Friday, March 7, 2014
From staff reports
Any time a wrestler claims his 100th career win, it's a good day.
Saturday was a great day for Evan Fecko, a senior 170-pounder at Kennebunk High. His 1-0 win against Luke Howarth of Marshwood in the finals of the Western Class A regional was his 100th career victory and gave him his second straight regional title. It also was a reminder of just how far he's come as a wrestler.
"I went 8-13 my freshman year," Fecko said between congratulatory hugs and back-slaps. "That first year I had a lot of injuries and personal issues. I put those behind me and figured it out.
"It's an honor (to win 100 matches). Absolutely."
Fecko's road to a state title will be difficult. Eastern Maine champ Jared Jensen of Brunswick has not lost this season.
Bonny Eagle's Jon Gillar, wrestling at 120 pounds, also recorded his 100th win Saturday. Gillar finished third behind Tyler Davidson (Marshwood) and Lucas Dion (Massabesic).
JENSEN WASN'T the only local independent wrestler to claim a title at the Eastern Class A regional in Skowhegan. Greely's Nick Vogel won the 160-pound crown with a 3-2 decision over Skowhegan's Malik Geiger. A regional runner-up at 145 last year, Vogel trains with Windham. Jensen trains with Mt. Ararat, which had two state champs of its own: Damian Grubb at 106 and Felipe Gunter at 145. Eastern Class A champ Skowhegan had 10 finalist, five champs and qualified 11 wrestlers for Saturday's state meet at the Augusta Civic Center.
SEVEN MEET RECORDS fell by the wayside at the South Southwestern swimming and diving championships, with five of them brought down during Friday's boys' meet.
Yarmouth senior Evan Coleman made his Southwesterns debut a memorable one, setting meet records in the 100-yard butterfly (53.79 seconds) and 100 back stroke (53.42 seconds) and anchoring Yarmouth's 400 freestyle relay team to another record, 3:29.03.
The award for Outstanding Performer of the Meet, however, went to Windham senior Nick Sundquist, who also won two individual events (100 and 200 free, with a meet record 1:46.00 in the latter) and led off Windham's winning 200 medley relay.
That performance not only helped Windham hold off Yarmouth by four points for the team title, it also capped a perfect Southwesterns career for Sundquist, who won every individual and relay race he entered during his four years of competing.
"Part of it may be that I'm known, that I have built up relationships with a lot of these coaches," Sundquist said of being chosen as the top performer. "They know me."
Still, even Sundquist admitted to being surprised when the announcement was made.
"I would have voted for him, to be honest," he said of Coleman, against whom he has been competing on the club level since they were 10. "All I wanted was first place for our team."
The other record set Friday night? Gorham senior Tim Smith won the 50 free in 22.25 seconds, eclipsing the mark set by Cully Wakelin of Biddeford in 2004.
The 100 butterfly mark had stood since 2000 (Matt Woodward of Massabesic), and Sundquist broke a 12-year-old record in the 200 free (Sean Flaherty of Scarborough). The other two broken records were only a year old (Tyler Wright of Massabesic in the 100 back and Windham in the 400 free relay).
FRIDAY'S MEET at Cape Elizabeth came down to the 400 free relay. Yarmouth needed to win to have a chance, and did. That forced Windham to place at least fifth to win.
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