeks and months, Darling knows he’s glad he started wrestling for more than its physical benefits. A self-confessed reluctant student, Darling now carries a 3.2 grade-point average.

“I’ve just never been a good student and wrestling has definitely helped to change that,” Darling said. “Wrestling is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Going to practice, you just say to yourself, ‘OK, I’m going to do this.’ And that’s a lot of what I do with my schoolwork now as well. I just sit down and say, ‘I’ve got to do this.’ “

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Wrestling: Skowhegan wins fourth straight regional title http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/06/wrestling-skowhegan-wins-fourth-straight-regional-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/06/wrestling-skowhegan-wins-fourth-straight-regional-title/#respond Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:40:28 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=797402 SKOWHEGAN — Skowhegan High qualified a dozen wrestlers Saturday for the Class A state championships, but that was just part of the good news for the Indians.

Eight of those 12 wrestlers became Class A North champions, and Skowhegan won its fourth consecutive regional crown as the Indians took a big step toward their goal of breaking southern Maine’s stranglehold on the Class A title.

“They wrestled real tough, did what they were supposed to do. They came out and finished, got their bonus points where they needed to,” said Tenney Noyes, Skowhegan’s co-coach. “They set themselves up for next weekend. Now, we’ve got to get ready for states.

Skowhegan (243.5) left the drama for the runner-up spot, which Cony earned with 122 points, followed by Nokomis (114.5), Camden Hills (114) and Westbrook (93).

Cony qualified eight wrestlers for the state meet next Saturday at Noble High, including 220-pound champion Max Storey. Nokomis will send six wrestlers to Noble, led by champions Christopher Wilson (195) and Hunter Glidden (285).

There were few surprises in the finals, as all but one top seed won their weight class. Luke Bolster, a No. 5 seed from Skowhegan, knocked off Christian Jensen of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick in the 138-pound division, 3-0.

“He’s been wrestling up at 145. He’s got a couple of tournament championships,” Noyes said. “The kid’s a great wrestler and he put it together and got it done.”

Skowhegan has taken a business-like approach throughout the season to prepare for a showdown with southern Maine powers Noble and Marshwood.

“They’ve been focused all year,” Noyes said. “They know it’s one weekend at a time. They know (what) they had to accomplish this weekend, get it done and then move on to the next one. We’re going to come back Monday and start from scratch.”

Taylor Crosby of Camden Hills won the 145-pound division, and Robert Heatherman of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick pinned Westbrook’s Brandon Lajoie in the 170-pound final.

CLASS B SOUTH: Dirigo won five individual titles and had 11 wrestlers qualify for the state meet as it dethroned the host team, Mountain Valley, as regional champion.

Griffyn Smith (113 pounds), Hunter White (138), Bryce Whittemore (152), Dalton Berry (195) and Lucas MacDonald (220) placed first for the Cougars, who finished with 200 points.

Mountain Valley placed second with 147.5 points and three individual champions. Third-place Wells (131.5) also had three individual champions: Ryan Norton (106), Michael Wrigley (160) and Nolan Potter (182).

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Marshwood, Noble dominate Class A South wrestling http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/06/marshwood-noble-dominate-class-a-south-wrestling/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/06/marshwood-noble-dominate-class-a-south-wrestling/#respond Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:36:02 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=797394 SOUTH BERWICK — Southern Maine wrestling powers Marshwood High and Noble were the dominant teams Saturday at the Class A South championships, but the top wrestlers came from across the region.

Marshwood won the meet with 210.5 points. Noble scored 201.

Marshwood had seven finalists and four won titles: Kyle Glidden (113 pounds), Brad Beaulieu (132), Aidan Whitis (138) and Justin Stacy (182). Noble’s eight finalists produced three wins: Jake Martel (126), Josh Grenier (145) and Otto Keisker (170).

Both teams will send 10 qualified wrestlers to the Class A state meet next Saturday at Noble High. Placing in the top four at the regional earns a berth in the state championship meet.

Marshwood is the four-time reigning Class A champ. Noble won 11 of the previous 13 titles.

This year the Southern Maine powers must contend with Class A North champ Skowhegan, which advanced 12 wrestlers, and earlier this year won the Noble Invitational.

Keisker, the 170-pound champ, noted the South does have greater depth, pointing to his own 4-2 victory in the final against Clautel Buba of Portland as an example.

“As far as next week, we’re right on par with Marshwood, 10 guys and 10 guys, but Skowhegan up north, it’s a little different and they were able to qualify a couple more guys,” Keisker said. “It’s going to be hard. (Skowhegan has) beaten us all year. It’s going to be a heck of a day.”

Massabesic was third (132 points) with championship efforts from Leo Amabile at 106 pounds and Matthew Carroll at 195.

Amabile pinned Duncan McGilvery of Noble late in the second period to improve to 35-5. Like the top teams, Amabile also will have to contend with a Skowhegan influence next Saturday. Cody Craig of Skowhegan, a junior, won his 150th career match Saturday and will be a heavy favorite to win a third state title.

“I haven’t faced him this year but I’m looking forward to it,” Amabile said.

Two of the state’s best went at it in the 120 final, with Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner pulling out a 4-3 win with a late third-period takedown of Austin Shorey of Noble.

Del Gallo went for a move but was rebuffed by Shorey, who came very close to executing a head-lock throw. Del Gallo fought through that and was then positioned off Shorey’s hip. Once Del Gallo popped his head free, he took down Shorey for the decisive points.

“The two matches I’ve had with him are the toughest I’ve had this year,” Del Gallo said, adding he has a plan for the future meetings. “It’s a secret plan.”

“I think we’re probably the best (120s) and I don’t think anyone from A North will beat him, so we’ll see each other next week at states and then probably the following week at all-states,” Del Gallo said.

Del Gallo won Class B titles the previous three years to go with his New England title as a freshman. This is Gardiner’s first year in Class A after wrestling was changed from a three-class to a two-class system last spring.

Another former Class B wrestler turned Class A regional champ was Josh Smith of York/Traip, who pinned Joe Kenney of Bonny Eagle in 2:31 of the 160-pound final.

Portland freshman Zack Elowitch was impressive in his 8-4 win against Kasey Rogers of Noble in the 152 final. Elowitch was strong enough to deflect Rogers’ muscle moves and capitalized with quick moves for points.

“He’s really strong so I didn’t really want to play the muscle game with him because I knew I wouldn’t win that way,” Elowitch said. “I’d hoped to place but I didn’t expect to win. Winning feels pretty darn good.”

In the two heaviest weights, Nick Works of Sanford decisively pinned Zach Eastman of Marshwood in 54 seconds to win at 220. With Works’ pin, Sanford finished fourth as a team with 94 points, edging Biddeford (91).

In the 285 class, Mike Darling of Deering improved to 37-1 with 37 pins when he put Zebulun Leavitt of Cheverus into a bear hug, pushed him backward and then adeptly tripped him with a hooking heel. Darling finished off the pin at 3:12.

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Marshwood edges rival Noble in wrestling http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/27/marshwood-edges-rival-noble-in-wrestling/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/27/marshwood-edges-rival-noble-in-wrestling/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 01:48:23 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=791788 NORTH BERWICK — Austin Locke is not a household name in Maine high school wrestling.

But Wednesday night the Marshwood High junior earned his place in the Hawks’ storied rivalry with Noble.

Locke wasn’t on the original lineup sheet, weighed in at 160 pounds but knew he could wrestle at 170. When his name was called he responded, pushing aside nerves, then pinning Travis Pelletier of Noble with 23 seconds left in the second period.

Locke’s win proved the key in Marshwood’s 36-30 win in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd that witnessed a full 14 varsity matches between Southern Maine’s top two programs.

“This is my first year in the varsity lineup and winning tonight was really big,” Locke said. “It was really stressful going into the match. If I’d lost the whole team could have lost. If I won we could win.”

Locke pushed Marshwood’s lead to 31-18 with three matches left. Otto Keisker kept Noble alive with a decisive 25-second pin of Zachary Faulkner at 182.

Justin Stacy of Marshwood clinched the win and set the Hawks up for a fifth straight SMAA dual-meet title with a 17-3 technical fall against Hunter Smith.

“It just feels good that I could lead my team to another undefeated regular season,” said Stacy, one of the four Hawk captains.

“Noble is a very good team, our rivals, a very talented team. The fact that we come here and beat them is pretty big. Both sides (of) the bleachers were packed. Cheering. You couldn’t hear yourself think in here. It was nice.”

The rivalry starts at the top with the coaches, Kip DeVoll of Noble and Matt Rix of Marshwood.

DeVoll wrestled for Noble, graduating in 1979. He started as an assistant coach in 1981 and took over as the head coach in 1986. He’s led the Knights to 12 Class A championships, including eight straight from 1999-2006 and the 2009-2011 three-peat.

Rix wrestled for Marshwood and graduated in 1981. By 1985 he was Marshwood’s head coach. Rix guided his program to three Class B titles before moving up to A. Three times the Hawks were runner-up to champion Noble before winning the past four Class A titles.

Both teams are expected to be part of a three-way battle with Skowhegan for this year’s title.

“It’s just a great rivalry between us two,” Rix said, “although I know Kip doesn’t think it’s a rivalry. He once said he thought Massabesic was more of a school rivalry.”

That Rix is still nettled by a perceived slight from years ago just adds credibility to this rivalry – one that DeVoll fully acknowledged exists.

“Marshwood’s tough. They came in ready to wrestle and we didn’t,” DeVoll said.

“This will be something (Noble wrestlers will) remember. It’s going to be a painful feeling they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives instead of a good one.”

“You don’t see crowds that big in gyms around here,” DeVoll added. “I mean the kids who wrestled still talk about the one we wrestled with Marshwood here in ’06, which was a huge event. We won that one. This one here, (Marshwood) will have the good memory.”

For Marshwood, other wins came from Zach Eastman at 285 (pin, 1:03 in the first match of the night), Kyle Glidden at 113 (14-6), Bradley Beaulieu at 126 (10-4), Connor LaPointe at 132 (11-2), Aidan Whitis at 138 (8-0) and Jon Stacy at 160 (10-2).

Noble picked up wins from Duncan McGilvray at 106 (6-2), Austin Shorey at 120 (pin, 29 seconds), Josh Grenier at 145 (13-12), Kasey Rogers at 152 (pin, 3:45), and Chase Hamilton at 220 (pin, 4:59).

Rogers’ pin of Marshwood freshman Dylan Strong cut the Hawks’ lead to 21-18 and momentarily thrust him into the starring role.

“I’ve played football and baseball and not even under the lights on the football field is there anything like this,” Rogers said. “There’s nothing that feels this much, especially when there’s this big of a crowd with two big rivals.”

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Wrestling: Mainers meet up with tough competition at Sanford tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/09/wrestling-mainers-meet-up-with-tough-competition-at-sanford-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/09/wrestling-mainers-meet-up-with-tough-competition-at-sanford-tournament/#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2016 01:52:29 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=780759 SANFORD — Championships were tough to come by for Mainers at the Spartan Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Lessons from a loss were more readily available.

“For me, I get to see where I am and how hard I have to work to get to where I want to be,” said Scarborough sophomore Jeremy Sendrowski, who finished fourth in a stacked 120-pound class.

Sendrowski won the Class A state title at 113 pounds last season and was second in the New England qualifier as a freshman. None of his in-state competition was the caliber of the field in the Sanford tournament. New England runner-up Kevin Morris of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, beat Sendrowski 10-4 in the consolation finals.

“There were a couple of studs in my bracket,” Sendrowski said. “All in all, losing is a learning experience for me. It just helps you get better.”

Timberlane, of Plaistow, New Hampshire, won the team championship with 232.5 points, and Danbury, Connecticut was the runner-up with 229. Those two teams dominated the competition, combining to produce 12 finalists and seven of the 14 champions. Timberlane had 13 wrestlers place in the top six. Danbury placed 11 of its 13 wrestlers in the top six.

Maine had four champions, seven other finalists and three third-place finishers, compared to seven firsts, seven seconds and 10 thirds in 2015.

“This is one of the toughest tournaments in New England because we specifically invite the toughest teams,” Sanford Coach Nate Smith said.

The tournament was first held in 1975.

Foxcroft Academy was the top Maine team with 145 points, led by champions Zach Caron at 145 and Michael Pendriss at 220.

Four-time defending Class A champion Marshwood was fifth, after winning the tournament in 2014 and placing second last year. Marshwood’s Bradley Beaulieu (132 pounds) and Justin Stacy (182) were the other individual winners from Maine.

Beaulieu was named the outstanding wrestler of the two-day tournament for the second time after beating Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley, 7-2. That was a rematch of the Noble Invitational final a few weeks earlier, won by Beaulieu, 5-3.

“This is a tough tournament,” Beaulieu said. “I learned some stuff at Noble and I wanted to come into this tournament and be more aggressive and stingy in giving up points.”

Other Maine wrestlers who finished second were Kyle Glidden (113) and Aidan Whitis (138) of Marshwood; Eddie DeRoche (145) of Mountain Valley; Josh Smith (160) of York; and Billy Brock (182) and Connor Holmes (285) of Foxcroft.

Smith dropped a 6-3 decision to Timberlane’s Cam Altobelli. He gave up two near-fall points in the final seconds as he tried a desperate escape move.

“I learned I have to practice on bottom a little more,” Smith said. “(This tournament is) competitive and there’s a big trophy at the end. It’s always a good goal to come to this tournament and rip it up.”

“I think it’s the best competition all season in the state of Maine,” Portland Coach Tony Napolitano said.

Marshwood Coach Matt Rix said he uses the tournament as a teaching tool.

“We’ll come in to practice on Monday and I’ll ask each of them, ‘What did you get out of the weekend? Show me something,'” Rix said.

 

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Aidan Whitis winning in new environment at Marshwood http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/05/whitis-winning-in-new-environment/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/05/whitis-winning-in-new-environment/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=777810 Aidan Whitis proved in his first three years of high school wrestling he could improve and succeed with limited support as an independent wrestler at Cheverus High.

Now, for the first time in his high school career, Whitis has a full team around him. He transferred to four-time defending Class A champion Marshwood for his senior season.

So far the results have been exemplary.

“It’s huge being in a (training) room (full) of guys who are even more experienced and more talented than I am,” Whitis said shortly after a technically sound 6-3 championship win over top-seeded Ethan Boucher of Mountain Valley at last week’s Noble Invitational. “There are just so many bodies to train with, so you get different looks every day.”

Whitis is 20-0 this season after winning the 138-pound weight class at the Noble tourney, another nice title to go with his first-place finish at 145 pounds in December at the Atlantic Invitational in Wells.

It’s not just Whitis benefiting from the move. Marshwood is also winning. Whitis is helping the Hawks overcome the graduation loss of four-time state champions Cody Hughes and Jackson Howarth, three-time champ Brett Gerry and 2015 Class A champ Killian Murphy, who beat Whitis last season.

“Him coming here has helped me,” said junior Bradley Beaulieu, the Class A champion and New England runner-up at 126 pounds last season. “He’s great to drill with.

“Him coming here has not only helped me but helped a lot of kids.”

Marshwood Coach Matt Rix said he didn’t know Whitis would be attending Marshwood until the school year started. Rix said it didn’t take long for Whitis to begin to “lead by example,” in the wrestling room. Whitis was named a captain before the season.

Wrestling as an independent for Cheverus High, Whitis showed toughness, a willingness to learn and resiliency.

He took his lumps at 106 pounds as a freshman and did not place at the Western A regional meet.

“I was 95 pounds as a freshman,” Whitis said. “I wanted to play football and basketball but most of all I wanted to be successful.”

As a sophomore, he improved to fourth in Western A and qualified for the state championship meet at 113 pounds.

Last season, Whitis was runner-up at the regional and fourth at the state meet, barely qualifying for the New England Qualifier tournament, which has earned the unofficial title of “all-states.” Whitis shocked the field, advancing to the final and winning the 132-pound title via an injury default when Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole was unable to wrestle the final match.

That was a big step forward for Whitis, who previously had been best known as Iain Whitis’ younger brother. Iain Whitis won 2012 and 2013 Class A titles when he wrestled as an independent at Cheverus.

The Whitis family lives in Gorham and had grown deeply attached to the Cheverus school, staff and community, according to Lisa Whitis, the boys’ mother. But with Iain set to begin his freshman year as a student and wrestler at John Carroll University in Ohio, a private Jesuit university located outside Cleveland, a second tuition proved untenable.

Lisa and Blaine Whitis looked into having their younger son spend his senior year living with one of Lisa’s two sisters, who live in Falmouth and South Berwick.

Aidan now lives with his aunt Jane McLaughlin in South Berwick.

That Marshwood had a wrestling program (Falmouth does not) was just one of several factors in the decision-making process, his mother said.

“It was a holistic evaluation,” Lisa Whitis said. “He’s on the math team. (Marshwood has) the advanced placement classes. They have a really high rating.”

Aidan Whitis is currently taking AP calculus, statistics and physics.

“People can say what they want but it was a very complicated and unbelievably painful decision to leave Cheverus and it’s going to be even more painful when graduation day comes and Aidan isn’t at Cheverus,” Lisa Whitis said.

Aidan Whitis said being on a dedicated wrestling team has helped compensate for leaving behind his Cheverus friends.

The team has also given him something he hasn’t had – the strong sense of being part of a whole team instead of a solo performer.

“My matches never counted toward a team score before,” Whitis said. “It means so much more to have my matches count.”

 

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High school wrestling: Skowhegan wins Noble Invitational http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/30/high-school-wrestling-skowhegan-wins-noble-invitational/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/30/high-school-wrestling-skowhegan-wins-noble-invitational/#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2015 02:26:37 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=775552 NORTH BERWICK — State championships are not handed out at the two-day Noble Invitational wrestling tournament, but Wednesday’s final results showed there could be changes at the top this year.

Skowhegan, the top team in the north the past few seasons, clinched the team title when Kam Doucette came from a 5-1 third-period deficit to defeat Chris Francis, a Rhode Island state champion from La Salle Academy, 6-5.

“This is probably one of my favorite memories so far,” Doucette said. “It’s always good beating teams like Noble and Marshwood.”

Doucette was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Two-time state champion Cody Craig (106 pounds) and Julian Sirois (152) also won individual titles for Skowhegan, which did not bring its full team.

Skowhegan appears to be the slight favorite to unseat four-time Class A champ Marshwood, with Noble also a title threat.

“It’s the hard work we’re putting in,” Doucette said. “I guess we’re just motivated. We know this can be our best year. We have four good seniors and good wrestlers in the younger classes.”

Skowhegan finished with 180.5 points. Host Noble was second with 170, followed by Foxcroft Academy (162) and Marshwood (154). Twenty-three teams scored points.

Noble put six wrestlers into the finals with Jake Martel winning at 126 pounds with an emphatic third-period pin against Greg Waterbury of Plymouth, New Hampshire.

“We just have to keep working hard and keep doing what we’re doing,” Martel said. “I feel like since Marshwood (graduated) some of their veteran wrestlers it’s opened up the playing field. Honestly I feel that we’re all really close.”

Foxcroft Academy, a Class B school, had three individual champions: Zach Caron (145), Michael Pendriss (220) and Connor Holmes (285).

Marshwood’s Brad Beaulieu (132) and Aidan Whitis (138) won their weight classes.

“We had a few kids out with injuries,” Marshwood Coach Matt Rix said. “I don’t think any of our kids underperformed.”

Noble was also missing regulars, Coach Kip DeVoll said.

New individual standouts are also emerging. One of the brightest is Mt. Ararat/Brunswick junior Robert Hetherman. He improved his career record to 120-17 and is 18-0 this season after a convincing 7-0 win in the 170-pound final against stout Noble senior Otto Keisker, who bumped up a weight class to cover a missing teammate.

Hetherman used his strength and long arms to engulf Keisker throughout the match.

Hetherman finished second to four-time state champ Jackson Howarth of Marshwood at last year’s Class A and New England qualifier tournaments.

“Last year I felt like it was going to be my time but then I ran into Jackson,” Hetherman said. “The way he wrestled, he was able to stop me. He knew my moves before I did and he controlled the match.”

Now it’s Hetherman controlling the action.

The 120- and 132-pound finals were marquee matches.

At 120 pounds, Gardiner senior Peter Del Gallo, a three-time Class B champion and former New England champ, edged Noble junior Austin Shorey, 3-0. Shorey is the defending Class A champ at 120 and Gardiner is now in Class A. After two scoreless periods, Del Gallo worked his escape quickly to start the third and then worked the match’s only takedown.

“He wanted to keep it close and try to make a big move at the end,” Del Gallo said. “I need to get a better offense going and prevent him from slowing the match down.”

In the 132-pound match, Beaulieu edged Mountain Valley’s Caleb Austin 5-3 in a matchup of longtime friends but infrequent high school foes. Beaulieu got the edge with two good double-leg takedowns. The two wrestled “hundreds of times” as youth wrestlers, Beaulieu said, but had not met since splitting two matches as freshmen.

Also winning individual championships were James Mountain of La Salle (113), Brandon Cousino of Vergennes, Vermont (182) and Christopher Wilson of Nokomis (195).

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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Marshwood wrestling wins Atlantic Invitational http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/19/marshwood-wrestling-wins-atlantic-invitational/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/19/marshwood-wrestling-wins-atlantic-invitational/#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:12:06 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=770204 WELLS — Marshwood High’s four-time defending Class A championship wrestling team served notice Saturday at the Atlantic Invitational that it’s still a team to reckon with, despite heavy graduation losses.

Thirteen Marshwood wrestlers placed in the top four, nine reached the final and five won their division as Marshwood dominated the 12-team tournament hosted by Wells, scoring 220.5 points to easily outdistance expected Class B contenders Dirigo (139) and Mountain Valley (87.5). Wells and Biddeford tied for fourth with 84 points.

“This was important to find out where we stand with other teams and we just destroyed this tournament,” said Marshwood senior Justin Stacy, who won the 182-pound division.

Marshwood’s other individual champions were Bradley Beaulieu (138), Aidan Whitis (145), Dylan Strong (152) and Zach Eastman (285).

Beaulieu, a junior, is a two-time Class A champ. Stacy won the New England qualifier at 152 pounds last season. After that, it’s a new-look team. Four Class A champions graduated, and four expected starters were unavailable Saturday because of injuries or weight issues.

“I kept hearing people say, ‘who’s this guy?'” Marshwood Coach Matt Rix said. “I am starting to figure out who they are and they’re buying into the program and learning that the hard work pays off.”

Whitis is a transfer from Cheverus. Strong was one of four Marshwood freshmen to reach the final.

Other weight classes winners included Alden Shields of Kennebunk (106), Josh Mackaman (113) and Josh Smith (160) of York/Traip (113), Cullen Cummings of Wells (126) and Shayne Welch (195) and Chris Lantagne (220) of Biddeford.

Cummings captured one of several down-to-the wire championship matches.

He and John Wainwright of Dirigo traded the lead through two periods, with Wainwright taking a 7-5 lead early in the third. Cummings was able to escape midway through the period. With onlookers from the home crowd screaming for him to attack, Cummings bided his time.

Cummings waited until less than 15 seconds remained to make his move and barely completed the takedown before time expired for the 8-7 win.

“He was better on bottom than me, so that’s why I waited so long,” Cummings said. “I didn’t want to take him down and then have him reverse me and win on a reversal. I heard them yelling. It was like, ‘just give me time, I’ll do it.'”

“This meant a lot to me to win here at home,” Cummings added. “My grandparents are up there in the stands. They don’t come down (from Millinocket) a lot, so that was pretty special.”

Whitis’ 11-10 battle with Mountain Valley’s Eddie Deroche was a similar contrast in styles. Deroche proved dangerous after being taken down, particularly when he worked a reversal to start the second period into a near fall for a 5-2 lead.

“I knew if I could get off my back I could come back,” Whitis said. “That just made me work harder.”

Down 8-4 to start the third, Whitis worked the final winning move from the mat in the waning seconds.

Smith had to battle to the end to hold off Dirigo’s determined Bryce Whittemore for a 5-3 win.

The only pins in championship bouts were by Biddeford’s Welch and Lantagne. Both came in the third period.

Oak Hill’s Danny Buteau was named the outstanding wrestler of the meet. He won the 120-pound division, 9-3 against tough Dirigo veteran Griffyn Smith. Mountain Valley’s Caleb Austin dominated at 132 pounds, beating Marshwood freshman David Spinney 23-7 in the championship bout.

 

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Preview: It’s a win-win for schools merging wrestling teams http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/11/its-a-win-win-for-schools-merging-wrestling-teams/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/11/its-a-win-win-for-schools-merging-wrestling-teams/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:01:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=765306 YORK — Seventeen years ago, Bryan Thompson was a new wrestling coach in Maine, heading a small team at Traip Academy in Kittery.

Needing to get his wrestlers better workouts, he would routinely trundle them up to York to practice with the Wildcats.

Now Thompson is the co-coach at York High with Wally Caldwell, and this fall Traip Academy wrestlers are coming to him.

But there is a significant difference. These seven Ranger wrestlers are full-fledged members of the new cooperative York-Traip Wrestling.

“It’s a win-win for both schools,” Thompson said. “If it takes off in Traip and they want to start their own team in a few years, that’s great, but right now these kids are getting a chance to try a new sport, and they’re filling weights and adding depth for our team.”

This is the first school year in which sports like wrestling that crown individual champions have been reclassified from “cooperative individual” to “cooperative team.” That allowed school districts to join forces for wrestling, which has been hit by a decline in participation and was also reclassified from three divisions to two for 2015-16.

Previously, individuals from a school without wrestling could train with another program and compete as “independents” representing their own school. That option still exists. It works well for a serious, year-round wrestler but does little to increase participation or encourage someone like Traip junior Matt Kashmer to try a new sport.

“The team sport aspect and the camaraderie is just so much more important to me,” said Kashmer, shortly after claiming his first varsity win at Saturday’s Sullivan Memorial Duals at York. “If I was alone, I don’t think I’d be able to push myself as much.”

Kashmer said he feels he and the six other Traip students add spirit and energy to the York team, while gratefully soaking up the knowledge offered by York’s more experienced wrestlers like Connor Elsemore and Josh Smith.

“They’re all good kids, they’re all strong,” Elsemore said. “They’ve never wrestled before but we’ll take that.”

Anthony Sowell, a senior at Traip, said he and buddies like Kashmer use to get together and wrestle in his backyard “just for fun,” and were excited when Traip Athletic Director Mike Roberge promoted the wrestling option early this school year.

“It gives me an outlet for my aggression,” said Sowell, who won his first match by pin. “Plus, I’ve always played football and I’ve always liked the contact aspect of sport.”

York-Traip and Mt. Ararat/Brunswick are the two local co-op teams.

“It’s helped us a lot,” said Mt. Ararat/Brunswick Coach Erick Jensen. “We have five kids from Brunswick and four are on our varsity.”

Jensen said he and other coaches have encouraged cooperative teams for “at least two, maybe three years,” as a way to combat shrinking participation numbers. He said starting a team is difficult and small teams suffer competitive disadvantages in practice and dual meets.

Kashmer said he doubts Traip could have started its own team.

“I don’t think we would have had enough interest,” he said. “Even if we did, then we’d have to get the coaches, the space to practice, equipment, uniforms and all the other stuff we would have needed.”

Portland Coach Tony Napolitano said he expects more cooperative teams.

“I feel like the beauty of cooperative teams is that you have more kids wrestling and more full teams,” Napolitano said. “As long as there are full teams, that’s what matters. It makes for better practices and better matches.”

Napolitano said Portland and South Portland is a natural fit.

“They don’t have a program and we already have a bunch of South Portland kids in our Portland Youth Wrestling program,” he said.

Two South Portland wrestlers are training this season as independents with Cheverus – which bucked the recent trend by starting its own team. In the past, a handful of Cheverus wrestlers trained with Deering.

Some coaches worry that cooperative teams could become super teams, particularly if two larger schools – such as Mt. Ararat and Brunswick – are coming together.

“We aren’t a super team yet, far from it,” Jensen said. “Who knows? Maybe that will happen but right now it’s an opportunity to expand wrestling. In reality it’s a shrinking sport in this state and this rule is an opportunity to grow our numbers.”

 

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25 wrestlers to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/11/25-wrestlers-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/11/25-wrestlers-watch/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:00:52 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=765339 Leo Amabile, Massabesic junior: Placed third in tough 106-pound Class A weight class last season. A sound tactician who wrestled a lot in the offseason, he could stay at 106 or may move up to 113.

Brad Beaulieu, Marshwood junior: Won Class A and New England qualifier titles at 126 pounds, handing Gardiner’s Peter Del Gallo his first in-state loss at the New England qualifier. Only Maine wrestler to reach the final at New Englands, he was 51-1 overall. Entered this season with 103 career wins.

Clautel Buba, Portland senior: Team captain is very strong and tough on his feet. Third in Western Class B at 160 last season, he’ll wrestle at 170 or 182, and could find the spotlight with the graduation of Marshwood’s championship trio of Jackson Howarth, Cody Hughes and Brett Gerry.

Mike Darling, Deering senior: Western Class A champion in the always unpredictable 285-pound class returns after a 37-10 season and an offseason that included a trip to a national event in North Dakota. Several of Darling’s top foes have graduated.

Cole Dickinson, Kennebunk sophomore: Was an alternate to Class A state tourney in a tough weight class as a freshman, and now looks to be a contender at 138 pounds.

Dwayne Dyer, Biddeford senior: Placed third at the Western Class A regional and was a finalist at the Southern Maine Classic at 132 pounds, which was among toughest divisions last season. Will move up to 138.

Zack Elowitch, Portland freshman: Already named a team captain, he will wrestle at 152 with an eye toward dropping to 145. He is a three-time New England finalist as a youth and middle school wrestler.

Connor Elsemore, York/Traip senior: Runner-up at regional and Class B state tournaments, placed fourth at 170 in New England qualifier. Approaching 100 wins for his career.

Kyle Glidden, Marshwood sophomore: Runner-up to Skowhegan’s dynamic Cody Craig in both Class A and the New England qualifier at 106 pounds but will be moving up, probably to 120 pounds.

Joshua Grenier, Noble junior: Was Class A runner-up and fourth in the New England qualifier at 138 pounds. He’ll move up to 152 or 160. Notched his 100th career win on Wednesday.

Robert Heatherman, Mt. Ararat/Brunswick junior: Eastern Class A 160-pound champ who placed second in the New England qualifier and in the top eight at the New England championships. Opened the regular season with a win at 170 pounds in Westbrook tourney.

Christian Jensen, Mt. Ararat/Brunswick junior: As an independent representing Brunswick, won the Eastern Class A title at 120 pounds. Now he’ll be part of a co-operative team coached by his father, Erick. He’ll wrestle at 138 this year.

Otto Keisker, Noble senior: A returning captain, Keisker placed second in Class A and third in the New England qualifier at 145 pounds. He’ll move up to 160 or 170, though the latter is being predicted to be the toughest division statewide.

Brandon Lajoie, Westbrook senior: Was on the cusp of placing at the state meet at 182 pounds, suffering two one-point losses to end a 40-win season that included placing second in Eastern Class A. Uses above-average quickness and a low center of gravity to his advantage.

Brian Livermore, Biddeford senior: Has qualified for states all three years, finishing third in Western Class A at 138 pounds as a junior. Was the outstanding wrestler at last year’s Atlantic Invitational in Wells. He’ll move up to 145.

Jake Martel, Noble junior: Finished third in Class A and fourth in the New England qualifier in the loaded 126-pound division. Like his teammate, Joshua Grenier, he won his 100th career match on Wednesday. Martel could stay at 126 or move up to 132.

Hilary Merrifield, Camden Hills senior: One of the most experienced and best female wrestlers in Maine, she placed third at 106 pounds at the Class B state meet last season. She has wrestled at 113 and 126 so far this season.

Jeremy Sandrowski, Scarborough sophomore: Won the Class A title and was runner-up in the New England qualifier at 113. Was an All-Telegram pick with 38-7 record.

Austin Shorey, Noble junior: One of the top wrestlers in the state, won the Class A and New England qualifier titles at 120 and finished in the top eight at the New Englands, where he beat the top seeds from Massachusetts and New Hampshire to finish 54-5 overall. Already has more than 120 wins.

Josh Smith, York/Traip senior: A year-round wrestler who was Western Class B champ at 152 and was expected to challenge for the New England team but was upset at the state meet and did not place. Will probably wrestle at 160 this season.

Justin Stacy, Marshwood senior: Spent three years competing with multi-time champions in the Hawks’ practice room, and then shocked both Skowhegan’s Kam Doucette and Biddeford’s Dominick Day to win New England qualifier title at 152 pounds. He’ll go up in weight, possibly as high as 182.

Steven Thompson, Medomak Valley junior: Finished second at the Class B state meet at 132 and fourth at the New England qualifier to complete a 35-9 season. Thompson is currently competing at 138.

Trevor Walton, Massabesic junior: The Class A champion at 195 pounds is tactically sound and is coming off a strong summer season. His opening weight is low enough that he could drop down to 182.

Aidan Whitis, Marshwood senior: A former independent wrestler out of Cheverus has transferred to the Class A powerhouse, where he is now a captain. He was fourth at the Class A meet, then won the New England qualifier at 132 pounds. Will likely wrestle at 145 this season.

Michael Wrigley, Wells sophomore: Won 33 matches as a freshman and placed third at 138 pounds in Western Class B. He’ll move up to 152.

– Steve Craig

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Five wrestling teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/11/five-wrestling-teams-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/11/five-wrestling-teams-watch/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:00:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=765351 1. Noble: This could be the year the Knights upend four-time defending Class A champ Marshwood for supremacy in the South. Eight of the 14 spots will be filled by experienced, quality wrestlers from a team that finished second in Class A last season. The Knights are led by reigning 120-pound state champ Austin Shorey, who might bump up to 126. Shorey, Jake Martel (132) and Joshua Grenier (152/160) are all juniors who have eclipsed 100 career wins. Shorey and senior Otto Keisker (160/170) are arguably among the top 10 wrestlers in the state.

2. Marshwood: Despite losing state champions Cody Hughes (four titles), Jackson Howarth (four) and Brett Gerry (three) to graduation, don’t sleep on the Hawks. Brad Beaulieu, a junior, is the state champ at 126 and is coming off a 51-1 New England finalist season. State 132-pound champion Aidan Whitis has joined the team for his senior season after competing at Cheverus. Justin Stacy, another senior leader, won the 152-pound title. Sophomore Kyle Glidden (120), juniors Connor LaPointe and Matt Caverly, and senior Eric Glidden (138) are battle tested.

3. Massabesic: The Mustangs were fourth in Class A last year and opened the season by finishing second to Skowhegan in the Westbrook Invitational. The top returners are Class A champion Trevor Walton, a patient tactician at 195 pounds, and Leo Amabile, who was third at 106 pounds. Logan Martin is another veteran ready to stake his claim as a champion at either 152 or 160. Justin Goodwin (120), Ethan Huff (126), Zac McGrath (170), Noah Schneider (182) and Matthew Carroll (220) placed in the top four at the Westbrook tourney.

4. Westbrook: The Blue Blazes, along with Sanford and possibly Biddeford, could be the fourth-best team in the SMAA and possibly crack the top three in Class A North. Five returning wrestlers placed at the regional meet, and all could end up remaining at their previous weight – seniors Brandon Lajoie (second in the East at 182), Kyle Hanson (145/152), Noah Featherson (160/170) and Mikiel Lepage (220), and sophomore Ryan Shackley (106). Heavyweight Chris Kennie went to states as an alternate and is off to a 6-0 start.

5. Wells: The Warriors lack a top-end talent like two-time state champ Michael Curtis (now at Worcester Polytechnic Institute), but they have a rising team that should fill most of the weights. Wells could compete for a top-three finish at the Class B state meet. Sophomore Michael Wrigley should be a contender at 152, and Cullen Cummings (126), Caleb Chase (132), and Jake Spofford (170/182) also placed at last year’s regional meet. Sophomore Nolan Potter (182/195) had more than 20 wins as a freshman.

– Steve Craig

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Sports Digest: Marshwood’s Hughes third at wrestling nationals http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/29/sports-digest-marshwoods-hughes-third-at-wrestling-nationals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/29/sports-digest-marshwoods-hughes-third-at-wrestling-nationals/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:28:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=612987 Cody Hughes of Marshwood finished his high school wrestling career by placing third at the National High School Coaches Association championships, which concluded Sunday in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Hughes won his first three matches in the senior 160-pound division before losing in the semifinals Saturday.

Hughes, a four-time state champion, won two matches Sunday. He beat Jonathan Viruet of Massachusetts 6-4 in the consolation final.

The tournament separates wrestlers by year in school.

Gardiner’s Peter Del Gallo, the Class B champion at 126 pounds, was second in the junior 120-pound bracket. Devan Turner of California beat Del Gallo 6-4 in the final.

Class A champion Bradley Beaulieu of Marshwood placed fourth in the sophomore 126-pound division. Class A champion Mike Risti of Massabesic finished eighth in the senior 220-pound division.

COLLEGES

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Dave Leitao, a former Maine Red Claws head coach, has been hired to lead DePaul’s program for the second time.

Leitao led the Blue Demons to three postseason appearances during his previous stint from 2002-05.

Leitao coached the Red Claws in their inaugural 2011-12 season. He was an assistant to Frank Haith the past three seasons at Missouri and Tulsa.

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Telegram’s wrestling All-State team http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/22/telegrams-wrestling-state-team/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/22/telegrams-wrestling-state-team/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=607993 Cody Craig, Skowhegan, sophomore, 106: One of seven repeat All-Telegram picks, Craig rolled to a second straight Class A and New England Qualifier titles in a 52-2 season. For the second straight year, he was unbeaten until New Englands.

Jeremy Sendrowski, Scarborough, freshman, 113: The Class A champ and all-state runner-up went 38-7 and gets the slight nod over Skowhegan’s Samson Sirois. The two split a pair of close decisions with Sirois winning in the all-state final.

Austin Shorey, Noble, junior, 120: Shorey, named outstanding wrestler at the Spartan Invitational, won the Class A and all-state titles. His 54-5 record included a 3-2 mark at New Englands, where he beat the top seeds from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood, sophomore, 126: Beaulieu went all the way to the New England final before suffering only loss in a 51-1 season that included the Class A and all-state title. Beaulieu is 103-12 in his career.

Peyton Cole, Ellsworth, freshman, 132: The Class B champ was the all-state runner-up (injury default) and went 38-7 overall including a win at New Englands.

Zeko Caudill, Cony, senior, 138: Caudill went 39-0 en route to the Class A and all-state titles, including two wins against Class C champ Zachary Caron of Dexter. He did not compete at the New England Championship.

Dagan Berenyi, Ellsworth, junior, 145: The Class B champ repeated as an all-state champion despite breaking his tibia with a minute remaining in the final against Class A champ Zak Richard of Massabesic. He finished the year 30-2.

Dominick Day, Biddeford, senior, 152: A repeat All-Telegram choice, Day won his second Class A crown and was unbeaten before being upset in the all-state final. He finished 41-3 after going 4-2 at New England, ending with a 146-18 career mark.

Jackson Howarth, Marshwood, senior, 160: A four-time Class A champ and repeat All-Telegram choice, Howarth was unbeaten in Maine and placed fifth at New Englands. He was 46-2 overall and 196-10 in his career.

Cody Hughes, Marshwood, senior, 170: A four-time Class A champ and three-time All-Telegram choice, Hughes was 52-1 this season, placing third at New Englands and establishing a Maine record with 212 career wins. He will wrestle at Virginia Tech.

Brett Gerry, Marshwood, senior, 182: Gerry won his third Class A title and earned his third All-Telegram selection by going 45-3 overall to improve to 179-24 in his career.

Trevor Henschel, Fryeburg, senior, 195: The Class B runner-up came back to win the all-state tourney, pinning Class B champ Kalo Littlejohn in the final. Henschel finished the year 50-6 with a 2-2 record at New Englands.

Michael Curtis, Wells, senior, 220: Curtis won the Class B and all-state titles, and placed third at New England, losing to the eventual champ, to finish 47-1. The three-time Class B champ set a school record with 180 career wins.

Jakob Nichols, Nokomis, senior, 285: Nichols won the Class A and Noble Invitational championships in a 46-0 season. He did not attend the New England qualifier.

Coach of the Year

J.F. Burns, Ellsworth: Guided Ellsworth to its first regional title and then had five individual champions at the Class B championship as the Eagles won their first state title in 33 years.

– Steve Craig

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Wrestling athlete of the year: Hughes is still the wrestler to beat http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/22/wrestling-mvp-hughes-is-still-the-wrestler-to-beat/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/22/wrestling-mvp-hughes-is-still-the-wrestler-to-beat/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=607998 The question was simple: Is Cody Hughes the best wrestler Matt Rix has coached in his 33 seasons at Marshwood High?

“Yes,” Rix said.

“It’s his intensity, not just in meets but in practice. If you score on him while drilling, he takes it personal and he’s going to come back and beat you up until he scores on you and gets that revenge.”

This season Hughes was scored on infrequently in compiling a 52-1 record. He was not taken down until the New England Championships.

Hughes claimed his fourth Class A championship when he won the 170-pound title, joining a select group that includes his longtime friend and teammate, Jackson Howarth.

Hughes, who signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at Division I Virginia Tech, set a state record for career wins with 212 (against nine losses). He went a third straight year without losing to a wrestler from Maine, placed third at New Englands and helped Marshwood win a fourth consecutive Class A title.

For those reasons, Hughes is the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Wrestler of the Year for the second straight season.

“He’s earned it,” said Noble Coach Kip DeVoll.”

Hughes’ connection to Marshwood wrestling is lifelong. He remembers going to Marshwood practices with his dad, Todd Hughes, then an assistant coach and the program’s first 100-win wrestler.

“At first I just watched. Then when I was 4 or 5, I started rolling around a little bit,” Cody Hughes said.

Hughes rolled into New Englands focused on winning after placing fifth, third and second in three previous trips.

Connecticut champion Anthony Falbo beat Hughes 3-1 in the semifinal.

“I do lose at other times in the year,” said Hughes, who often competes in national tournaments. “So I know how to handle (a loss). Still, that was tough, to bounce back and win two more matches but sometimes you just have to suck it up and show how much of a man you are and keep going.”

Hughes will compete against other seniors at the NHSCA Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the 160-pound division, on March 27-29. As a sophomore, Hughes won the 152-pound bracket.

“What keeps pushing me is knowing I can be a lot better than I am now and I’m not satisfied with where I’m at,” Hughes said. “I just want to push for more.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or at:

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Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Maine high school wrestling shifts to two classes; co-op teams possible http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/19/maine-high-school-wrestling-shifts-to-two-classes-coop-teams-possible/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/19/maine-high-school-wrestling-shifts-to-two-classes-coop-teams-possible/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=606831 After the 2013 season the Maine Principals’ Association scrapped regional tournaments for Class C wrestlers.

Now the whole class will be eliminated and wrestling will consist of Class A and Class B. Class A will be schools with 575 or more students.

“The intent is that we’ll have more schools with full teams,” said Gerry Durgin, the MPA’s representative on the Wrestling Committee. “Then when we get to the regional tournaments, we’ll be able to fill all of the brackets.”

The move to two classes has been much discussed over several years. It was recommended by the MPA Wrestling Committee last November. If there was any doubt, seeing only two of the 14 weight classes with full eight-man brackets at the Class C state tournament helped convince the classification committee and interscholastic management committee to be in full agreement.

The proposal must be ratified during the annual Interscholastic Business Meeting on April 30 in Rockland.

Over the past four years Brian Salsbury has developed one of the top teams in Class C at Dexter High, which was the runner-up to Dirigo this season.

“I agree that the competition in Class C isn’t strong enough,” Salsbury said. “To drive two hours for a dual meet to get in six matches if you’re lucky is a waste of our resources. But there needs to be a plan moving forward. Short-term it might make it a little worse. Teams with four, five, six kids won’t be able to compete and might fold.”

Durgin and Marshwood Athletic Director Rich Buzzell, a member of the wrestling committee, believe a key Classification Committee proposal could actually increase the number of teams – or at least create more competitive teams.

The Classification Committee has proposed all sports be allowed to field cooperative teams consisting of athletes from two or more schools. Currently wrestling and other sports with individual titles are designated cooperative individual sports. A team can support an affiliated athlete from a different school with training and competition opportunities but the “individual” still represents his or her home school.

Durgin said the impetus for changing the cooperative team rules came from the wrestling committee.

“There are schools out there with the equipment but not enough kids to have a team,” Buzzell said. “I’ll bet there will be smaller Class C schools getting together to form a cooperative team.”

Buzzell added, “I don’t think we’ll lose programs. I think there will be a greater possibility to gain programs.”

Since being sanctioned as a sport in 1959, wrestling has been separated into one, two and three classes.

After a short-lived three-class experiment in 1968 and 1969, wrestling reverted to two classes, switched to one class from 1973-79, then back to two through 1989. Since then separate individual and team champions have been decided in three classes.

In addition to Class C programs moving up to compete with solid established programs like defending Class B champ Ellsworth and Mountain Valley, several strong Class B teams will now be in Class A under the proposed realignment.

York and Gardiner will move into the new Class A South. Camden Hills, which has won 10 Class B titles since 2001, and Morse will be in Class A North.

York Coach Bryan Thompson agrees with the proposal. In an email he wrote, “Overall, it’s good for the sport in Maine, given the number of teams without complete lineups or low numbers, particularly in Class B and C.”

Thompson noted his team already wrestles many of Class A’s best in dual meets and tournaments so the move is “not that big a transition for us. It does put us at a distinct disadvantage in terms of being able to win a regional or state championship.”

Thompson added that the ability to “co-op” with other towns is a “big step.”

Noble Coach Kip DeVoll, who just finished serving as the coaches’ liaison to the wrestling committee, said the move to two classes is long overdue.

“I’ve been advocating to go to one or two classes for a long time,” DeVoll said. “It’s just been watered down so much for so long and then you go to a state tournament and it’s not even a full bracket. I think it’s going to help the sport.”

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Wrestling: Marshwood’s Beaulieu finishes second at New England championships http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/07/wrestling-marshwoods-beaulieu-finishes-second-at-new-england-championships/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/07/wrestling-marshwoods-beaulieu-finishes-second-at-new-england-championships/#respond Sun, 08 Mar 2015 02:13:44 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=601164 Marshwood High sophomore Bradley Beaulieu advanced to the final of the 126-pound division at the New England high school wrestling championships Saturday in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Beaulieu suffered his first loss of the season in the final when he was pinned by defending champion Troy Gassaway of Mt. Anthony Union of Bennington, Vermont.

Beaulieu was the only Maine wrestler to reach the finals of the two-day event.

Gassaway beat Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner in the semifinals. Del Gallo finished fourth.

Other Maine wrestlers who placed among the top six in their weight class were Marshwood four-time state champions Cody Hughes (170 pounds) and Jackson Howarth (160), and Wells senior Michael Curtis (220).

Hughes finished third in the 170-pound bracket. After losing 3-1 to Anthony Falbo of Newtown, Connecticut in the semifinals, Hughes won two consolation matches, including a 5-2 decision in the consolation final against Ebed Jerrell of East Greenwich, Rhode Island. It’s the fourth time Hughes, Maine’s all-time wins leader, has placed in the top six at New Englands, and his third time in the top three.

Howarth finished fifth for the second straight year.

Curtis placed third, beating Rhode Island’s top seed, Tylor Fenwick of Mt. Hope, 8-5 in the consolation final. Curtis lost his championship semifinal 5-2 to defending champ Ian Butterbrodt of St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts. Butterbrodt went on to win the final with a pin.

As a junior, Curtis placed third at 195 pounds, also losing to the eventual champion in the semifinal.

Biddeford’s Dominick Day (152), Marshwood’s Brett Gerry (182), Noble’s Austin Shorey (120), Mt. Ararat’s Robert Heatherman (160), Skowhegan’s Cody Craig (106) and Massabesic’s Mike Risti (220) finished in the top eight.

Marshwood was fourth in the team standings with 55 points. Mt. Anthony Union scored 122.5 points to win its second straight New England championship, by a 38.5-point margin over Newtown.

Sanford’s 1967 team is the only New England champion from Maine. Maine wrestlers did not compete at the New England championships from 1979-98.

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Biddeford wrestler still trying in a trying season http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/06/biddeford-wrestler-still-trying-in-a-trying-season/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/06/biddeford-wrestler-still-trying-in-a-trying-season/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=599850 BIDDEFORD — Dominick Day, the two-time Class A wrestling champion from Biddeford High, understands his sport is all about challenges.

Day will welcome as many challenges as he can this weekend. He’ll end his high school wrestling career representing Maine at the New England championships in North Andover, Massachusetts, on Friday and Saturday.

But Day must have felt like he had a heavyweight or two piling on top of him this season.

Coming off a 138-pound Class A title and strong sixth-place finish at the New Englands last year as a junior, Day was ready to tear it up as a senior at 152 pounds.

Then, on the eve of the season, he wound up in the hospital because of cellulitis. A common but potentially serious bacterial skin infection, cellulitis forms at a cut or crack in the skin and can spread rapidly into the lymph nodes and bloodstream.

“If not treated it can kill you,” Day said. “My knee swelled up about double the normal size. I was in (the hospital) two days (and) one night.”

Aggressive treatment with antibiotics, at first delivered through an IV, quelled the infection. But Day’s return to wrestling was in doubt at first. He said doctors suggested a permanent catheter, known as a PICC line, be inserted to make daily outpatient IV treatments easier.

“That doesn’t come out for four weeks to … two months,” Day said. “They got (the infection) under control, thank God, and they let me wrestle a couple of weeks after.”

Once back, Day used his tenacious style to roll through the regular season, and regional and state tournament unbeaten.

But not unscarred. At a late-season meet he hit the mat face-first and broke his nose.

Day wore a mask at the Western regional meet but felt it hindered his breathing and effectiveness.

At the Class A meet the mask came off – until his nose met the knee of Marshwood’s Justin Stacy in the semifinals.

“I was bleeding a lot. It just busted wide open,” Day said.

Bloodied and bandaged, Day finished the match, beating Stacy, 16-5. Then he put the mask back on to beat Kam Doucette of Skowhegan in the final.

But Day was destined to suffer more pain, thanks to Stacy.

In the all-state New England qualifier Feb. 21, Stacy had his best meet of the year and earned a rematch in the final against Day. In the final seconds, with Day leading 5-3, Stacy worked a reversal and put Day to his back to pull off a 7-5 comeback victory.

Day, 142-16 in his career and now 37-1 as a senior, lost his final match in Maine.

“He had a really good day,” Day said of Stacy. “Unfortunately I just didn’t show up to wrestle that day.

“Once I lost the match I thought it was the worst thing that could happen. My coach talked to me and helped me get back on the right track. I started thinking, ‘Well, this is going to fire me up for New Englands.’ No one thinks about the second seed. So it’s not the worst thing. I go in there and wrestle like I did last year, anything can happen.”

As a junior, Day went 3-3 at the New Englands with two pins. His losses were against the top seeds from Rhode Island and Connecticut (twice) by a total of five points.

“I think being undefeated and going through all the things he’s had to go through, he had a lot of pressure on him,” said Biddeford Coach Steve Vermette. “Now he can just go into New Englands and wrestle. He’s got just as good a chance as any 152 going there to win. I don’t believe there’s anyone in that room that’s going to dominate him.”

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Second chance works for Maine wrestlers http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/21/second-chance-works-for-maine-wrestlers/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/21/second-chance-works-for-maine-wrestlers/#respond Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:17:10 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=593167 SANFORD — The Maine qualifier for the New England wrestling tournament was created to make sure the state’s best wrestlers made it to the meet.

The tournament also provides second chances.

Six wrestlers who did not win state titles a week earlier won their weight class Saturday and will be Maine’s top seed at the New Englands on March 6-7 in North Andover, Massachusetts: Samson Sirois of Skowhegan (113 pounds), Aiden Whitis of Cheverus (132), Justin Stacy of Marshwood (152), Maliek Geiger of Oxford Hills (182), Trevor Henschel of Fryeburg Academy (195), and Pierce Knorr of Mt. Ararat (285).

Stacy shocked unbeaten Dominick Day of Biddeford with a reversal and two back points in the final five seconds to win 7-5. Stacy finished third at both the Eastern Class A regional and the Class A state meet, losing 15-5 to Day at the state meet.

Day broke a 3-3 tie with a takedown with 40 seconds to go, then tried to turn Stacy to his back.

“That’s a sign of him being a good wrestler. He’s always pushing it. That’s why (Day) took sixth at New Englands last year,” Stacy said. “But it did give me a chance. It was a good thing he didn’t stall.”

Henschel avenged his Class B final loss in his home gym to Kalo Littlejohn of Camden Hills, recording a second-period pin.

“I felt like I let everyone and myself down last week,” Henschel said. “I didn’t even think I would wrestle today until Wednesday, and then I just decided that would be a stupid way to go out. I’m thankful I didn’t skip this meet.”

Several wrestlers did not attend; none of the 12-man brackets were filled. The 120-pound division had the most with 10.

Knorr, like Stacy, finished third at both the regional and state tournaments. He upset Class A runner-up Elias Younes of Cony 2-1, then pinned his next two opponents.

“I guess I decided to dig deep. Or maybe I had a good day today,” Knorr said.

Sirois beat Scarborough’s Jeremy Sendrowski, 8-6. Sendrowski beat Sirios 8-5 in the Class A final a week earlier.

Whitis finished fourth at the Class A meet. He won his final by injury default.

Geiger did not get a second chance at beating Marshwood’s Brett Gerry in his final. Gerry defaulted because of an injury but is expected to be back for New Englands as one of the seven Marshwood wrestlers, including Bradley Beaulieu.

Beaulieu, the Class A champ at 126, beat three-time Class B and 2013 New England champ Peter Del Gallo 2-1 in three overtimes.

With loud bipartisan vocal support as background, Beaulieu held his top position – called “riding out” – for the entire 30-second third overtime to earn the decisive point.

“I’ve been working on riding with Cody Hughes in practice,” Beaulieu said of his teammate, a four-time state champion. “It hasn’t been my strength, but I knew if I could ride Cody I could ride anyone in the state.”

His other point came when Del Gallo was called for stalling.

It was Del Gallo’s first loss to a Maine wrestler and just the third of his high school career. Last season, Del Gallo beat Beaulieu in three close matches.

“I’m not in as good a shape as I wanted to be,” Del Gallo said. “I didn’t want to stall. The problem was I wrestled his way. He tries to keep it close and then win the last point, make the late move.”

Del Gallo, coming back from an elbow injury, edged Skowhegan’s Tyler Craig in the semifinals, 4-3. Craig got his 200th career win in the consolation final.

Hughes rolled to the 170-pound title and was named the Dennis Bishop Outstanding Wrestler.

“I really think (the OW) should have been Justin Stacy,” Hughes said. “He was the outstanding wrestler on our team.”

Others who backed up state titles were Cody Craig of Skowhegan (106), Austin Shorey of Noble (120), Zeko Caudill of Cony (138), Dagen Berenyi of Ellsworth (145), Jackson Howarth of Marshwood (160), and Michael Curtis of Wells (220)

Howarth, a four-time Class A champ and unbeaten this season, needed a late reversal to edge Mt. Ararat sophomore Robert Heatherman, 7-5. Curtis remained unbeaten with a decisive pin of Class A champ Mike Risti of Massabesic.

 

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Ten champion wrestlers return to New England qualifier http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/20/ten-champion-wrestlers-return-to-new-england-qualifier/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/20/ten-champion-wrestlers-return-to-new-england-qualifier/#respond Sat, 21 Feb 2015 02:27:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=592549 For a second year, the wrestlers who will represent Maine at the New England championships will be determined with an all-class tournament.

The qualifier will be held Saturday at Memorial Gym in Sanford. Wrestlers who placed in the top four of their weight class at the Class A, B or C state championships Feb. 14 are eligible. The top three finishers in each weight class Saturday will advance to the New Englands.

Saturday’s meet will feature as many as 10 champions from last year’s inaugural event – most of whom have changed weight classes. In addition there could be up to 11 wrestlers who placed fourth a year ago, meaning they were one win from earning a New England berth.

Returning All-State champions are Cody and Tyler Craig of Skowhegan, Peter DelGallo of Gardiner, Dagan Berenyi of Ellsworth, Dominick Day of Biddeford, Malik Geiger of Oxford Hills, Michael Curtis of Wells, and the Marshwood trio of Jackson Howarth, Cody Hughes and Brett Gerry.

Current Class A champions Austin Shorey of Noble, Bradley Beaulieu of Marshwood and Mike Risti of Massabesic are among the other New England championship returnees.

The 126-pound class could be the highlight. DelGallo, who has never lost to a Maine wrestler, came back from injury in mid-January and dominated at the Class B meet. Now he’s in a weight class that includes Tyler Craig and current Class A champ Beaulieu. As a freshman, Beaulieu lost three close matches to DelGallo, including the fifth/sixth place bout at the New England meet.

While team scores will not be kept, it will be worth watching how many of Marshwood’s 11 wrestlers advance. The Hawks have won four consecutive Class A titles.

Marshwood could be a threat in the team competition at the New England tournament March 6-7 in North Andover, Massachusetts.

 

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Class A wrestling: Marshwood remains the best http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/14/class-a-wrestling-marshwood-remains-the-best/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/14/class-a-wrestling-marshwood-remains-the-best/#respond Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:39:39 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=588973 TOPSHAM — Buoyed by a record-setting performance by Cody Hughes, Marshwood cruised to its fourth consecutive Class A state wrestling championship Saturday.

Hughes set the record for career wins by a Maine high school wrestler when he pinned Zach Harris of Oxford Hills in the semifinals of the 170-pound weight class, passing the record of 203 set by Peter Bronder of Noble from 2006-09.

Hughes then captured his fourth state title by pinning Greg Cassella of Portland in the third period for win No. 205.

“The team comes first,” said Hughes. “We work hard every day. We go into practice and bust our butts every single day, so I think we all deserve to win our fourth straight team title.”

Marshwood finished with 183 points, well ahead of Noble with 130.5 and Skowhegan with 115.

“It was definitely a team win,” said Jackson Howarth, who was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler after winning the 160-pound division for his fourth consecutive individual state championship. “A lot of kids stepped it up and we got wins that we didn’t expect, and we pulled it off.”

Eleven of the 14 Marshwood wrestlers who qualified for the state meet finished among the top four in their weight class.

“The guys who came through with third and fourths were huge for the team,” said Matt Rix, in his 32nd season as the Hawks’ coach.”

Marshwood is the first Class A team to win four consecutive state titles since Noble finished its unprecedented string of eight championships in 2006.

Howarth and Hughes became the 17th and 18th Maine wrestlers to win four individual state championships.

Howarth, who was seeded second in the 160-pound division, recorded a 6-1 decision against Eastern Maine champion Robert Heatherman of Mt. Ararat in the final.

“Once we got the team win, we just focused on individual wins,” Howarth said. “It just makes it that much better.”

Other wrestlers who won individual titles for the Hawks were top-ranked Bradley Beaulieu at 126, Killian Murphy at 132 and Brett Gerry at 182.

It was the third straight title for Gerry and the second in a row for Beaulieu, a sophomore. Beaulieu, Howarth and Hughes are unbeaten this season.

Murphy, who finished fourth at the West regionals, started off by scoring a lopsided win over Eastern Maine champion Cooper Holland of Skowhegan. After a 2-1 decision over Aiden Whitis of Deering in the semifinals, Murphy outpointed Max Storm of Westbrook for a 9-4 win in the final.

“He had a tough regional tournament and it just wasn’t his day,” Rix said. “It was a great week of mental preparation for him, and he got his head into it.”

The Hawks lost the opportunity to capture a sixth individual title when Zac Schluntz was unable to wrestle against Mike Risti of Massabesic in the 220-pound final. Schluntz was injured while pinning Max Storey of Cony in a semifinal and was forced to forfeit.

The seedings held up for the most part.

Fifth-seeded Jeremy Sendrowski of Scarborough knocked off the top two seeds to win the 113-pound division. After pinning top-seeded Jeffrey Bryan of Massabesic in the semifinals, Sendrowski scored a 6-3 decision over second-seeded Samson Sirois of Skowhegan in the final.

The top four in each weight class advance to the New England qualifier next Saturday at Sanford, joined by the top four in Class B and Class C. The top three wrestlers from that meet will qualify for the New England championships March 6-7 at North Andover, Massachusetts.

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Class B wrestling: After a year of waiting, Ellsworth’s the champ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/14/class-b-wrestling-after-a-year-of-waiting-ellsworths-the-champ/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/14/class-b-wrestling-after-a-year-of-waiting-ellsworths-the-champ/#respond Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:24:31 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=588876 FRYEBURG — Ellsworth High felt it was ready to win the Class B state title last season, but a combination of late-season sickness and upsets kept the Eagles waiting.

There was no stopping them Saturday at Fryeburg Academy.

Ellsworth rolled up 147.5 points to beat Camden Hills (105) and Foxcroft Academy (96.5). The Eagles asserted their superiority with five straight wins in the finals – from the 132-pound weight class through 160.

Dagan Berenyi, a junior, won at 145 pounds. Berenyi was the 2014 champion at 132 pounds as a sophomore.

“We all knew it was about when we peak, being at 100 percent when it mattered, and that’s what we did here today,” Berenyi said.

Just before Berenyi won his title, senior Jack Weeks – the sixth seed – edged Western Maine champ Dakota Jacques of Mountain Valley 4-3 to win at 138 pounds. Weeks was unable to wrestle last season because of mononucleosis.

Two seasons ago, when the state meet was last held at Fryeburg, both Berenyi and Weeks lost in the finals.

“It was right there on that same mat,” Berenyi said. “Now, two years later, it’s him winning and then me winning.”

Four other wrestlers repeated as champions.

Wells senior Michael Curtis won the 220-pound title after winning at 170 and 195 the previous two seasons. Curtis pinned all three of his opponents, including Nathaniel Beckwith of Winslow in the final in 1:02.

Curtis has not lost since finishing third at last year’s New England championships. He said he’s looking forward to next Saturday, when he and the other top four finishers from Class B will take on the top four from Class A and Class C at the New England qualifier in Sanford.

The top three in each weight class at that meet will advance to the New England championships.

“My goal is to win (the New England title). That’s probably everyone’s goal, and there are definitely some good kids there. At the qualifier, I still have a lot of people I have to get by like (Massabesic’s) Mike Risti,” Curtis said.

Repeating in the same weight class were Danny Buteau of Oak Hill (106) and Ethan Boucher of Mountain Valley (120).

As expected, Gardiner junior Peter Del Gallo won his third straight state crown, prevailing at 126 pounds, and was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler. Del Gallo is unbeaten in his career in Maine and won the New England title at 106 pounds as a freshman. His season was in doubt because of a left elbow injury prior to the season.

Del Gallo said he was originally told he would need surgery, but it was later determined it was better to let the injury heal on its own. He returned to the mat in mid-January.

Del Gallo figures to have his first significant challenges of the season at the New England qualifier.

“I’m not at my peak yet, but with another week before (the qualifier) I’ll be back and conditioned great and ready to be in the zone and keep it going,” Del Gallo said.

Freshmen also stood out, as Devin Vigue (113) and Ryan Fredette (170), both of Winslow, and Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole (132) won state titles.

Vigue took advantage of a wide-open, 113-pound bracket after favorite Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley failed to make weight at last week’s Western regional. He beat Zac Annis of Camden Hills 8-3 in the final.

Cole started Ellsworth’s streak of five straight individual titles when he pinned Steven Thompson of Medomak Valley in 2:17 to remain undefeated at 132 pounds.

Also claiming titles for Ellsworth were Conor Petros (152) and Trent Goodman (160).

Three-time defending champion Camden Hills had one champion, Kalo Littlejohn at 195 pounds. Littlejohn’s win, combined with Jared Gilbert victory over Foxcroft’s Michael Pendriss in the 220-pound consolation final, pushed Camden Hills into second place.

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High school wrestling champion remains in the shadows http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/14/high-school-wrestling-champion-remains-in-the-shadows/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/14/high-school-wrestling-champion-remains-in-the-shadows/#respond Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=588374 SOUTH BERWICK — Sixteen Maine wrestlers have won four high school state titles.

Jackson Howarth of Marshwood High, wrestling at 160 pounds, is heavily favored to become No. 17 sometime around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

If Howarth is successful it will be his 190th career win against just 16 losses, according to the Marshwood coaching staff.

Then, in all likelihood, less than six minutes later, Howarth’s more celebrated teammate, Cody Hughes, will become the 18th four-time champ with his 204th career win. That would set a record for victories by a Maine high school wrestler.

So it goes for Howarth.

Overshadowed again.

“It doesn’t really bother Jackson,” said his father, Tom Howarth. “He doesn’t really care. He just wants to compete.”

Howarth, Hughes and Brett Gerry – Marshwood’s two-time state champ who likely will win his third title at 182 – are the best of friends, often hanging out at Tom and Tiffany Howarth’s home in South Berwick.

“Everyone’s a little overshadowed because of Cody,” Gerry said. “When you talk of Maine wrestling, Marshwood wrestling, Class A wrestling, whatever, everyone thinks of Cody Hughes first. All of us, especially Jackson, understand that.”

Of course Gerry has gotten his share of the limelight. He won the Fitzpatrick Trophy as the state’s best senior football player after leading the Hawks to the Class B title.

And Howarth again took the backseat. On offense he was a complementary running threat. Gerry said Howarth was the team’s best defensive player. A few minutes later Gerry came back to a reporter. He had just remembered Howarth was left off a local newspaper’s football “Dream Team.”

“He wasn’t even on the honorable mention list,” Gerry spat.

So Howarth’s lack of acclaim bothers his friend. Does it bother Howarth just a little?

“Not really. I mean it’s all about the team whether it’s football or wrestling,” Howarth said. “Wrestling’s more individual but you still have the team aspect of it. You want what’s best for your team. You do your job and hope for a championship. I feel that’s more important than an individual championship.”

And the best way for Howarth to make sure Marshwood wins its fourth straight Class A team title is to make sure he wins his own fourth championship.

He admits he’s thought about it often this season.

“That’s the one thing I want the most this year is to win that fourth state championship,” Howarth said. “Putting the hard work in (during) practice. Making sure everybody’s mind is in the right place. We want everybody just thinking about wrestling. We don’t want any other distractions.”

Coach Matt Rix said Howarth could have been a 200-win wrestler. Instead he (and Hughes) willingly gave up matches in dual meets so junior varsity wrestlers could gain experience.

“Jackson probably would have gotten his 200th win if he wasn’t such a nice kid,” Rix said. “I really think football is his favorite sport. He’s good at wrestling. All of his friends are here and he enjoys what he contributes to the team. Jack’s a leader by example. Not real vocal. A great kid.”

This season Howarth is undefeated (as are Hughes and sophomore 126-pounder Bradley Beaulieu). His toughest opponents have been the ones he sees daily in the Marshwood wrestling room: Hughes, Gerry and 152-pounder Justin Stacy.

“Wrestling Cody and Brett, they’re so good, they know their stuff and they’re so fast and strong, it really helps me out,” Howarth said.

Howarth and Hughes have been wrestling partners since before kindergarten. They won New England titles as sixth graders, said Tom Howarth.

“We’ve been partners since then and I couldn’t even imagine how many hours we spent wrestling each other and together,” Hughes said. “I’ve always been a little bit heavier or a little bit lighter. I’d eat breakfast one morning and he wouldn’t, so we’d be in different brackets.”

As freshmen, Howarth won the 132-pound title and Hughes took 138. As sophomores they both moved up two weight classes. Last season Howarth won at 152 and Hughes at 160.

Now Hughes is looking to share the spotlight.

“It would definitely be something special because we grew up wrestling together,” Hughes said. “We’ve been training together since we were that young. It would definitely be a little more special, something we’ll always be able to share.”

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Western Class B wrestling: Mountain Valley claims regional crown http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/07/western-class-b-wrestling-mountain-valley-claims-regional-crown/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/07/western-class-b-wrestling-mountain-valley-claims-regional-crown/#respond Sun, 08 Feb 2015 02:27:28 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=584785 WELLS — Led by four individual champions and eight qualifiers for the state championships, Mountain Valley easily won the Western Class B wrestling regional Saturday.

The Falcons finished with 154.5 points, well ahead of Fryeburg Academy and Erskine Academy, which tied for second with 99 points.

“Very talented group. They kept it together the last couple weeks,” Mountain Valley Coach Gary Dolloff said of his team, which also won the Mid-State League championship last weekend.

Mountain Valley’s Ethan Boucher, the reigning Class B state champion at 120 pounds, needed just 51 seconds to pin Erskine’s Cameron Glass in the final. Other regional champs for the Falcons were Brandon Gill at 132, Dakota Jacques at 138 and Ian Austin at 182.

Jacques won a 6-3 decision over Justin Studholme of Erskine.

“The (final) was by far the toughest. … The kid was very good on his feet, and very strong, too,” Jacques said of his three matches.

Coyote Freeman took second place for Mountain Valley in the 285-pound division, and Eddie DeRoche finished second at 126. Mike Provencher (145) and Issac Therrien (152) finished third.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualified for the state meet next Saturday at Fryeburg Academy.

Connor Smith (145) and Trevor Henschel (195) won regional championships for Fryeburg. Henschel was a state champ last year in the 182-pound division.

Erskine’s lone champion was Zach Isbell, who will be seeking his second straight state title in the 160-pound division.

Wells’ Michael Curtis, a two-time state champion, earned his fourth consecutive Western Maine title with a technical fall against Nathaniel Beckwith of Winslow in the 220-pound class.

Oak Hill finished fourth with 94.5 points and had two individual champions: Danny Buteau (106) and Logan Childs (285). Buteau, a reigning state champion, pinned Jordan Douglass of Morse in the final. Childs took down Freeman 2:32 into the 285-pound final.

Oak Hill’s Zach Cloutier fell to Devin Vigue of Winslow in the 113-pound final by an 8-1 decision.

Other individual champs were Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner at 126, Josh Smith of York at 152 and Ryan Fredette of Winslow at 170.

Smith rolled through the 152-pound class, ending with a pin of Morse’s Hunter Reed. Del Gallo, a two-time state champion in the 113-pound class, recorded a pin just 1:17 into the 126 final, and Fredette pinned Connor Elsemore of York with just 22 seconds left.

An error in seeding forced some matches to be redone and resulted in a longer day for all involved.

“We talked about it as a team. We got together before for the finals and talked about staying focused,” said Dolloff.

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Western Class A wrestling: Hughes nears record as Marshwood repeats http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/07/western-class-a-wrestling-hughes-nears-record-as-marshwood-repeats/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/07/western-class-a-wrestling-hughes-nears-record-as-marshwood-repeats/#respond Sun, 08 Feb 2015 02:08:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=584767 SOUTH BERWICK — Cody Hughes became just the second high school wrestler in Maine to reach 200 career wins while helping Marshwood repeat as Western Class A champion Saturday.

Hughes, a senior, reached the milestone in his semifinal match. He went on to win the 170-pound final with a third-period pin.

“It’s definitely a great accomplishment but I’ve got my eyes set on some bigger things, so I’ve got to keep working for those,” Hughes said.

Hughes and teammate Jackson Howarth will enter the state championships next Saturday at Mt. Ararat High with the opportunity to become the 17th and 18th four-time state champions, a list that includes current UFC fighter Tim Boetsch and former Marshwood standouts Jon Hussey (2005-08) and Tyler Davidson (2010-13).

Marshwood will also be seeking its fourth straight team title. The Hawks will have wrestlers in 13 of the 14 weight classes.

And Hughes can become the all-time wins leader in Maine. With a record of 201-9, Hughes needs three wins to break the mark established by Noble’s Peter Bronder from 2006-09.

Bronder is now a first-year assistant with Noble.

“He’s definitely earned it,” Bronder said. “He’s got all the skill to do it. Hey, six years with the record, that was a nice run. I knew it was going to be him.”

Marshwood Coach Matt Rix said Hughes’ victory total includes the New England Championships as well as the senior high school nationals held in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“Yeah, I guess I’ll hold that record until Brad gets around,” Hughes said, referring to his sophomore teammate, Bradley Beaulieu. Beaulieu won the 126-pound division. Beaulieu, Hughes and Howarth are undefeated this season.

“It’s all about the team,” Howarth said. “You want what’s best for your team. You do your job and go for a team championship.”

Marshwood finished with 242 points. The Hawks had eight finalists and five regional champions: Kyle Glidden (106), Beaulieu, Howarth, Hughes, and two-time state champ Brett Gerry (182).

Noble finished second with 218 points. Three of the Knights’ seven finalists won titles: Austin Shorey (120), Bailey Coull (132) and Joshua Grenier (138).

Shorey, a sophomore, earned his 100th career win when he pinned Bonny Eagle’s Dustin Chandler one minute into the championship match.

“It was a good day,” Shorey said. “Next week is the one I want. We haven’t had a state champion in awhile, since 2011. Hopefully I can get it.”

Noble will send 11 wrestlers to the state meet.

Massabesic put six of its 10 wrestlers into the finals. The third-place Mustangs (157.5 points) got individual titles from Jeffrey Bryan (113), Zac Richard (145), Trevor Walton (195) and defending state champ Mike Risti (220).

The 145-pound final was the 11th career meeting between Richard and Noble junior Otto Keisker. Each had won five previous matches.

Richard, coming off a Most Outstanding Wrestler award at a tournament in Essex Junction, Vermont, controlled the match and finished with a late takedown for a 6-1 decision. Richard lost in the state final as a junior and is looking for his first state title.

“I’m hoping. I know I’ve been working a lot harder than any other year,” Richard said.

The only champions from outside the Marshwood-Noble-Massabesic triumvirate were Biddeford’s Dominick Day at 152 pounds and Deering’s Michael Darling at 285 pounds.

Day is a defending champion, having won the Class A and all-state titles at 138 pounds as a junior. He impressively controlled Massabesic’s Logan Martin in a 10-0 win in the final.

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Wrestling’s weighty issue http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/25/wrestlings-weighty-issue/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/25/wrestlings-weighty-issue/#respond Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=576448 NORTH BERWICK — Craig Keisker is proud that his sons, Otto and Hil, are wrestlers.

He is proud they have the discipline to handle the rigors of the demanding one-on-one sport at Noble High.

He’s also glad his sons compete within the guidelines of the Maine Principals’ Association’s weight management program. They have learned to handle diet and weight loss in a much more sensible way than he did at Wissahickon High in Ambler, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1970s.

“Back in those days we’d put on snowmobile suits and get in the (locker room) shower, put big drapes in front of the shower and the steam would run,” Keisker said. “We’d be busting weight. And you got out of class to do it.

“There was no hydration test. We’d bust (the weight) all that day, jump on the scale, and then put it right back on. We were like yo-yos. We’d eat whatever was in front of us, not like these kids today. Now they have nutritionists right here at the school that talk to them. It’s really a wonderful thing.”

Radical, dangerous weight-loss techniques are a thing of the past. Rules implemented over the past decade make losing weight much safer for high school wrestlers – yet keeping weight off remains a challenge for many adolescents determined to wrestle at their targeted weight class.

Cutting weight is a long-standing practice in wrestling at all levels. The belief is the leanest wrestler in any weight class will have the highest percentage of muscle. Thus, he or she will be the strongest, baddest and toughest on the mat.

“A kid who’s cutting weight always seems to be that little mentally tougher than the kid who isn’t,” said Noble Coach Kip DeVoll.

The unhealthy processes of starving and denial of fluids showed up in studies of wrestlers dating back to the 1950s. Adding over-heated, vigorous workouts created a recipe that stripped pounds but put wrestlers at risk of serious health issues and even death.

“Kids were trying to lose an excessive amount of weight over a very short time,” said Dr. Frank Kieliszek, an internist who lives and practices in the town of Norway. Kieliszek’s son wrestled at Oxford Hills High, graduating in 1998. “They might do things like starving themselves, or find ways to get dehydrated, and in rare instances we heard of kids taking medicines to give themselves diarrhea. Kids who want to compete will do what they need to do to compete, and wrestlers are pitted against each other by weight class.”

IT STARTS WITH AN ALPHA WEIGHT

When three collegiate wrestlers died within six weeks during strenuous weight-loss workouts in 1997, the debate over weight-cutting practices renewed in earnest.

The National Federation of State High School Associations, which sets the rules that govern Maine wrestling, required all state organizations to implement a weight management program by 2006-07.

Maine began studying the issue in 2004 when it formed a seven-person weight management committee. Twenty schools ran a pilot program during the 2004-05 season. The policy was adopted statewide the next season.

The program requires each wrestler to be weighed prior to the season – called the Alpha weigh-in. Wrestlers must be properly hydrated at the time. Hydration is measured through a urine sample. Wrestlers not sufficiently hydrated must wait 48 hours to try again.

In addition to the Alpha weight, body fat is measured by a registered assessor using skin-fold caliper tests. Schools are responsible for the cost of administering the hydration, weight and body-fat testing.

Marshwood Athletic Director Rich Buzzell, the chair of the MPA wrestling committee, said the cost is about $50-75 annually for urine cups and litmus strips for the hydration tests. He said most school athletic trainers, who often serve as the assessor, already own skin-fold calipers.

The assessor (not coaches or other school officials) then uses the skin-fold measurements and Alpha weight to determine each wrestler’s minimum allowable weight if they reached 7 percent body fat for boys or 12 percent for girls. Each wrestler’s data is submitted by the assessor to the MPA.

Further, wrestlers can only lose 1.5 percent of their Alpha weight per week.

As an example, Wrestler X’s Alpha Weight is 200 pounds. Because he is well above 7 percent body fat, his minimum weight is determined to be 182 pounds. Wrestler X wants to wrestle in the 182-pound class. Since he can lose no more than 3 pounds per week (1.5 percent of 200 pounds), he won’t be allowed to wrestle at 182 for six weeks after the Alpha weigh-in.

“Now, as a coach, you’re not worried about kids going crazy trying to lose weight,” said Matt Rix, coach of Marshwood, the three-time Class A champion.

TARGETING A WEIGHT CLASS

Each coach is required to have updated documentation of his wrestlers’ minimum weights and when those weights can be reached. Called the Match Date Minimum Weight Class list, it must be presented at every competition.

“From a coaching standpoint it’s made it a lot easier for us,” DeVoll said. “Now it’s right there on paper. That’s your minimum weight.”

That doesn’t mean reaching the desired weight is easy.

“All the time you have to be watching what you eat,” Marshwood senior Sam Hebert said. “It’s not just the three hours in practice. When you’re trying to make a weight you’re thinking about wrestling 24/7.”

Hebert recently reached his goal of wrestling in the 145-pound class. He wanted to wrestle at that weight for two reasons that are typical motivating factors.

First, by being leaner, the 5-foot-11 Hebert feels stronger at the lighter weight.

“I’m probably one of the weaker guys, so if I get down to a lower weight, I won’t get pushed around as much,” Hebert said. “I’ve felt a difference already. I feel stronger at this weight.”

Secondly, if Hebert stayed at 152, either he or teammate Justin Stacy likely wouldn’t be wrestling at the varsity level. Neither is going to supplant Marshwood’s multi-time state champions Jackson Howarth, Cody Hughes and Brett Gerry in the 160, 170 and 182 classes. Having both Hebert and Stacy in the lineup strengthens the team.

“I have a lot of good kids above me – and below me, too,” Hebert said. “My spot’s right here at 145. This is where I need to be.”

Hebert said he’s learned what to eat and what to avoid, a key element to effective weight loss.

While the MPA weight management program protects wrestlers from going below safe body-fat levels, it cannot curb all of the unhealthy practices.

THE YO-YO EFFECT

Colin Sevigney, a 2014 Wells High graduate, was a two-time Class B champion and a dedicated wrestler who often traveled out of state for competitions and training. But he said he struggled as a sophomore. He naturally weighed around 140 pounds, but his minimum weight was determined to be “121, 122.”

That meant that once the growth allowances were factored in (one pound in December and a second in mid-January), he could compete in the 120-pound class.

“I was doing it the wrong way,” Sevigney said. “I was binging and then starving myself for two days to make weight for a Wednesday match, then Wednesday night I’d eat myself sick and be 12 pounds over for Saturday, and would have to do the same thing.”

Kieliszek was the physician on the original weight management committee. He said the current program does a good job of addressing two key concerns: making sure wrestlers don’t get lighter than what’s regarded as a healthy weight, and that the rate of weight loss is gradual.

“The thing it doesn’t address is the sort of yo-yoing of your weight,” Kieliszek said.

Kieliszek said when his son wrestled they had an agreement. His son had to be within a pound of his desired weight two days before an official weigh-in.

Sevigney said that during his junior season he was still making a “pretty big cut,” to get down to 126 but “I wasn’t going up and down a lot in between meets. I was managing it better.”

Sevigney won the first of his two state titles that season.

“I was managing my diet better and being more healthy about it, and it definitely impacted my wrestling in a positive way. I was able to wrestle better and longer,” he said.

BENEFITS OF DISCIPLINE

Camden Hills Coach Patrick Kelly is a staunch believer that wrestlers benefit from learning to control their weight – on the mat in high school and in their future lives.

“The nature of what this sport produces is strong-minded, strong-willed, healthy athletes,” Kelly said. “Look how they perform. Brilliantly. One-on-one.”

The challenge is getting young people surrounded by poor dietary choices – fast foods, sugary drinks, bread with every meal – to change their eating habits.

“You like soda? So do I. Don’t drink it. Drink as much water as you want,” Kelly said. “Cut out as much sugar as you can. People see that as an anomaly. ‘Oh my gosh, (the wrestler) is dieting.’ Well, they’re making weight.”

Mt. Ararat Coach Erick Jensen has experienced wrestling and weight loss from a variety of perspectives – as a wrestler at Michigan State University, as a high school coach and as a parent, having coached his sons, Jared and Christian.

He’s glad his sons and wrestlers didn’t compete in an era when dangerous weight-cutting practices were routine.

“I’m not sure I even want to tell you what I would do,” he said. “I know there was one point in college when I almost was hospitalized.

“It’s a different world and I agree with the system 100 percent. It keeps kids from getting stupid like we used to.”

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Marshwood, Noble wrestlers impress at Sanford tourney http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/03/marshwood-noble-wrestlers-impress-at-sanford-tourney/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/03/marshwood-noble-wrestlers-impress-at-sanford-tourney/#respond Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:51:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=564922 SANFORD — Instead of beating on each other, Austin Shorey of Noble and Bradley Beaulieu of Marshwood found championship success in separate weight classes Saturday.

Both beat tough wrestlers from Danbury, Connecticut, at the Sanford Wrestling Annual Tournament.

Shorey avenged a pin loss in last year’s New England championship when he pulled off a late reversal to beat Jeremy Fields 7-6 in the 120-pound final.

“I’ve pretty much redeemed myself against those kids that I lost to last year,” Shorey said. “I was just trying to get an escape to get my point and go to OT, and I saw I had the reversal and I stuck it.”

Shorey was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

“He’s been very focused about being more competitive with the better wrestlers this season,” Noble Coach Kip DeVoll said. “With this win, at this point, he should have the confidence to know he can go out and wrestle with anybody.”

About the only target Shorey has left is Beaulieu, who beat him in an exciting final Tuesday at the Noble Invitational. Beaulieu is 6-0 against Shorey in high school.

Beaulieu bumped up to 126 and finished his second straight Sanford championship run with a cool, professional 3-1 win against Paulo Freitas of Danbury, the New England runner-up at 106 last season.

Beaulieu got a first-period takedown and held control the rest of the way.

“I knew I wanted to score first and hopefully get in his head a little bit,” Beaulieu said. “This has been a good week. Two tough tournaments and a lot of tough kids.

The influx of out-of-state talent always makes Sanford arguably the toughest meet in Maine.

This year was no different with New England powers Danbury and Xavier of Connecticut, and Timberlane of New Hampshire in attendance as well as top-level wrestlers from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Danbury finished as the team champion with 217.5 points. Led by Beaulieu, and fellow champions Jackson Howarth (160) and Cody Hughes (170), Marshwood – the three-time Maine Class A champion – finished second with 190.5 points, followed closely by a youthful Noble team (181.5).

Xavier (167.5) and Timberlane (161.5) rounded out the top five. Twenty-four teams scored.

Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley successfully defended his 113-pound title. He pinned Pat Moynihan of Xavier in 1:03 of the final.

Howarth, Hughes, Beaulieu and Mike Risti of Massabesic also successfully defended titles at the tournament.

Risti impressively pinned his way through the field for the second straight season. After three sub-30 second wins, Risti wrapped up Zach Schluntz of Noble in 1:29. Risti won the award for most pins in the least amount of time.

Howarth, a three-time state champ, had his toughest match of the season to this point in the final but was still able to beat Trent Goodman of Ellsworth convincingly, 7-1.

Hughes, another three-time state champ, won three matches by pin before taking the final via injury default.

The other Mainer to win a title was Biddeford senior Dominick Day, who finished things off at 152 with a first-period pin of Connor Petros of Ellsworth. Regarded as one of the toughest wrestlers in the state, Day won the 138-pound Class A title last season but his best finish at the Sanford tourney had been third.

He said he knows the Sanford tourney is one every wrestler wants to win.

“It was definitley on the checklist for this season,” Day said. “Winning this tournament is something I hadn’t done and I wanted to get before my high school career was over.”

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