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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