January 17, 2013

The wrestling losses come, but so do the state titles

Tyler Davidson of Marshwood learns from setbacks and proves it at state tournament time.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Tyler Davidson, who hopes to attend the Naval Academy, is seeking to become the second wrestler from Marshwood High to win state titles in each of his four seasons.

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MAINE'S FOUR-TIME WRESTLING CHAMPIONS

Reggie Monroe, Sanford (1962-65)

Conrad Turgeon, Sanford (1963-66)

Mike Caramihalis, Sanford (1977-80)

Matt Lindsay, Penobscot Valley (1995-98)

Tim Boetsch, Camden-Rockport (1996-99)

Chris Barkac, Dexter (2002-05)

Chris Remsen, Camden Hills (2001-04)

Jeremiah Barkac, Dexter (2004-07)

Jon Hussey, Marshwood (2005-08)

Jerod Rideout, Foxcroft Academy (2005-08)

Chris Smith, Deering (2005-2008)

Travis Spencer, Belfast (2006-09)

Joey Eon, Massabesic (2006-09)

Matt DelGallo, Gardiner (2007-10)

Forrest Cornell, Lisbon (2008-2011)

-- Compiled by Paul Betit and Steve Craig

But Davidson is keenly aware that being average won't cut it on the mat. Not if he wants to become the 15th wrestler from Maine and second from Marshwood (Jon Hussey, 2005-08) to win four state titles. Belfast's Brent Waterman, last year's Class B and New England champion at 132 pounds, is also in position for a fourth state title.

"One thing I've always wanted to do with my life is to leave a legacy behind," Davidson said. "So that would be a great start in high school."

He said he still has a chance to go into the Western A regional as the top seed if he can defeat Massabesic's Lucas Dion in an upcoming dual meet. Dion beat Davidson handily, 7-2, in the consolation final at the Spartan Wrestling Tournament in Sanford on Jan. 4.

"He's learning from every one of his losses," Rix said. "He does very well with the mistakes he makes from his matches. For some guys it's just a blur what happens out on the mat."

Davidson said he'll be working to eliminate mistakes, and improve his quickness and efficiency in the neutral (standing) positions. What won't change are some of the traits that have made him effective from his early days.

"When he gets a grip, it's almost impossible to break and he's definitely good at getting his cradles. That's like his signature move," said Allen, a state runner-up as a junior.

Regardless of how his senior season ends, Davidson said the time will be right to move on.

"Honestly, if I was to win for my fourth year, I don't think I'd end up dwelling on it very long before I'd move on to some future goal."

Staff Writer Steve Craig can be contacted at 791-6413 or at:

scraig@mainetoday.com

 

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