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).